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Affiliated with the National Association of Home <strong>Builders</strong> & Home <strong>Builders</strong> Association of Iowa<br />

HBA Integral to <strong>2018</strong><br />

Habitat Women Build House<br />

Members of The Greater Iowa City<br />

area HBA Women’s Council kept<br />

the hammers tapping and saws<br />

humming at the Katie Lammers<br />

Women Build job site Aug. 30. The<br />

Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity<br />

sponsors the project, located at 924<br />

N. Governor Street in Iowa City,<br />

with the finished product going<br />

to a Democratic Republic of the<br />

Congo refugee family. Lammers<br />

was tabbed as this year’s honoree<br />

in part because the company she<br />

co-owns, Lammers Construction<br />

Services, has the largest staff<br />

of woman carpenters of any<br />

remodeling company in Iowa<br />

City and works with Kirkwood<br />

Community College’s carpentry<br />

program to host interns learning<br />

the trade. National Association<br />

of Home <strong>Builders</strong> Regional Field<br />

Representative Matt Milroy from<br />

the Chicago area also volunteered<br />

his skills. Teams are making strides<br />

toward completion despite having<br />

to reschedule the Sept. 7 build day<br />

due to rain. The new date is <strong>Oct</strong>.<br />

12 and will involve our general<br />

membership. Our Remodelers<br />

Council representatives will be on<br />

hand for the last day, Thursday,<br />

<strong>Oct</strong>. 25. Kudos go to our dedicated<br />

HBA members helping bring the<br />

vision to fruition.<br />

Teamwork is the<br />

name of the game at<br />

the Women Build.<br />

3 4<br />

1 2<br />

1) It was a great turnout for the<br />

Sept. 7 build day, which involved<br />

our Women’s Council members.<br />

2) Katie Lammers, this year<br />

Women Build honoree,<br />

is a natural fit due to her<br />

commitment to women in<br />

carpentry and aiding underserved<br />

populations.<br />

3) NAHB Regional Field<br />

Representative Matt Milroy, in<br />

town for our fall mixer, was busy<br />

with the stapler.<br />

4) Ali Comer with Kitchens by<br />

Design pounds one of the many<br />

nails used on the house.<br />

OCTOBER <strong>2018</strong><br />

Check the Calendar of Events<br />

at www.iowacityhomes.com<br />

for more information!<br />

Student Built House<br />

Dedication<br />

OCT. 1 3:00 – 5:00 P.M.<br />

1881 Dickenson Lane, Iowa City<br />

Remodelers Council Meeting<br />

OCT. 9 8:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.<br />

ACE Conference and Career Fair<br />

Kirkwood Community College<br />

<strong>Oct</strong>ober General<br />

Membership Meeting<br />

OCT. 11 6:00 - 8:00 P.M.<br />

Kinnick Stadium (Mediacom Club)<br />

Greater IC Area<br />

HBA Build Day<br />

OCT. 12 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.<br />

Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity<br />

Katie Lammers Women Build<br />

924 N Governor St., Iowa City<br />

Legislative Committee<br />

Meeting<br />

OCT. 16 7:30 - 8:30 A.M.<br />

IC Area HBA Conference Room<br />

Board of Directors Meeting<br />

OCT. 18 NOON – 1:00 P.M.<br />

IC Area HBA Conference Room<br />

Women’s Council Lighten Up<br />

OCT. 23 4:00 – 6:00 P.M.<br />

Illuminate.<br />

565 Cameron Way, Suite 101,<br />

North Liberty<br />

Remodelers Council<br />

Build Day<br />

OCT. 25 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.<br />

Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity<br />

Katie Lammers Women Build<br />

924 N Governor St., Iowa City<br />


McCreedy Ruth Construction LLC<br />

Katy Stutsman<br />

5494 Oakcrest Hill Road SE<br />

Riverside, IA 52327<br />

(319) 648-2166<br />

katy@mccreedyruthconstruction.com<br />


2 ICAHBA <strong>Builders</strong> <strong>News</strong> | <strong>Oct</strong>ober <strong>2018</strong><br />

Message from the President<br />

Dear HBA Members,<br />

With what now seems to be an annual flood scare by our local<br />

