Builders News August 2018



Affiliated with the National Association of Home Builders & Home Builders Association of Iowa

Student Built House



Check the Calendar of Events


for more information!

Remodelers Council

Board Meeting


IC HBA Conference Room

Women’s Council Build Day


Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity

Katie Lammers Women Build

924 N Governor St, Iowa City

IC/CR Fall Mixer

AUGUST 30TH 6:00 - 8:00 PM

The Hotel Kirkwood

7725 Kirkwood Blvd SW

Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

Vocational Training Council Chair, Aaron McGlynn with Cabinet Works, welcomes everyone to the groundbreaking.

A ceremonial groundbreaking was held Thursday, June

28, 2018 at 3:00 pm at the site of a future home of Reach

for Your Potential clients. The home is being built at

1881 Dickenson Lane in Iowa City by local students.

The groundbreaking is the beginning of a new project

put on by our Vocational Training Council. The

council organizes workforce development projects in

the greater Iowa City area. Students participating in

the program learn an important skill set, earn college

credit, and help give back to the community.

Membership Committee

Membership Drive


IC HBA Conference Room

IC Area HBA Build Day


Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity

Katie Lammers Women Build

924 N Governor St, Iowa City

September Membership


SEPTEMBER 13TH 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Hawkeye Ready Mix

3375 Klein Rd, Iowa City

We were excited to have Governor Kim Reynolds at

the groundbreaking as well as many other elected

officials and members of the IC Area HBA, Vocational

Training Council, the student and their parents.

The project includes 13 students of all different ages

building a home for a local non-profit organization

called Reach for Your Potential. RFYP supplies

housing for adults with disabilities. This project

also partners with Kirkwood Community College,

allowing each student working on the house to

receive two hours of construction credits. Members

of the Homebuilders Association are paying for the

college credits, and students will also complete their

10 hours of OSHA certification.


Dr. Mick Starcevich,

outgoing President of

Kirkwood Community

College, talks about

the valuable skills the

students are learning.

Governor Kim Reynolds

talks about everything

we are doing right

for students and

homeowners in Iowa City.

Remodelers Social

SEPTEMBER 18TH 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Water Concepts

214 Southgate Ave, Iowa City

Board of Directors Meeting


IC HBA Conference Room

Remodelers Council

Build Day


Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity

Katie Lammers Women Build

924 N Governor St, Iowa City

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Message from the President

Dear HBA Members,

What do higher interest rates mean for the housing market?

If you have been thinking

about buying or have

recently purchased a

home you know that

the market is incredibly

competitive. Part of the

reason for the vibrant

housing market is that

interest rates have been

low for almost a decade.

But the era of ultra-low

interest rates appears to

be slowly coming to an end. The current national average

interest rate for a 30 year fixed loan home mortgage is 4.4%

as of July 1st, 2018.

So how do rising interest rates translate into real dollars?

Let’s say that you decided to purchase a $300,000 home

and you are planning on putting 20% down, or $60,000 and

finance $240,000 over 30 years. If you locked in your loan at

3.5% interest rate your monthly payment would be $1,078

and you would end up paying $387,975 over the term of the

loan. If you locked in your loan at 4.25% interest rate your

monthly payment would be $1,180 and you would end up

paying $425,036 over the term of the loan excluding taxes

and insurance.

When should you buy?

If you are looking to buy and are able to do it now, you’ll

save money over doing it later. Not only are interest rates

expected to continue to climb, we are also seeing building

material price increases that are outpacing wage growth.

Any additional increases in the interest rates mean that

your monthly payment is higher, which decreases your

purchasing power.

Some Perspective.

Mortgage rates will continue to be low by historical standards.

They were around 7% in the 1990’s and in the early 1980’s they

were as high as 18%! So while interest rates may creep toward

5% over the next year remember that we didn’t see a rate

below 5% until 2009. So while the rates aren’t as low as they

once were it is still a good time to buy a home.

