Elevation HomeBuilders

Elevation HomeBuilders


A Tudor and a Craftsman

Two stunning home concepts preparing for next year's 2023 Parade of Homes.

Gary Frakes Construction, Inc.
Elevation HomeBuilders
Planning for a full house? Take a note from Elevation HomeBuilders with these great lofted beds - saves space and the kids love it!

At Elevation Home Builders building is their passion and their attention to detail is what sets them apart. Let their experienced team guide you through every step and put together a home plan that will far exceed your expectations.

Check out the progress at Women Build! Our Build Board has been posted and we had a great problem-it was difficult to fit the names of all the incredible donors and businesses that have made significant contributions to this project, so we ended up with TWO Build boards! THANK YOU! Action Sewer & Septic Service, MidWestOne Bank, GreenState Credit Union, Stuart Carmen & Associates, Housing Trust Fund of Johnson County, Neumann Monson Architects, Johnson County, Iowa, ACT Student, Hills Bank, Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, P.L.C., Whitedog Import Auto Service, The City of Iowa City Government, Lowe's Home Improvement, The Greater Iowa City Area Home Builders Association, Studio Combine, Hawkeye Title And Settlement Services, LLC, Iowa City Area Association of REALTORS®, Lammers Construction Services, Bea Day Plumbers, Gilcrest/Jewett Lumber Company, Plumb Supply Company, Robert Lipka (Architect), Lenoch & Cilek Ace Hardware - Iowa City, Midwest Poly-Solutions, Ltd., Stransky Concrete, Fisher Underground, KOHLER, Bertch, PSC Distribution, Sueppel's Siding and Remodeling, Adams Sales Group, Mark Russo Kitchen & Bath Design, Randy's Flooring, The Peninsula Neighborhood, Century Roofing, Elevation HomeBuilders, Bachmeier Carpet One Floor & Home, Townsend Crane Service, Kalona Gutters, MMS Consultants, Inc., Kingdom Construction, Slager Appliances, Forever Green, Cville Electric, Sobaski Abbey Carpet & Floor, Adam Pretorius, Realtor
Congratulations to The Greater Iowa City Area Home Builders Association on a successful 55th Annual Parade of Homes this year! We'd also like to congratulate our partners and clients who built wonderful and unique homes for this event - Great work everyone!

Our Partners 👏:
- McCreedy-Ruth Construction
- Elevation HomeBuilders
- Watts Group
- Gary Frakes Construction, Inc.

UPDATE: Elevation HomeBuilders Marco's Grilled Cheese June 7 at 5:30 pm.

Wahoo! We are so excited to have food trucks at this year's Iowa City Area HBA Parade of Homes co-sponsored by Urban Acres Real Estate and Hills Bank.

Here's the schedule.

Sunday, June 5 | Noon
Marco's Grilled Cheese
House #5
220 Knoll Ridge, Hills
McCreedy-Ruth Construction

Tuesday, June 7 | 5:30 pm
House #2
1203 Tamarack Trail, Iowa City
Elevation HomeBuilders

Thursday, June 9
Kona Ice of Cedar Rapids & Iowa City
House #3
1368 Tamarack Trail, Iowa City
Gary Frakes Construction, Inc.

*Tickets to the above will be available to the first 100 visitors at each home.

Kalona Brewing Company will give $1 off a pint of beer when ticket holders show their punched ticket for HOUSE #6 (215 Westwood Circle, Statler Construction Inc. )

The first 50 visitors to HOUSE #6 will receive a coupon good for a free appetizer at Kalona Brewing.