rivers, our regions recent flash flooding and another hurricane<br />

hitting the coast, I thought it would be timely to discuss what<br />

the NAHB has been doing<br />

to support extension of<br />

National Flood Insurance<br />

Program (NFIP).<br />

What is the National Flood<br />

Insurance Program?<br />

The National Flood<br />

Insurance Program was<br />

created by the Federal<br />

Government because the<br />

private insurance market<br />

was unwilling to cover<br />

flood damage. The NFIP<br />

identifies flood-prone areas in the country, makes flood<br />

insurance available to the property owners and encourages<br />

efforts to mitigate flood hazards. It does so by providing<br />

affordable insurance to property owners, renters and<br />

businesses and by encouraging communities to adopt and<br />

enforce floodplain management regulations. These efforts<br />

help mitigate the effects of flooding on new and improved<br />

structures. Congress requires all properties within the 100-<br />

year floodplain purchased with a federally backed mortgage<br />

to carry flood insurance for the term of the loan. Overall,<br />

the program reduces the economic impact of disasters<br />

by promoting the purchase and retention of general risk<br />

insurance in addition to flood insurance, which they provide<br />

with subsidized premiums.<br />

Iowa City HBA Hires Marketing<br />

and Administrative Coordinator<br />

The Greater Iowa City Area HBA has hired Michelle Moore as our new<br />

marketing and administrative coordinator. Michelle has more than 20<br />

years of experience in the communications/marketing field with corporate<br />

and nonprofit organizations, including<br />

writing, publications production and<br />

events management. She had her own<br />

freelance business for 10 years. Michelle<br />

has also worked multiple years in<br />

office management, including records<br />

maintenance and finances.<br />

Originally from Sigourney, Iowa, she<br />

has a degree in Journalism and Mass<br />

Communications from The University<br />

of Iowa (UI). Michelle returned to Iowa<br />

City in 2010 after 18 years in the Kansas<br />

City metro area. Ironically, it was her<br />

husband Jeff’s job as director of golf at the university’s Finkbine Golf<br />

Course that brought her back. Jeff and Michelle have two children, Emily<br />

who is a sophomore at West High School, and Ryan a fourth grade at Horn<br />

Elementary. Michelle feels she has come full circle in that the HBA office sits<br />

across the street from Seashore Hall (currently being reconstructed), home<br />

of the UI psychology program. She spent many hours at Seashore getting a<br />

minor in the field.<br />

Michelle likes to volunteer when she can and has put her professional skills<br />

to use for numerous organizations. Currently, she is an assistant leader for<br />

her son’s Cub Scout den and team teaches religious education at St. Thomas<br />

More Catholic Church in Coralville, in addition to smaller volunteer roles.<br />

Why would someone build or purchase a home in the 100<br />

year floodplain?<br />

The major flood events in 2017 (think Hurricane Katrina,<br />

Hurricane Wilma and Cedar Rapids in 2008) have raised concerns<br />

about continuing to build in the floodplain. The properties that<br />

are most likely to be damaged or repetitively flooded are older<br />

housing. New construction is built to more stringent codes and<br />

standards. In addition, all new construction homes are required to<br />

pay full-risk unsubsidized rates which helps support the financial<br />

stability of the flood insurance program.<br />

So what is the issue?<br />

The National Flood Insurance Program does not currently have<br />

long term funding. On July 31 the Senate voted and approved<br />

House-passed legislation that extended the NFIP until Nov. 30,<br />

<strong>2018</strong>. Had they not acted the program would have expired on<br />

July 31, <strong>2018</strong>. It is anticipated that the four-month extension<br />

