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Ramsey Creek Wins Chrysalis Award for 21st-Century Bank Project

Bankhaus 1(1)KALONA, IA, — Ramsey Creek, a custom luxury design group that specializes in cabinetry, trim work, remodels, and new construction projects, is excited to announce its first-ever Chrysalis Award for Remodeling Excellence. The award was received in the category of Commercial Remodel for work on Bankhaus in historic Amana, a branch of Fairfax State Savings Bank.

The 1,000-square-foot bank remodel, managed by Ramsey Creek, transformed a cold, unpleasant interior into a warm space that puts a whole new spin on 21st-century banks. The renovation involved integrating the Neuhaus Kaffee coffee shop and lounge into the bank space while still maintaining room and privacy for bank tellers and loan officers.

Since 1993, the Chrysalis Awards for Remodeling Excellence have honored remodelers and design professionals in 28 categories across four U.S. regions. Ramsey Creek is the only remodeler/design professional in Iowa to receive the Chrysalis Award for Remodeling Excellence in 2017.

“We are honored to receive this award,” says Lynn Hostetler, co-owner at Ramsey Creek. “The design includes so many details, down to every corner, so even returning customers can always find something curious that they haven’t discovered before. Nearly everything was custom made.”

By turning the once-outdated, impersonal space into a destination that reflects the historic design of Amana (a National Historic Landmark) and highlights locally crafted iron and wood, Ramsey Creek’s design inspires guests and passersby to stop in for rest and relaxation. Large exterior windows incorporated into the design show off the interior.

Thin gray carpet was replaced with luxury vinyl tile that looks like stone. Antique lights take the place of fluorescents to set the ambiance. Teller stations were designed to store all banking equipment (from calculators to deposit slips) out of sight. The plain white walls were given new life with rough-sawn sheathing boards that resemble a corn crib. Custom cabinetry replaced gray laminate cabinets, and a white oak slab table and lounge area provide seating so people can connect while enjoying the aromas and warmth of their surroundings.

Ramsey Creek also found inventive ways to solve the security challenges associated with housing a bank (with traditional hours) and a coffee shop (with extended hours) in the same space. Sliding iron wall panels were designed to match the sliding iron entry door; they securely close off the bank from the coffee shop during non-business hours.

“We wanted this new branch to be something unexpected,” says Patti Lopata, branch manager/assistant vice president at Bankhaus. “We didn’t want it to be just another typical-looking branch. We were heading into a community that we wanted to support, and hoped to work with someone local as this project came to life. The creative ideas that Ramsey Creek added to the design blew us away. Every idea they came up with was spectacular. That set them apart from any contractor we’ve ever worked with. Now we have students that bring in laptops to use our free WiFi, get a cup of coffee, make their deposits, and study. Tourists pop in, read the paper, and learn about the community. It’s such a gathering space, and that’s what we wanted.”

For more information about this award, an exclusive look at the Bankhaus project, or to learn more about Ramsey Creek, contact the team at

About Ramsey Creek
Ramsey Creek was established in 1990 in Kalona, Iowa. From custom woodworking and fine home remodeling to new home construction and handcrafted cabinetry, the custom luxury design group’s team of skilled craftsmen helps high-end homes and commercial spaces transform spaces into one-of-a-kind environments. For more information, visit


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