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Elevation Home Builders is a product of Certified Graduate Builder/ Designer Amy Pretorius & Builder/Engineer Nate Knause coming together in one unified company to deliver an exceptional building experience. Amy’s past accomplishments include the successful Peninsula Neighborhood Subdivision in Iowa City and has over 12 years in construction. Nate was the 2015 Parade of Homes Winner and has spent over 15 years in engineering and commercial construction management.  Together they have built over 326 homes consisting of single family, row homes, multi-unit housing, and commercial buildings.

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Custom Homes

We know building a home can seem overwhelming. Let our experienced team guide you through every step and put together a home plan that will far exceed your expectations.

Kitchen under construction at 5 Highview Knoll, Iowa City

Remodels and Additions

This is where we began our careers and our love for construction. No project is too big or too small, whether it is finishing a basement or an entire home remodel, we can help. It can be challenging for some contractors to work in a home where clients are living. We strive to build a comprehensive plan with our clients to ensure the process is pleasant as possible.

Amy framing a fireplace

Small Jobs

From carpentry, painting to design assistance; we have a salaried team ready to assist including our in-house carpenters and interior design team with experience in layout, material selection and interior design to make your space stand out.

Creating unique residences, one project at a time

With 326 homes and 26 years of experience of accumulative experience ensures your project is perfect. Building is our passion and our attention to detail is what sets us apart.

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Works in progress

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Custom Home

On the corner of Rochester Avenue and Windmill Place is a custom home, our "Magnolia 2.0" features a main level owners' suite and three levels of finished living area.

Elevation kitchen under construction at 2019 Laurence Court

Whole House Remodel

A stunning river view property, this Wendrum Bluff property is a whole-house remodel slated for completion and available for sale late spring 2020.

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Tamarack Ridge

We're excited to announce more than a dozen lots in the new Tamarack Ridge subdivision beginning summer 2020.

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Our talented team

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Amy Pretorius
Builder, Co-owner
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Nathan Knause
Project Manager, Co-Owner