SHELTER is committed to expertly crafting beautiful homes that exceed every aspect of our client’s vision.


As a locally owned company, Shelter LLC – a custom home builder, has a vested interest in the quality and innovation of your home and its unique place in the Lowcountry. Our mission is to provide an honest, straightforward, seamless approach to custom home building. SHELTER believes the process of building a home should be an enjoyable experience. As a custom home builder, we work hand-in-hand with our clients to create and execute the perfect vision of your home. With clarity of process and schedule, we provide expert guidance through each step of the custom home building experience– from lot procurement to design and material selection. We have a history of establishing lasting relationships with our customers by exceeding expectations, exceptional performance and ongoing communication. Shelter LLC builds homes of unparalleled craftsmanship that will be cherished today and for generations to come.


Ryan Butler

Ryan Butler, Owner

A second generation builder, Ryan Butler grew up on job sites with his father, a veteran in the industry. He learned early on that integrity and respect are integral parts of delivering a quality product. Ryan received his Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management from Bowling Green State University. Upon graduation he began working for John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods, one of the Southeast’s premier homebuilders in Atlanta. Ryan quickly ascended the ranks of the organization and moved to Charleston in 2005 to become Vice President of Construction, making him one of the youngest VP’s in the company’s history. He was honored as a Chairman’s Club Recipient, appointed member of the Committed Leader Program and served on the company’s Leadership Council. Ryan spent more than 14 years honing his passion for delivering exceptional homes and excellent customer service before starting his own company, Shelter LLC. Shelter LLC- a custom home builder, focuses on delivering a competitive price, innovative building ideas, quality craftsmanship and skillful, personal oversight. Ryan enjoys the challenge of matching his building expertise with the dreams and needs of the customer. Ryan lives on Daniel Island with his wife, Jenny, and their two children. He is a South Carolina licensed general contractor and member of the Charleston Trident Home Builders Association, where he received accreditation as a Certified Green Building Professional.

Adam Johnson, Director of Operations

After graduating from James Madison University in 2002, Adam Johnson moved to Charleston. As a Business Management major with a focus in Entrepreneurship, Adam quickly learned the value of building solid relationships in business. He took this passion for client relationships into his chosen career in homebuilding. Adam has worked several aspects of this multi-faceted business to develop the skills necessary to contribute to the success of the homebuilding process. He worked his way up from Production Coordinator, eventually becoming Vice President of Construction for a regional custom home builder.


“Choosing to build a home is a very big decision, one that takes a lot of passion, patience and time. I strive each day to make this process as easy and enjoyable as possible,” says Adam. “I’m not just constructing a house, I’m helping to create a quality home that will make lasting memories.”


“I take into consideration every aspect of the owners’ needs, wants and desires and transform them into what they will call home. Keen attention to detail makes the biggest impact. The most joyful part of my job is seeing the vision become reality.” Adam and his wife currently live in Mount Pleasant where they enjoy the outdoors and relaxing at the beach with their family.

Israel Ortega, Service Manager

SHELTER- a custom home builder, is proud to have Charleston native Israel Ortega on our team.


After graduating from R.B. Stall High School in North Charleston, Israel went right to work as an apprentice builder. He has been building homes in the LowCountry since he was 19 years old and has earned a reputation in the industry for the quality service he provides. Our clients enjoy working with Israel and say they appreciate his ability to listen and execute their vision.


“It’s always been a rewarding feeling knowing that I was able to help families build their dream homes,” Israel says. “I enjoy working with homeowners and project managers to ensure the quality of the project and help them in any way possible.”


Not only is Israel passionate about his work, but he loves the diversity of the people he works with.

Israel and his family live in North Charleston where they spend their weekends at the park or enjoying the outdoors with their three-year-old son.
Kecia Heyward

Kecia Heyward, Design Coordinator

Kecia Heyward is an experienced interior designer who skillfully creates the collaborative process her clients desire. She is a member of both the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA).


Although a native of the Midwest, Kecia has long considered Charleston her home. It was while raising a family here that Kecia first realized her love of design as she renovated several of her own homes. When her children entered high school, Kecia decided to make her passion her profession, graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design from the Art Institute of Charleston.


Kecia’s finely honed sense of composition, arrangement, pattern and perspective are evident in her designs. She takes great interest in her clients’ tastes and loves mixing furniture, materials, and colors from many different genres. The result is a space that perfectly reflects the client’s unique style and scope.


“Building a home is such a personal endeavor with so many important decisions to be made in a brief period,” says Kecia. “It is a pleasure to help guide clients through this time and see their joy at the end of a completed project.”


Kecia’s former clients have often remarked that she seemed both like a trusted advisor and a close friend.


Kecia and her husband currently live in Charleston. They spend their free time traveling, entertaining, and enjoying family.

Jean Soper, Design Coordinator

As SHELTER’s Director of Vendor and Client Relations, Jean Soper places the utmost importance on clear communication and customer loyalty. With a background in both project management and interior design, Jean is the thread that ties together all the moving pieces of our clients’ projects.

A graduate of Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, VA, Jean began her project management career by managing a multi-million dollar account for Connexions Loyalty in Richmond, VA.

After she and her husband moved to Charleston, Jean focused on raising their three young daughters while pursuing her passion for design.

“Having experience in interior design has helped tremendously with understanding the selections process and the overall management of our clients’ projects,” she explained.

An organizer by nature and account manager by education, Jean says her passion for design makes her role at SHELTER a perfect fit.

“I enjoy engaging with our clients through every part of the building process, from the architectural design phase all the way through to closing.”