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FIRST CONSTRUCTION COMPANY strives to impress you during every step of the homebuilding process, from our first meeting to months after you move in. From our fast, accurate selection center and locked-in pricing to our user-friendly warranty system, our attention to detail infuses everything we do.

creating lasting impressions


Ours is a family homebuilding company,

precise and enjoyable. Plus, we’ve discovered

serving the Cedar Rapids area since 1990

which materials hold the greatest value, both

by taking care of customers first. Our joy

for your family and for future residents. Your

comes from listening closely to you and

home is an important place — it should bring

learning from your needs, wants and

you enjoyment for years to come. Trust your


home to a builder who makes a positive impression with a commitment to follow

By considering the desires of hundreds


of homeowners, we’ve developed unique ways to make the building process easy,


Choose First Construction Company.


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A home that looks and feels as tight as a drum TA N G I B L E D I F F E R E N C E S


Whether you want single-level ease or a

Nothing impresses more than exceeding

two-story layout of your living space, First

standards of craftsmanship and materials.

Construction Company offers the floor plans

It can add to a home’s resale value and save

to accommodate your lifestyle. We also enjoy

you money in the long run. With this in mind,

building custom homes.

we offer you beautiful and durable granite

Our homes offer clean, contemporary flair,

counters, tile backsplashes and cherry cabinetry.

allowing you to decorate and customize to

Plus, we help achieve tremendous energy

your taste. Choose your home’s details in our

savings by installing high efficiency appliances

selection center within a couple of hours.

and a comprehensive insulation system.

T H O U G H T F U L & I N F O R M AT I V E


First Construction Company has given thought

Precision pricing locks in an accurate price

to fulfilling your needs before and after you

quickly, often in less than 72 hours. Unless

move in. Our selection center, precision

you decide to make a change, your price is

pricing system and follow-up processes save

fixed, avoiding increases in materials costs.

time and make your life easier. Our hands-on selection center makes the

After you move in, First Construction Company’s follow-through provides additional

process of choosing and customizing your

peace of mind. A comprehensive home care

floor plan fast, fun and tangible. Samples

binder answers your questions and explains

of cabinets, tile, faucets and more help you

how and when to contact our warranty

decide on your home options in a short

department. And you receive information in

morning or afternoon!

person with walk throughs at three months and one year.



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Maintaining high standards would be a challenge without quality subcontractors, so it goes without saying that we partner

with some of the finest craftsmen in the area. Their conscientious work and timeliness

assures no detail will be missed. Many of these partners have shared our

success since 1990, and these pages serve as a tribute to their loyalty and craftsmanship. We trust their skill and expertise, and think you’ll find that together, we have the detailfocused team with the experience to build impressive, lasting homes.

Since our founding in 1990, thirteen families have come back and chosen First Construction to build their next custom home.

AN ORGANIZED HANDS-ON SELECTION CENTER Envision and personalize your home in our comprehensive selection center.

BEAUTY & FUNCTION Project your style and taste with cabinetry and molding looks and finishes.

RICHNESS Natural granite and unusual tile accents add substance and eloquence to kitchens and spas.

COMFORT Set the mood with the right hues and textures of wood, carpet and tile floor coverings.

CHARACTER The best curbside impression integrates tactile siding with brick, stone and concrete.

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Warmth and style that

make you feel at home...


Home Appliance Center, Cedar Rapids’ family-owned center

Whirlpool is a very smart

for appliance sales, installation and service, generously shares

choice. The benefits go well

their five decades of caring for customers before, during and

beyond minimizing energy

after the sale. They built their business on the premise of great

usage — they save soap and

customer service, along with innovative brands that save

time by accommodating very

families time and money, such as Whirlpool.

large loads. One Whirlpool model can clean up to 16 pairs

Like First Construction Company, Home Appliance Center places a high value on conserving energy and reducing utility

of jeans at once! Reducing your time and budget burdens is a snap with the

costs. As an example, a frontloading washing machine from

products and service available from Home Appliance Center.

