Operation FINALLY HOME is Here in Wisconsin

Operation FINALLY HOME 501(c)(3) is a nonprofit organization set out to provide mortgage-free homes to wounded, disabled, or ill veterans and the surviving spouses and their families. Award-winning builders, Belman Homes and Tim O’Brien Homes announced plans to build two homes for two disabled veterans and their families. Land developer, Neumann Companies donated the land at the Cranberry Creek neighborhood in the Village of Jackson.

Operation FINALLY HOME was founded by Dan Wallrath in 2005. Rusty Carroll now runs the organization out of New Braunfels, Texas. The organization focuses on joining forces with corporate sponsors, builder associations, builders, developers, individual contributors, and volunteers to help wounded war Heroes and their families transition to their home field by building a home to call their own.

The three companies, Belman Homes, Tim O’Brien Homes, and Neumann Companies, are excited to begin this journey and support a wonderful cause.

“Tim O’Brien Homes is very proud to be a part of this project. Not only does this align with our Core Values, we are giving back to those that have selflessly fought for our country.  It just makes sense that we all pull together and create a comfortable home for our wounded heroes.” – Tim O’Brien, President, Tim O’Brien Homes

“We are honored to support our veterans through Operation Finally Home and we are very grateful and have been blown away by all the support from our loyal team of craftsmen that have stepped forward to help with this amazing cause.” – David Belman, President, Belman Homes, Inc.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for our company to give at least a little back to the military families who have given of their time and lives to serve and protect us.  We are honored to be a major supporter of the project and remain grateful to all who have served and are currently serving in the military.” – Matt Neumann, President, Neumann Companies

The homes will be started in August 2015 and framing will take place in October 2015.

How You Can Help Operation FINALLY HOME Wisconsin

  • Cash Donations – All donations will directly go toward materials and labor for the two Wisconsin projects
  • Donations – Materials to build the homes and furniture to furnish the homes after the builds are complete
  • Volunteers – Create a fundraising event on behalf of Operation FINALLY HOME Wisconsin
  • Support – Share the story about this amazing Charity. See if you can reach out to your groups: Churches, VFW’s, Chambers, etc. to spread the word and possibly host a fundraising event for Operation FINALLY HOME Wisconsin

For information on how you can help, please call our hotline at 262-522-3624. If you would like to donate, please visit: http://operationfinallyhome.org/wisconsin/. Additionally, you can text the word “Wisconsin” to 41444 to receive instructions on how to donate via cell phone or drop off a donation at our official drop off location at any Westbury Bank location. To stay on top of the latest news, “Like” the Operation FINALLY HOME Wisconsin and Tim O’Brien Homes Facebook pages.

Hands on Experience for Local Students

On Saturday, March 7th, Tim O’Brien Homes held a ribbon cutting ceremony & completion celebration at a home built in cooperation with the Oconomowoc High School Building Trades 3 Class from site survey to homeowner occupancy.  This is the 4th year Tim O’Brien Homes participated in the program and are glad to introduce students to all facets of the building trades.

Lake Country NOW wrote an article about the collaborative experience:

Oconomowoc High School students helped build a home in

Lakewood Estates subdivision

Poster Signing

By Donna Frake

City of Oconomowoc — From the floorboards to the rafters, students in the Oconomowoc High School Building Trades 3 (BT3) class helped to build a house that will soon become a home.

The students, in conjunction with the builder, Tim O’Brien Homes, and under the watchful eye of teacher Steve Olson, have seen the structure through from staking it and digging the hole for the foundation right up to framing and rough electric, providing students with the opportunity to work in all phases of the construction.

OHS Framed Home

The recently completed three bedroom, two bath ranch home for sale in the Lakewood Estates subdivision in the city of Oconomowoc, offers amenities that include granite countertops, hardwood floors, tile bathrooms and carries a $319,900 price tag.

A ribbon cutting ceremony, complete with coffee and pastries, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 7, at 1221 Niagara Road., where attendees can view the house and talk with students about the experience.

This is the fourth home OHS BT3 students have built in partnership with Tim O’Brien Homes, and follows the four completed with a previous builder. The hands-on experience provides students interested in the construction trades with real-world experience with this capstone project.