Sincerely, Adam Hahn

Watts Group - Director of Construction Services

2018 Greater Iowa City Area HBA President



Adam Hahn

Watts Development Group


Andy Martin

Martin Construction


GT Karr

Sueppel’s Siding & Remodeling


Mike Bails

Urban Acres


Kelly Manning

Sobaski Abbey Carpet & Floor


Marty Tunning


Builders Respond to Growing Interest in Green Homes

During National Homeownership Month in June, we’re focusing

on the critical role that the home plays in our lives and how NAHB

members are finding innovative ways to build the American Dream.

Ongoing research by NAHB and its partners shows that many

home buyers are interested in green, sustainable and highperformance

building practices. NAHB’s report, Housing

Preferences of the Boomer Generation: How They Compare to

Other Home Buyers, asked home buyers across four generations –

millennials, Gen Xers, baby boomers and seniors – what features

they consider essential/desirable in a new home.


Glenn Siders - Siders Development

Mike Pugh - Pugh Hagan Prahm, PLC

Art Floss - CBI Bank & Trust

Chad Keune - Advantage Custom Builders

Rory Triplett - Insurance Associates Iowa City

Todd Helle - Terry Lockridge & Dunn



Tim Ruth - McCreedy-Ruth Construction


Melissa Schooley - Great Western Bank


Aaron McGlynn - CabinetWorks Construction

Energy-efficient strategies, including ENERGY STAR appliances

and windows and above-code insulation made the most-wanted

list and would positively influence the purchase decision of 80% or

more of all home buyers. Water-efficient features were also cited as

essential/desirable by 72% of respondents.

Builders are responding to this interest by increasingly

incorporating these strategies in new home construction.

“Homes constructed with green, sustainable and high-performance

strategies offer home owners a product that can reduce their

total cost of ownership through lower utility bills and can be

resold at a premium in many markets,” said Troy Johns, founder

of Urban Northwest Homes in Vancouver, Wash. “These homes

also generally provide increased comfort and a healthier indoor

environment for occupants.”

Approximately one-quarter of the single-family builders in NAHB’s

2017 Green Practices Survey are building with strategies that would

qualify for at least Bronze-level certification under the requirements

of the 2015 National Green Building Standard (NGBS).

The NGBS is the only green rating system approved by the

American National Standards Institute and provides thirdparty

certification for residential construction through six key

categories: site design, resource efficiency, water efficiency, energy

efficiency, indoor environmental quality, and building operation

and maintenance. Homes must meet a minimum threshold in each

category to achieve certification.

The Green Practices Survey also showed that current home building

practices among respondents met Bronze level certification in energy

efficiency for 74% of the properties and over half met it for water,

indoor environmental quality and operation/maintenance.

To help industry professionals respond to the growing interest in

green building, NAHB offers the Certified Green Professional

and Master Certified Green Professional designations. These

designations recognize builders, remodelers and other industry

professionals who incorporate green and sustainable building

principles into homes. NAHB also offers educational courses in

green building. Get started at

For more information about sustainable building practices, contact

Michelle Diller.


Brad Storck - Bachmeier Carpet One



Dan Robertson - Overhead Door Company

of Cedar Rapids & Iowa City

Mitchell Manning – Sobaski Abbey

Carpet and Floor


Katy Stutsman – Kitchens By Design

Maggie Gehrls – PSC Distribution

The Greater Iowa City Area

Home Builders Association


Karyl Bohnsack

PO Box 3396, Iowa City, IA 52244

Phone: 319.351.5333 • Fax: 319.358.2443


August 2018 | ICAHBA Builders News 3



General Membership Meeting

at Hawkeye Ready Mix

3375 Klein Rd, Iowa City

Thursday, Sept. 13th from 6 - 8 pm

RSVP to or (319) 351-5333 by Friday, Sept. 7th

Sponsored and Hosted by

Hawkeye Ready Mix

TM Home Renovations, LLC

Toby Moran

PO Box 192, Oxford, IA 52322

(319) 551-0185

Sponsored by Tim Ruth

William Easton Design, LLC

William Easton

PO Box 1028, Iowa City, IA 52244

(319) 431-8660


Answers by Alexander

Brian Ahrendsen

1534 S Gilbert St, Iowa City, IA 52240

(319) 499-4890



Join Us

IC/CR HBA’s Fall Mixer

The Hotel Kirkwood

14 Kirkwood Blvd SW, Cedar Rapids

Thursday, Aug. 30th from 6 - 8 pm

Free to Iowa City and Cedar Rapids HBA members.

