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Tim O’Brien Homes Wins Prestigious NHQ Gold 2018 Award

Categories: Design, Energy Efficiency, Going Green, Green Building, News, Tim O'Brien Homes | Posted: October 3, 2017

Tim O’Brien Homes recently received the NHQ Gold Award 2018. (Full article)

“Tim O’Brien Homes can’t be accused of being set in its ways. The Wisconsin builder’s Gold-winning NHQ application for both its Milwaukee and Madison divisions has at least seven initiatives the company embraced that were recommendations from the judges who had graded the company Silver during the previous two years.”

Among them is the Ambassador program, which maintains a relationship with buyers even after the home’s warranty has expired, with neighborhood events, home maintenance seminars, and, for one community built around a reservoir, even sending a water-quality expert to the community so homeowners could learn how to be caretakers for their lake. Trade-partner surveys and a trades council (which had previously existed at the company but lapsed in recent years) were reestablished. The council’s representatives are currently working to define job ready/job complete standards for all of O’Brien’s major home building tasks.

Following another NHQ suggestion, a quality assurance specialist position was created to bring a big-picture perspective to the field, which is supervised by as many as eight construction managers. To avoid the pitfall of construction managers developing tunnel vision and focusing too intently just on issues that affect their specific projects, the QA specialist assesses the field with a more global company view and can identify patterns from the punch list manager and warranty database, helping flag flaws in workmanship, process, or product. Other NHQ recommendations acted upon include revamping employee training with programs that provide more focused topics for coaching specific disciplines within the company, and safety audits and safety education by a consultant from the builder’s insurance carrier.”

-Professional Builder® (ProBuilder.com)

When you or someone you know is looking for a home builder in the Milwaukee or Madison area, please keep Tim O’Brien Homes in mind.

Read the full article here.

See more awards we’ve won.

Join us at the 2017 MBA Parade of Homes – August 12-Sept 4

Categories: Blog, Design, Energy Efficiency, Going Green, Green Building, Neighborhoods, News, Parade of Homes | Posted: August 1, 2017

Tim O’Brien Homes is excited to present the Savannah Parade Home at the Mequon, Highlander Estates Parade Site. A new design for us, the Savannah Parade Home is a modern cottage split bedroom ranch design. Take a closer look at the details of the Savannah by downloading the Home Brochure PDF. Discover more about Highlander Estates; a great location, with wonderful schools – a perfect place to call home.


The Savannah, a modern cottage split bedroom ranch design.

High ceilings greet you as you enter the light-filled foyer. The heart of the home is the spacious, gourmet kitchen with built-in appliances and a soaring ceiling that perfectly flows into the adjacent great room and dinette. The great room is anchored by the beautiful fireplace and unique box tray ceiling. Tucked toward the back of the home is the versatile flex room, a quiet yet elegant retreat. The east wing of the home features the luxury master bedroom suite and spa-like bath showcasing a custom tile shower with double shower heads. The substantial walk-in master closet is connected to the family work zone with the conveniently located washer and dryer. The family work zone offers a built-in desk, lockers, closet and located just off the rear foyer with its oh-so-necessary drop zone. On the other side of the home, you’ll find spacious secondary bedrooms connected by a private, Jack & Jill bath.

Our Parade Home has already been SOLD, but that doesn’t mean we can’t build this beautiful new plan for you!  Contact us today and let’s start building a Savannah in any of our great communities or on your own lot!


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By: Metropolitan Builders Association
22 Homes • 18 MBA Builders • 3 Subdivisions
Hartland • Menomonee Falls • Mequon

The 2017 MBA Parade of Homes opens on Saturday, August 12, 2017 and runs through Labor Day, Monday, September 4, 2017.

Visitors will be able to walk through 22 brand new homes built by MBA Members – Southeastern Wisconsin’s top home builders.

Each Parade Subdivision will feature the latest in interior and exterior design, decorating trends, new and sustainable building techniques, and cutting-edge technologies. Whether you are interested in building or buying your dream home, remodeling, or simply gathering ideas for future home improvement projects, don’t miss the opportunity to interact with the area’s top builders!

The Parade of Homes is a nationally-recognized local event that began in the 1940s and features premier subdivisions and model homes in our region. The 2017 Parade of Homes will feature brand new must-see model homes built by southeastern Wisconsin’s most experienced home builders.