will give the House and Senate time to hammer out a long term<br />

reauthorization and funding of the NFIP.<br />

What is the NAHB doing?<br />

Your NAHB has been working tirelessly with lawmakers on a<br />

long-term bill. NAHB reached an agreement with the House<br />

Financial Services Committee on legislation that will provide a<br />

five-year reauthorization and NAHB is working with the Senate<br />

on their version of a legislation that will keep the NFIP financially<br />

viable and let builders provide safe and affordable housing.<br />

Sincerely, Adam Hahn<br />

Watts Group - Director of Construction Services<br />

<strong>2018</strong> Greater Iowa City Area HBA President<br />

Congressman Loebsack Visits<br />

Iowa City HBA Office<br />

Iowa Second District U.S. Congressman Dave<br />

Loebsack visited with HBA members at The Greater<br />

Iowa City Area HBA office Aug. 28. The group<br />

discussed a number of things, including tariffs,<br />

trade agreements, skilled labor, political landscapes<br />

and local markets. “Representative Loebsack has<br />

always been very accessible and an overall a friend<br />

of our organization and industry,” said HBA Iowa’s<br />

Jay Iverson, who was in attendance.<br />

HBA members Rich Fitch-HBA Ames; Jay Iverson-<br />

HBA Iowa; Drew Retz-HBA Cedar Rapids; Don<br />

Beal-HBA Des Moines; Iowa City Area HBA<br />

members Tim Ruth-McCreedy Ruth Construction;<br />

Kelly Manning-Sobaski Abbey Carpet and<br />

Flooring; and Mike Bails-Urban Acres Real Estate<br />

talked about issues impacting home builders with<br />

U.S. Congressman Dave Loebsack (fifth from left)<br />

and his campaign manager.<br />

<strong>2018</strong> BOARD OF DIRECTORS<br />


Adam Hahn<br />

Watts Development Group<br />


Andy Martin<br />

Martin Construction<br />


GT Karr<br />

Sueppel’s Siding & Remodeling<br />


Mike Bails<br />

Urban Acres<br />


Kelly Manning<br />

Sobaski Abbey Carpet & Floor<br />


Marty Tunning<br />

RSM US LLP<br />


Glenn Siders - Siders Development<br />

Mike Pugh - Pugh Hagan Prahm, PLC<br />

Art Floss - CBI Bank & Trust<br />

Chad Keune - Advantage Custom <strong>Builders</strong><br />

Rory Triplett - Insurance Associates Iowa City<br />

Todd Helle - Terry Lockridge & Dunn<br />



Tim Ruth - McCreedy-Ruth Construction<br />


Melissa Schooley - Great Western Bank<br />


Aaron McGlynn - Cabinet Works<br />


Brad Storck - Bachmeier Carpet One<br />

<strong>2018</strong> COMMITTEE CONTACTS<br />


Dan Robertson - Overhead Door Company<br />

of Cedar Rapids & Iowa City<br />

Mitchell Manning – Sobaski Abbey<br />

Carpet and Floor<br />


Katy Stutsman – McCreedy Ruth Construction<br />

Maggie Gehrls – PSC Distribution<br />

The Greater Iowa City Area<br />

Home <strong>Builders</strong> Association<br />


Karyl Bohnsack<br />

karyl@hbaofic.org<br />



Michelle Moore<br />

michelle@hbaofic.org<br />

PO Box 3396, Iowa City, IA 52244<br />

Phone: 319.351.5333 • Fax: 319.358.2443<br />

Website: iowacityhomes.com

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YOU’RE<br />


WOMEN’S<br />



OCT. 23, <strong>2018</strong><br />

illuminate.<br />

565 Cameron Way<br />

Suite 101, North Liberty<br />

4:00 – 6:00 p.m.<br />

Learn how to lighten up at illuminate’s<br />

new North Liberty showroom.<br />

Relax with a glass of wine, learn about essential<br />

oils and make bath salts to take home while<br />

touring illuminate’s new showroom!<br />

Cost is $15/person with proceeds going to the<br />

Women’s Council Scholarship Fund.<br />

RSVP to Karyl@HBAofIC.org or Michelle@HBAofIC.org<br />

or call (319) 351-5333 by Friday, <strong>Oct</strong>. 19.<br />


JOIN US<br />

<strong>Oct</strong>. 11, <strong>2018</strong><br />

Kinnick Stadium<br />

Level 2, Kinnick Mediacom Club<br />

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.<br />

Featuring Coach Terry Brands<br />

$15/member – Gold Cards Apply<br />

RSVP by Friday, <strong>Oct</strong>. 5 to Karyl@HBAofIC.org<br />

or Michelle@HBAofIC.org.<br />

Or call (319) 351-5333.<br />

Speaker Sponsor: Social Sponsors: All of the proceeds will go to Raffle Sponsor:<br />

The Red Shamrock Foundation

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4 ICAHBA <strong>Builders</strong> <strong>News</strong> | <strong>Oct</strong>ober <strong>2018</strong><br />

