Elevation Homes Builders Earns Parade of Homes People’s Choice Overall Award, Sweeps Top Spot in All Categories Across Two Homes

Elevation Home Builders is the 2019 overall winner for the inaugural Greater Iowa City Area Parade of Homes People’s Choice Awards, The Greater Iowa City Area Home Builders Association (HBA) announced. The winning house at 487 Windmill Place in Iowa City averaged 4.88 stars out of five on the Parade Craze app home-touring enthusiasts used to vote on five categories during the June 1-9 scattered-site event. The home’s exterior will grace the cover of the 2020 Iowa City Area Parade of Homes magazine.

The colonial-style house earned the highest ratings in four areas, including architecture (4.89), kitchen (4.82), interior design (4.83) and master bath (4.76). Among the features of the four-and-a-half bedroom, three-and-a-half bath home are coffered 10-foot ceilings, a gas fireplace, hardwood floors, quartz kitchen countertops and stainless-steel appliances. Elevation Home Builders’ other new-construction house on the parade – 401 Windmill Place – won landscaping honors with 4.67 stars. The business is led by Builder/Designer Amy Pretorius and Builder/Project Manager Nathan Knause. Mills Custom Homes’ Tiffin creation on 1701 Croell Avenue recorded the most votes cast with 1,404.

Gary Frakes Construction’s 3838 275th Street NE entry in North Liberty garnered the most visitors with 1,401, while Elevation Home Builders’ remodel at 5 Highview Knoll NE in Iowa City topped the guest count among Remodelers Parade participants at 624. The 22nd Remodelers Parade occurred the first weekend of the 52nd Parade of Homes. A total of 19,544 tours were made during the parade to view quality-built homes and gain knowledge about current construction techniques and trends in homebuilding and renovation. Details on all houses – including photos and builder information – may be accessed until next May at iowacityhomes.com and year-round through Parade Craze.

The 2019 Greater Iowa City Area Parade of Homes was co-sponsored by Hills Bank and Urban Acres Real Estate and put on by The Greater Iowa City Area HBA. Alexander Lumber was the official lumber sponsor. CBI Bank & Trust was the members-only breakfast sponsor and Parade Craze Sponsor, while Hills Bank also sponsored the member lunch. Mills Custom Homes was the Builders Excellence Awards sponsor, and Urban Acres sponsored the Bike Ride again this year. Studio H20 was the ticket sponsor, while ABC Supply provided the $500 raffle prize. Special thanks go to Ad-Market Productions, the Cedar Rapids Gazette and Easton Design.