Nies Homes Receives Avid Benchmark Award

Customer service. In today’s ever-changing, fast-paced society, the strong need for exemplary customer service remains the same as it did decades ago. But how people perceive customer service has changed as demands have changed. And companies are having to devote time, effort and funds to ensure they are matching what their customers are needing. 

One of the keys to building our relationship with our clients is to ensure we have a strong, unmatched building experience. Yes, we are the builders. But at the end of the day, when our customers take the keys to their beautiful new home, we want them to know that the whole process evolved around providing them the best experience and customer service they could receive.

In our quest to continue to build stronger customer rapport with our clients, we enlisted the services of Avid Ratings Co. We knew they would be able to help us take our customer service experience to a whole new level, allowing us to provide better customer engagement and measure our success.

We recently received word from Avid that we were awarded a 2017 Avid Benchmark Award for our South Central region. More than 95% of our customers expressed they would refer and recommend us. We couldn’t be more humbled and honored after hearing the results.

It’s truly a team effort – not only because of our exceptional team that takes the extra steps needed to make Nies what it is today – but also our amazing clients, who daily make us thankful we work in the industry that we do.

However, we won’t stop there. We appreciate the feedback, our partnership with Avid Ratings, and the nationwide award recognition. And we will continue to exercise our due diligence to maintain and exceed our customer service expectations.

2017 St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway Tops 2016

Another St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway campaign has come to a close and with it brought more record breaking numbers. 8,500 raffle tickets were reserved in an astonishing 4.5 days, almost two days faster than 2016. $850,000 was raised for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, $200,000 more than 2016. And we had more than 5,000 people tour the home during the six weeks of open houses, several hundred more than 2016.

And while memories have been made and lots of laughter – even tears – have cumulated, we are once again humbled by the amazing support Wichita and the surrounding communities have shown to the patients of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as they’re fighting the toughest battle of their lives.

There is some sadness as we close this chapter on our 2017 house. Bella, the face of our home, is leaving next month for Memphis. Just as we were in the beginning stages of our 2016 Dream Home campaign, her family received word her tumor was growing again. And it is still growing despite undergoing various types of chemo. So now Bella and her family are heading to St. Jude to start a six week daily treatment of radiation at St. Jude’s state-of-the-art proton therapy center.

It’s because of fundraisers like the Dream Home Giveaway that St. Jude can offer proton therapy, the most advanced radiation for treating pediatric cancers, completely free for its patients.

So, in closing, we want to thank our trade partners, vendors, construction donors, sponsors, local patient families, ESA volunteers, St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway team, donors, volunteers, Nies team, KSN, The Wichita Eagle, KFDI, The Fox and FFO Home, plus many more who donated hours, time and materials. And we want to say thank you again, Wichita and Kansas, for such an amazing year. We’re going to give ourselves a little breather, but rest assured, we’re already beginning our 2018 planning so be sure to check for upcoming information.

All of us extend congratulations to the following 2017 prize winners:

St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway Grand Prize – Wallace Wright, Haysville

$2,500 shopping spree, courtesy of Powell Jewelry – Thomas Allen, Wichita

Brizo Artesso Articulating Kitchen Faucet, courtesy of Brizo – Weldon Smith, Kechi

$1,000 VISA Gift Card, courtesy of All My Sons Moving & Storage – Lucille Cuba, Wichita

Carnival Cruise Lines Cruise for Two plus airfare, Courtesy of Bill and Shirley Farha – Jo Hillen, Wichita

$1,000 Carlos O’Kelly’s Gift Card, courtesy of Carlos O’Kelly’s – Danny Ottaway, Derby

His and Her Apple Watches, courtesy of Drs. Zack and Hana Razek – Robert Nunn, Haysville

Leisure Garden Cana deep seating group, courtesy of Ultra Modern Pool & Patio – Danny Ottaway, Derby

$1,000 gift card, courtesy of Hinkle Law Firm – Shirley Appenfeller, Haysville

$10,000 shopping spree, courtesy of FFO Home – Kip Cook, Douglas

2017 Wichita Area Builders Association Spring Parade of Homes

2005 N. Veranda Cr. Pictured

Spring is here and with it comes the Wichita Area Builders Association 2017 Spring Parade of Homes. Since its kickoff in 1951, WABA has established Parade of Homes as one of the most anticipated events in the area. 

