Jay Murphy

President, Founder

I’m like you.

I want a house that fits my lifestyle and needs, made with quality materials, and expert craftsmanship at a fair price. In fact, I’ve built more than 100 homes—a few of which my wife, kids, and I have lived in—so I take great pride in building high-quality, tastefully designed homes.

How I became a custom home builder:

The first home my wife and I bought together was literally in shambles. I gutted it with my circular saw and learned a lot in the process:

  1. I had a knack for it.
  2. You can do almost anything with a circular saw!!!
  3. Customizing our home from the ground up would have been much easier.

So, after several side projects, I took the jump and became a first-generation builder.

I founded Jay Murphy Homes in 2004.

Since then, I’ve surrounded myself with the best in the industry. Many of the people I work with have been with me for over a decade. They all possess a commitment to quality that is second to none. My project manager Jill Hill has a passion for timelines and beautifully designed houses. She guides you through the many decisions you will make to create the home you envision.

Call Jay Murphy today at (319) 270-4174 or email him at jay@jaymurphyhomes.com to set up a free consultation!

Jill Hill

Project Manager

I joined Jay in 2014 after he built our family’s home. In fact, my husband told Jay he would end up hiring me one day!

My professional background includes project management, and I am passionate about interior design.  After going through the building process with Jay, I not only appreciated working with him and his partners, but I enjoyed the entire experience.

Some girls dream of diamonds and pearls, but this girl dreams of flooring, cabinets, faucets, and fixtures.

After all, those things are the jewelry for your home! When I’m not at work, you can find me watching HGTV & DIY, decorating and fussing over my own projects, and I’m not afraid to get my hands dirty!

As your project manager, I’m focused on keeping the timeline moving forward to get you into your new home as soon as possible. I am here for you as little or as much as you want me to be.

This means I schedule the meetings with our partners so you can choose the cabinetry, flooring, lighting, appliances, fixtures, and other items that make your home comfortable and reflect your personality.

It is important to Jay and me that you are never in the dark with what is happening with your house. That’s why we communicate with you through every step of the process, and we are never more than just a phone call or email away.

I’m proud to be a part of Jay Murphy Homes!

I believe in the home Jay built for my family, and I believe in the people we work with. They are all very skilled at what they do, have the experience behind them, and care about doing the job right.

I look forward to helping bring your vision of your custom-built home into a reality!

Call Jill today at (319) 440-5588 or email her at jill@jaymurphyhomes.com.

Kelli Feickert

Marketing Director

Need help selling your current property?

I would love to help you with your real estate needs. After meeting with you and walking through your current property, I’ll conduct a detailed market analysis to determine where it fits within the current market. Then, together, we can find the best price to market your home.

A great team!

Jay and I are both realtors with Coldwell Banker Hedges. We combine decades of realty experience with some of the best tools in town for marketing and selling your current property. Give me a call at (319) 721-2738 so we can get started!

Call Kelli at (319) 721-2738 or email her at kelli@jaymurphyhomes.com to discuss selling your current property.

Kelli Feickert, marketing director for Jay Murphy Homes in Cedar Rapids.


You want someone whose experience speaks clearly and who is committed to excellence—every time.

Jay’s decades of working in mortgage lending, selling, and building custom homes provides a unique perspective on every aspect of the process.

Jay Murphy Homes is a member of the Greater Cedar Rapids Home Builders Association, National Association of Realtors, Iowa Association of Realtors, and the Cedar Rapids Association of Realtors.


“My wife and I happened to stop in and look at one of Jay’s model homes and liked it. We were impressed with how honest and friendly Jay was, so we didn’t look at any other builders. The process ran really smoothly. If you’re thinking of having Jay build your house, we say, go for it!”
“If you’re thinking about building your next home, we strongly recommend you meet with Jay and tell him what you want. You should walk through one of his houses to see what he can do in person. Some builders just put a house up, but Jay spends the time to work with you so your home is done right.”
Wade and Sue
“We love our home. It was an enjoyable process and if there was an issue, Jay took care of it. He truly cares about what he does and his network of people are highly reputable in the industry. Jay built us a quality product. We believe you can’t go wrong with Jay Murphy Homes!”
Ed and Sue
“A lot of people say what they need to in order to get your business, but we didn’t feel that way at all with Jay. We felt like a priority to him, that our house was a priority.”
“There were things we wanted to do to the house, and Jay gave his honest, professional opinion for or against them. But more importantly, he explained why. He knows the market. He understands what is selling and what isn’t. He also knows that even when someone plans on staying in a house, life happens and sometimes the house goes up for sale. So, with this in mind, he is not only building for our future, he’s protecting it.”
Mike and Jeri


Here’s a quick overview of how things work when you build with Jay Murphy Homes!


Jay will meet with you to get a sense of what you are looking for in your new home: where you want to build, your budget, and all of  “the essentials” that will make it your dream home.

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Jill with work with you to make decisions about color schemes, flooring, cabinetry—all the details that ensure the new house reflects your personality and style.

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By using only the finest carpenters and craftsmen, and the best building products available, your house will be a unique blend of beauty and functionality.

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Custom-building your own home is an exciting investment in your future. We are committed to making the process as fun and enjoyable as possible. Partner with Jay Murphy Homes today!


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