Builder Bio

J. Murphy Homes invites you to join them in building a home that will fulfill your dreams. Whether it is a unique starter home or the home you have always dreamed of building, J. Murphy Homes will create an environment that will enhance your quality of life.

Founded in 2004 by Jay Murphy, we are a first-generation builder in Cedar Rapids with the vision to create homes of extraordinary beauty and superior quality, designed to give you the living experience you deserve. Jay draws all his own designs, which saves the homeowner thousands of dollars in design costs. He can draw plans from clients' ideas as well, creating your custom home to fit your unique lifestyle and needs. He will blend aesthetic appeal with functionality, using only the best building products available. Interior designers are available to help with the details of your home environment, from paint colors to complete interior design.

Jay is a hands-on builder, on the job site frequently, involved in “whatever needs to be done, from framing to sweeping the floors.” As the client’s primary contact, he is in constant communication with them throughout the entire project. Dedicated to customer service, our goal is to make your building experience an enjoyable one as well as to ensure the high quality and workmanship you expect.

The J. Murphy team brings many years of experience in craftsmanship to each client. Only the finest carpenters and craftsmen will work on your home. Things most builders consider upgrades are standard features for our homes. In short, J. Murphy Homes’ quality is second to none.

In our capable hands, your dreams of comfort and security for the future will be realized. From dreams to doorways, J. Murphy Homes seeks to build not only beautiful homes, but also enduring relationships that will last a lifetime.

J. Murphy Homes can build anywhere, including beyond the Cedar Rapids metro area and builds from $200,000 up to $650,000.


J. Murphy Homes conducts a final walkthrough of your home before delivery, noting on a “punch list” things that need correcting at 30 days, six months, and one year. Our warranty is a one-year builder supplied warranty. J. Murphy Homes holds a membership in the Cedar Rapids Home Owners Association.

Affiliations and Partnerships

  • Member of Cedar Rapids Home Owners Association


    "We had never built a house before. There are a lot of decisions to be made. We didn't know where to start, or where to stop. Jay's experience was evident in helping us design and build our beautiful new home. He was able to lay out all of our options and make recommendations to best suit our needs. We are very pleased with J. Murphy Homes." - The Schrimpers

    "Cynthia and I want to thank J. Murphy Homes for the beautiful home that was built for us. We had built a home twice before and this home building was, by far, the most pleasurable experience. We appreciate the understanding of the special needs we had for this home that were accounted for. J. Murphy Homes incorporated those requirements flawlessly into a beautiful and well-crafted home." - John M. Heckel