Nies has 9 homes entered in Parade this year, featuring a variety of new and popular design trends, including coffered wood ceilings, shiplap, stunning neutral colors and accents plus much more. Plus, take an opportunity to tour the stunning 2017 St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway house and learn about opportunities to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The following are Nies’ 2017 Spring Parade of Homes entries:

Lakeway at Cornerstone
908 Ledgestone – Parade #74

15220 E. Summerfield – Parade #80

Garden Walk
14110 E. Churchill – Parade #84

Oak Creek
2005 N. Veranda Cr. – Parade #92

Parkway Villas at The Waterfront
10204 E. Crestwood – Parade #94

424 N. Herrington – Parade #98

Flint Hills National Residences
2230 E. Flint Hills National Pkway. – Parade #115

Sawgrass at The Oaks
2227 Sawgrass Cir. – Parade #120

Lookout Point
1201 Lookout Ct. – Parade #121 and the 2017 St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway

So come join us as we kick off this fantastic event. The 2017 Spring Parade of Homes will be open from noon to 6 p.m. on April 22 & 23, April 29 & 30 and May 6 & 7. 







2017 St Jude Tickets SOLD OUT!

Thank you Wichita and Kansas

8,500 2017 St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway tickets. 2,000 more than 2016. We wouldn’t be honest if we didn’t admit we were all a bit anxious as to how this onsale would go.

The end result? We were ecstatic and humbled by the generosity and support from Wichita and Kansas. Again.

At 5 a.m., Wednesday, March 1, the 2017 Wichita St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway tickets became available to the public.Within two hours, 2,000 tickets were already reserved and the phone lines were full.

Five days was all it took for the tickets to run out, beating last year by one day. And $850,000 was raised in support for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

In a busy world right now, filled with chaos, depression, anxiety and conflict, it’s invigorating to watch a community come together to help lighten the load for children who are fighting for their lives. Yes, we’re building a house together as a community and raising funds to help St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. But it’s so much more than that. We are showing these families they aren’t facing their battles alone. Entire communities and states are putting aside differences and reserving tickets, hoping not only to possibly win amazing homes and fantastic prices, but also knowing even if they don’t hold the lucky ticket, they are still playing a role in finding cures to end childhood cancer.

So thank you again, Wichita and Kansas. We couldn’t be more proud of our state and city.

And we look forward to meeting each of you as you tour the home during during the Open House Weekends.

Upcoming Wichita St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway Events

Open Houses: April 8 – May 14, 2017
Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sundays, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Open House Prize:
Just for visiting the St Jude Dream Home during Open House Weekends, you can register for free to win a $10,000 shopping spree at FFO Home.

Giveaway: May 17, 2017
All winners will be announced on KSN 3

Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is upon us and yet this amazing, special, memorable holiday is already in the shadows of the elaborate Christmas season. Christmas trees are in full display, cards already arriving in the mail and the mall Santa has arrived earlier than usual.

But aren’t we skipping over one of the most important “loved one” days? It’s a chance to truly share with someone how much they are appreciated. It’s a time for moms and daughters – or sons – to bond over getting the lumps out of the mashed potatoes while in the other room boisterous cheers for a favorite football team can be heard. Or for me, it’s one of my favorite days to laze on the couch with my kids and watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade, a tradition my parents used to do with with me and my siblings.

While no family is perfect, whenever a family can be together, it becomes a day that families and friends reflect on good memories from past traditions and skeletons are put in the closet, forgotten and set aside. But with the hustle and bustle of every day life, it’s hard to remember what makes Thanksgiving truly special.

While writing this blog post, I thought about a couple ways you might be able to make this Thanksgiving special for you and your loved ones.

Here’s a couple ideas:
1. Make a little extra Thanksgiving deliciousness and share with the homeless.

There is nothing more special than the feeling and knowledge you have helped someone else. And what better example for the younger generations than showing kindness for those less fortunate.

