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


As an award-winning, locally-owned company, SHELTER Custom-Built Living has a vested interest in the quality and innovation of your home and its unique place in the LowCountry. Our mission is to place our clients needs and wants as our top priority while providing an honest, straightforward, seamless approach to custom home building. This approach has earned our company the highest-possible rating from Guild Quality. The five star, 100% approval from our clients speaks to what we value and execute as builders.


A Multi-Prism Award-Winning Company, SHELTER Custom Built-Living is the first builder in South Carolina to be featured on the “Today’s Builder” television show.  View episodes here.


Each project we take on utilizes our in-house build/design team. This collaboration of experienced and talented builders, artisans and designers clearly defines the goals and vision for our clients’ homes while ensuring that the entire design-build process is transparent. Each member of what “Today’s Builder” called our “Dream Team” contributes their own creative vision and ensures that the building process is memorable for all the right reasons.


Every home we build is carefully curated and truly unique, unlike any other home. 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 builds homes of unparalleled craftsmanship that will be cherished today and for generations to come.


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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.


Kecia Heyward

Interior Designer


Steve Blackburn

Project Manager

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Alexander Fragopoulos

Project Supervisor


Denise Ketterman

Office Coordinator


Michael Hayes

Project Manager

Jackson Karolczyk

Jackson Karolczyk

Director of Operations


Skylar Zucal

Associate Design Coordinator


Lauren Pittas

Associate Design Coordinator


Jeremy Petit

Site Supervisor