Ted and Yvonne Cummins, owners of Morning Star Builders in Cy-Fair, have known each other since they were in second grade in rural Kansas, said Yvonne, who also serves as a certified aging-in-place specialist for the business.

In addition to knowing one another for most of their lives, the two have run their local business together for more than 20 years. Yvonne said they each bring their own unique skills and perspectives to the table, which helps balance their personal and professional relationships.

“There are times that he needs my support, and there are times that I need his support,” she said.

Ted specializes in the design and construction aspect behind the business, while Yvonne’s skills are in sales and marketing as well as helping clients choose design concepts that will accommodate them in their “forever homes.”

“For example, if you love to cook but you already have some knee problems and things, we can even think about what kind of flooring could we put in your kitchen that would make it as comfortable as possible for you to stand long periods of time and still give you a very beautiful aesthetic for that [look],” she said.

Morning Star Builders specializes in both homebuilding and remodeling. The business began in 2000 and has served communities such as Towne Lake in Cypress, Willow Creek Ranch in Tomball and High Meadow Ranch in Magnolia. The Cummins mostly do business in the northwest Houston area, but they have plans to do construction for clients in Fulshear and Navasota, Yvonne said.

Interior design trends have changed since the pandemic, Yvonne said. Open-concept floor plans have traditionally been requested; however, a few more common requests from clients have included more rooms with doors for privacy and a double office space so a couple can work comfortably from home, she said.

Morning Star Builders is a partner with Operation Finally Home, a nonprofit organization that provides homes and home modifications to military heroes and widows, and HomeAid Houston, a charity under the Greater Houston Builders Association that facilitates new construction and remodeling of homeless shelters.

Yvonne said she and her husband strive to meet clients’ needs and adapt to the ever-changing business world with an eye on the future.

“[Morning Star Builders] gives you a more well-rounded experience,” she said. “You get a guy’s perspective, and you get a woman’s perspective.”

Morning Star Builders, 12777 Jones Road, Ste. 112, Houston. 832-304-2310. www.homesbymorningstar.com