Sea Island Builders is a full-service design-build firm serving Charleston, South Carolina and neighboring islands. Our portfolio of exquisite waterfront properties, re-imagined renovations and thoughtful restorations distinguish us as one of the Lowcountry’s premier design-build firms. Our unique design-build approach provides a single point of accountability throughout your entire project, which helps reduce cost, control schedule and maximize efficiency. Having a talented team of experienced in-house experts allows Sea Island Builders to provide a seamless experience from design inception through project completion. Sea Island Builders has been proudly serving the Lowcountry since 2004 and has over 100 years of combined experience in the design and construction industry.
With more than 30 years of development and management experience in the hospitality industry, Sam entered into custom home building in 2005 with a full understanding of excellence in both construction and customer service. Having learned from managing many large projects, Sam brings along a proven set of uncompromising principles and experience. Sam guarantees that home owners will receive the highest quality craftsmanship and genuine personal attention throughout the life of their project. A native South Carolinian, Sam graduated from the College Charleston with a degree in business administration.
Licensed Home Builder, SC General Contractor, LEED Green Associate
A graduate of the University of Florida's Rinker School of Building Construction, the nation's oldest and most prestigious construction science program, Jeff co-founded Sea Island Builders with Sam Fowler in 2004. Since Sea Island Builders inception, Jeff has managed numerous custom new construction projects and large scale renovations for the firm. Jeff still manages projects for the company but also helps develop the processes and development of the company's newer managers and superintendents. Before Sea Island Builders, Jeff worked as a project manager for J.A. Jones Construction then Edifice, Inc., both large regional commercial contractors. Jeff is licensed both as a home builder and commercial general contractor. Jeff takes particular interest in environmentally friendly construction and design. Jeff is married to wife Blair and is the proud father of his daughter Gracie and son Buck Mathis.
Licensed Home Builder
Jason graduated from Clemson University with a degree in civil engineering. As part of the Fowler family, he cut his teeth on the same principles that have guided the family for years. He grew up building boats and working on smaller projects with his Grandpa as his mentor. These lessons from the "good-ol'days" are reflected in Sea Island Builder's quality of craftsmanship which transcends most standards. Jason enjoys researching the latest trends in materials and construction and strives to go the extra mile to keep clients happy and informed.
Licensed Home Builder
James graduated from Clemson University with a degree in Architecture. Upon moving to Charleston after college he worked with Cobb Architects for 8 years before beginning his custom home building company which he ran for 10 years. James is very experienced with design, budgeting, scheduling, and in working with clients to aid them through decision making during the Pre-Construction Phase. He enjoys spending time with his wife and two kids at their Mt. Pleasant home.
AIA, LEED AP
Anita grew up in the Lowcountry having Charleston culture and beach experiences embedded in her DNA. She studied architecture and construction management at Clemson University before moving to historic Alexandria, VA to further her education with a master’s degree. Anita is a well-traveled professional with a passion for many arts including photography, cooking and painting. Anita's personal portfolio contains award-winning published projects across the world, from Aspen, CO to Paris, France. Anita eventually returned to Charleston, SC and spent time as an associate with Herlong & Associates before launching her own business. Anita's extensive worldly design experience make her a great fit for helping client's realize their dreams through crafting the perfect home for each individual client.
Rob was born and raised in Georgetown, SC where he developed a love for the coast. Being only an hour north of Charleston he was able to visit often and like most people, he fell in love with the beautiful city and he knew he’d eventually plant his roots here. After getting his BBA at Francis Marion University and a couple of post-graduate years in Columbia, he figured out a way to make it to his new home. He started in construction early 2003 and fell in love with it. Starting as a punch technician he felt he was learning how to build a house from finished product working backwards. This gave him a unique approach when he was given the opportunity to build a house from the start. New home building came naturally to Rob and he quickly realized that custom home building was where he wanted to be. Working with clients and making their dreams come true is what it’s all about. Every day is something new and there is never a dull moment.
Rich Baker has been an integral part of Sea Island Builders’ team since 2015. Originally from the Midwest, he is a graduate of Iowa State University with advanced studies in science and mathematics. Rich has enjoyed 30 years in retail operations and management; however, his passion and hobbies have always centered around construction and renovation trades. Rich brings great experience and a tremendous passion for superb customer service to every project. Rich is currently preparing to obtain his South Carolina Residential Home Builder’s license. In the meantime, he continues to take a hands-on approach and provide excellent customer service skills to projects and clientele.
Licensed Home Builder
Joe has lived in the Charleston area since 1970. For the past 35 years, he has worked in a variety of roles within the high-end residential construction field. Prior to joining the Sea Island Builders team, he held positions with prestigious firms such as Daly and Sawyer among others. Joe carries an SC Residential Builders License and over 45 years of experience to go with it. Joe enjoys spending his down time with family, friends and fishing on our local lakes and rivers.
Ruben Gutierrez chose Sea Island Builders as the next step in elevating his lifelong construction career. Ruben previously worked with Palmetto Craftsman where he mainly served as Superintendent overseeing historic restoration projects in downtown Charleston, SC. Ruben is a native Spanish speaker and serves as an amazing bridge to the Hispanic community.
Nicole Barley is the Accountant and Oﬃce Manager at Sea Island Builders. Born and raised in Mt. Pleasant, SC, Nicole attended the College of Charleston where she earned a graduate degree in Accounting. Nicole has grown up in the construction business; her father owns a construction company and many of her family members worked there as well. In her free time Nicole enjoys being on the water with friends and family.
Robin received her Master’s degree in Communication Management from Temple University. She has worked for the Medical University of South Carolina, the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau and Faithful & Gould, a construction consulting company. She enjoys running and spending time with friends and family. She resides on Sullivan’s Island with her husband and two children.