2. Take away all cell phones and really appreciate the time together as a family.

How nice it is to sit down and have an actual conversation without constantly checking social media, email or checking in with Google.

3. Invite someone who may not have family or at least family close enough to drive/fly in for the holiday.

You never know, you might learn about other fun traditions that you’d like to incorporate into your holiday festivities.

4. Make a point to be positive and refrain from negative discussions.

This one is hard to do, but it can change the whole atmosphere of your holiday gathering.

5. Play a game or take a walk as a family.

Who knows, this walk may lead to finding the perfect Christmas tree.

While it’s easier to purchase that store-bought pumpkin pie, think of the extra minutes of laughter or fun while you roll the pie crust out with your family or friends. Or take that extra minute and appreciate the younger generation that’s in your house. Remember, you’ll never have this minute together again.

Wishing you all a blessed and wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

Meet the Builder

2230 Flint Hills Pkwy

There is a lot of time and planning behind the scenes while building the perfect home for your lifestyle. And no one understands that more than our vice-president and custom home designer, Cherie Nies-Cowgill.

So on the last day of the Wichita Area Builders Association 2016 Fall Parade of Homes – Sunday, October 16 – Cherie will be visiting with guests at the stunning Pick of Parade Flint Hills home. She will be there from Noon to 6 pm. The home is located in the Flint Hills National Reserves, 2230 Flint Hills Natl. Pkway, Andover, KS 67002.

Stop by, check out the house, and take a moment to visit with Cherie. She’ll be happy to answer any build process questions you have and discuss the possibility of building your beautiful new home.

2016 Fall Parade of Homes

The Wichita Area Builder’s Association 2016 Fall Parade of Homes kicks off this weekend. And with it comes an opportunity to view the latest in designs and home trends.

We’ve got some exceptional models entered this year. New for us is our stunning two-story model, showing how to build a gorgeous, spacious home on a smaller lot. And you won’t want to miss visiting Kansas’ first modern prairie-style WayCool home in Flint Hills National.

Our 7 models entered in the Parade are:

The 2016 Fall Parade is open from Noon to 6 pm, Saturdays and Sundays, October 1&2, 8&9 and 15&16.

So take advantage of this beautiful fall weather and come check out our award winning homes. See you soon.

2017 St Jude Dream Home Groundbreaking

On Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, we broke ground on the second annual St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway house. The home is located again in The Oak’s Lookout Pointe in Derby, KS.

And we’re off and running. Our sub contractors and trade partners have already gone over and beyond with their pledges for donated materials. Bella Bush, the continuing face of our Wichita area St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway, is doing well with her new chemo treatments. And more people understand exactly what this fundraiser means to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

One thing we’re doing differently this year – besides a totally new floorplan – is we are focusing on making this home a community effort. While attending builder meetings at St. Jude late this summer, Star Lumber’s Randy Chippeaux commented how proud he felt about our Wichita community with the other builders came up to us and congratulated Wichita on such a successful 2016 campaign. The success of last year is because Wichita and the surrounding area really stepped up and showed what a true and caring community we are. So this year we want to continue that feeling and really make this home special with a team effort.

The new home won’t disappoint. This house is 4 bedroom, 4.5 bathroom house with a total of 3,814 finished square feet. There will be a bonus room above the garage, a man cave in the garage with sliding doors, plus a wine room and craft room located in the basement.

Tickets will go on sale March 1, 2017 on KSN-TV. Open house tours begin in April with the giveaway date of May 17, 2017. We’ll have 8,500 tickets this year so we’re eager to raise $850,000 for the children of St. Jude.

We just want to thank everyone who has already offered time and materials to the new house. If you want to help, give us a call at 316.684.0161.

