John Bass, a native Houstonian, and graduate of University of Houston, is principal of J.L. Bass Building, Inc. and has been building homes for over 30 years in Houston, Texas. Since 1976, John has limited his building to custom homes and remodeling, preferring the input and satisfaction of a client as well as the personal relationship created. His strong belief is that the forces of excellence are brought to life and a successful project is attained only through the creation of a close partnership with each homebuyer, builder, interior designer, and architect. John is a Graduate Master Builder and a member of the Remodeler’s Council and the GHBA (Greater Houston Builders Association).
WHAT ARE THE KEY INFLUENCES IN YOUR WORK TODAY?
Just as energy conservation is a large influence in the long-termviability of our construction, so is accessibility of the home design, safety, quality of air and water, and the creation of senior and assisted-living accommodations.
WHO HAS MOST INFLUENCED YOUR WORK?
I think we all endeavor to do as we were taught in our daily lives. Before I went into business, I already knew a lot about construction and successful building programs. But, I was mentored by a builder who was well known for his quality of construction. It was there that I learned the finer aspects of home building.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO STUDY CONSTRUCTION?
When I was about 10 years old, my family remodeled our home, which really opened up my eyes. I grew up among electricians, sheet rockers and plumbers, and eventually built on this interest and innate ability.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICONIC BUILDING?
One cannot look at the Pantheon without wondering how someone could envision this construction without today’s engineering.