He: Owner of Banes Construction, based in Fairfax, for over 30 years (1975 to 2007). Specialized in foundations, flatwork, excavation, trenching and homebuilding. Tens of thousands of his residential and commercial projects are located on every block and in every corner of Cedar Rapids, Iowa City and a wide surrounding area. Literally and physically knows every aspect and component of all things involved in building, from the ground up. Took and still takes great pride in his work, his 24/7 work ethic, and his reputation for quality that is highly
respected to this day by both fellow contractors and homebuyers.
She: Worked at The Gazette in Cedar Rapids from 1977 to 2005, first as a newsroom proofreader (10 years), then part-time in advertising (8 years) while she returned to school to earn a degree in mass communications, and finally as an award-winning newsroom page and graphics designer, editor and writer (10 years). Transferred this design experience and attention to detail to the floorplans and interior/exterior components of their homes. In addition, handles all financial, marketing and legal matters (from building permits to closing documents and everything in between).
Together: Married and building homes since 1977. He sold his business and she resigned from the newspaper to pursue their homebuilding passion full-time. Have been incorporated as Jaylee (his nickname is Jay, her middle name is Lee) since 2004. They’ve built many homes all over eastern Iowa, from Cedar Rapids, Fairfax, Toddville and Palo to Atkins, Vinton, Van Horne and even Des Moines. They have a solid team of subcontractors that have been with them so long they’re considered family, and they believe in sincere, customer-focused homebuilding. In particular, they specialize in limitless, at-cost client customization, as well as tried-and-true, design-on-a-dime options you’ve just gotta see! As one recent customer said, “We want to build with you because we know you’ll give us more choices than anyone else.” They have no interest in using cheap materials, and have no employees nor any desire to be a big-box builder, as they prefer to bond with buyers and personally oversee every aspect of the homebuying and building process with passionate, quality, hands-on style!
Becki and J.R. Banes