First Joint Iowa City-Cedar<br />

Rapids Fall Mixer a Success<br />

Iowa Well Represented at NAHB<br />

Board of Directors Midyear Meeting<br />

Nearly 130 HBA members convened for the first joint Cedar Rapids-Greater Iowa<br />

City Area HBA Fall Mixer at The Hotel Kirkwood in Cedar Rapids Aug. 30. Special<br />

thanks go to our sponsors (see accompanying image). Several individuals from our<br />

two newest member companies – j. a. Lopez Design and Pearl City Wood Products<br />

– experienced their initial HBA meeting, and National Association of Home<br />

<strong>Builders</strong> Regional Field Representative Matt Milroy was on hand from the Chicago<br />

area. Nate Knause with Elevation Home <strong>Builders</strong> was the lucky winner of a $100<br />

gift card generously provided by Hills Bank and Trust.<br />

NAHB<br />

Regional Field<br />

Representative<br />

Matt Milroy (left)<br />

chats with Greater<br />

Iowa City Area<br />

HBA President<br />

Adam Hahn with<br />

Watts Group.<br />

A large group of HBA Iowa members attended the NAHB Midyear Meeting in<br />

Portland, Ore., July 24-28. Pictured (left to right) are Drew Retz, Don Beal, Scott<br />

Webster, Keith Butz, Aaron McGlynn, Adam Hahn, John Gunia, Jay Iverson, Willie<br />

Delfs, Mike Farr, Mary Fitch, Bryan Thumma, Rich Fitch, Rachel Flint and Tim Ruth.<br />

Meeting activities included a Region 10 caucus which involved Iowa representatives.<br />

Greater Iowa City<br />

Area HBA new<br />

member company<br />

Pearl City<br />

Wood Products<br />

representatives<br />

(left to right)<br />

Andy Christy, Jeff<br />

Sorenson, John<br />

Schumacher and<br />

Blake Sorenson hit<br />

their first fall mixer.<br />

HBA member Tim Ruth of McCreedy Ruth Construction discussed Iowa- and Iowa<br />

City- area workforce development at the NAHB Midyear Meeting. Tim serves in<br />

a newly created NAHB working group geared toward implementing workforce<br />

development nationwide.<br />

Cabinet Works<br />

Aaron McGlynn;<br />

HBA Iowa Executive<br />

Officer Jay Iverson;<br />

and Kirkwood<br />

College’s Joe<br />

Greathouse share<br />

a laugh.<br />

IC/CR HBA’s Fall Mixer<br />

IC/CR HBA’s Fall Mixer<br />


by<br />


Sponsored by<br />





ACME Tools<br />

Overhead Door Company of Cedar Rapids & Iowa City<br />

Suburban Lumber Co.<br />



ACME Tools<br />

ACME Tools Overhead Door Company of Cedar Rapids & Iowa CIty Suburban Lumber Co.<br />

Overhead Door Company of Cedar Rapids & Iowa City<br />

Suburban Lumber Co.<br />

Attendees at the NAHB Board of Directors Meeting sent President Trump and<br />

others in the decision-making process a video message asking that NAFTA be<br />

negotiated immediately. Lumber prices have fallen recently, but it’s still a long<br />

way from the quantities and pricing needed to continue to fuel the home-building<br />

industry. The third row back is a big part of the Iowa contingent. “It was one of<br />

the better board of directors meetings we’ve had,” said HBA Iowa’s Jay Iverson.<br />

“Fairly smooth and easy with everyone on the same page. The overall attitude was<br />

very positive from our business community.”

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<strong>Oct</strong>ober <strong>2018</strong> | ICAHBA <strong>Builders</strong> <strong>News</strong> 5<br />

Good Times Abound at the Annual HBA Golf Tournament<br />

A sold-out field of 144 players hit the links July 10 at Brown Deer Golf Club in<br />

Coralville for the annual Greater Iowa City Area HBA Nail Drivers Open. Thanks go<br />

to all sponsors (see accompanying image) and Golf Committee members Chad Keune,<br />

Marty Tunning and Dan Wegman for all their hard work. Congratulations to the<br />

many winners. First place, first flight honors went to Kevin Kasparek, Tyler Kleffman,<br />

