Canopy Builders was founded in 2013 by Ben and Lauren Gelston, with the express purpose of building beautiful homes reminiscent of the Low Country of Lauren’s native South Carolina. Ben’s years of residential real estate development and general contracting experience combined with Lauren’s design talent and extensive experience working for several leading home builders in the Tampa Bay area formed the perfect partnership for realizing the vision of Canopy Builders.

From those beginnings, Canopy has expanded into many kinds of architectural and project types in the St. Petersburg area, including full Design Build custom homes, our popular Pre-Designed homes, and For-Sale Townhome Projects. Canopy’s focus is on integrity, honesty, and quality of construction and design. We aim to expand upon the craft and legacy of the neighborhoods in which we build, while providing a personalized service to all of our clients.

In December 2022, Canopy Builders joined forces with another leading St. Petersburg based builder, Brick Street Homes. After founding and running a successful home building company, Katie and Tony Mullersman of Brick Street Homes joined Canopy Builders as Managing Partners, to continue the tradition of superior architecture and quality craftsmanship. With this merge, Canopy Builders will be one of the largest custom home builders in the St. Petersburg area, allowing us to better serve our customers, employees and the neighborhoods we love and build in.

Our Story

Our Team

Our team at Canopy Builders builds relationships with clients while bringing their visions to life to create their dream homes. When you work with our team, you work with experienced, knowledgeable guides who will assist you throughout the process of building a home. We pride ourselves on being the top custom home builder and semi-custom home builder in St. Pete. Canopy Builders was cited as the third largest custom homebuilder in Tampa Bay Area by Tampa Bay Business Journal.

Ben Gelston


Lauren Gelston

Director of Design

Tony Mullersman

Director of Operations

Katie Mullersman

Director of Client Services

Leia Hoffman

Project Designer

Ciara Vitaioli

Project Designer

Tyler Krueger


Kim Mann

Accounting Manager

Susan Leitner

Office Manager

Adrienne Brooks

Permit Coordinator

Edwin Cardona

Warranty Manager

Max Allen

Operations Manager

Kristin Coryn

Director of Sales & Marketing

Chris Catania

Project Manager

Quentin Leer

Project Manager

Hugh Seeley

Project Manager

Justin Taylor

Project Manager

John Rothwell

Project Manager

Andy Duncan

Project Manager

Mack Darr

Project Manager

Jacques L'Heureux

Project Manager