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.