OHS Open HouseStudents interested in the field begin with BT1 which teaches them about the industry, tools and rough framing. Students are thoroughly versed in the importance of safety throughout the course.

Finish work

BT/Geometry focuses on geometry and its use in the trades. BT2 builds off BT1 and gets students involved in all the finish work on a house — roofing, siding, some electric, windows, doors, drywall, and finish carpentry.

BT3 brings all the subsequent learning together and has students apply the skills in a real life setting. Approximately 12-15 students are selected for the BT3 program after an application process.

“This project is an amazing opportunity for the kids,” said Olson. “They get a chance to be actively involved in just about every trade that goes into building a home.

“The trade partners that Tim O’Brien Homes get the kids in contact with do an excellent job connecting students with the details of what goes into it. The students who were apart of this year’s build did a great job. They developed into a strong team and approached the build with an open mind to take in every trade.”

OHS Completed Home

YOU shamROCK – Tim O’Brien Homes Core Value Winners

Tim O’Brien Homes 7 Core Values

A reflection of the company’s guiding principles that inspire our daily work and underscore our steadfast commitment to our customers, vendor partners and each other.


Deliver EXTRAordinary Experiences | Foster a Team Environment | Embrace Social Responsibility | Nurture a Learning Organization | Communicate with Empathy & Understanding | Be Solution Experts | Create Fun


The Core Values are the center focus of Tim O’Brien Homes, which includes a monthly recognition program, YOU shamROCK. YOU shamROCK allows team members to nominate and recognize each other that are exemplifying the Core Value of the Month.

Each month’s nominations are then evaluated for the Annual YOU shamROCK of the Year! The 2014 YOU shamROCK of the Year was awarded to:

Bryan Lindgren and Corey Gerth!

Left to Right: Don Esposito, Madison Division President Bryan Lindgren, Milwaukee New Home Consultant Corey Gerth, Milwaukee New Home Consultant Tim O'Brien, President

Left to Right:
Don Esposito, Madison Division President
Bryan Lindgren, Milwaukee New Home Consultant
Corey Gerth, Milwaukee New Home Consultant
Tim O’Brien, President

Bryan Lindgren and Corey Gerth are New Home Consultants at our Milwaukee office. Bryan and Corey exemplify all 7 of Tim O’Brien Homes’ Core Values every single day. They are our 2014 Core Value Winners for many reasons.

“Both individuals have been pioneers of learning the ins and outs of the company’s intricate sales system. They have done a great job passing along their knowledge to the rest of the team!”

Everything Bryan and Corey do is for the good of our customers, vendors, and Tim O’Brien Homes. They both have a positive attitude and approach all situations with a can-do spirit. Bryan and Corey are great team leaders and have a passion for what they do. Great job, Bryan and Corey!

Now Introducing New Neighborhoods with Tim O’Brien Homes!

Start Fresh & New – Build Your Dream Home in Our New Neighborhoods

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Tim O’Brien Homes has numerous communities to choose from in many desirable locations. Home & lot packages are available and waiting for you!

Pewaukee – Cloverland Farms


Cloverland Farms is a new neighborhood offering over 50 homesites with partial or full exposures. Near local parks, schools, restaurants, and more. Find your perfect lot to build a Tim O’Brien Home with energy efficiency in mind and money saving features!

Pewaukee – Victoria Station New Phase


Victoria Station was the 2014 Milwaukee Builders Association Parade of Homes Site. Now in a new phase, Victoria Station has many homesites available that will allow you to build the home of your dreams and will be green built by Tim O’Brien Homes.

Delafield – Woodridge Estates

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Not only will Woodridge Estates be the 2015 Milwaukee Builders Association Parade of Homes Site, it will also have several reasonably sized homesites that will be wonderful to build on. If you are looking for a unique new neighborhood with rolling terrain, walking trails and featuring nature’s beauty – Woodridge Estates is for you.

Muskego – Belle Chasse New Phase


All homes built by Tim O’Brien Homes are focused around resource conservation. We use materials and techniques to conserve; such as engineered wood and wood alternatives, recycled building materials, sustainable harvested lumber, and more durable products. These techniques will enhance your experience as over 60 percent of the homesites in Belle Chasse enjoy private, rear yard frontage on over 40 acres of wooded parkland.