Here’s to another great year.


left to right: Curtis Cowgill, Karrie Meyers, St Jude Thaddeus, Clyde Jones, Marty Bean & Randy Chippeaux

On August 22, more than 30 builders across the United States gathered together in Memphis, Tenn. for St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway Builder Summit 2016. Two jam-packed days included hospital tours, learning about the innovative proton beam therapy plus all coming together as friends to celebrate raising more than $9 million in fiscal year 2016 for the children of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

This year Nies Homes invited three Nies representatives, Vice-President Curtis Cowgill, Superintendent Marty Bean and Marketing Consultant Karrie Meyers, as well as two subcontractors, Star Lumber’s Building Materials Senior Vice President Randy Chippeaux and Drywall Systems’ Residential Manager Clyde Jones.

The intent of Builder Summit is an opportunity for the builders and their vendors to be reminded of what the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway program is truly about. It’s a chance to visit the hospital and to learn the latest research and technology advancements that are always changing at St. Jude.

We also are in “training.” We get refreshed on ways to interact with the media and learn the latest dollar amounts brought in by the ticket sales of our St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway houses. We get an opportunity to hear from our national sponsors – Brizo, Trane and Shaw Flooring – and see the new product lines they are offering for our homes. And we hear how other builders are getting their communities involved with their St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway houses.

But most importantly, it gives us a few days to set our usual work aside and take a moment to reflect on the vision and purpose of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Through the stories we hear from both former and current patients, we realize just what a remarkable and unique facility St. Jude truly is. And Builder Summit gives us an opportunity to walk away with hope. Hope that the homes we build in our communities help in the fight to find cures for childhood cancers and other life-threatening diseases.



We can finally share the exciting news.

The 2016 Wichita St. Jude Dream Home campaign received the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Best Dream Home Campaign Award.

The award was presented Sunday, July 31, in Memphis, Tenn. Recipients of the award were Nies Homes’ Vice-Presidents Cherie Nies-Cowgill and Curtis Cowgill and KSN News Director Denise Killian.


And while we had the privilege and honor of accepting the award, this award wouldn’t be possible without our amazing sponsors, vendors, contractors, subcontractors, Nies Homes team and the amazing Wichita area communities. Our near-record breaking six day sellout is a true testament of your generosity.

The awards ceremony was held in the Memphis Cook Convention Center and was hosted by ALSAC President and CEO Richard C. Shadyac, Jr. Other attendees included worldwide donors, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and ALSAC staff, St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway staff and St. Jude patients and families.


The Nies representatives got to tour the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. During the tour, they learned that 75% of the hospital funds come from fundraisers and public contributions and that it costs more than $2 million daily to run the hospital.


But here is where St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is unique. Not only does the doctors, staff and scientists help the families that attend the hospital, but they also share all their findings with hospitals, doctors and scientists worldwide.

And the huge impact St. Jude has on children across the globe can be felt here in Wichita too. From Bella and the Bush family, who are currently undergoing treatments for Bella’s brain tumor, but also other local families who have received the help they need through treatment at St. Jude. And it doesn’t end with patients. Our local doctors and nurses who daily use the research and findings coming from works published by St. Jude.

So while we aren’t doctors, and we aren’t scientists, we are home builders. And we can build a beautiful home for someone with the knowledge we are playing a part to help find cures for childhood cancers and help make life a little easier for patients and their families.

So while we sit back and look at the beautiful award our community received, we are already planning the 2017 Wichita St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway house. Watch for more details in September.
And thank you again, Wichita.

Today is the giveaway day!

Today (May 25th) is the big day! We can’t be more proud of the amazing support from Wichita and the surrounding communities as we get ready to give away Kansas’ first St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway house.

Drawings will be held throughout the day, so be sure and tune into KSN. The drawing schedule is as follows:

5 am – First Day Prize: Chilton Billiards, value $5,000
5:30 am – $1,000 Visa Gift Card from All My Sons Moving & Storage
6 am – $1,000 Visa Gift Card from Fidelity Bank
6:30 am – $5,000 Visa Gift Card from The Luxury Collection
12 pm – Brizo faucet
5 pm – White Gold Tennis Bracelet, worth $3,000 from Powell Jewelry
6 pm – Kansas’ first ever St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway house, worth $400,000, with work donated by Nies Homes
10 pm – FFO $10,000 shopping spree
Also, continue to visit as we will be posting the latest updates, news and information regarding the 2017 St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway house.



