ABOUT 2018-01-25T14:11:18+00:00


The Morning Star Builders team is committed to building functional, livable custom homes with attention to creating distinctive details in each home. Morning Star Builders, a design/build firm, has been a Preferred Builder in High Meadow Ranch in Magnolia since 2002 and in Hidden Falls in Cypress since 2007. Morning Star Builders has built custom homes in Benders Landing in Spring and High Meadow Estates in Montgomery, Towne Lake in Cypress and Leyland Shores in Cypress.

The Southern Living Custom Builder Program is a network of approximately 100 of the South’s top custom home builders brought together by Southern Living magazine. This invitation-only program selects custom builders acclaimed for their detailed craftsmanship, excellence in customer service, financial stability, and use of quality building materials in their homes. Morning Star Builders is honored to be a member of this program.

About Morning Star Builders

Morning Star Builders is a member of the Greater Tomball Chamber of Commerce and the Better Business Bureau.

About Southern Living Custom Builder Program

Morning Star Builders supports the following charities:

Outback America is a weekend retreat for couples and families. The weekend includes outdoor activities, speakers, music, and intentional time with your loved ones.The goal of Outback is to provide a weekend of building, restoring, and strengthening relationships with your family and/or spouse.

Ted and Yvonne Cummins, owners of Morning Star Builders, have served with Outback America, alongside their children and friends, for many years. They greatly enjoy being a part of the Outback experience and being able to serve their community in that way.

Operation Finally Home is the Southern Living charity of choice. This non-profit organization serves military veterans and their families by providing them with mortgage-free homes. Using their large network of home builders, Operation Finally Home is able to build a home customized to the needs of the honorary veteran.

HomeAid Houston is a non-profit organization that serves the larger Houston area. They are focused on helping the homeless population in Houston by providing them with shelter and necessities. HomeAid Houston works with stable, long term homeless care providers to help build and supply more facilities for the homeless.

Ted Cummins
Ted CumminsChief Creative Officer, CCO
Ted Cummins serves as the CCO (Chief Creative Officer) for Morning Star Builders LTD. In this position Ted brings his creative passion for award winning design to the custom home building process. He is a Graduate Master Builder (GMB) and a Certified Green Professional, a designation specified by the National Association of Home Builders which requires the completion of educational courses and experience in the building industry.

Ted is a member of the Greater Houston Builder’s Association and the Custom Builders Council and for 2014 served as the President of the Custom Builders Council. He has worked with the Builders Blitz with Habitat for Humanity project in the Houston area. Ping Pong is his all time favorite sport. He is a passionate camper and kayaker.

Yvonne Cummins
Yvonne CumminsCertified Aging in Place Specialist
Ted and Yvonne attend Houston’s First Baptist Church in Cypress. They volunteer as couples coaches for Outback, a ministry inspired to reconcile relationships.

Yvonne, a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAS) assists in universal design and creating barrier free custom homes for Morning Star clients. Other duties for Yvonne include sales, marketing, and financial administration.

Yvonne has retired as a home school teacher to sons, Heath and Blake. Heath is a sales rep for Tex Brite and Blake is a graduate from Texas A&M and financial rep for Northwestern Mutual. Yvonne’s hobbies include grand-parenting Noah and Luke, reading and scrapbooking.

Eric Wentworth
Eric WentworthVice President of Construction
Eric Wentworth, Vice President of Construction for MorningStar Builders is a Certified Graduate Builder, through the NAHB and has 20 years of construction experience in the Houston area.

Eric spends his free time serving as a coach for his daughters’ running club and camping with his family.

Jay Schimpf
Jay SchimpfProject Manager
Jay graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Business Management, Finance and Entrepreneurship. Jay has over 15 years of project management experience in various industries, finding his true passion in the construction industry. He has spent the last 7 years building/remodeling and flipping houses. Jay spends his free time with his wife and 3 kids, volunteering at his church, hunting, working out, and watching sports.
Kelly McCaslin
Kelly McCaslinSelections Manager
Kelly graduated in 1982 from Rice University with a Bachelor’s in Business Management. She worked in Pharmaceutical/Medical Sales for 23 years. She took her interest in design and turned it into a successful Staging/Remodeling/Design business. This led her to meet Ted and Yvonne, which is how she became an integral part of Morning Star Builders. She has held many positions but is currently their Custom Selections Manager and works alongside clients in making decisions and selections. Kelly has over 11 years of experience in the design/staging field. She and her husband, Ray, have been married 24 years and have 3 great kids.
Jack Watkins
Jack WatkinsRenovations Superintendent
Jack graduated from Texas A&M with a Bachelor of Science in Construction Science in 2012. Having spent several years at Frontier Camp as the New Construction and Grounds Manager, Jack brings over 5 years of experience to the Morning Star team. He has a strong passion for helping his clients bring their dream home to life and values building relationships with each client.
Jack married his best friend, Greta, in 2012 and in August 2016, they welcomed their baby girl, Alyssa, to the family. Jack loves being a father and spending time with his family. His favorite past times include hunting, fishing, camping, watching the Houston Astros, and playing guitar for his church’s worship team.
Kelsey Cummins
Kelsey CumminsDirector of Customer Experience
Morning Star Builders prides themselves on building and valuing their relationships with clients, and that’s where Kelsey comes in. As the Director of Client Experience, Kelsey works closely with clients, ensuring they have the best experience possible. With 5 years of experience in customer service, social media, writing, and marketing, Kelsey also manages all of Morning Star’s marketing and social media platforms, as well as organizes and plans events. From the jobsite to the office, Kelsey’s responsibilities vary day-to-day.
Kelsey left her home state of California and moved to Texas in 2015. Her passions include fitness, cooking and baking, and blogging. She has a health and fitness blog, Treasured Tablespoons by Kelsey Nicole. She married her husband, Blake, in August 2017. Together, they spend time adventuring in the Jeep, dirtbiking at the track, exploring new places, and hanging by the pool on those frequent, hot, Texas days.
Brenda White
Brenda WhiteAccounting Manager
Brenda is certified in Accounting by Bradford School of Business. She brings over 10 years of accounting experience to the company. Brenda‘s two daughters, Bella and Brooke, keep her busy when she is not in the office. Other than being a mom, she likes walking, bicycling, and just outdoors in her free time.