Sponsored by Hills Bank and Trust Company

RSVP to or

(319) 351-5333 by Friday, Aug. 24th

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Student Built House Groundbreaking

Tim Ruth with McCreedy Ruth Construction and general contractor on the build breaks ground with

the students, Governor Reynolds and others involved with the Student Built Home.

Governor Reynolds signs the wall at the Student Built Home after the groundbreaking.

Thank you, Mary Ruth, for lining up the ice cream

truck! It was the perfect end of a perfect day.

Governor Reynolds takes a moment to smile

with some of Reach for Your Potential’s clients.

Ambassadors with the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce joined us for the groundbreaking.

We had a great crowd for the Student Built Home groundbreaking!

August 2018 | ICAHBA Builders News 5

Student Built

House Progress

The students have come a long way in a short amount of

time! Despite the rain and heat a lot of work has been

done towards the future home for Reach for Your Potential.

The students have enjoyed great success with the help of

many of our members.

Aging in Place from the Eyes

of the Housing Industry

Residents of Johnson County were invited to the Johnson County

Aging in Place Forums to learn about Aging in Place from the

perspective of builders and remodelers.

Iowa City Area Association of Realtors opened their Education

Center June 13th for the Forum.

Monica Hayes with Skogman Realty welcomes everyone to the 2nd Aging in Place Forum. Forums continue through Oct.

Andy Martin with MCIC and GT Karr with Sueppel’s Siding and Remodeling educate the group

on the Certified Aging in Place (CAPS) Designation that many of our members have.

Tim Ruth with McCreedy-Ruth Construction talks about items to consider during the

construction of a new home to help you stay in your home longer and more comfortably.

6 ICAHBA Builders News | August 2018

3rd Annual Construction Camp at Clear Creek Amana

The 3rd Annual Construction Camp was held the weeks of June 10th and June 18th.

With the help and support of the Greater Iowa City Area Home Builders Association, the third Annual CCA Construction Camp was a success! Mr.

Clark and Mrs. Boeset, both returned as instructors for week one with Mr. Clark bringing in help for week two as Mrs. Boeset had another commitment.

Middle school students in the 2018 camp participated in 5 days of learning and doing from 9 am to 3 pm. The campers learned how to use a tape

measure as well as tool safety before they constructed a box to take home and a swing to share with local trails.

The Nail Driver champs of the first week of Construction Camp.

Graduation Day at the end of the first week of Construction Camp at the Clear Creek Amana Middle School STEM Center

The students built a cell phone stand at Cabinet Works

during the second week of Construction Camp.

Parents are invited to Graduation Day at the end of camp to learn

about what their kids learned and accomplished during the week.

The Construction Campers got to take a field trip to Wellman

and visit Cabinet Works during the second week of camp.

The graduating class of the second week of Construction Camp.

Thank you to all of our members that

made Construction Camp possible!

The Students got to show off their handiwork on Graduation Day.

Housing Starts Reach

Post-Recession High in

May as Permits Soften

August 2018 | ICAHBA Builders News 7

The kitchen in the Hancock model near

Pittsburgh was a Best in 55+ Housing

award winner for Traditions of America.

Photo by Mike Mihalo, CPP.

Total housing starts rose 5% in May to a

seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.35

million units, according to newly released

data from HUD and the Commerce

Department. This is the highest housing

starts report since July 2007.

While housing production numbers rose,

overall permits dropped 4.6% to 1.3 million

units: Single-family permits fell 2.2% to

844,000 while multifamily permits fell 8.7%

to 457,000.

“Ongoing job creation, positive

demographics and tight existing home

inventory should spur more single-family

production in the months ahead,” said

NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz.