For over 50 years, family owned and operated Home Appliance

ovens, hoods,

Center has focused on treating customers right and servicing


appliances. This team sells, installs and services select, quality

refrigerators, and fabric care, as well.

appliances, and they service all brands. The popular KitchenAid line’s styles and designs meet the

First Construction Company insists on energy efficient systems in every home, and KitchenAid’s EnergyStar choices

needs of families as well as the most discriminating culinary

do their job well while minimizing monthly bills. Regardless

professionals and home cooks. Their powerful tools make

of the model you choose, you can rest assured knowing the

mealtime and cleanup equally easy and rewarding. KitchenAid

folks at Home Appliance Center will handle your appliance

represents the latest, most useful innovations in cooktops,

needs with ease.


(319) 365-8150 ▪ Cedar Rapids

BOWKER MECHANICAL CONTRACTORS, LLC Started as Bowker Plumbing over 75 years ago, Bowker Mechanical Contractors, LLC has advanced and diversified into several technical areas while retaining its leadership as a premier plumbing services provider. Each neighborhood built by First Construction Company now includes plumbing, site grading and utility work performed by Bowker’s skilled crews. Bowker’s specialized technology rapidly converts GPS data into pinpointed site planning, excavating and estimating. The unseen details, such as underground utilities, coordinate perfectly with the plumbing details in your residence as well as the overall site. Municipalities, commercial and industrial clients of their heating and air conditioning and process piping installations have helped make Bowker Iowa’s largest mechanical contractor. With First Construction Company, Bowker has demonstrated that service is never compromised because of their size. Straightforward service on every project — combined with extremely accurate planning — helps our developments and homes come together.

(319) 364-2403 ▪ Cedar Rapids

HILLS BANK & TRUST COMPANY At Hills Bank and Trust Company — as with First Construction Company — every conversation opens a door to opportunity. Listening to your dreams of prosperity, Hills Bank understands you better and responds with relevant solutions, such as no origination fee loans and other advanced loan products. Our door is always open with local mortgage lenders at each of our 13 convenient locations allowing for competitive rates, fast decisions and extremely personalized service. Homeowners can even apply for mortgage loans at and receive instant online decisions. With this combination of old-fashioned face-to-face interaction and high-tech tools, Hills Bank can serve thousands of customers... one at a time, just as we have done since 1904. For more than 16 years, we have opened the door time and time again for First Construction Company and our homeowners-to-be.

Your Community Bank... Serving Thousands of Customers...One at a Time.SM 1-800-HILLSBK

Member FDIC


Scenic, rolling hills and a beautiful pond strike a chord in your heart and mind as you enter the College Farms development in southwest Cedar Rapids. This community from First Construction Company continues to take shape as a family-friendly environment with low-maintenance living options.

A neighborhood-driven approach and open country spaces bring special appeal to College Farms. Our main street will branch off into side streets leading to several homes. Walking trails wind past the pond and into adjacent woodlands, allowing every College Farms resident to enjoy a pleasant stroll just by stepping outside their front door. The convenient location by Highway 30 shortens your trip into Cedar Rapids, the Eastern Iowa Airport, Mount Vernon and Iowa City. Children living in College Farms will attend the respected College Community School District one exit away. College Farms’ home plans are being created now for today’s families and retirees. The layouts will echo our trademark amenities and attention to detail. They differ in that the opportunities include three-car garages as well as low-maintenance patio homes. Floor plans will be available soon — ask for yours today and join the First Construction Company family! Only one mile East of C Street SW on Highway 30. For more information, contact Laura Frey, Coldwell Banker Hedges Realty at (319) 389-4648.

CARPET KING CARPET ONE Floor coverings should be selected, created and installed to uphold lasting beauty and comfort, just like a First Construction Company home. That’s where Carpet King Carpet One comes in. With quality workmanship and customer satisfaction at a reasonable price, they live up to their tagline, “The one store for the perfect floor.™” This family-owned specialist in Marion makes everything from selection to completion a breeze. Who wouldn’t want carpet, vinyl, ceramic tile, laminates and pre-finished hardwood installed by the people with nearly 30 years of experience? Carpet King Carpet One also installs tile spas and backsplashes in kitchens and baths as well as household floors. Carpet King Carpet One knows that serving you, the customer, is their most important job. Say the word and sales/product consultant Mary Pfoff will show you the options and their advantages. That’s the level of service First Construction Company appreciates when building your home, and we think you’ll appreciate it, too.

