Elevation HomeBuilders Earns 2022 Parade of Homes People’s Choice Overall Award

Elevation HomeBuilders is the overall favorite of the 55th Greater Iowa City Area HBA Parade of Homes People’s Choice Award, The Greater Iowa City Area Home Builders Association (HBA) announced. Kitchens By Design is the award sponsor.

The winning house at 1203 Tamarack Trail in Iowa City received the most votes on the Iowa City Parade of Homes mobile app – sponsored by CBI Bank & Trust – home-touring enthusiasts used to rate during the scattered-site event. The home will grace the cover of the 2023 Iowa City Area HBA Parade of Homes guidebook and promotional poster.

“Amy and I started Elevation HomeBuilders in 2017 with focus thoughtful use of space, trend setting ideas, and attention to detail to set our company apart. The Elevation Team is grateful to receive the People’s Choice award and tribute to an amazing business partner and best friend” said Nate Knause, co-owner of Elevation HomeBuilders.

The 2022 Traditional Estate by Elevation HomeBuilders features sophisticated and formal architecture balanced with whimsical elements and modern detailing. An open floor plan features 6 bedrooms, 5 baths; the home has 4 bedrooms on the same level each with their own bath access. Additional features include a white oak hardwood panelized fireplace on the main, coastal wall-paneled fireplace in the lower, shake siding in Nantucket Dune, moody built-ins and library light in the study, dining China-buffet built-in, mushroom-colored kitchen cabinets with brushed brass accents, walk-in pantry with prep sink, chic laundry room, mudroom built-in lockers, malted milk ensuite guest bedroom, white oak hardwood, plaid wool carpet runner, wainscoting entry, and a dashing powder room.

Co-owner Amy Pretorius unfortunately passed away the week after the Parade. Amy’s legacy for sense of style lives on in the homes she built and designed, and this home is no exception.

The Greater Iowa City Area HBA Lego Parade of Homes People’s Choice winner has also been named. Oliver, age 9, of Iowa City garnered the most votes with his Eco-friendly Mansion submission. The contest, sponsored by Randy’s Flooring was open to youth aged 17 or younger. Oliver took home a $50 gift card to Herteen & Stocker provided by Locals Love Us – Iowa City.

View these award-winning homes, and all Parade of Homes and Lego Parade entries, on the Greater Iowa City Area HBA Parade of Homes Virtual Tour, sponsored by MidAmerican Energy, at www.iowacityhomes.thegazette.com or through the Iowa City Parade of Homes app.

The Parade of Homes was presented by Hills Bank and Urban Acres Real Estate and put on by The Greater Iowa City Area HBA. Additional 2022 Iowa City Area HBA Parade of Homes sponsors are MidAmerican Energy, CBI Bank & Trust, RP Lumber, West Bank, Bachmeier Carpet One Floor & Home, Iowa City Landscaping, Kitchen’s By Design, Sueppel’s Siding & Remodeling, Randy’s Flooring, Locals Love Us – ICR and Vetter’s Culligan Water. Volunteer coordinator is Rapids Reproductions, Inc. Promotional partners are The Gazette, CBS 2/FOX  28, Easton Design, KCRG, KZIA, iHeart Media, OnMedia and Townsquare Media (KHAK).




The 2023 Parade of Homes People’s Choice Overall Favorite; Elevation HomeBuilders.





“An eco-friendly mansion for people who love amnesties and are environmentally conscious!” is how Oliver, age 9, describes his Lego home that won the People’s Choice in the 2023 Lego Parade of Homes.