Nies Homes, Inc. has completed the acquisition of Frontgate, an elite patio home development located on East Central, between Greenwich and 127th Street. “We are excited about acquiring the authentic, boutique community,” says Nies Homes’ Vice-President, Cherie Nies-Cowgill. “There are lots of locations where people can build homes, but nothing compares to this unique, limited-lot community.”

Nies Homes met in February with the current residents at Frontgate. At this meeting, homeowners received detailed plans for both long and short-term improvements to the development. Residents were also encouraged to express changes they felt would be an asset to their community. Already many changes have happened. Updated landscaping with more than 20 new trees can be seen throughout the development, a water feature has been installed in the lake and new branding can be seen in both the entrance and Clubhouse signage. “The folks at Nies are first rate developers,” says Jack, a Frontgate resident. “They do what they say they will do, on time and as promised. They have committed significant resources to greatly improve the development in a very short period of time.”

One of the many unique elements to Frontgate is the comradeship of the residents, making it a distinct choice for new homeowners wanting to be part of a community in which neighbors watch out for neighbors. “We have lived in several beautiful neighborhoods in the past, but have never experienced this sense of community,” says Denise, homeowner. “We know every neighbor’s name. We have neighbors that range from the 30’s to retired individuals and families, which we believe make the perfect blend.” A spacious Clubhouse, conveniently located at the front of the development, is used on a monthly basis for neighborhood events, but can also be reserved for private parties. The entertainment facility has a complete kitchen with two refrigerators, a large exercise room and community pool, which is in the process of being converted to salt water. Nies Homes has updated the decor and also added pool-side patio furniture.

Frontgate’s Cape Cod-style homes start in the mid-$300,000 and feature spacious floor plans, full basements or on slab, quality architecture and high-end elements. All lawn and common area maintenance is included, allowing homeowners to enjoy time with their family and friends. “We know that we made the right move to Frontgate, ” says Denise. “We are confident that the charm and lifestyle that attracted us to Frontgate will be further enhanced by Nies Homes.”

Frontgate is also marketed by Weigand New Homes.

About Nies Homes
With a passion for superior quality and construction plus a strong connection with its customers and vendors, this three-generation, family-run company is one people have trusted for more than 50 years. Each home is designed and built by Nies Homes with the same mission statement: Integrity without exception; Craftsmanship without compromise. Nies Homes offers a variety of different price ranges, from $300,000 to custom homes ranging in excess of $2,000,000. An unmatched building process sets Nies Homes apart in the Wichita market. For more information, please visit or call 316.684.0161.

Nies Homes Wins Big with 2016 Spring Parade of Homes Awards

We’re already heading into the last weekend of the 2016 Wichita Area Builders Association Spring Parade of Homes. You can tour the 113 Parade homes from noon to 6 p.m., Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24.

This year four of our custom home designs received awards acknowledging key elements in design.

These homes are:

#71: 15211 Summerfield (Stonebridge, East Wichita)
– Pick of Parade
– Kitchen Design

#74: 1836 N Split Rail (Garden Walk, East Wichita)
– Pick of Parade
– Master Suite/Bath Design

#83: 1635 N. Red Oak Ct. (Parkway at the Waterfront, East Wichita)
– Pick of Parade
– Effective Design
– Kitchen Design
– Master Suite/Bath Design
– Decorating/Merchandising/Color
– Basement Design

#103: 2430 Sawgrass (Sawgrass at the Oaks, Derby)
– Pick of Parade
– Effective Design
– Kitchen Design
– Master Suite/Bath Design
– Decorating/Merchandising/Color

Nies Homes has a total of nine homes in this year’s Parade, located in high-profile communities such as Garden Walk, Stonebridge, The Oaks, Auburn Hills, Frontgate and Cornerstone.

Don’t forget that you can tour Kansas’ first St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway house. The home is open to the public from 9 am to 6 pm Saturday, April 23 and from noon to 6 pm Sunday, April 24. Located at 1233 Lookout Ct. in Lookout Pointe in The Oaks, the home will remain open every weekend until May 22. The home will be given away live on KSN May 25.
(After Parade the hours will be 9 am to 5 pm on Saturdays and noon to 5 pm Sundays.)

