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Frakes Construction is an Iowa City IA based custom building firm with eighteen years of experience in our industry. The business is led by Gary Frakes with Ann Knoop as its local business manager. We are proud to have been recognized by the Greater Iowa City Area Homebuilders Association by earning five ‘Builder Excellence’ awards for our Parade Homes. We also have frequently featured remodel/addition and whole house renovation projects on the Parade of Homes.


Putting the right people in the right places is a management skill that Frakes Construction strives to perfect. Our craftsmen, subcontractors and suppliers are among the best in the area and are familiar with our process, our style and our reputation for excellence. Our team is cordial and service driven with the area’s highest levels of experience and craftsmanship.



Gary Frakes Construction’s inspiration is to provide custom homes and remodel/renovation projects with character and distinctive architectural style. The staff carries qualifications of Certified Graduate Builders and Certified Green Professionals. We strive for energy efficiency and low impact building strategies. Gary collaborates with clients regarding site selection, design, subcontractor an supplier choices, on-site decisions and follow-up. Our business is proud to be predominantly referral driven.



Frakes Construction is well versed in all types of home design. We have worked with many of the area’s best custom design firms as well as many interior designers. Over the years we’ve developed excellent working relationships with these firms that strive for excellence in creativity and service.



Frakes Construction will provide homeowners with supplier contact information and hands on assistance in the decision making process. We will help prioritize decisions to alleviate the anxiety often associated with custom building projects. We also have on site project management on staff.




Our staff understands the importance of staying on time and on budget. Gary will work with homeowners in the initial planning stages to develop a realistic budget and timeline customized for the characteristics of each individual project.