Canopy Builders LLC was founded in 2014 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, including full Design Build custom homes, our popular Pre-Designed homes, and For-Sale Townhome Projects, always with an emphasis on integrity, honesty, and quality of construction and design.


Our Team

When you work with our team, you work with experienced and knowledgeable guides who will assist you throughout the complex process of building a home:

DESIGN: Our lead designer, Lauren Gelston, is the principle in charge of reducing the sometimes overwhelming task of finish selections into a manageable, straightforward process.

CONSTRUCTION: Ben Gelston, our owner, leads the way in land development, permitting, and architectural planning, and all aspects of operations.