Our Team

Merrill Construction Group is a general contracting firm, licensed and bonded in Nashville, TN, that specializes in residential remodeling. Founded by Nashville native, Hilson Merrill, Merrill Construction Group has garnered a reputation for providing superior craftsmanship and customer service.

Our projects range from updating kitchens and bathrooms to whole-home renovations. Regardless of the size of the job, our clients receive consistent and detailed communication throughout the project from our experienced and professional team of designers, carpenters, and managers that delivers extraordinary workmanship and attention to detail.

The Founder

Hilson Merrill is President of Merrill Construction Group. Hilson is passionate about providing his clients with the best home renovation experience in Nashville through his unique design/build process. When he isn't working, Hilson enjoys fly fishing, watching Ole Miss football (his alma mater), and spending time with his wife Katherine and two young children.

The Team

Tori Grant

Executive Assistant

With over twenty years of experience in Office Management, Bookkeeping, Executive Assistance from the non-profit sector to small business management, Tori is known by her MCG colleagues as “Office Mom” or as “The Mother Ship.” In addition to her Bookkeeping and Office Management duties, she oversees MCG’s Human Resources needs and company outings.

Brandon Keedy


With over seven years of experience in the construction industry, Brandon moved from Newport Beach, CA to Nashville and joined the MCG team in June 2022. Brandon is a graduate of The University of California, Santa Barbara with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science and Urban Planning, Minor in Geographic Information Systems along with a Certificate in Construction Management from UCLA. Brandon enjoys working with the team and crew to perfect the numbers game and improve on future projects.

Morgan Brubaker

Lead Designer

Morgan joined the MCG team in July 2018 and plays a significant role in executing our Design + Build process. Morgan grew up in Geneva, OH and graduated from the University of Cincinnati – College of Design, Architecture, Art, + Planning (DAAP) with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design.

She enjoys the opportunity to design functional spaces that help clients express themselves through creativity.

Jackie Morris

Director of Operations

Jackie has been with MCG since 2010 and has worn many hats over the past decade. In his current role, Jackie oversees the management of the field crew members and develops the job schedules in coordination with the Account Manager. Additionally, Jackie is responsible for estimating material quantities for framing, windows and doors, exterior millwork. He is a skilled problem solver for all things construction!

Thomas Van Zandt

Account Manager

Thomas grew up in Monteagle, TN and has a degree in History from MTSU. Since 2018, Thomas has played an integral role in helping shape MCG’s process flow and homeowner experience. In his role, Thomas interacts daily with clients and enjoys working on every project from concept to completion.

Katie Shelly

Interior Designer

Katie joined the MCG team in February 2023. Born and raised in Louisville, KY,  Katie attended Western Kentucky University, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design. She is excited to be living in Nashville and designing beautiful and functional homes. Her main goal is to work closely with clients to ensure that their personal style is reflected in their home remodel, while making the Design + Build process a seamless experience.

Lauren Caldwell

Office Assistant

Lauren grew up in the greater New Orleans area, but she has called Nashville her home for the last 12 years. Lauren has a bachelor’s degree from the University of New Orleans in Business Management. After taking some time off to raise her family, Lauren joined the MCG in August of 2023 as an Office Assistant. She works to assist Tori, as well as all members of the Merrill Construction Group team with all office related tasks.

Daniel S. Dunn


Daniel grew up in northeast Ohio and relocated to Nashville to join the MCG team in December of 2023. Having worked in the field of architecture since 2015, Daniel has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience in residential renovations, additions and new construction. He is passionate about the art and science of architecture and how architecture can be used to serve people and promote human flourishing.

Daniel is a registered architect in the State of Tennessee and a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). He resides with his lovely wife Abbie and their seven rambunctious children. As a family they enjoy storytelling, gardening, music, a sappy movie, but most of all good food!

Merrill Construction Group completed my major kitchen renovation, and I was very pleased. A few things that I really appreciated: #1 – Hilson and his team are great at communicating on a daily basis about the project; #2 – Hilson and his team are very nice and trust-worthy guys; #3 – I was pleased that the project wasn’t delayed or come in over the quote.


Merrill Construction Company remodeled two bathrooms in our 1920s house as well as a laundry room. We were more than satisfied with every aspect of the project from the design consultation at the beginning to the outstanding workmanship of the tile layers, painters, plumbers and electricians. The project was even finished on time and under budget.


