ABOUT US

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 and Southern Living Custom Builder Program

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

Morning Star Builders supports the following charities:

Outback America

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.

Dinner and A Marriage

Operation Finally Home

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

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.

MEET THE TEAM

Ted Cummins
Chief 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
Certified 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.

Jay Schimpf
Project 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.

Blake Cummins
Superintendent

Blake graduated from Texas A&M in 2014 with a Leadership degree and a minor in Business from Mays Business School. Blake’s background is rooted in relationship building and business development. He brings over 6 years of sales experience to the team. He has a strong passion for helping clients bring their dream home to life and values building relationships with each client. Blake married his wife Kelsey in 2017. They live in the Northwest Houston area with their Rhodesian Ridgeback “Crew”. Blake is an outdoor enthusiast and loves cars, motorcycles and anything with an engine. Blake and Kelsey are also very involved in their church at Bayou City Fellowship.

Kelsey Cummins
Director 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.

OUR PHILOSOPHY

In today’s world of 30-minute home building and home improvement TV programs, building a home is often portrayed as an uncomplicated process where following a series of pre-determined steps leads to a finished project. However, this simplistic thought ignores the fact that the construction process is inherently fluid with weather impacting schedules and circumstances often changing daily. What separates Morning Star from most other builders is that we approach our jobs as building professionals; by calling upon our years of experience in designing and building and our pursuit of continued education, our collaboration with other professionals so we can complete your new home in a manner that is superior in design, materials and workmanship.

We understand that good design goes beyond individual products or ideas combined haphazardly with inspiration from HOUZZ or Pinterest. Rather, it more closely resembles a musical theme: an underlying melody that is displayed in such elements as an elegantly placed arch, sophisticated details, proper proportion of ceiling beams, or the crisp intersection of lines. However, we’re not content with designs that are simply architecturally pleasing; they must also function in a way that works for you and your family’s needs.

The difference is in the details… We view your home’s details as part of an overall effect. Details that applied properly, and with the utmost attention to craftsmanship, combine to complete the whole of your custom home. Details like these: a hidden room in a study, a groin ceiling in a foyer, a pocket door opening to a closet, the use of exterior door frame protection, motorized screens to enclose a porch or a sliding glass door extending your living space outside are hallmarks of a custom home.

Morning Star could build your project to the minimum standard as required by local and national building codes. Yet we are in the practice of providing projects that are built from materials of the highest quality, by contractors of the highest caliber and through methods that are of the highest standard.

Morning Star is not hoping to simply keep you satisfied through the building process. We are working toward that day—perhaps years from now when, with the benefit of hindsight, you can look back and truly appreciate the care, quality and innovation that went into building your home.

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