Nick Grimm and Mike Sandersfeld with Team Raynor Door of Cedar Rapids who<br />

had a sizzling score of 55. Those needing a little leeway with their game could buy a<br />

mulligan or two from the HBA Women’s Council. A total of $840 was raised through<br />

the extra strokes toward scholarships for graduating high school students going into<br />

the trades. Hole prizes were a big hit, so much so that on the No. 14 Women Only<br />

closest to the pin contest the one name listed turned out to be a man! With no woman<br />

to reward, the red Milwaukee cooler and tree gift certificate were auctioned off. Aaron<br />

Klosterman with Klosterman Construction walked away with the goods for $400,<br />

which also went to the scholarship fund.<br />

First place, first flight winners (left to right) Tyler Kleffman, Mike Sandersfeld, Kevin Kasparek<br />

and Nick Grimm with Team Raynor Door of Cedar Rapids collect their winnings.<br />

Heading to the first tee for Team<br />

BerganKDV are (left to right) Justin Flick,<br />

Jennifer Lough, Deb Hartsock and Tyler<br />

McIntyre.<br />

Hole sponsors, such as LattaHarris, help<br />

make the golf tournament a success.<br />

Pictured (left to right) are Kristie Bean,<br />

Shari Sweeting and Brandi Baker.<br />

Team Raydon Elimination Professionals (left to right)<br />

Matt Olson, John Farlinger, Kevin Bachus and Jerad<br />

Kilburg strike a family pose.<br />

Golf Committee member Marty Tunning<br />

welcomes golfers to the outing.<br />

John Farlinger (right) collects his team’s<br />

award from Golf Committee members Dan<br />

Wegman (left) and Chad Keune (center).<br />

Games, for example this one involving<br />

water guns, were a fun (and competitive)<br />

part of the day.<br />

Players catch a little shade between holes<br />

on the warm July day.<br />

Women’s Council members (left to<br />

right) Kim Miller, Jan Crosby and Kathy<br />

Bachmeier sell mulligans to raise money<br />

for their scholarship fund.<br />

Nail Driver’s Open -<br />

IC Area HBA Golf Tournament<br />

Brown Deer Golf Course<br />

Tuesday, July 10, <strong>2018</strong><br />

Thank you to our sponsors!<br />




AW Welt Ambrisco Insurance<br />

Advantage Custom <strong>Builders</strong><br />

RSM US LLP<br />


Engineered Building Design<br />

King’s Material Inc<br />

University of Iowa Community Credit Union<br />


Mike Bails<br />


Budget Blinds of Eastern Iowa<br />

CBI Bank & Trust<br />

Hills Bank and Trust Company<br />

ImOn Communications LLC<br />

LattaHarris LLP<br />

McGrath Fleet and Commercial<br />

Windows by Pella<br />


Radon Elimination Professionals<br />


AW Welt Ambrisco<br />

Acme Tools<br />

Advance Millwork<br />

Advantage Custom <strong>Builders</strong><br />

Alexander Lumber<br />

Altorfer, Inc.<br />

Bachmeier Carpet One Floor & Home<br />

Beisser Lumber Company<br />

BerganKDV<br />

Blue Lagoon Pool & Spa<br />

Budget Blinds of Eastern Iowa<br />

Cascade Manufacturing Company<br />

CBI Bank & Trust<br />

Country Landscapes, Inc.<br />

Davisson & Son Millwork<br />

Edward Jones - Todd Nash<br />

Gilcrest/Jewett Lumber Co<br />

Great Western Bank<br />

Hawkeye Title & Settlement<br />

HD Supply White Cap<br />

Hills Bank and Trust Company<br />

ImOn Communications<br />

Insurance Associates of Iowa City<br />

Iowa City Landscaping & Garden Center<br />

Larry Yoder Masonry<br />

LattaHarris, LLP<br />

McCreedy-Ruth Construction<br />

McGrath Fleet and Commercial<br />

MidWestOne Bank<br />

MMS Consultants<br />

Pugh Hagan Prahm PLC<br />

Radon Elimination Professionals<br />

RSM US LLP<br />

South Slope Cooperative Communications<br />

West Bank<br />

Windows by Pella, Inc.

