Our Core


Henry Vala


Henry has worked in the custom home building industry for over 30 years. Starting as a carpenter, he learned the business from the hands-on side. Over the years, his companies have built hundreds of homes. Vala believes that his success has come from making certain his values align with the customer's. His mission has always been to deliver a quality home that surpasses expectations.

Terry Owens

Vice President

Terry has a long tenured career in the homebuilding business and focuses on the importance of on-site project management of our homes. He believes that our hands-on experience and quality control ensures that we deliver an exceptional product for the customer.

William Luce

EVP Marketing

William has worked within the luxury real estate market sector for more than two decades. During this time, he has worked with renowned builders from all over the country developing various residential products and promoting them to the marketplace.


Chief Financial Officer

James has decades of experience across all facets of the real estate industry, having started his career as a “Big 4” auditor with a specialization in residential and commercial developers, including homebuilder clients throughout the Southeast. He subsequently worked in senior accounting and finance roles for multifamily, office and retail developers in Florida, including Trammell Crow Residential. He later founded a private real estate investment advisory and due diligence firm, where he advised his public & private company clients on over $20B of acquisitions across all property classes nationwide. James also previously served on the Board of Directors for two public companies.

beth Johnson

Purchasing & Operations Manager

Beth’s passion for building began as a child while playing with Legos. From then on, she knew she wanted to design and build homes. With a Construction Science Management degree from Clemson University, Beth has intently pursued her love for building custom homes for more than a decade. Her meticulous attention to detail ensures that everything comes together along the way to deliver the perfect home.


Marketing & Sales Coordinator

Kimberly’s love for design and her passion for historic architecture marry together beautifully at Artisan Custom Homes. She brings to the table a Masters’ Degree from Clemson University and the College of Charleston in Historic Preservation and work experience with the Preservation Society of Charleston. Her passion for historic architecture is well rewarded at Artisan where historic details and design elements are incorporated into modern structures to create homes that are both current and enveloped in traditional southern charm.

Kaitlyn Gallagher

Director of Design

Growing up in a family of designers, Kaitlyn's pursuit of the design field harkens back to her childhood. For nearly a decade, she has helped customers realize their dreams with her with her design expertise. Kaitlyn brings a wealth of experience that couples perfectly with her attention to detail and customer-focused personality. She has a natural ability to understand a client’s tastes while making recommendations that also honor their budget. Kaitlyn believes that everyone deserves to have a home that makes them smile when they walk in, and she ensures that our owners feel that way every time they open their door.


All Artisan Custom Homes are built with the same care and dedication we’d use building our own homes.  We know that a home is more than just a building.  It’s a holder of memories, and a secure place for you, your family, and your friends to relax.


Our background is in Southern architecture – wide, sweeping porches, and other beautiful spaces built for entertaining.  Come have a glass of sweet tea with us and plan your dream home.


Your home should perfectly fit and reflect your lifestyle.  We’ve learned all the ways a well-planned home in a beautiful neighborhood can make life more enjoyable, and we can’t wait to share them with you.


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