St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway House Opening To the Public

Starting this Saturday, April 16, 2016, Kansas’ first St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway house will open its doors to the public. The stunning home is located in Lookout Pointe at The Oaks in Derby, Kansas.

The open houses will run every weekend beginning April 16 and ending May 22. The home will be open from 9 am – 5 pm on Saturdays and from 12 pm – 5 pm on Sundays. There is no charge to tour the house.

During the open houses, visitors will have an opportunity to register for free to win a $10,000 shopping spree from our staging sponsor, FFO.

Come see the results of a lot of hard work and donated materials from our local contractors, suppliers and trade partners. The Nies team has been humbled by the outpouring of support and the building of the home truly has become a community effort.

This past March, the 6,500 $100 raffle tickets were reserved in an almost record breaking 6 days, which means a total of $650,000 will be given back to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to help support its mission of ending childhood cancers.

The Grand Prize winner of the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway house will be announced live on KSN Wednesday, May 25. The winner of the $10,000 FFO shopping spree as will the winners of several other prizes, including the Tickets on Sale prize of a Chilton’s pool table and shuffleboard, the Early Bird prize winner of a $5,000 gift card from The Luxury Collection and the Bonus Prize of a white gold diamond tennis bracelet from Powell Jewelry.

The St. Jude Children’s Research is the only institution of its kind solely devoted to leading the way the world looks at, treats and defeats pediatric cancer and other deadly childhood diseases. St. Jude has treated children from all 50 states and from more than 70 countries around the world. And because St. Jude freely shares the breakthroughs it makes, every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

2016 Spring Parade of Homes

This weekend we kick-off the Wichita Area Builders Association (WABA) 2016 Spring Parade of Homes. A three-weekend event, the homes are open noon to 6 p.m., starting Saturday, April 9 and ending Sunday, April 24.

Each year seems to get better and better. And 2016 is no exception. Trends are focusing on subtle colors combined with bold accents, open floor plans for easy entertainment, workhorse kitchens and eye-catching powder rooms.

Nies Homes has nine newly designed and fully staged homes in this Spring’s Parade. In each home, Parade visitors will notice the impeccable quality that makes each home distinctly a Nies home:

  • Enormous kitchens with large pantries
  • Customizable master suites
  • Popular pocket offices
  • Spacious floor plans for large and growing families
  • Timeless architecture and handcrafted elements

Also new for us this year is the 2016 St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway house, located in Derby’s Lookout Pointe in the Oaks. 6,500 tickets were reserved in a record six days earlier this year, with all proceeds benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Even if you weren’t able to purchase a ticket this year, the home will be open to the public starting April 16, the second weekend of Parade. We can’t say thank you enough to our trade partners, Lookout Pointe in The Oaks and the entire Wichita area communities for all the support.

Come take a look. You’ll find us at:

And They’re Gone!

It’s official. Tickets for Kansas’ first St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway house are SOLD OUT. A huge thank you to the Wichita area for all the support. The public can tour the home on the weekends, April 16 through May 22. Visitors can register for free to win a $10,000 shopping spree at FFO. If you weren’t able to reserve a ticket this year, be sure and follow, where we will announce information on the 2017 St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway house. Thank you, Wichita!


The 6,500 ticket reservations for the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway are well under way. We’ve already had more than 5,800 tickets reserved in less than a week. Thank you to everyone who has already reserved theirs.


Take a second and reserve your $100 ticket right now.

It’s simple and if you reserve early, you’ll be eligible to win several other fantastic prizes.

Let’s show the doctors and scientists at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital just how much Wichita supports their mission of finding treatments for childhood cancers. They won’t stop until no child dies from cancer.

St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway – Ticket Reservations!


It’s hard to believe it’s already time to start reserving tickets for the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway house. And we wouldn’t have made it happen without the support from our trade partners, our Nies Homes team, KSN, The Oaks and guidance from our St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway representatives.

There are 6,500 tickets for our St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway house. And you can reserve yours for $100 each.

