Home Builder Digest

The Best Modern Home Builders in the US

First popularized during the decades between the 1920s and the 1970s, modern homes are often characterized by their flat roofs, minimal designs, and large glass walls. This architectural style was born in response to the over-the-top architecture of previous decades: modernist architects preferred simplicity. Homes with strong horizontal composition, large open floor plans, and cinematic asymmetry gradually became far more prevalent. Today, these homes can also be crafted with sustainable building practices and are often more energy-efficient.


We’ve compiled 50 contractors throughout the entire country, representing the best modern home builders in each state. These contractors were chosen based on merit, work history, affiliations, and previous projects. Several of these firms offer unique services and incorporate innovative solutions into their designs that they offer exclusively.

Shelter Best Modern Home Builders

South Carolina

SHELTER Custom-Built Living

SHELTER Custom-Build Living is an award-winning firm best known for its innovative home solutions in the Lowcountry. It makes use of a design-build approach and is comprised of a team of talented and experienced builders, artisans, and designers. Ryan Butler, a second-generation builder who first gained experience working in one of Atlanta’s best custom home building firms, leads the firm. He is a member of the Charleston Trident HBA and personally oversees details like pricing, scheduling, and budget management. Clients can expect that their homes will receive the benefit of his experience, along with touches of green building practices.


The firm’s work has been published in magazines like Charleston Home + Design and has been recognized with multiple Prism Awards throughout its years in the industry. Its modern designs offer a fresh take on traditional farmhouses and craftsman homes, as showcased in the project here. For this home, SHELTER made use of a modern vernacular exterior.


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