How it started…
Kirk began his career immediately after high school, working for custom homebuilders. Later, he began working for a custom furniture company specializing in Frank Lloyd Wright reproductions. It was there that he learned the importance of detail.
In 1985, Kirk decided to pursue self-employment, and Morris Builders was founded. Initially focusing on residential construction, by 1992 Morris Builders was specializing in custom remodeling. As the business grew, Kirk asked Joy to leave her career with Alticor (Amway Corporation) to join the company. Joy’s outstanding customer service skills added a new dimension to Morris Builders.
Together we strive to provide exquisite craftsmanship and personal service to our customers. Value and trust are the top priorities of the Morris Builders, Inc. team.
Owner & President
With his father and grandfather both involved in construction, building is in Kirk Morris’ blood. In high school, he discovered his own passion for this career and was soon working with a crew, building homes from the ground up. Subsequent positions afforded him wonderful experience first in carpentry and then in concrete. In 1985, Kirk drew on his expertise and talent and struck out on his own to begin Morris Builders Inc.
Much has changed since the first days when he acted as everything from roofer to cabinet-maker to clean-up crew. But one thing that remains constant is Kirk’s dedication to hard work, high-quality results and being honest and fair with clients.
Kirk continues to expand his knowledge and enhance his skills and efficiency through membership in Remodelers Advantage and through the classes, seminars, and committees offered by the Home and Building Association of Greater Grand Rapids, which he joined in 1987.
“I truly love what I do every day”, he shares. What Kirk enjoys most is the challenge of remodeling and the gratification that comes with doing a job well and seeing a client’s smile.
Co-Owner & Sales Consultant
Originally from Belmont, Michigan, Joy Morris attended Davenport College before working at Amway Corporation. Trying her hand in several different departments over 12 years, she found her niche in Distributor Relations. Yet after years of deliberation, Joy made the decision to leave that job and join her husband Kirk at his business, Morris Builders, Inc.
Looking back, Joy sees this move as the best thing she’s ever done. As a co-principal and sales consultant, her favorite part of the job is working with clients. She loves taking part in their excitement and making their dreams come true.
Although she acknowledges that balancing work and a family can be challenging, she credits the success of the business with the great team assembled at Morris Builders, Inc. That team of course includes Kirk, her husband of 25 years. Joy shares that they’re great partners because she benefits from Kirk’s eye for detail, and her energy helps fuel each project.
After 23 years of hard work and long hours, Joy continues to maintain an enthusiastic commitment to the remodeling business and to creating stellar customer communications.
Co-Owner & Lead Carpenter
Building and remodeling has been Gavin’s life from the beginning, with Kirk and Joy Morris teaching him the techniques and in’s and out’s of construction work. As Gavin grew up working side by side with his father, so did his knowledge and his motivation of home building and remodeling. “Every day is a new challenge and I learn something new to bring to the next project”, says Gavin.
Gavin has completed his Bachelor’s degree of Business Management with a Specialty in Entrepreneurship at Davenport University. Gavin was part of the Davenport’s Men’s Lacrosse program that won their first Division National Championship title. Gavin feels this has taught him some very good life lessons and he feels he will be able to integrate his ideas into the Morris Builders team.
Co-Owner & Designer
When undertaking a new project, your needs and wants are paramount. Aubrey always takes the time to truly listen to your goals and desires for the project, and as an adaptable and professional interior designer, she is open to working with any style from ultra-modern to French country.
Each project begins with a clean slate, the direction coming from discussions with you. How is the space used? How do you want the space to feel? Storage needs? What is your budget? Fully understanding how you use the space in your day-to-day life enables her to help you live or work better and more comfortably.
Aubrey’s educational background in interior design, architecture, and growing up in the family business, combined with a diverse background and passion for problem-solving and designing, positions her as an unconventional design professional fully capable of taking your project vision and making it a reality.
Born and raised in West Michigan, Mark graduated from Central Montcalm High School and went on to study at Alma College. After college, Mark worked with the Department of Corrections for 14 years. He gained his building experience later on while he worked as an Estimator for Big L Lumber for 10 years. When he isn’t hard at work, Mark enjoys hunting, attending sports events, spending time with his wife Tammie and traveling. Mark also finds time to give back to his community by volunteering with the CMHS Sports Boosters and coaching youth football which he has done for over 15 years!
Born and raised in West Michigan, Gerry graduated from Rockford High School. Gerry has over 45 years of experience in the Building industry and is considered a “Jack of all Trades” here at Morris Builders.
Gerry and his family are close friends of the Morris Family and even babysat Aubrey and Gavin as children! Gerry’s work ethic, dedication and humor motivate the Morris team every day. Gerry feels the Morris commitment to quality and family, make us stand out as an employer.
In his spare time, you’ll find Gerry tinkering with antique trailers or camping with his family, including his wife Ruth Ann, his 3 children and 6 grand children.
As Morris Builders Office Manager, Andrea is responsible for all office procedures, and uses her organizational skills to ensure smooth operations in a busy work environment. Andrea regularly finds herself drawing on her entrepreneurial skills and her education in Business and Real Estate. Prior to joining the Morris Builders team, she co-owned a local deli and catering business in Rockford. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Andrea was a successful Realtor for many years before migrating to Michigan 8 years ago. When not hard at work at Morris Builders, Andrea enjoys spending time with her teenage daughter, exploring Grand Rapids restaurants and arts, working in her yard and hiking with her dog. Andrea also founded and serves on the board and as Treasurer for a local non-profit.
Joel is a lead carpenter who was born and raised in West Michigan. He graduated from Grand Haven High School. The flooring business has been in his family for over 100 years/ That was where his career began as a young kid working with his dad. After high school he pursued his career in building and now has over 30 years of experience. Joel has traveled all 50 states installing chemistry labs, school cabinetry, libraries and jewelry stores. He has supervised many projects including a condo association from the ground up. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife and kids going camping and fishing. Joel also has a passion for wood working, where he loves to build special gifts for family and friends especially around the holidays.
Born and raised in Northeast Wisconsin (Door County), Casey grew up in a small community and understands the importance of close relationships in the building industry. Being one of four carpenters in his family, he jumped into the trades right out of high school, which began the long road of building his skillset. After working for a residential builder in WIsconsin for 13 years, he moved on to the Sherwin WIlliams company, where he gained the knowledge of industrial, marine, residential and commercial coatings. After a number of years with SW in Wisconsin and Michigan, he worked as a lead painter for a company in Western Michigan. He then began his own business where he provided finish carpentry services as well as interior painting and staining. From framing to finish carpentry, and interior finishes he brings the skills and knowledge to be a multi faceted asset to our family. He enjoys spending time with his wife, three children and two dogs. Casey is an outdoorsman, where he enjoys hunting, fishing, spending time at the range; and also enjoys motorsports.
Growing up in Forest Hills, and now residing in Caledonia, Steve is happily married and the loving father of two. He comes to us with 5 years of finish trim carpentry experience, and lives by the motto: “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door”. Steve loves to take on new projects, and provide not just a quality product for his customers, but also an overall positive and memorable building experience.
Steve has completed his bachelor’s degree in Finance from Michigan State University, his Masters in Education from Aquinas College, and yet finds carpentry to be the most rewarding occupation he has ever had. No two projects are ever the same, and variety is the spice of life. “Let’s build!”