BEYOND.High Performance Case Study – Tim O’Brien Homes

Tim O’Brien Homes and BASF join forces to create the future of home building. Working collaboratively, the experts at the BASF Center for Building Excellence and the team at Tim O’Brien Homes were able to effectively evaluate costs and systems on the home, and ultimately, optimize the value for the builder and customer alike.

A High Performance Partnership
At Tim O’Brien Homes, green building is a critical part of the successful builder’s on-going commitment to improving their homebuilding process, and has resulted in more energy-efficient, durable and comfortable homes.

BASF Panel InstallationRecently, the Wisconsin-based builder looked to leading chemical company BASF to help take another giant leap in its commitment to continuous improvement. “The idea that a $100 billion company recognized for advancing building science expertise and innovations in construction chemistry was offering to help us improve our processes through a top-to-bottom, hands-on consultation was very attractive,” said Tim O’Brien, president of Tim O’Brien Homes.

A team of building scientists, architects, engineers and sustainable construction experts from the BASF Center for Building Excellence was assembled and immediately put BASF’s BEYOND.High Performance® approach to work. “Leveraging our comprehensive HP+™ Consultative Solutions, we were able to get a more holistic view that would allow us to effectively address the specific needs of this particular builder and this particular opportunity,” recalled Rick Davenport, director of sustainable construction for the BASF Center for Building Excellence.

“We appreciated that BASF spent time with us to learn how we build homes before ever discussing potential recommendations for improving our building envelope” Craig North, Tim O’Brien Homes, Director of Construction

Architectural designer
Emily Van Court, ABASF Panel Installationssociate AIA, SEED, and Home Energy Rating
System® (HERS) Designated Associate, led the team. “It’s all about what the builder needs and cares about, and what their performance targets are on a particular project,” noted Van Court.

Together, the BASF and Tim O’Brien Homes teams analyzed everything from the orientation of the home, to advanced framing techniques, to mechanical strategies and more. “We’re committed to the building science details, especially moisture management, indoor air quality and thermal bridging,” said North. “And BASF’s expertise in that regard was critical.”

“BASF’s team brought a variety of different skill sets to the table,” O’Brien recalled. “All those disciplines working together really made this work and kept the process moving.”.

Read BASF Construction North America’s full article here.

Tim O’Brien Homes of Madison – Sugar Maple Grand Opening!

The month of June is proving to be a very exciting time for Tim O’Brien Homes of Madison. The Madison Area Builder’s Association Parade of Homes takes place June 13th through June 28th and Tim O’Brien Homes of Madison is also hosting a Grand Opening of Sugar Maple – Madison, a brand new neighborhood, and the Monterey, a Model Home built within the new location.

The Grand Opening of the Monterey Model Home in Sugar Maple (9618 Lost Pine Trail) will take place June 20th and 21st, 12:00 PM through 5:00 PM and will provide food, fun, and door prizes! There will also be demonstrations provided, explaining how Tim O’Brien Homes saves you money with more efficient building practices and a lender will be available on site to help you make this house your home.


The Monterey, located in Sugar Maple, shows off the perfect family-conscious home by combining classic beauty and modern style. The Monterey features natural stone detail and rustic earth-tone siding on the exterior of the home, which blends beautifully with the neighborhood’s natural surroundings.

The Monterey offers 3 spacious bedrooms with a 4th master suite and 2.5 bathrooms for a total 2,527 sq. ft. of living space; perfect for any family large or small. The model home also reflects Tim O’Brien’s passion for green building by incorporating various Eco-Friendly features, which can add up to save you money on energy costs.

The new Sugar Maple Neighborhood offers a great way to spend time in the city while also living with much needed space to enjoy. The neighborhood features easy accessibility to Downtown Madison and the Beltline Highway for work or play, as well as various parks and recreational venues, which is perfect for family fun. Sugar Maple is bound to become a great neighborhood that accommodates everything you are looking for in a place to call home.

For any questions you may have, please visit Tim O’Brien Homes website or contact D’anne Long for additional information: 608-354-9452 or

Directions: Sugar Maple is located in Madison. Take the Beltline Hwy. to Mineral Point Rd. Take Mineral Point Rd. to South Junction Rd. At the turn-about, take Valley View Rd. to Sugar Maple Lane South to community entrance on the left.