Tickets for the 2017 MBA Parade of Homes allow entry into each subdivision once. They will be available at Parade entrances, online, and at several advance ticket locations. Buy tickets here.

$10 Adults – $6 for Seniors and Children (3-12)

MBA is also offering promotions through the event.  For more information, check here.

HOURS:  Mondays – Friday • 4p.m. – 8p.m.  |  Saturday, Sundays & Labor Day • 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Tim O’Brien Homes of Milwaukee and Madison Awarded Best OF Houzz 2017

Categories: Decorating Tips, Design, Design Studio, Energy Efficiency, Going Green, Green Building, Meet the Team, Tim O'Brien Homes | Posted: February 8, 2017

Over 40 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World

Milwaukee, WI, February 8, 2017 – Tim O’Brien Homes of Milwaukee and Madison has won “Best Of Designon Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. Tim O’Brien Homes is a semi-custom single family home builder in the Milwaukee and Madison, Wisconsin areas and the leader in energy efficiency, innovative designs, green building practices, and renewable technologies; was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2016. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2017” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.
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“We, at Tim O’Brien Homes, are honored to be granted the Best of Houzz Design award for two years in a row!  It is a rewarding feeling to know that consumers on Houzz find our model homes appealing and state they “can move right in”. Selecting all the finishes for a new home can be slightly overwhelming to some, however, in the end, is very exciting and fulfilling to each of our homeowners.  We strive and are devoted to navigating our homeowners through all of the personal choices that we offer and being the forefront of leading trends.  The exterior finishes, color schemes, countertops, flooring, lighting, cabinetry . . . all the details that turn a house into a home.  It is rewarding to see the end result of a beautiful home and welcoming each to our Tim O’Brien Homes family.” – Carey Podlesnik, Design Specialist at Tim O’Brien Homes.

“We’re so pleased to award Best of Houzz 2017 to this incredible group of talented and customer-focused professionals, including Tim O’Brien Homes,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “Each of these businesses was singled out for recognition by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts for helping to turn their home improvement dreams into reality.”

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About Tim O’Brien Homes

Tim O’Brien Homes is a semi-custom single family home builder in the Milwaukee and Madison Wisconsin areas and the leader in energy efficiency, innovative designs, green building practices, and renewable technologies.  All homes are 3rd party tested and certified surpassing the State’s energy- efficiency and green strict guidelines, and backed by a 5-Year Energy Guarantee. In addition, seven Core Values are the guiding principles that inspire our daily work and underscore our commitment to customers, vendor partners and each other. For more information, contact Tim O’Brien homes at 262-542-5750 or visit TimOBrienHomes.com

About Houzz
Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com.

 

Come see us at the MBA Home Building & Remodeling Show!

Categories: Blog, Design, Energy Efficiency, Going Green, Green Building, Meet the Team, Model Homes, Neighborhoods, Renewable Energy, The Building Process, Tim O'Brien Homes | Posted: January 13, 2017

Come find us!

We’re underway at the 2017 MBA Home Building & Remodeling Show!  We’ll be here each day of the event, Friday through Sunday.  Our knowledgeable sales staff will be on hand each day to listen, learn, and help explain the Tim O’Brien Homes difference.  Even if you’re not in the market for buying or building a new home, get inspiration for a remodeling project, landscaping ideas, and sample some food.

From MBAonline.org

“The MBA Home Show is really the one-stop shop for people who are looking to build or update their home,” says Kristine Hillmer, MBA executive director. “We want to provide information in a relaxing, fun environment and help consumers build their lifestyle.”

Location:  Exposition Center at Wisconsin State Fair Park

Hours:
Friday, January 13
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Saturday, January 14
10:00 am – 8:00 pm

Sunday, January 15
10:00 am – 5:00 pm

National Award – NHQ Silver 2017

Categories: Blog, Design, Design Studio, Energy Efficiency, Going Green, Green Building, Model Homes, Neighborhoods, Tim O'Brien Homes, Uncategorized | Posted: December 5, 2016

Tim O'Brien Homes NHQ Silver 2017

 

Tim O’Brien Homes recently received the NHQ Silver Award 2017.  The NHQ program judges evaluated Tim O’Brien Homes in eight categories.

  1. Leadership
  2. Strategic Planning
  3. Process Management
  4. Customer Satisfaction
  5. Human Resources Focus
  6. Construction Quality
  7. Trade Partner Relations
  8. Performance Results

“To get the high marks that Tim O’Brien Homes earned for customer satisfaction, the 2017 NHQ Silver Award winner had to deliver from contract through warranty. Doing so requires employees who are committed and engaged.”

