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.

Meet the Team

Name: Joe VoleskyJoe

Division: (MSN or MKE) MKE

Length at TOH: 4-1/2 years

Title: Construction manager

Favorite part of TOH: The People and their great attitudes.

Favorite Floor Plan & Why: Canterbury, just a good fit for our family.

Favorite part of a home: The Kitchen.

What do you do for fun?: Go up north with the family, play softball.

The best part of waking up is?: Waking up!!! Having a cup of coffee, planning out the day.

Random Fact About Yourself: Brew my own beer.

Parade of Homes

It is time for the MBA Parade of Homes again! This year, Tim O’Brien Homes is featuring a new design called The Monterey in the Victoria Station neighborhood in Pewaukee, Wisconsin.


The Monterey


The Monterey has 2,479 square feet, 2-stories, 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, a flex room, and a rear stairwell to the basement and second floor. There are many special features included in the Parade Model to suit all your entertaining and living needs. The Kitchen includes a box tray ceiling, a corner cook-top with stone backdrop, cherry cabinets to ceiling, “snow white” quartz countertops, a large walk-in pantry, and a spacious dinette area. The Great Room includes vaulted ceilings and a direct vent fireplace with stone detail and raised hearth. The Flex Room is highlighted with a box tray ceiling and window seat. The Rear Foyer includes a walk-in closet, lockers, drop zone, pocket office, and private laundry. Throughout the first floor is Asian Walnut Hardwood floors.

The second floor of the Monterey includes all four bedrooms and two full baths. The Master Bedroom Suite includes a tray ceiling, walk-in closet, tiled over-sized shower, and a quartz double bow raised vanity. Two of the secondary bedrooms include walk-in closets. After the Parade, the Monterey will become the  Tim O’Brien Homes Pewaukee Model location!

The MBA Parade of Homes takes place August 9th through September 1st. The homes are open 4:00pm to 8:00pm Monday through Fridays and 11:00am to 5:00pm Saturdays, Sundays, and Labor Day. Tickets are $10.00 for adults at the gate and $8.00 online. Senior and child tickets are $6.00. Make sure to stop by our model home basement for the “Going for the Green” putting competition for a chance to win 2 tickets to the 2015 PGA Tournament at Whistling Straits. See you there!

Keep Pets Cool

With the heat of summer upon us, remember to keep your pets cool! Dogs and cats are more apt to getting heat stroke in the hot summer months than humans. Some signs of heat stroke in pets are excessive panting, glazed eyes, increased heart rate, deep red or purple tongue, drooling, and vomiting. Thankfully, there are many ways to keep your pets cool in the summer. Read below for tips!20140503_153647

  • Provide cool, clean water.
    Staying hydrated on hot summer days is key when preventing heat stroke.
  • Exercise during the cool parts of the day.
    Walk your pet in the morning or evening when the sun is not at it’s hottest, the air is easier to breath, and the ground is not as hot on the pads of their paws.
  • Locate shade.
    If you are outside during the hottest parts of the day with your pet, make sure to find some shady spots for your pet to relax under.2013042295153455
  • Leave behind.
    Leave your pet at home if the day is just too hot, especially if you will be leaving them in a car during errands. Keep pets out of the car and instead, keep them in the comfort of their home.
  • Keep hair long.
    Contrary to popular belief, keeping your pet’s hair long in the summer is beneficial to them. The layers of hair protect the animal from sunburn and overheating. Brushing away loose fur helps, too.


Read more tips on keeping your pets cool in the summer heat at the Humane Society of the United States website!

Meet the Team

Name: Don Esposito 2012-08-25 19.44.24

Division: (MSN or MKE) MSN

Length at TOH: 2-½ years

Title:  MSN Market President

Favorite part of TOH: TOH Team – They are by far the most incredible collection of capable, competent and customer-centric people I have ever been associated with in my 37 year career.

Favorite Floor Plan & Why:  Bayberry – Would work well for how we live our life with a good mix of casual and formal living areas. Secondary bedrooms separate from the Master suite are great for when the sons, wives & grandkids come to visit!

Favorite part of a home:   Kitchen – it is where the wife and I spend a great deal of time – either together or when entertaining.  It should be open, inviting and casual but with a lot of storage space.

What do you do for fun?: My hobby is gourmet cooking – hence the answer above!!  My New York style cheesecake has won awards!

The best part of waking up is?: I look forward to the new challenges of each day.  There is never a dull moment in the building industry!