Tune into KSN with live coverage beginning at 5 am on Wednesday, March 2 to learn how to reserve your tickets.

And if you reserve by March 2, you will be eligible to win these additional prizes:

– A pool table and shuffleboard table, courtesy of Chilton Billards & Spa, valued at $5,000.

– A $5,000 VISA gift card, courtesy of The Wichita Luxury Collection

– A white gold diamond tennis bracelet, courtesy of Powell Jewelry

Again, there are only 6,500 tickets available.

Visit, call 1.800.834.5760, and watch KSN starting at 5 am on Wednesday, March 2 for more information.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year



It’s the most beautiful time of the year. Even without the forecast of snow, our hearts are brightened by twinkling lights, holiday parties, kids’ school programs, shopping for the perfect gifts and laughter. And maybe even the excitement of a few days off work.

If you have kids, chances are you’ve seen the movie Polar Express or heard Josh Groban’s “Believe.” In the song, Groban sings, “When it seems the magic slipped away, we find it all again on Christmas Day.”

The weeks before Christmas can be stressful and crazy trying to make sure everything is ready. Then Christmas Day arrives. The day when eager hands rip open those carefully wrapped presents. Receiving compliments from your dinner guests over the five-course meal you prepared. Following Family traditions and making new ones of your own. Stories read and songs sung of a time long ago when Jesus was born, not in a shiny new custom home but in a simple stable.

And the smiles, laughter and new memories make the stressful weeks before simply disappear. And we find the “magic” on Christmas Day.

So this holiday season, take a minute to remember why we celebrate Christmas and don’t lose sight of what’s truly important.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Thanksgiving Thankfulness

Thankful. Gratitude. Two key words on the minds of everyone as we near the Thanksgiving holiday. We all have much to be thankful for. And how blessed we are to be able to take a break from the craziness called life and reflect on the individuals that bring memories and value to our daily lives.
This year we’ve seen a lot of changes for the Nies team. We’re thankful for both the new faces and the old that make up our staff. We’re thankful for the clients we’ve met and have the privilege of helping them build their beautiful new homes. We’re thankful for Phil Kean and his design group and the inspiration they’ve given us to build the first ever Wichita WAYCOOL home. And we’re thankful for the continued relationships with our all our vendors, contractors and subcontractors.

We’re also thankful for the life-changing partnership with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the building of the first ever Wichita area St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway home. In October several of the Nies team went to Memphis, TN and toured the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. They witnessed first hand the amazing impact St. Jude has on each of its clients. They heard stories of thankfulness from patients and their families. Those stories were overflowing with gratitude for the doctors and staff. In a time when anger could be most prevalent, tears flow from kind words and actions.

A story that stood out the most was that of the chef who was preparing food for the little boy getting ready to start chemo. When asked what he wanted, the little boy said his grandmother’s macaroni and cheese. The chef prepared Kraft macaroni and cheese. The little boy declined the food, saying it wasn’t his grandma’s. The chef, realizing the scared little boy simply needed something comforting, called the grandmother and secured the much-desired recipe. How truly blessed the world is to have kind individuals who would do anything to bring comfort and peace to those in need.

Albert Einstein said it best when he said, “Strive not to be a success but rather to be a value.” You can’t put a price tag on the individuals that have brought value to your life. We know we can’t. And it’s working and meeting people every day that make us so thankful for what we do. Being thankful and appreciating what we have right now, at this very moment, is truly the deepest type of joy one can experience.

So in closing, we want to challenge each of you to take a minute and think about those who have brought so much value to your own life. And we also extend our blessings to you and your families on this Thanksgiving.

WAYCOOL Update – 11/05/15

We thought we’d take a minute and update you on the progress of our modern-prairie WAYCOOL home in Flint Hills National Residences. This 6-bedroom home is a first for the Wichita area. And we are excited to show you how quickly it’s changing as we continue the build process.

The framing is complete, with this home having more than 6,700 square foot of living space. With the floor-to-ceiling glass doors and windows, the home doesn’t lack in Kansas sunshine.