“The builder’s Milwaukee and Madison, WI, divisions received top scores from NHQ examiners for employee satisfaction and staff performance management. They also noted management’s commitment to employee well-being and the company’s low turnover.”

-Professional Builder® (ProBuilder.com)

When you or someone you know is looking for a home builder in the Milwaukee or Madison area, please keep Tim O’Brien Homes in mind.

Read the full article here.

See more awards we’ve won.

MBA Parade of Homes is Just Around the Corner

Categories: Design, Energy Efficiency, Going Green, Green Building, Model Homes, Neighborhoods, Parade of Homes, The Building Process, Tim O'Brien Homes | Posted: July 13, 2016

Metropolitan Builders Association released an article regarding the 2016 MBA Parade of Homes.

Tim O’Brien Homes is excited to present the Hickory Parade Home at the Menomonee Falls, Weyerhaven Parade Site. The Hickory Parade Home showcases nearly 3,000 square feet of living space and designed with rural culture and history of the Weyer farm land in mind. Take a closer look at the details of the Hickory by downloading the Home Brochure PDF. Discover more about the Weyerhaven lifestyle neighborhood; it is the perfect place to call home.

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The Hickory Parade Home is 2-Story Home Plan showcasing a First Floor Multi-Generational Suite with a Modern Farmhouse design.

 

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By: Metropolitan Builders Association

Twenty Brand New Homes Showcased at the 2016 MBA Parade of Homes

(Waukesha, Wis.) July 13, 2016 – The 2016 MBA Parade of Homes, presented by Nonn’s, opens in one month on August 13 and runs through Labor Day, September 5, 2016.

Twenty brand new homes from 16 of southeastern Wisconsin’s top homebuilders will be showcased in two subdivisions – Windrush in the Village of Hartland and Weyerhaven in Menomonee Falls.

“The MBA Parade of Homes gives the public a chance to view 20 brand new homes with the latest designs and decorating trends,” said Kristine Hillmer, MBA Executive Director. “It’s the perfect opportunity for visitors to get unique ideas for building a new home, or remodeling their current home.”

More than 30,000 visitors are expected to tour the homes over the course of the three-week event. Visitors interested in building or buying a new home, remodeling, or gathering ideas for home improvement projects will have the opportunity to interact with the area’s top experts in the field.

Tickets for the 2016 MBA Parade of Homes allow entry into each subdivision once. They are available at Parade entrances for $12 for adults, and $6 for seniors (65+) and children (ages 3-12); children under 3 are free. Advance adult tickets are available at a discounted price of $10 at MBAparadeofhomes.com. Ticket stubs can be saved and presented for free admission to the Parade of Remodeled Homes, September 10-11, 2016.

Event hours are Monday through Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., weekends and Labor Day from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Special events and promotions will be held throughout the event, including a food drive, 2 for 1 Days, Realtor Days, Social Media Days and Military Appreciation Days. Visit MBAparadeofhomes.com for more information.

 

New Design Studio Unveiled in Madison

Categories: Design, Design Studio, Green Building, The Building Process, Tim O'Brien Homes | Posted: May 4, 2016

Grand Opening of New Design Studio Enhances Homebuyer Experience

On Saturday, June 4 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Tim O’Brien Homes will unveil its new Design Studio in Madison where homebuyers can touch, feel, and experiment with everything from exterior details to cabinets to countertops.

13063322_1051980571536082_525743938165700517_o“Our new Design Studio gives our homebuyers a venue to make all the interior and exterior choices in one location rather than driving to multiple locations,” said Danny Lowery, Division President of Tim O’Brien Homes Madison. “Our homeowners can do it all here with the guidance and expertise of our Interior Design Specialist.”

Visitors entering the nearly 1,000-square-foot Design Studio will be welcomed to a lounge area with fireplace and gourmet kitchen for real-life application, an exterior area, many displays of material choices, and sizable flooring choices as you walk throughout the studio.

Among the highlights is the gourmet kitchen vignette featuring ceiling-high cabinetry with glass face uppers and LED lighting; oversized island with overhang, cooktop and a chimney-style range hood; double oven; and quartz countertops. Moen MotionSense® faucet for hands-free convenience.

The Interactive Display allows buyers to view two different combination choices side-by-side for easy comparisons to see how the products will look together. In addition, soft LED lighting throughout the studio presents material and product colors in a natural light.