I can’t say enough good things about our renovation process with Merrill Construction Group. The team is comprised of the best of the best. The attention to detail and project management throughout our seven-month project exceeded all expectations. We’re thrilled with how everything turned out and would recommend them to anyone.


We did a master suite addition, with a screened-in porch and two covered porches. Merrill Construction Group did an excellent job on the addition and we were especially impressed with how they made the addition fit into our existing home. You cannot even tell that there is a new part. We love our renovation and thought they did a fantastic job.


Merrill Construction Group was of the highest quality for my home renovation. The workmanship was excellent. The crew was helpful and the contractor was available when needed and had great ideas or solutions to questions I had. I have hired them more than once and would readily do so again.


Originally remodeled two bathrooms and did a great job. Recently remodeled our downstairs including the kitchen. They started exactly when they said they would. They finished on time and on budget. They were respectful and kept our needs in mind. I would always use them for projects in the future.


Hilson Merrill is very professional & his quality of work is a reflection of his high standards. He and Thomas are friendly and easily accessible to set appointments to complete projects.


Hilson and his team are professional and timely (something not common in this industry!). Went above and beyond to make sure everything was up to our standards/liking. Would definitely recommend him to anyone needing something built/remodeled at their home.


Hilson’s crew is extremely professional and great to work with. We used them for two projects within the last 18 months and both times they delivered on time and under budget. I would highly recommend him for your next home project.


We hired Merrill Construction Group for a total master bath and closet renovation. Hilson and his team are very professional and were quick to respond to all our questions and requests. His crew kept the site clean, showed up when they said they would and did excellent work. We highly recommend Merrill Construction Group and look forward to working with them again on future projects


We hired Hilson Merrill to help us add a screened porch to the back of our home as well as add a new roof on our home and porch. The project was completed on time and within budget. Our porch is by far our favorite “room” in our home. It was beautifully designed with the help of a draftsman that Hilson recommended. Hilson was responsive to all of my emails, questions, and requests throughout the project. He is honest and upfront about the building process. We would highly recommend this company!


They are reliable, wonderful crew and very friendly. I would recommend them any day. They always put customers first, before anything else.


Great Job! Very professional and great communication. Everything happened on schedule and in budget. I highly recommend Merrill Construction Group. Thanks, Hilson!


Last year Merrill Construction Group remodeled a master bath, a studio and enclosed a hot patio for us. We are enjoying these improvements to our home so much! They did an excellent job. The sub-contractors were very fine workers with above average skills. They were on the job and we were finished very close to the time that was allotted for the work. Love this company and highly recommend!


Merrill Construction Group had done a fireplace and a kitchen redo for my neighbor, who was very happy with the job. I felt Mr. Merrill was neat and professional, always took and returned my calls on time and had some good ideas for my fireplace so I accepted his bid to perform the job. I liked the fact that everything was written down and that the supervisor, Thomas, was intelligent and professional. They did a marvelous job. It is beautiful and took less than a week start to finish. Everything was left neat and clean, and Merrill Construction Group even lowered the amount they originally thought it would cost because it took less time than they had thought it would.


I have worked with Merrill Construction Group for a number of years. They have completed renovations large and small in our house, including a full bathroom remodel (see most recent floor install in picture), an update to our kitchen and even exterior house painting and repair. Hilson Merrill is always professional and courteous throughout the job. I trust him, his crew and project managers to keep me updated on the project and let me know when problems arise – which is inevitable with a historic 100-year-old home! They stay on budget and are transparent throughout the process. I highly recommend the company and will use them again!


Professional work. Very well done in a timely manner. I would recommend this company to anyone. Very pleased with the final results.

Dayton H

Our remodeling experience with Merrill Construction Group was fantastic. Mr. Merrill gave us an estimated cost and gave us a plan for both the builder and homeowner to move step by step through the process. It was always very professional. We never wondered what we needed to do next or when work would be finished. Deadlines were set and met. Every question along the way was answered very quickly. The quality of the work exceeded our expectations. If we had an idea, we worked together for the most positive outcome. His subcontractors and staff were terrific!


They walked in to an unfinished problem, and took it to completion quickly, on budget, and at a very high quality.