(319) 377-9801 ▪ Marion

ADAMS DOOR, INC. Your garage doors are the workhorses of your home. Adams Door meets the challenges of everyday use and the elements with quality products precisely installed. Premium quality C.H.I. Overhead Doors and Linear and Liftmaster openers grant your home with enduring curb appeal and smooth operation. First Construction Company is sure you’ll appreciate how Adams Door makes your life easier with responsive, reliable service when you need it. RESIDENTIAL ▪ COMMERCIAL ▪ INDUSTRIAL Quality Products & Unsurpassed Workmanship 1-800-362-0777 ▪ Cedar Rapids

KING’S MATERIAL INC. Known by do-it-yourselfers for their wide array of stone pavers and retaining wall blocks… Trusted by construction firms like First Construction Company for brick, concrete ready mix and masonry products… King’s Material, Inc. has improved homes in the Cedar Rapids area with masterful landscapes and masonry exteriors since 1882. The landscaping and masonry pros at King’s create workable solutions for retaining walls, driveways, garden paths, water features and home exteriors. In new and existing homescapes, King’s Material excels in adding durable curb appeal. (319) 363-0233 ▪ Cedar Rapids ▪

BANKERS TRUST Local mortgage loan partner Bankers Trust provides the attentive, personalized service and attention to detail that you deserve. Thanks to experienced local management, First Construction Company clients can get fast, accurate answers about the financing options for their dream homes. Bankers Trust employs four experienced, detail-oriented mortgage loan originators to provide the quick response time and high level of service you expect from your financial institution. Their financial savvy, deep resources and local perspective results in a more than a mortgage loan. Rather, think of it as a banking relationship with strong ties to you

Jake Ganske

and your community. With nearly 100 years of banking expertise between five

Peggy Hardiman

Vice President Mortgage Department Manager 319-896-7783

Mortgage Loan Processor 319-896-7772

personal mortgage loan specialists, the Bankers Trust team rises to the top of local mortgage lenders. Vice President Jake Ganske leads the Mortgage Loan team of Barbara Benning, Jane Rigby,

Barbara Benning

Cheryl O’Neill and Peggy Hardiman in serving clients with the

Cheryl O’Neill

approach that your mortgage is more than money —

Mortgage Loan Originator Operations Specialist 319-896-7784

it’s a relationship.

Assistant Vice President Mortgage Loan Originator 319-896-7768

Jane Rigby Mortgage Loan Officer 319-896-7790

221 Third Avenue SE Cedar Rapids (319) 896-7777

SMITH MASSMAN LANDSCAPE & DESIGN CO. Smith Massman Landscape & Design Co. creates exciting, season-spanning scenes to please the eye and enhance your home. Since 2002, they have provided welcoming, low-maintenance landscapes to our homes and developments. Their high standards of plant selection result in lush landscapes. Shrubs, trees, flowers, perennials and ornamental grasses start out larger and healthier, which helps ensure that they will thrive in their new home. With a little initial care, they establish themselves quickly and resist disease and insects. One of Smith Massman’s advantages is that they devote the time and special attention to grow their own trees. Brought up in our native soil and climate, these healthy specimens establish well. Rather than relying on outside nurseries, their designers know which trees are and will be in stock. Plus, the short local trip saves fuel and delivers their trees unharmed. By balancing the best of seasonal flowers with year-round foliage, Smith Massman Landscape & Design Co. creates four seasons of homeowner enjoyment and pride.

Member FDIC

MEYER ELECTRIC INC. Efficient, considerate and hard-working, it’s easy to understand why Meyer Electric Inc. has provided First Construction’s residential wiring since 1999. Their wired-to-listen electricians take pride in arriving and completing their work on time so we can finish your home on time. Plus, Meyer Electric selects only the highest quality devices and dimmers from industry leaders like Square D, Leviton and Lutron. Their overall efficiency and attention to detail makes each home

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operate smoothly.

(319) 533-7530 ▪ Anamosa

J. KREMER CONSTRUCTION In framing your home, workmanship and timeliness are top priorities. Those are the exact reasons First Construction has trusted J. Kremer Construction since the framing of our first home. Their ability to maintain high standards while completing their task quickly and efficiently helps produce well-built, lasting homes. With over 16 years of experience and a record of dependability, J. Kremer Construction is ready to frame your home with an eye for the finer points of building.