Marilyn Reardon, Interior Design Specialist of Tim O’Brien Homes Madison

Marilyn Reardon, Interior Design Specialist of Tim O’Brien Homes Madison

“Not only do our homebuyers love that all the selections are under one roof, they appreciate the interactive display to help them narrow down their choices for an easy and fun experience,” added Marilyn Reardon, Interior Design Specialist of Tim O’Brien Homes Madison.

Those interested in seeing the design studio and learning more about the variety of choices available when building a new home in the Madison area are welcomed to attend the open house celebration on Saturday, June 4th from 9 AM to 12:00 PMThe Interior Design Specialist as well as other staff will be available to answer questions and offer guided tours. Refreshments will be served.  Each attendee will receive a door prize and Design Studio certificate.

Following the open house event, Tim O’Brien Homes Madison will be holding bi-weekly Preview Tours.  The first one is scheduled for Tuesday, June 21st at 5:00 PM with the tour starting promptly at 5:15 PM.  Registration will be required for the Preview Night Tours. To register and for future tour dates, visit our website.

All are welcome to attend the Open House on Saturday, June 4th from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. The new Design Studio in Madison is located at 2601 Crossroads Drive in the Tim O’Brien Homes main office.  Directions are I-90 to Highway 151 N/Sun Prairie to exit 98A American Parkway/Nelson Road, right on Nelson Road to High Crossing Boulevard, right on High Crossing Boulevard to Crossroads Drive, left to Tim O’Brien Homes office.

For more information on the Design Studio in Madison and Milwaukee, visit TimOBrienHomes.com.

 

About Tim O’Brien Homes

Tim O’Brien Homes is a semi-custom single family home builder in the Milwaukee and Madison, Wisconsin areas and the leader in energy efficiency, innovative designs, green building practices, and renewable technologies.  All homes are 3rd party tested and certified surpassing the State’s energy- efficiency and green strict guidelines, and backed by a 5-Year Energy Guarantee. In addition, seven Core Values are the guiding principles that inspire our daily work and underscore our commitment to customers, vendor partners and each other. For more information, contact Tim O’Brien Homes at 262-542-5750 (Milwaukee)/608-661-1100 (Madison) or visit TimOBrienHomes.com.

Tim O’Brien Homes of Milwaukee and Madison, WI Awarded Best Of Houzz 2016

Categories: Decorating Tips, Design, Energy Efficiency, Green Building, Model Homes | Posted: January 21, 2016

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Over 35 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World

 

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Milwaukee, WI, January 21, 2016 – Tim O’Brien Homes of Milwaukee and Madison, WI has won “Best Of Design” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. Tim O’Brien Homes is a semi-custom single family home builder in the Milwaukee and Madison, Wisconsin areas and the leader in energy efficiency, innovative designs, green building practices, and renewable technologies; was chosen by the more than 35 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.2015 MBA Parade of Homes - The Azalea

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 35 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2015. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2016” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.Carey_Podlesnik _5x7

“Designing Model homes is the most rewarding job.  It is amazing to show potential buyers what their dream home could look like.  Home is where the heart is.  Were families are built and memories are made.   Working with customers and helping them personalize their home to fulfill their needs is amazing.  The smiles and excitement when families receive the keys to their new home is priceless.  The fact that people fall in love with our model homes and envision “moving right in” makes me feel like our job had been accomplished” said Carey Podlesnik, Interior Design Specialist for Tim O’Brien Homes.

“Anyone building, remodeling or decorating looks to Houzz for the most talented and service-oriented professionals” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “We’re so pleased to recognize Tim O’Brien Homes, voted one of our “Best Of Houzz” professionals by our enormous community of homeowners and design enthusiasts actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

 Follow Tim O’Brien Homes on Houzz.

About Tim O’Brien Homes

Tim O’Brien Homes is a semi-custom single family home builder in the Milwaukee and Madison Wisconsin areas and the leader in energy efficiency, innovative designs, green building practices, and renewable technologies.  All homes are 3rd party tested and certified surpassing the State’s energy- efficiency and green strict guidelines, and backed by a 5-Year Energy Guarantee. In addition, seven Core Values are the guiding principles that inspire our daily work and underscore our commitment to customers, vendor partners and each other. For more information, contact Tim O’Brien homes at 262-542-5750 or visit TimOBrienHomes.com

About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com.

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