Menomonee Falls – Weyerhaven


With over 40 available homesites within the first phase of Weyerhaven, you are bound to find the lot that is meant for you. Weyerhaven has many lifestyle amenities for the neighborhood, including a sizeable clubhouse and pool. Each home built will come with a 10-Year Limited Warranty, as well as energy efficient features that are 3rd party tested and certified.

Oconomowoc – Pine Ridge Estates

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Pine Ridge Estates can be your new home with quiet and serene lots waiting for you to build your home of distinction. Pine Ridge Estates offers over 30 homesites that include walking trails, parks and parklands coming soon.

Explore our existing neighborhoods and find a homesite & floor plan that meets your needs.


For more information, contact Tim O’Brien Homes at 262-542-5750 or visit TimOBrienHomes.com.

4 Colormix™ Collections of 2015 by Sherwin-Williams

Sherwin-Williams color forecast is out and ready to be used! The “Optimistic Odyssey” will bring you to your “happy place” in your own home crafted by Tim O’Brien Homes. Sherwin-Williams describes this colormix™ by stating;

“Whatever hues light up your personal spectrum, you’ll find them in the 2015 colormix™ color forecast. The universe is your paintbox, and you’re the curator, collecting colors that speak to you and combining them in fresh ways that will put a smile on your – and your client’s – face.”

2015 Colormix

In 2015, you can embrace the world around you with the “Chrysalis” collection. These colors represent the earth and sky with hues that will sooth you. “SW 7613 Aqua-Sphere” will be the perfect color for your #TimOBrienHomes #FlexRoom. Create a relaxing den within your flex room, enjoying Aqua-Sphere and the ambiance it provides you.


In the mood to explore in 2015 and have a home that exemplifies your daring attitude? Embark on a journey with the “Voyage” collection. Within the Voyage collection you will find bold colors that will spark your adventure imagination. “SW 6756 Crystal Clear” will embody your #TimOBrienHomes #Sunroom as it creates a fascinating space. A Crystal Clear sunroom will be your personal beach cabaña.


Let’s get you to your happy place in 2015 with the “Buoyant” collection. Use these bright, blissful and beaming colors to express positivity and optimism in your home. “SW 6837 Baroness” is a necessity in your #TimOBrienHomes #PowderRoom. Baroness will bring your powder room a gleeful flare and endless cheerful grins.


Are you in need of an exciting new look for 2015? It is time to add the “Unrestrained” collection to your home. The tantalizing tints and accent walls of the primary colors will be just what you need in your #TimOBrienHomes #PlayRoom. “SW 6650 Marquis Orange” will generate an energetic atmosphere. Ideas and dreams will come to life with Marquis Orange.


Make 2015 your year of inspirations!

Positively Impacting People’s Lives!

Wonderful article about #TimOBrienHomes in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel!

2013 Parade of Homes Overall Grand Award - The Birchwood http://www.timobrienhomes.com/rend_fp_pages/birchwood.html

Building homes to positively impact people’s lives

Sometimes it’s best to put one foot in front of the other and let life take you where it leads. Tim O’Brien, of Tim O’Brien Homes, was introduced to the building trade at a young age, knowing that it’s a good fit for him. At 15-years-old, O’Brien worked for a commercial plumber. In college, he worked for a commercial general contractor. “When I was in college, I met someone that got me in to residential construction,” he remembered. “After college, I started with the largest builder in the country and have been in the industry ever since.”

What do you enjoy about building?
The building process starts with one idea and transforms into a beautiful finished product. I love working with a team and being involved in the process of bringing an idea to life. I enjoy the connection with the homeowners.

What advice would you give someone looking to build?
If someone wants to build, I suggest narrowing a list down to three builders who are members of an accredited association like the MBA. Building a home involves a long-term relationship, so make sure the builder is your ideal fit. Clients should be comfortable with the building team. Ask, ask and ask again…don’t be afraid to ask many questions until you are comfortable. Also, understand all the costs and specifications. Consider not only today’s cost, but future costs like energy usage and replacement costs.

How has being an MBA member helped your business?
When I started my business, the MBA provided a network of industry professionals for me to seek guidance, develop relationships and provide education opportunities. In fact, the MBA gave Tim O’Brien Homes the opportunity to build the first Wisconsin Trend Home in 2008, showcasing green, energy-efficient products prevalent in homes built in the future (2020). In addition, the MBA provides credibility to the homebuilding industry.