Out of respect to our builders and future homeowners, please enjoy your treats outside of the parade homes.
View this gorgeous bathroom in person at The Greater Iowa City Area HBA Parade of Homes, starting today at 10am! You'll find Randy's products in homes from Hodge Construction, Gary Frakes Construction, Navigate Homes, & this beauty from Elevation HomeBuilders

Who runs the world? Women in Construction! ‍🦸‍♀️🏡
We celebrate Women In Construction Week and International Women's Day by recognizing a few of our hard working ladies; Amy Lynn Pretorius, Elevation HomeBuilders; Michelle Marine, Oak Tree Homes; Katie Lammers, Lammers Construction; Julie Hajek, Home Repair Team, Inc. / HRT Building & Remodeling; Celeste Holloway, B & H Builders, LLC; Kimberlee Rocca Artist, Rocca Custom Homes; Michelle Provorse, Pro Home Solutions LLC; Jessica Andino, Andino Construction
Nearly 90 members and guests had fabulous, festive fun at our annual Holiday Party last night at The Highlander Hotel. ❄ Preliminary totals show the Women’s Council Silent Auction raised $8,768 for the scholarship fund! Wahoo! 🙌🏻 Our first-time heads or tails game was hilarious. Thank you to all who gave/collected donations, helped with set up, volunteered during the event and/or attended. A HUGE thank you to our amazing sponsors! 💯

Studio H2O Kitchen & Bath Showroom Cabinet Works LLC Bachmeier Carpet One Floor & Home Mccreedy-Ruth Construction Lorraine Bowans, REMAX Affiliates Servpro of Iowa City/Coralville Elevation HomeBuilders MMS Consultants, Inc. Ryan O'Leary Real Estate Corporation Sobaski Abbey Carpet & Floor Vetter’s Culligan Water Great Western Bank
Amy Pretorius, co-owner of Elevation HomeBuilders, knows you’re never too young to learn about the terrific career path of home building. She’s reading the House That She Built, the new children’s book now available through the National Association of Home Builders' BuilderBooks, to her adorable son. 😍

As a builder, Amy understands young people and women are part of the solution to overcoming the industry’s skilled labor crisis. “Women should feel empowered to pursue whatever profession they please, and one way to empower them is to show them women in the industry,” said Amy. “Women can not only be successful in industries such as construction, they can revolutionize it!” 💪
It’s International Women’s Day and Women in Construction Week! We are proud of all female Iowa City Area HBA members and celebrate specifically this week those who wear a hard hat. 👷

The women pictured represent a sampling of those members. Thank you for paving the way for future women in construction. 💪

Elevation Home Builders Oak Tree Homes Home Repair Team, Inc. / HRT Building & Remodeling Polly Riggan, Realtor Rocca Custom Homes Pro Home Solutions LLC Mills Custom Homes
This classic black and white look is

Elevation Home Builders
A relaxing spa bathroom, yes please!

Elevation Home Builders is the People's Choice Master Bath Award Winner for its stunning creation.

See the full tour here >>>> https://iowacityhomes.thegazette.com/
The kitchen is the heart of the home and this new construction Parade Home by Elevation Home Builders captured that essence to tie for the People's Choice Kitchen Award.

Also, you can ask Alexa to start the dishwasher. 🙌

View the full tour here >>>> https://iowacityhomes.thegazette.com/
Interior design makes a house a home, and Elevation Home Builders knocked it out of the park with its full home remodel.

View the full tour here >>>> https://iowacityhomes.thegazette.com/
Winning! 🙌

Congratulations to Elevation Home Builders on your 2020 Iowa City Area HBA Parade of Homes win.

You can view their house this evening (Thursday) or this weekend.

Get all the parade details here >>>> https://iowacityhomes.thegazette.com/
Happy Wednesday!

We just can’t stop STAIRing 😉 at the attention to detail in this parade home by Elevation Home Builders

To see this beautiful home and more, check out the The Greater Iowa City Area Home Builders Association Parade of Homes. @ Iowa City, Iowa

Award-winning and renown construction company specializing in the Iowa City area.

Photos from Elevation HomeBuilders's post 08/17/2023

We are honored to be one of the voted winners for Peoples Choice at this year's 2023 Parade of Homes. Thank you to everyone who was able to stop by to tour our beautifully constructed home! We look forward to seeing you all next year- In the mean time stay tuned for photos of our Peninsula townhome remodels that were also featured in this years Remodelers Parade.


Photos from Adam Pretorius, Realtor's post 07/26/2023

Lot 11 Auburn Ridge

Photos from Elevation HomeBuilders's post 07/08/2023

Attic Remodel adding bedrooms and bathroom

Photos from Elevation HomeBuilders's post 06/17/2023

Be sure to check out our parade homes this weekend! We will be open until 5:00pm today and from 12:00-5:00pm tomorrow!