6 ICAHBA <strong>Builders</strong> <strong>News</strong> | <strong>Oct</strong>ober <strong>2018</strong><br />

Student Built House<br />

Garners Media Attention<br />

Executives Learn Best Practices at AMC<br />

to Optimize Members’ Experience<br />

Progress continues on the student built house – an initiative being sponsored by Greater<br />

Iowa City Area HBA members and our Vocational Training Council – that broke ground<br />

in June, and all involved can be proud. Rain has not affected the schedule, thankfully,<br />

since recent work has mainly been inside. The build has received lots of media attention,<br />

including features on Iowa Public Radio and KCRG Channel 9. Additionally, a video<br />

comprised of interviews with our members was shot in the house and will run on the<br />

Kirkwood Explore ACE website. The Greater Iowa City Area HBA is on the Kirkwood<br />

Sector Board that created and maintains the site. Watch email and Facebook for a video<br />

posting date and further details. Located at 1881 Dickenson Drive in Iowa City, the house<br />

will belong to Reach for Your Potential, a nonprofit organization that provides services for<br />

people with disabilities in the Iowa City area.<br />

Three Iowans attended the National Association of Home <strong>Builders</strong> (NAHB) Association<br />

Management Conference in August, where they met with NAHB senior officers. Pictured<br />

(left to right) are Third Vice Chair Chuck Fowke; HBA Iowa Executive Officer Jay Iverson;<br />

First Vice Chair Greg Ugalde; Des Moines HBA Executive Officer Dan Knoup; Second Vice<br />

Chair Dean Mon; Iowa City HBA Executive Officer Karyl Bohnsack; Chairman Randy Noel;<br />

and Past Chairman Granger MacDonald.<br />

Cullen Klebe (left) from Highland High School is interviewed by KCRG’s Dave Franzman<br />

(center) about his experience with the project.<br />

The hard work and commitment of all involved shows.<br />

Students take a<br />

break from putting<br />

up plywood to talk<br />

to Reach for Your<br />

Potential founder Ron<br />

Schieffer (right), whose<br />

organization will use the<br />

finished house.<br />

Executives mingle at the <strong>2018</strong> NAHB Association Management Conference Aug. 11-14<br />

in Long Beach, Calif. Shown are (left to right) Iowa City HBA Executive Officer Karyl<br />

Bohnsack; Des Moines HBA Executive Officer Dan Knoup; HBA Iowa Executive Officer<br />

Jay Iverson and his spouse Darla; and the Chevrolet sponsor representative. Conference<br />

attendees received training in management, government affairs, leadership development<br />

and more to benefit HBA members and operations.<br />

ASAE <strong>2018</strong>:<br />

Keeping Leadership<br />

Sharp for You<br />

Shop teacher Tim Rouse from Durant High School (left); Tim Ruth of McCreedy Ruth<br />

Construction (second from left) and Greater Iowa City Area HBA President Adam Hahn<br />

(right) with Watts Group talk to KCRG’s Dave Franzman about the lack of skilled workers in<br />

the trades and the need to provide kids technical education earlier.<br />

HBA Iowa had several<br />

representatives meet with<br />

more than 8,000 association<br />

professionals in Chicago Aug.<br />

18-22 for the American Society of<br />

Association Executives (ASAE)<br />

annual meeting. Amazing<br />

educational sessions, networking<br />

and a giant trade show makes<br />

the ASAE conference a key<br />

component to our leadership’s<br />

professional development.<br />

Getting ready for a Chicago architecture tour at ASAE<br />

are (left to right) NAHB Director, Executive Officers<br />

Council Rick Burt; HBA Iowa Executive Officer Jay<br />

Iverson; Des Moines HBA Executive Officer Dan Knoup;<br />

and Iowa City HBA Executive Officer Karyl Bohnsack.

