About Gutschmidt Properties

We do things a little bit differently here. First, we’re not afraid of color. Second, we love lamps. And fans. And trim. We pride ourselves on the details we incorporate into our homes – new and old.


We build and remodel our own homes, and we plan to own them long-term. That means we care about quality! Each Gutschmidt home is unique, and we pride ourselves on the quality of our finishes and our attention to detail. And if something does go wrong, we have an in-house maintenance team who can fix things quickly.


One of our houses is a great place to call home, and with everything from studio apartments to three bedroom (plus!) single family homes in our portfolio there’s a Gutschmidt Property that’s perfect for you.

Our Values


We are part of a community and our properties exist in their own neighborhoods. We want our properties and our tenants to be positive parts of the community.


We try and reuse and reclaim materials when possible. We believe in using energy efficient appliances and fixtures. Insulating the properties to make them as environmentally friendly as possible. Our business may be creating homes, but we don’t ever want to lose sight of the one home that matters.


We believe that if we endeavor to do right by our tenants, neighbors, employees, and contractors then they will do right by us. If we respect the people making our houses homes then they will respect us too.

Human Dignity

We believe in respect and human dignity. We're proud sponsors of Cedar Rapids Pridefest.

Our Team


Abby, Leasing Manager


Sandy, Operations Director


Tammy, Construction Specialist

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Angie, Office Manager

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Our Properties are Eco-Friendly

“It would be awesome to convert all of our properties to being 100% off the grid, but unfortunately that is still to expensive.  But we do believe that it is worthwhile to try and make things better.  Make our properties better.  Make the world better.” – Tim

Lower Utilities

There are a lot of reasons to make homes more eco friendly. It’s better for the environment, it’s better for the resale value of the house and it lowers utility bills for the tenants.

Added Insulation

We are constantly looking for win win situations like this. In 2015 we started using blown in insulation in all unfinished attics.

LED Lights

We use 100% LED light bulbs in all of our properties. LED bulbs are cheaper to operate and last longer than conventional bulbs. This lowers energy consumption and electric bills and LED light bulbs also last considerably longer than incandescents and CFLs so it’s less likely that they’ll need to be changed between tenants.

Spray Foam Insulation

The next big improvement is closed cell spray foam insulation for our new remodel basements. This eliminates all drafts in the band joists of the basements and helps the limestone walls lose considerably less heat in the winters.


In 2019-2020 I would love love LOVE to start putting solar panels on the roofs. *Fingers crossed that I can convince the bank to finance this!

Nest Thermostats

We have installed Nest thermostats in all of our properties. Nest thermostats are programmable, link to wifi so that they can be controlled from your phone or desktop and have a motion sensor so that they can go into Eco Mode when they sense that you are away. Sandy, Tim and I installed them in our homes and have been saving an average of $50/month on our utilities. Plus, new high efficient furnaces are cheaper to operate and require less maintenance than older less efficient models.

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