Operation Finally Home: The Cranberry Creek Projects


Last week Tim O’Brien Homes, Inc., Neumann Companies, Inc., Belman Homes, and the Metropolitan Builders Association participated in an event in Jackson, WI to announce the Operation FINALLY HOME 501(c)(3) Cranberry Creek projects. Through donations and active generosity from Belman, O’Brien, and Neumann, two homes will be built for wounded war heroes and will be given to them mortgage-free.

Below is a short clip of the ribbon cutting ceremony with Tim O’Brien, Matt Neumann, and David Belman to announce the construction of the homes. You can also see all the supporters who came to raise awareness and excitement. Thank you for your continuous support!

Additionally, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is helping to spread the word about Operation Finally Home in their article ‘Dream Homes for Wounded Veterans: Operation Finally Home Comes to Wisconsin.’ The article details the work that the founder, Dan Wallrath, has invested into Operation Finally Home and a few stories about the soldiers that he has helped to live in worry-free homes.

news clip

Click for the Full Article at JSOnline

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel features David Belman and his work to introduce Operation Finally Home to Wisconsin as well as a few quotes from Tim O’Brien and Matt Neumann about their excitement to participate and upcoming work on the new homes. We encourage you to read further and learn more about this one of a kind organization and the heroes they help.

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: 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.

2015 Madison Area Builders Association Parade of Homes

This Saturday, June 13th, marks the beginning of the 2015 Madison Area Builders Association Parade of Homes and this year is bound to be fantastic. Tim O’Brien Homes of Madison is excited to introduce the Juniper, a spacious 2,657 sq. ft. home, that offers a luxurious experience in the new Kilkenny Farms neighborhood in Waunakee, Wisconsin. Kilkenny Farms was designed with beauty in mind, the new neighborhood is nestled in a lovely, scenic rolling terrain. Kilkenny Farms was thoughtfully outlined to maximize walkout exposure, country views, trails and parks.

The Juniper effortlessly reflects the peaceful surroundings with a split-ranch style home. The exterior features classic and elegant garage doors that off set the natural earth-tone colored siding. The rustic barn-style front door leads into a grand cathedral ceiling foyer with entrance to a flex room to make your own and the first two bedrooms of the four bedroom home.

In the center of the Juniper is a gourmet kitchen with a large island to provide a great amount of space and drop ceiling detail to highlight this beautiful feature. The kitchen flows into a spacious dinette and great room. The dinette features a wonderful area to serve & entertain, which leads to the maintenance free deck outside to enjoy the relaxing views. The expansive great room includes an double-sided fireplace that can be enjoyed inside or through the double doors into the sun room.

renderingThe Juniper also features an amazing spa-like master suite bedroom with an attached bathroom. The master bath includes a walk-in shower over 8 feet wide with tile details, double-bowl vanity, and private water closet. The finished lower level is the entertainment area that leads into a private bar accented with barn doors, reclaim wood wall, a family room, bedroom, and full bath!

Our unique features: WaterSense plumbing fixtures to conserve water, energy-efficient HVAC system, rear foyer with lockers and drop zone to keep you organized and a 10-year limited warranty backed by insurance and transferable.

TOH Madison Features











The Madison Area Builders Association Parade of Homes Juniper model will be available for viewing through the 28th of June with scheduled hours being Monday through Friday 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM and Saturday through Sunday 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM. The Parade entrance is located on Guinness Street with the entrance to the Kilkenny Farms neighborhood being off Woodland Drive or Waterwheel Drive.

For more information please visit the Madison Area Builders Association

Tim O’Brien Homes Embraced Social Responsibility by Participating in the LakeWalk for Cancer

Embrace Social Responsibility

Tim O’Brien Homes follows 7 Core Values, which are 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

LakeWalk for Cancer

On Saturday, May 2nd, 2015, Tim O’Brien Homes, along with Neumann Companies, Inc. and Sunvest Solar, Inc. eagerly “Embraced Social Responsibility” by participating in the 2015 LakeWalk for Cancer in Oconomowoc, WI.