Photos from Adam Pretorius, Realtor's post 06/13/2023

2023 Parade Remodel at 1327 Foster Rd

Timeline photos 06/11/2023

2023 Parade of Homes at 2816 Buckle Down Cir come visit us


A sneak peek at one of our parade home remodels! This home is located at 1327 Foster Rd. in Iowa City. Be sure to come and check it out!


Zion, thank you for making things happen and getting the house looking great!

We are so proud of the team work being done in this parade home, we want to congratulate Elevation HomeBuilders for the Excellence award on this home!


Working on the finishing touches at our parade home! Be sure to stop by this weekend to tour this beautiful modern Tudor. Parade dates and times are listed below! 👇🏼

Saturday, 6/10 from 10am-5pm
Sunday, 6/11 from 12pm-5pm
Tuesday, 6/13 from 5:30pm-8:30pm
Thursday, 6/15 from 5:30pm-8:30pm
Saturday, 6/17 from 10am-5pm
Sunday, 6/18 from 12pm-5pm


Auburn Ridge, video of the new sub under construction


A look inside our newest new build project by our new build division at Elevation with Elevation's CEO Kim Marshall.


A sneak peek inside a whole-house remodel project in Walnut Ridge by our remodel division!


A look inside a whole-house remodel project currently underway in our remodel division. Reimagining rooms and spaces in this dated brownstone.

Photos from Adam Pretorius, Realtor's post 12/06/2022

Welcoming back to the area two of our good friends who bought our most recent completed home.


Check-out our whole-house remodel project in Cardinal Ridge including a new kitchen and baths. Our remodel division superintendent Jason Deppe gives you a sneak peek into the project's progress.


Auburn Ridge is coming along


A whole-house remodel in Cardinal Ridge, see the before progress as Remodel Super Jason Deppe goes through the big changes ahead.


A cool way to convert a garage to an additional parking space--this car lift is manufactured in Des Moines and only costs about $4,000 making it a fraction the cost to add a garage addition, if you have the ceiling height.

Photo from the 2020 Elevation Parade Home, 402 Windmill Place.

Photos from Elevation HomeBuilders's post 09/19/2022

So excited about this kitchen with a scullery in a recent new build project we just completed. The scullery works like a pantry but complete with a full set of secondary kitchen appliances. Scullery’s are perfect prep kitchens and spaces to use when you are entertaining to not clutter up the main focal piece and hang-out space of your home—the kitchen.

What do you think of this luxury kitchen?

Photos from Elevation HomeBuilders's post 09/16/2022

A sleek waterfall counter to add a modern touch to one of our new builds.

Photos from Elevation HomeBuilders's post 09/09/2022

Three laundry rooms to adore. Which is your favorite?

Photos from Elevation HomeBuilders's post 09/08/2022

A flashback to a new build project we did in 2017


Meet Gabby Pauwels, one of our three designers at Elevation Home Builders. Gabby is our New Build Designer, working with our new build clients on helping them pick finishes, putting together design boards and create a timeless interiors.

She's currently managing ten of our new build projects under construction.

Photos from Elevation HomeBuilders's post 09/02/2022

Meet Kim Marshall, our company's new CEO. She has been in a much earned maternity leave this summer and just rejoined work this week to so much excitement. Kim joined our company last year working along our founder, Amy Pretorius. She previously worked as a designer at a luxury furniture store, RH, in Santa Monica and brings her interior design and management skills to the company's leadership. We have some amazing projects we can't wait to announce. Stay tuned and congratulate Kim on her new role with our company.

Photos from Elevation HomeBuilders's post 09/02/2022

Some outdoor spaces getting wrapped up at this new build including a large 22-foot covered porch facing the wooded ravine and a screened porch featuring an outdoor fireplace as well as a covered porch entry with wooden beams.

Photos from Elevation HomeBuilders's post 08/30/2022

A statement entry makes all the difference when entering the home. This new build featured in the 2019 Parade of Homes showcased that drama with bleached oak hardwood flooring laid in a herringbone-pattern, a custom metal railing circling the open staircase that winds up to a landing featuring a dormer that pours light in from above. It's a minimalistic design but replete with small details that make a big difference.