We have wanted to bring a new type of custom home building to Wichita. We appreciate the builder relationship with architect and designer Phil Kean and his design group. They have inspired us to take our level of custom home building to a new level. For more information on Phil Kean and his designs, visit

We are still on target for this home to be complete in time for Wichita Area Builder’s Association’s 2016 Spring Parade of Homes.

Check back as we will continue to post blog updates on our progress.

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Nies Notice – Marty Bean


This week Nies Homes wants to recognize Marty Bean, who is the project manager for the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway home. He was literally the first one at the ground breaking ceremony and hasn’t slowed down since, as we move past ground breaking to the foundation stage.

When asked his feelings as he attended the October 27 ground breaking ceremony, Marty says, “I am really excited to be a part of all of this and honored to be overseeing this project for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.”

Back in the 90s, a former employee of Marty’s had a son with cancer in his eye. The eye needed to be removed and was replaced with a glass one. Marty says he remembers how everything was payed for, including hospital fees, travel, everything. “It was amazing,” he says.

Be sure and drive by our St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway house, which is located at Lookout Pointe in Derby’s The Oaks. Or check back on as we continue to provide updates on the home’s progress.

You’ll be able to reserve your ticket beginning in March, 2016 with the giveaway on May 25, 2016. All proceeds from the ticket sells will go back to helping the doctors and scientists at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in their search to find cures and treatments for childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

Ground Breaking Kicks Off Kansas’ First Ever St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway

This week has been a big step for Nies Homes as we hosted the ground breaking ceremony to officially kick off Kansas’ first St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway house. It’s been many long months of planning. And we are honored to have been chosen to build this custom home to show our support for the doctors and scientists at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as they find cures for childhood cancers and other life-threatening diseases.

We can’t put into words the feelings we had as we watched the ground break amid the cheers and whistles from our trade partners and vendors. Being a part of the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway and supporting St. Jude has become life-changing for all of us. And it wouldn’t be possible without the support from the the Cities of Derby and Wichita plus the outpouring of support from our trade partners, subcontractors and vendors. For that we are truly thankful.


The October 27 ground breaking was an early one, with coverage starting at 5 a.m. on KSN. If you missed the ceremony or simply want to watch the excitement again, click [here].


We also have the honor of introducing Bella. Bella and her entire family is a true inspiration. And her continuous smile warms our hearts. To hear her story and learn more about the amazing care St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital does for each of its patients, please click [here].

Be sure to check back in as we will continue to give updates on how our St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway home is progressing as we lead up to the May 25, 2016 giveaway.


First Ever St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway in Kansas

Nies Homes is proud to announce we have partnered with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and is Wichita’s builder for the 2016 St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway. Since it’s creation in 1991, the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway has given away more than 394 homes and has raised more than $320 million to help save the lives of children fighting cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

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Wichita’s St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway house features more than 1,950 finished main-level square-feet and features five bedrooms and a three-car garage. The home will be located in Lookout Pointe in Derby’s The Oaks, a serene golfing neighborhood. The home showcases an east-facing back yard, large custom kitchen, front porch, wood floors, high-end products and fixtures, and views of the fairways from both the front and back of the home.

There will only be 6,500 $100 tickets available, starting in Mid-March. Visitors will get their chance to see the custom Nies Homes’ 2016 St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway house at open houses every Saturday and Sunday, beginning April 16, 2016. The lucky winning ticket will be drawn May 25, 2016 and announced on KSN-TV.

The St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway was created in 1991 by Dr. Donald Mack, a pediatric doctor from Shreveport, Louisiana. He is an Ameritus member of the ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Board of Directors and Governors and has relied on St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to treat many of his young patients with devastating diseases. The first St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway house was constructed in Shreveport and raised $160,000 for the kids of St. Jude.


St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and cures childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. Treatments developed at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude freely shares the breakthroughs it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing and food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

To learn more, visit or follow St. Jude on Twitter at @stjuderesearch.

WAYCOOL update 09/04/2015

Things are still drying out around here but it was dry enough for the plumbers to start work on the plumbing rough-ins. Once they have all the underground work done, we will pour the basement floor and be on our way! Check back next week for another update.

For more information on this home, click here.