The Windmillers have made a name for themselves in the Quad Cities region of Iowa through Aspen Homes.
IT TAKES MANY different skills and services to build a home. Oftentimes, homebuyers are forced to find companies that can handle each aspect of the building process before they can even put pencil to paper for the home of their dreams.
When customers choose Aspen Homes LLC of Bettendorf, Iowa, as their homebuilder, however, they find everything they need under one roof. That is the only way Aspen Homes owner Ryan Windmiller knows how to conduct business, a family trait passed on from his father Craig.
“Builders can do one of what we do, but not the whole package,” Windmiller says. “We give customers the whole package from design to product and dealing with the warranty.
“Some builders can do decent designs, but we’re at the top end of that compared to other builders,” Windmiller adds. “We have the quality subs to make it happen and to deliver a long-term, quality house. And we do a lot with service work and holding customers’ hands with our building process. Doing the full gamut is what sets us apart.”
Windmiller grew up working in his father’s business, Windmiller Design and Development Co., which delivered high-end custom homes for almost 30 years. In 2000, Windmiller launched Aspen Homes to offer low- to mid-range homes. Craig and Ryan Windmiller combined operations in 2010 so Craig can ease into retirement. Today, Craig remains active in development and consulting while Ryan runs day-to-day operations.
“My dad as well as myself have based our business on a couple things – very customer-service oriented, and doing what we say we’ll do when we say we’ll do it,” Windmiller says. “We’re not operating out of the back of a truck. We want to be that professional person for our clients, and for our area, we’re known for high quality, unique designs.”
The industry certainly has taken notice of the quality designs the Windmiller family can deliver. Since 2007, the Aspen Homes and Windmiller Design have earned a combined 16 awards from Parade of Homes. Also, Craig Windmiller earned a lifetime achievement award from the a homebuilders association in 2007.
Life on the Ridge
Copper Ridge is Aspen Homes’ flagship development. Copper Ridge is built around a 3-acre lake featuring walking paths, native prairie grass and a gazebo on the lake – a great setting for young families and empty-nesters alike, according to Windmiller.
“Our area is a cornfield development, so there is more of a resort feel to it,” Windmiller adds.
The development has just 20 of the original 60 lots left for the single family homes aspect of the project. Price points range between $400,000 to $1 million, and for an additional annual fee, residents can have professional snow removal and lawn maintenance.
“Copper Ridge is known for its unique exteriors, all of which coincide well with each other,” Windmiller says. “This gives it avery non-cookie-cutter feel for a neighborhood.”
Developing Downtown Bettendorf
Along with planning his own developments, Windmiller is heavily involved with developing downtown Bettendorf. He sits on the board of directors for the Premier Bettendorf Strategic Plan, which is a yearlong project to help the city of Bettendorf reinvigorate its downtown area.