J. Kremer construction


(319) 329-3109

▪ Quality People ▪ Quality Work


▪ A Commitment to Excellence

CROELL CONCRETE PRODUCTS Croell Concrete Products proudly supplies landscaping and masonry materials for First Construction Company developments. In addition, Croell Redi-Mix delivers the concrete for the streets leading to your home. The uncompromising beauty of their brick and retaining wall products matches well with the integrity of their conscientious employees. With helpful, caring attitudes, Croell’s staff puts homeowners together with high-quality solutions, such as Rockwood Retaining Walls. This patented line offers timeless retaining walls to help make your outdoor dreams a visual reality. Their selections from America’s premier brickmaker, Glen-Gery Brick, contribute to naturally beautiful and weatherresistant home exteriors with loads of character. From the streets you drive on to the brick on your home, Croell takes their job seriously, providing top-notch service with every load.

Croell Concrete Products

Croell Redi-Mix

(319) 393-3531 ▪ Hiawatha

Over 30 Years in the Redi-Mix Business

(319) 248-2599 ▪ Iowa City

(319) 362-8080 ▪ Cedar Rapids

(319) 226-3700 ▪ Waterloo

(319) 377-1777 ▪ Marion (319) 436-2478 ▪ Shellsburg

GREEN VALLEY CABINET CO. Green Valley Cabinet Company’s product availability and quality as well as a strong commitment to service attracted First Construction to the cabinetry supplier in 1999. The 21-year-old company brings vast experience and product diversity into some of the most important spaces in your home. Green Valley Cabinet Co. provides excellent design service and delivery of the well-regarded Merillat, Merillat Masterpiece and Dura Supreme cabinet lines. Surveys rank Merillat as a top choice among American homebuilders, and the company currently manufactures more cabinets than any other firm in the United States. Simply put, thousands have trusted this brand to make their houses into homes. Merillat cabinets, professionally installed in your home by First Construction, have proven durability and value, resulting in long-lasting, attractive function and storage. Green Valley Cabinet Co. attends to every detail of the design from start to finish, laying out luxurious looks to suit your lifestyle.

(309) 797-0690 ▪ Moline, IL (319) 545-6360 ▪ Coralville, IA

SUBURBAN LUMBER COMPANY Simply put, the supply and design experts at Suburban Lumber Company help First Construction Company build strong, longlasting homes. Their in-depth knowledge of floor joists and header construction and their commitment to communication makes them a local industry leader. Suburban Lumber Company stands out in the local building community due to their floor and header design services and premier floor construction products. They use the tried-and-true TrusJoist Silent Floor system from iLevel. This wooden I-Joist system eliminates movement and squeaks in floors. More than a lumberyard, Suburban Lumber Company simplifies and improves the building process. They deliver proven products when and where they are needed. In essence, Suburban Lumber Company adds another layer of caring and detail to create a well-built home you will prize for years to come.

(319) 362-3115 ▪ Cedar Rapids

UNITED DRYWALL, INC. We welcome high quality drywall products as well as the caring craftsmanship and professionalism of our friends at United Drywall, Inc. This Anamosa-based firm provides solid, detail-oriented drywall application and uniform finishing and texturing. In the homes that United Drywall has completed for First Construction Company since 2005, they have driven themselves to meet the high expectations of every customer. Vaulted ceilings, tray ceilings, race tracks and rounded corner bead are just a few added specialties that can truly provide the customer with a unique custom home. In addition to residential installations, United Drywall has been entrusted to complete drywall projects in nursing homes, apartment buildings and strip malls. The owners’ shared experience of 20 years allows them to smoothly estimate and complete projects on time, on budget and with tremendous consistency.

United Drywall, Inc. Anamosa



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BERNET CONSTRUCTION COMPANY Even before you step into your garage or onto your sidewalk each day, you’ll benefit from the expert craftsmanship of Bernet Construction Company. Bernet’s solid precision in concrete foundations and flatwork benefit the building process by providing a square start. Under the leadership of Owner Skip Bernet, Bernet Construction Company offers the city’s most experienced team of concrete crews. Since 1964, Bernet has poured the concrete for countless area homes. Their driveways, garage floors, basements and sidewalks and square foundations have graced First Construction Company homes from the start. Bernet’s Operations Manager Glen Clark schedules the projects for optimal timing and results. Realizing the value of their 43 experienced employees, Bernet Construction Company sets itslef apart by taking good care of its workers. It is one of the few firms of its kind to provide benefits packages to reward their employees’ attention to detail, loyalty and hard work. Because they care, their employees care about consistency, accuracy and a job well done.