Random Fact About Yourself:   Back in 1984, I applied to NASA as a mission specialist – figured they needed help building the international space station.  I did not get very far in the interview process due to my poor eyesight and my need for glasses.


Name: Tim O’Brien photo2010

Division: (MSN or MKE) MKE

Length at TOH: 7 years

Title: President

Favorite part of TOH:  The People!  We have a great group of passionate team members and vendor partners that contribute every day to our client experience and the innovations in both our home designs and the products we use.

Favorite Floor Plan & Why:  Birchwood.  I really like the circular flow of the plan on the main level.  Our parade plan included the clearstory option that brought in a tremendous amount of natural light into the space as well as comfortable air circulation.

Favorite part of a home: The Sunroom.  I love this part of the home because of the tremendous amount of natural light though this space as well as the views that can be had from having three of the four walls in the room including windows and a patio door.

What do you do for fun?: In the Summer:  Boating – Sailing and wakeboarding.  In the Winter:  Snow skiing and beaches!

The best part of waking up is?: My beautiful wife next to me, fresh coffee, and a happy dog!

Random Fact About Yourself:  When I was 7 years old, I saw the Wizard of Oz in a theater with my family and some cousins.  The bad witch REALLY scared me…  so when I saw the flying monkeys, I had enough, freaked out and ran out of the theater.  My mom had to come get me but I was not going back in, so I had to sit in the lobby and wait for the movie to finish.

Cook-Out Safety Tips

Happy 4th of July week! What will you be doing to celebrate? Below you will find the three C’s of safety tips when cooking out this weekend.


  • Wash all cooking surfaces before beginning.
  • Wash hands with soap and warm water before and after touching raw foods.
  • Separate raw food and juices from cooked food or cold dishes.
  • Use separate cutting boards for raw foods and vegetables.
  • Wash utensils and cutting boards thoroughly after using with raw foods.


  • Keep the grill at least several feet from your home. Make sure the grill is out of the way of high-traffic areas and ideally on a concrete surface.
  • It is important for food to be fully cooked. Purchasing a food thermometer will assure that all foods are cooked properly.
  • Different meats need to be cooked to different temperatures:
    - Hot Dogs: 165°F
    - Poultry: 165°F
    - Ground Meat: 160°F
    - Pork, Beef, Lamb, Veal: 145°F
    - Fish: 145°F


  • Refrigerate leftovers right away. Discard any food that has been sitting out for too long. Bacteria flourishes in temperatures between 40°F and 140°F.




What Does “Green” Mean?

Tim O’Brien Homes is a Green Builder. But what does that mean? To us, it is about the little details. By building green, we create homes of lasting value that help you save on utility bills, lower your cost of homeownership, maximize comfort, and preserve the environment. All Tim O’Brien Homes are 3rd party tested and certified to ensure your home is built right. Take a look below to see some of the little details that make a BIG DIFFERENCE.

Energy EfficiencyEnergy Efficiency
Hidden details assure improved energy efficiency, better comfort and air distribution, and prevents heat loss that will save you money.

  • R-15 Blown-in batt insulation in exterior walls and R-50 in the attic.
  • Spray foam in box sills, where 30% of heat can escape.
  • ENERGY STAR® rated windows and appliances.


Indoor Air Quality
Advanced building systems protect your home from carbon monoxide, harmful VOCs, and combustible gases, offering heather living.

  • Door to new world. Version 2Active subsoil venting system.
  • Low VOC carpeting and zero VOC paints.
  • Low allergen materials.
  • 110 cfm exhaust fans remove air moisture from the home.


Water Conservationswirling water splash
Save water, energy, and money without sacrificing performance. Preserve our precious resource and protect the environment.

  • EPA WaterSense Certified vanity faucets and shower heads.
  • Erosion control storm water management designed for the homesite.

Resource Conservation

More durable products means less maintenance and lower cost over the life of your home.

  • Resource ConservationHomes are designed to minimize waste.
  • Sustainably harvested lumber is used on all homes.
  • Engineered wood and wood alternatives are utilized.
  • We recycle up to 65% of construction waste verse dumping all the waste in a landfill.
  • Included in all homes are pull-out dual trash bins in the kitchen for easy recycling.



Renewable EnergyRenewable Energy
Harnessing the energy from the earth and sun for long-term energy indepence and higher level of comfort.

  • Solar power systems available.
  • Solar hot water systems available.
  • Geothermal to heat and cool your home are available.

Click here to read more about our Green Building techniques at our website.