2017 Fall Parade of Homes!

It’s here! After much planning, sweat and hard work, the 2017 Wichita Area Builders Association Fall Parade of Homes opens this weekend, featuring the best of the best in new homes. And once again, everyone has outdone themselves. As with every year, it’s hard to pick out our favorite, so be sure to come out and take a look at our eight Parade entries.

One model you won’t want to miss is located in the new Northwest Wichita development, The Reserve at Sandcrest. This stunning, walkout lower level model is on a ski lake and combines contemporary with modern finishes. The Reserve at Sandcrest development is also the construction site of our 2018 St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway Home, so you’ll want to drive past and see how it’s coming along as we continue to create awareness about the fight to end childhood cancers.

Parade attendees can also enter into the gated, golfing community of Flint Hills National, where you can tour our stunning six-bedroom, nine-bath home, featuring floor to ceiling windows overlooking the natural Kansas landscape.

And don’t forget our spacious patio home, located in the boutique Frontgate community.

The list can go on and on. So come out and enjoy the beautiful weather. And you never know, you might just find the perfect house too,

The 2017 Fall Parade runs from Noon to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 7 & 8, Oct. 14 & 15 and Oct 21 & 22. Don’t forget to download the new ParadeCraze app from your favorite app store too!

The Reserve at Sandcrest – Parade #40
2912 Curtis St.

Emerald Bay Estates – Parade #43
2554 N. Paradise Ct.

Parkway at The Waterfront – Parade #57
10204 E. Crestwood

Frontgate – Parade #61
417 N. Jackson Heights

Garden Walk – Parade #66
14110 E. Churchill

Stonebridge – Parade #73
15215 E. Summerfield

Lakeway at Cornerstone – Parade #79
908 W. Ledgestone

Flint Hills National – Parade #95
2230 E. Flint Hills National Parkway

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 stjude.nieshomes.com 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 nieshomes.com 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 stjude.nieshomes.com, where we will announce information on the 2017 St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway house. Thank you, Wichita!