(319) 377-7111 ▪ Marion

CEILLEY INSULATION First Construction Company advanced ahead of other builders in 1991 when we partnered with Ceilley Insulation to insulate every home with Blow-In Blanket System® (BIBS) insulation. Ceilley has installed BIBS since 1988, because its superior performance results in major savings on heating and cooling bills. Only manufacturer-certified technicians like Ceilley Insulation’s can properly install this patented “perfect fit” system. First, they staple lightweight fabric on studs; then, they blow special loose fiberglass insulation into each and every space. BIBS leaves no gaps, making it three times as effective as regular insulation. BIBS controls air infiltration as well as sound, creating a cushion of comfort and energy efficiency. Uncompromising professionalism allows Ceilley Insulation to shine among their peers. Their experienced installers, several with over 17 years working for the company, arrive on site in clean uniforms and with well-maintained equipment. Each installer ensures that the job site is spotless when they leave. This projects a positive, professional image that is unparalleled in the industry.

ceilley insulation “Trust the Professionals” (319) 277-7603 Waterloo

EMERY HEATING & COOLING First Construction Company places a high value on energy efficient systems, and Emery Heating & Cooling delivers the best available Rheem and Honeywell options to warm and cool your home. They live to provide service for all seasons. First and foremost, Emery Heating & Cooling’s dedicated employees regard you and your residence with respect. They believe in treating each installation and service call with the honesty and integrity they expect in their own homes. Trust their dependable experts with your heating and air conditioning needs, and discover the ultimate in service and customer satisfaction. With Emery Heating & Cooling, you can rest easy knowing they have more than 20 years’ experience in the business and seven years partnered with First Construction Company. Your air conditioning and heating systems will be perfectly matched to your home and precisely installed, offering many years of money-saving, energy-efficient operation.

We Sell the Best… And Service the Rest (319) 849-2554 ▪ Center Point

Life can be beautiful Blossom and flourish with a magnificent new home in The Wildflower, First Construction Company’s own development in Robins. Here, homes gracefully express your lifestyle while remaining within your budget. These comfortable but upscale homes provide an equal capacity for privacy as well as entertaining. Oneand two-story floor plans can be customized with many options, such as granite countertops, tiled vertical spas, hardwood floors, niches and other elements. First Construction can also build from your plans. Families have room to play and grow on our oversized lots. Breathtaking landscapes, wooded vistas and peaceful ponds can be enjoyed from the walking trail at The Wildflower. This ideal location, which includes 77 lots, blends secluded charm with city amenities. From the moment you decide on a home at The Wildflower, First Construction Company will be there by your side. Our reputation for listening to your needs and exacting standards elevates each home we build to another level. Our relationship with you creates a valuable, stressfree partnership that helps achieve your dream home.

In Robins on Center Point Road, two miles North of Boyson Road. For more information, contact Laura Frey, Coldwell Banker Hedges Realty at (319) 389-4648.

Life can be beautiful — The Wildflower can ensure a smooth process and a stunning home.


Realize your real estate dreams with the personal guidance of experienced Realtor Laura Frey, who is backed by the winning team at Coldwell Banker Hedges Realty. Coldwell Banker Hedges Realty stands on an incredible 120 years of tradition, which George T. Hedges started back when horse-drawn carriages peppered the city’s streets. With a commitment to professionalism, ethics and outstanding customer service, this local firm has grown to a team of over 90 agents in two offices. In 2006, Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corporation — the oldest and most successful real estate franchise in the world — celebrates 100 years of business. Their knowledge and experience help you make sense of today’s numerous real estate options. Realtor Laura Frey brings a positive attitude and personal touch that makes the process easy for over 75 clients per year. She applies her 15 years of experience to find creative ways to meet your specific needs for an existing home or new construction. When needed, she can call on the Coldwell Banker Hedges Realty team for support. Laura, a consistent top performer, is devoted to one-on-one service to her clients. She realizes that keeping it fun and communicating regularly contribute to her success. Laura is very much a part of the First Construction Company family, and she welcomes you to bring your homeownership dreams her way.

Laura Frey, Realtor Coldwell Banker Hedges Realty (319) 389-4648

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