How has technology changed your business?
Technology helps us stay more organized, enhances communication and provides a more efficient process for our homebuyers and vendors.

We continually stay connected to new home trends and building systems to provide the most popular choices for the buyer. In addition, national manufacturers approach Tim O’Brien Homes to be a pilot builder, bringing green and energy-efficient initiatives to the marketplace. Currently, we are testing a new insulation system and sealant package.

Dupont Corian countertops with wireless charging built in. Simply place your enabled device on the counter and charge it!

Dupont Corian countertops with wireless charging built in. Simply place your enabled device on the counter and charge it!

How do you see your business changing over the next 10 years?
I see homes and lot sizes becoming smaller with enough space in the right places, and a focus on how buyers use technology at home. Within the next 10 years, we’ll focus on encouraging the Millenniums to build by communicating the benefits of homeownership. We will see an increasing demand in solar power as costs decrease. All our homes are solar-ready with code piping for future solar additions Again, to buyers, I would say be truly ready.

What advice would you give someone looking for a career in the building industry?
Try a few things within the trades. If you have a skill and passion for something, work hard and success will follow. We are fortunate to partner with Oconomowoc High School’s Building Trades 3 Course to provide students hands-on experience for the past three years. Each year, our trade partners worked side-by-side with 12 students to build a new home. We wish more schools had this type of program to introduce students to the skilled trades.

What is your favorite quote or saying that represents your business philosophy?
“Positively Impacting People’s Lives” is our core purpose and the driving philosophy behind our company’s core values.

What charitable groups are you involved with?
This year, we are donating the funds raised from “Fit for a Cause” to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. In addition, we partner with Habitat for Humanity in Waukesha County to build homes, plus our employees participate in the annual Cancer Walk to show generosity.

Tim O’Brien Homes Goes Solar

Each New Home Built Ready for Solar Electric System

As part of its ongoing commitment to green building practices, Tim O’Brien Homes, Inc., a semi-custom, single-family homebuilder with offices in Milwaukee and Madison, WI; announced that every new home built by the company is now solar ready.IMG_7417

Provided in coordination with SunVest Solar, Inc., all new Tim O’Brien Homes will meet code for the future installation of a solar electric system.  According to SunVest, these systems provide a renewable energy solution with both environmental and financial benefits.  The financial advantage of the systems has increased in recent years, as the cost of solar energy has decreased by 68 percent between 2009 and 2014, while electricity rates increased 15 percent over the same period.  Today, a solar electric system from SunVest provides an average annual return on investment of nearly 20 percent.

“We are proud and excited to make it easier and more affordable for homeowners to go solar,” said Tim O’Brien, president of Tim O’Brien Homes.  “Surveys show that 97% of Americans overestimate the cost of installing a solar system and 77% of homeowners would install solar if cost were not a factor.  Having the required infrastructure in each of our new homes makes solar energy an easier decision for homeowners to make.”

To be considered solar ready, new homes are built with the necessary conduit and piping from the roof to the basement installed within the home’s walls.  This allows for faster, cleaner, and less expensive installation when homeowners opt to equip their home with a solar electric system.

SunVest solar electric systems are designed and built to last 30 years with little required maintenance.  The solar panels, which are typically installed on the roof of a home, are tested to handle between 30 and 40 pounds of snow per square foot, 90 miles per hour wind gusts, and one-inch hail stones at 55 miles per hour.

Green BuildingTim O’Brien Homes is committed to energy efficiency, innovative designs, green building practices, and renewable technologies.  Every home built meets the Focus on Energy and the Wisconsin Green Built Home programs, which are third-party tested and certified, ensuring a solid investment and low cost of homeownership.

With model homes available to tour throughout the greater Milwaukee area, all Tim O’Brien Homes feature a 10-year limited warranty that is transferable and backed by insurance.  Focused on delivering an extraordinary building experience, the Tim O’Brien Homes team of industry professionals has provided over 1,000 new homes to satisfied customers.

For more information, contact Tim O’Brien Homes at 262-542-5750 or visit TimOBrienHomes.com.