“However, the softening of single-family

permits is consistent with our reports

showing that builders are concerned over

mounting construction costs, including the

highly elevated prices of softwood lumber.”

The May reading of 1.35 million is the

number of housing units builders would

begin if they kept this pace for the next

12 months. Within this overall number,

single-family starts rose 3.9% to 936,000—

the second highest reading since the Great

Recession. Meanwhile, the multifamily

sector rose 7.5% to 414,000 units.

Year-to-date, single-family and multifamily

production are respectively 9.8% and 13.6%

higher than their levels over the same period

last year. The year-to-date metric can help

compare performance data over a specific

time period and show growth trends.

“We should see builders continue to

increase production to meet growing

consumer demand even as they grapple

with stubborn supply-side constraints,

particularly rising lumber costs,” said

NAHB Chairman Randy Noel.

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Project Timeline

August 30, 2018

Women’s Council Build Day

Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity

Katie Lammers Women Build

924 N Governor St, Iowa City

September 7, 2018

IC Area HBA Build Day

Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity

Katie Lammers Women Build

924 N Governor St, Iowa City

October 25, 2018

Remodelers Council Build Day

Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity

Katie Lammers Women Build

924 N Governor St, Iowa City


for details and regular updates

Regionally, the Midwest led the nation

with a 62.2% increase in combined singleand

multifamily housing starts. Starts fell

0.9% in the South, 4.1% in the West and

15% in the Northeast.

Looking at regional permit data, permits

rose 42.1% in the Northeast and 7.2% in the

Midwest. They fell 4.6% in the West and

13.9% in the South.

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Martin Construction, founded in 2007, is a family-owned remodeling company

with Andy Martin—former Greater Iowa City Area HBA President—

at the helm. Martin Construction works with clients in the Iowa City area

on projects from the smallest repair to total renovations, offering personal service

and professional work, while achieving the highest standards; whether it’s fixing a

sticky door or re-designing your whole home, they’ve got you covered!

This remodel involved transforming the entire first level of the home: the entryway,

living room, dining area, kitchen, bathroom, and two bedrooms. In addition, a threeseasons

room used for storage was fully enclosed, and made into the master bedroom.

Kitchen cabinets and counters were provided by Kitchens by Design using Ultra Craft

and Ceaserstone. The Alabaster Oak LVP flooring and glass backsplash were supplied

by Bachmeier Carpet One, and the Kohler faucet and stainless-steel double-bowl sink,

along with other plumbing fixtures, were supplied by Studio H20.


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“One of the best things about what we do is we get to help our clients solve

the problems they have with their home. Another is the opportunity to completely

transform spaces. On this project, we got to do both of those things, so

that was really rewarding. This was a fun young family to work with, and now

their home will really work for them as their kids grow.” - Andy Martin, owner of

Martin Construction

“Our experience with Martin Construction was first rate. From the planning and

conceptual phase to demolition to framing and finish work, Andy and crew were

very detailed, tidy, and respectful of our home and our plans to make it better. They

were conscientious of any concerns or problems that came up and immediately addressed

any issues we raised. Most of all, the completed work is excellent, and we

love our new house! We would gladly recommend Martin Construction to anyone

looking to hire a builder.” - Eric and Eve Menzel

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May is National Remodel Month

Spring is the time of year when many Americans make plans to remodel their

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2017's Best of

the Corridor II

Sparks fly when we discuss who’s the best in the

Corridor. In the spirit of democracy, however, the

CBJ held a calm and orderly vote by readers back in

June, which we ca l our annual Best of the Corridor

competition. After profiling the first group of 25

winners in last week’s edition, we invite you turn the

page to see who cleaned up in Best Cleaning Service,

who locked down Best Security Company, and who

wrote the book on Best Printer, among others. >>

Fireworks burst around the Tree of Five Seasons in downtown Cedar Rapids. PHOTO WILLIAM BUCKETS

homes. May is National Home Remodeling Month, and the NAHB Remodelers

and Greater IC Area HBA Remodelers Council reminds you to only trust your

dreams for your home to a qualified professional remodeler.