Photos from Elevation HomeBuilders's post 08/30/2022

The glass wall and rubber mat floor installed in the home exercise room in this new build are 🔥💪🙌


A refreshing update for an existing homeowner who wanted to do a small update to their home including new counters, new sink, new plumbing fixtures, island cabinets, new lighting, new carpentry including a built-in bench in the eat-in dining as well as wainscoting detail up the staircase after removing a wall to create an open staircase. Small updates for a big statement and change to the space!

Photos from Elevation HomeBuilders's post 08/22/2022

A chic foyer with high contrast and luxurious style. Featuring walnut herringbone flooring and floor-to-ceiling wainscoting in a new construction from our new build division.


A deck and awning addition featuring a retractable shade just completed by our Remodel Division with super Jason Deppe.

Photos from Elevation HomeBuilders's post 08/18/2022

A few of our kitchen projects over the years—from remodels to new builds. Which is your favorite?


One of the fun aspects of building or remodeling your home is picking out counters. It’s rare for our entire design team to be together but this project is special, they’re picking out the slab for the new design center remodel at the Elevation’s office. Stay tuned for a sneak peek on this project coming soon!


New build designer Gabby Pauwels gives a sneak peek into the carpentry and some fun features in a million-dollar spec new build.

Photos from Elevation HomeBuilders's post 08/16/2022

Sometimes we have to take it down to see its' full potential. And a wall--yes a 'pink' one--can best showcase a room when it's removed.

Check out the before-and-after of this 2020 whole-house remodel project by the Elevation Remodel Division and Elevation Founder, Amy Pretorius, come to its full-potential with one small change of removing a wall.

Photos from Elevation HomeBuilders's post 08/12/2022

Our new build division has been busy working on this large 6,000+ SF home. The main level is taking form with a 124' frontage.

Photos from Elevation HomeBuilders's post 08/11/2022

Recently completed two-story wall of wainscotting featured in one of Elevation’s new builds. It is always a fun challenge to see how we can incorporate visual details in large spaces. Our carpentry team are always tailoring our custom needs whether that is a remodel or new build.

Photos from Elevation HomeBuilders's post 08/10/2022

Creating mood boards with selections is a great way for clients to visualize how a space will come together. Our design team will create a presentation on every project for owners to pick and choose what suits their needs best. This laundry and powder room is a sneak peak of a remodel project in progress. Follow along to see how this gets incorporated into the physical space!

PHOTO 1: Chandler DeWitt | Designer, Remodel Division
PHOTO 2: Links to selections are included for easy access via clients In reviewing design selections


A sneak peek into a whole-house remodel on a local golf course. This 70's styled bungalow is undergoing a major overhaul. The house was just stripped to the studs, Remodel Designer Chandler DeWitt gives us a sneak peek!

Photos from Elevation HomeBuilders's post 08/03/2022

Elevation carpenter Matt Krupp reviews cabinets after they were delivered from the manufacturer wrong. The cabinets were supposed to be finished inside with open door frames for glass uppers. The manufacturer sent new ones but in production and delivery would take 3 weeks. Needing a quick solution, he routering the doors and adding cane created a temporary but stylish fix--just in time to make the Parade of Homes.

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Our Story

Elevation Home Builders is a joint venture of two friends who decided to pursue their dreams of continuing a career in building and design.

Amy’s Story

Amy Pretorius has been the assistant Project Manager for the Peninsula Development Company in Iowa City, IA since 2010. She was involved in construction for many years before the Peninsula including a whole home move and remodel in 2007. Amy originally pursued architecture at Iowa State, but later transferred to the University of Iowa where she obtained her Bachelors degree. She has since become a Certified Graduate Builder, named by the National Home Builder Association. While building homes in the Peninsula Neighborhood Amy had the opportunity to work with clients on custom homes along with flex her individual design muscle on their beautiful and unique spec homes. Since Amy began building in the Peninsula Neighborhood it quickly became one of the most popular and beautiful communities in the corridor area.

Nate’s Story

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