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Aging in Place Forums: Technology and Community<br />

Resources for Downsizing, Staying at Home<br />

Jennie Wunderlich with Studio<br />

H2O Kitchen & Bath Showroom<br />

shares how bathroom<br />

technology can make staying<br />

home longer easier.<br />

Ruhl and Ruhl Realtors’ Lorraine Bowans provides ideas on how those getting older can pass<br />

along their things.<br />

The Johnson County Council on Aging, in partnership with The Greater Iowa City Area<br />

HBA, recently held three more Johnson County Aging in Place forums for area residents.<br />

Two of them featured some of our members as presenters. The forums stem from the<br />

Johnson County Livable Communities Action Team, of which we are a member.<br />

On July 11 at the Coralville Public Library, Jennie Wunderlich and Maggie Gehrls with<br />

Studio H2O Kitchen & Bath Showroom discussed how technology in shower assistive<br />

devices and fixtures has changed the aging in place process. Attendees also learned about<br />

mobility devices and resources; smart homes; and medication management. The Iowa City<br />

Area Association of Realtors (ICAAR) Education Center in Coralville was host to the other<br />

forums. Lorraine Bowans of Ruhl and Ruhl Realtors on Aug. 8 talked about dealing with<br />

accumulated “stuff” when downsizing – including where in the area to get assistance, while<br />

the Sept. 12 gathering addressed community resources to help residents stay at home longer.<br />

The next forum, titled Your New Home: Levels of Care in the Community, is <strong>Oct</strong>. 10 at the<br />

ICAAR Education Center (847 Quarry Road, Suite 10).<br />

Special Spikes are VIPs at the<br />

2019 IBS Closing Spike Concert<br />

Special Spikes have a VIP area at the 2019 International <strong>Builders</strong> Show (IBS) concert. Spikes<br />

who recruit five new members and qualify will be invited to RSVP for the event. The<br />

sooner you recruit five people, the sooner your chance to sign-up. The VIP area is limited to<br />

the first 150 qualifying recruiters, and their guest, who RSVP – so get recruiting.<br />

Access to this special VIP area will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The area will be in<br />

front of the VIP platform and includes an open bar, hors d’oeuvres and an additional guest<br />

entry (Spike plus 1 guest). Spikes need to reach the following requirements before they will<br />

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• Must recruit five new builder or associate members in <strong>2018</strong><br />

• Must be registered for IBS. RSVP’s without accompanying IBS registration by Jan. 15 will<br />

forfeit their spot and it will go to the next person.<br />

Invites to RSVP will be sent out monthly. Official rules coming soon.<br />


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Jeff Kellbach (right), aging<br />

specialist with Johnson<br />

County Health and Human<br />

Services, welcomes residents<br />

to an aging in place forum.<br />

Kellbach is a new member of<br />

the Johnson County Livable<br />

Communities Action Team,<br />

which includes the HBA.

8 ICAHBA <strong>Builders</strong> <strong>News</strong> | <strong>Oct</strong>ober <strong>2018</strong><br />


BEFORE<br />

AFTER<br />

AFTER<br />

BEFORE<br />

M<br />

cCreedy Ruth Construction has been in business more than 20 years in the Iowa<br />

City area. Home remodeling has become a bigger portion of their work as families<br />

grow and change but wish to remain in their homes longer and stay in the<br />

neighborhoods to which they’re accustomed.<br />

The home in this remodel was built in the 1980s and suited the family fine for many<br />

years. What started as a facelift for the kitchen grew to encompass the dining and living<br />

room, half bath and laundry room updates as well as new flooring throughout.<br />

To redesign the kitchen with new cabinets, crown moulding, tile backsplash and quartz<br />

counters, the homeowners worked with Kevin McCreedy of McCreedy Ruth Construction<br />

and Sonja Hawbaker from SK Cabinetry & Design LLC. A pantry was removed,<br />

which allowed for a spacious island for family and friends to gather in the kitchen.<br />

A built-in locker for coats, shoes and school bags was added in the hallway between<br />

the kitchen and dining area, just off the garage entry. Throughout the kitchen, formal<br />

dining room and front entryway area, new hardwood flooring from Bachmeier Carpet<br />

One was installed. LVT was selected for the entryway from the garage into the laundry<br />

room and half bath, to stand up to the wear and tear of three growing boys. In the<br />

breakfast nook area, a patio door was added to allow more light.<br />

Living room revisions involved installing a window where a 10-foot door was located<br />

and a custom-built entertainment center to replace an outdated one. It’s a great place<br />

to relax and watch TV after a long day. A new high-efficiency furnace was moved to the<br />

second story to allow more space for pantry cabinets. Other companies involved in this<br />

project were Yoder Electrical Services Inc, which updated the lighting, and Kuenster<br />

Heating & Air Conditioning. Now that the project is complete, the family is ready to<br />

entertain during Hawkeye football season.<br />

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