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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Make 2015 your year of inspirations!

Positively Impacting People’s Lives!

Wonderful article about #TimOBrienHomes in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel!

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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.

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.

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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.

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