This annual event supports local cancer programs in Waukesha County. ProHealth Care’s cancer services at Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital assist patients through the whole process, from from diagnosis, through treatment, and beyond. The goal for 2015’s LakeWalk for Cancer was $100,000, however, with the help from everyone, the goal was succeeded and $104,472!

LakeWalk 2015

“Cancer touches many in our community. It will impact almost one of every four individuals, and is second only to heart disease as a leading cause of death. We’ve organized the ProHealth Care Walks for Cancer to help change these statistics and show support in our community for cancer patients, families and survivors.” – LakeWalk for Cancer

LakeWalk 2015 2For more information to learn more about LakeWalk for Cancer, please visit the LakeWalk website.

Tim O’Brien Homes of Madison cuts ribbon for Ironwood Estates

Tim O’Brien Homes of Madison introduces Ironwood Estates, a unique new neighborhood offering single-family and duplex residential living in the Sun Prairie area.


The new model and neighborhood grand opening ribbon cutting took place last week with the support of the Sun Prairie Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and two Mayors!

The Star wrote an article about the exciting ribbon cutting at Ironwood Estates in Sun Prairie, WI:

Tim O’Brien Homes cuts ribbon for Ironwood Estates

Sitting in the roughly 2,000 sq. ft., two-story ranch model home in the Ironwood Estates development, both Tim O’Brien and Don Esposito expressed optimism about the new development which offers single family, duplex and condo lots for sale in addition to home packages.

Esposito and O’Brien were among the individuals representing the company who cut the ribbon last Friday to officially open the model home located just off Ironwood Drive.


“That screened in porch is really nice because you’ve got the restaurants, you’ve got the sunsets . . . it’s a great way to unwind at the end of the day,” O’Brien said. “It’s a really comfortable space.”

Sun Prairie Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors joined O’Biren, Esposito and two Sun Prairie Mayors — including current Mayor Jon Freund and Mayor-Elect Paul Esser — in cutting the ribbon to officially open the model home.

Esposito explained the first phase — the single family side with 17 single family lots available — is currently open. Roughly five homes are under construction already.

“So we’re building some momentum,” Esposito said.

On the other side are 17 duplex lots that Tim O’Brien Homes is actively seeking to sell to other builders.

“We will be finishing the phase in the center this summer,” Esposito said, referring to single family homes.

Esposito pointed to a street called Scott Trail. “That’s named after Joshua Scott, who was killed in action in the Middle East,” Esposito said, referring to the Sun Prairie soldier who died May 28, 2005 supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. “We thought it would be a nice way to honor his contribution to our freedom.”

Finally, the company will market the bottom phase, a single family area in the southern most portion of the development.

“It’s been great,” O’Brien said. “It’s been stagnant for so long. I remember coming here to look at it — I almost felt like a tumbleweed was going to come rolling by just because it was so vacant.

“We still have the condos here but it just didn’t seem like a lot of life,” O’Brien added. “Now you’re seeing this kind of vertical rejuvenation of this area. We’ve got the vertical construction going on — that creates a lot of excitement — and as soon as people start moving in and people start walking on the sidewalks . . . it’s really going to start coming to life.”

The Arbordale Model Home 498 Crescendo Dr. Open Saturday & Sunday: 12 - 5 pm or by appt.

The Arbordale Model Home – Ironwood Estates
498 Crescendo Dr., Sun Prairie, WI
Open Saturdays & Sundays: 12 – 5 pm or by appointment

Esposito said Ironwood Estates represents the first development the company has taken on itself — taking it through the entitlement process all the way through the development process.

In Scenic Point — located just off Clarmar Drive where Tim O’Brien Homes purchased some lots but was not involved in the development of the neighborhood — Esposito pointed out that development is nearly finished and built out.

When asked about the typical homebuyer the company is marketing to, Esposito said it varies.

“Well, since we re-purposed this as a single-family subdivision, we envision that . . . families will be moving in here,” Esposito said.

“Probably families with [school-aged] kids, and we envision some of the condos will attract some empty nesters,” Esposito said.

“But we still see opportunities for young families and empty nesters, and then move-up buyers for the single-family properties.”

For more information about Ironwood Estates, contact Deann MacPherson by phone at (608) 228-4339 or via e-mail at

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: 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.