Bea Day Plumbers, Inc. founded in 1980, is a women-owned

plumbing remodeling company and the lead contractor on this

project. Jane Hagedorn is the Owner and on the Remodeler’s

Council Board with the Greater Iowa City Area HBA. Bea Day

Plumbers, Inc. contracts remodeling projects, service work and

new home projects. They are commi ted to quality plumbing,

customer satisfaction, and promoting women in the construction

trades. From the bidding process through the finish of the project,

they offer clear and honest communication with their customers.

The owner of this bathroom remodel project chose to maintain

the basic footprint and fixture placement for the bathroom.

Plumbing and electrical systems were upgraded to comply with

modern codes. Per the homeowner’s request new fixtures were

chosen to be consistent with the vintage of the home. Custom

cabinetry and trim was buil to match existing cabinets and trim

in the home.

Bea Day Plumbers utilized a team of Remodeler’s Council

members to complete this project. Members included Lammers

Construction, Crown Electric, Sobaski Abby Carpet and Floor,

Knebel Windows and Ramsey Creek Woodworks.

For more information on home remodeling, and for help finding a professional

remodeler, visit

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Thur, Oct. 12th - 6:00 pm

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Remodelers Council Social



Lowe’s – Coralvi le #1688

Greg Damhorst

2701 2nd St.

Coralville, IA 52241

Moxie Solar

Thomas Baumgartner

230 Sugar Creek Ln

North Liberty, IA 52317

Parade Craze

Ryan Geertsen

1099 W South Jordan Pkwy

South Jordan, UT 84095

April 25th

6:00-8:00 pm

Colonial Lanes

Membership Commi tee

May 9th

11:30 am – 1:30 pm

IC HBA Conference Room

May General

Membership Meeting

May 11th

5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

IVHFH ReStore and Education Center

2401 Sco t Blvd SE, Iowa City

Board Meeting

May 18th

12:00 - 1:00 pm

IC HBA Conference Room

Women’s Council Social

May 23rd

5:30 pm

Graze Restaurant

115 East Co lege St, Iowa City


Affordable Metal Mfg

303 Cleveland Street, Muscatine, IA 52761

Phone: (563) 264-8212

Fax: (563) 264-8212



Sponsored by: Tim Ruth

Hausers Water Systems

1636 220th Street, Manchester, IA 52057

Phone: (563) 927-3716

Fax: (563) 927-2145

Sponsored by Tim Ruth

Iowa Cleaning, LLC

503 Potter Street, Ti fin, IA 52340

(319) 333-8343

Sponsored by Adam Hahn

Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity

2401 Sco t Blvd SE, Iowa City, IA 52240

(319) 337-8989 mark@iowava


K+R Wholesale Building Materials

Rob Mu ray and Corinne Ashford

PO Box 3670, Camdenton, MO 65020

Phone: (573) 346-1187 Fax: (573) 346-1387


Sponsored by: Andy Martin

Star Equipment Ltd

2950 6th Street SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

Phone: (319) 365-5139 Fax: (319) 365-6726

Sponsored by: Tim Ruth

Steil Consulting, LLC

PO Box 5712, Coralvi le, IA 52241

(319) 631-1890

Sponsored by Duane Musser

Remodelers Council Social


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COST: $15 PER PERSON Gold Cards Apply - RSVP to or ca l (319) 351-5333 by Oct. 9, 2017

September 26 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Big Grove Brewery & Tap Room

1225 S Gilbert St, Iowa City

Mike Rowe Ski led

Trades Event

September 28 4:00 – 8:00 pm

Iowa Events Center, Des Moines

Remodelers Council

Committee Meeting

October 10 Noon – 1:00 pm

IC Area HBA Conference Room

October General

Membership Meeting

October 12 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City

Legislative Committee

October 17 7:30 – 8:30 am

IC Area HBA Conference Room

Board of Directors Meeting

October 19 Noon – 1:00

IC Area HBA Conference Room



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