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Tim O'Brien Homes has newsmakers across Southeast Wisconsin talking about affordable green building


City breaks ground on Uptown Village with Tim O'Brien Homes, Neumann Companies
Fitchburg Star



What was once the site of the Holmes Rodeo on a private parcel of land in Fitchburg will now be an urbanized neighborhood called Uptown Village. This single-family neighborhood is part of the overall concept of Uptown Fitchburg, a 450-acre new development located on the City’s eastside. Uptown is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to create something fresh and new that will dramatically shape the future of Fitchburg. The concept is a bike/pedestrian friendly design with every day conveniences and easy access to downtown Madison with the new U.S. Highway 14 Lacy Road interchange.

On Oct. 25th, Tim O’Brien Homes along with the City of Fitchburg and Neumann Companies, the developer, held a ground breaking ceremony on the first of 27 single family homes built to the new Smart Code ordinance. The ceremony was attended by City of Fitchburg Mayor Shawn Pfaff; Don Esposito, division president of Tim O’Brien Homes of Madison, LLC; Matt Neumann, president of Neumann Companies, Inc.; Dana Neal Fitchburg Chamber Ambassador; and other city officials.

"The opening of Uptown Village is great news and is the catalyst for more exciting development coming to Fitchburg," said Fitchburg Mayor Shawn Pfaff. "This first-of-its kind, forward-thinking development that is centrally-located in Dane County is an ideal place for families to enjoy a great quality of life at an affordable state of Wisconsin.

Tim O’Brien Homes and Neumann Companies will be pioneers for developing new urban single-family homes in Uptown Village, located on the Northeast corner of Syene Road and East Cheryl Parkway. All the homes will be built under the City of Fitchburg’s Smart Code ordinance, an innovative new type of zoning code. The City has established development guidelines based on form of the building and less on use of the building as traditional neighborhoods are developed. This fast tracks the approval process. Uptown Village is the first development entitled and built under the Smart Code.

>>Click here to read the full Fitchburg Star article




Former Brookfield school site to become new neighborhood

Pewaukee’s Tim O’Brien Homes plans to build 25 single-family green homes
By Dwayne Butler House & Home Editor - The Freeman

Neumann Companies, along with Tim O’Brien Homes and the city of Brookfield, recently broke ground on a new subdivision on the site of the former Linfield Elementary School.


BROOKFIELD – Neumann Companies, along with Tim O’Brien Homes and the city of Brookfield, recently broke ground on a new subdivision on the site of the former Linfield Elementary School.

The ceremony was attended by Brookfield Mayor Steve Ponto, Neumann Companies President Matt Neumann, Tim O’Brien Homes’ Director of Sales Jason Janseen and other city officials.

“We are pleased to revitalize this prime area in the heart of Brookfield and turn a blighted building into a new green development,” Neumann said in a release.

Tim O’Brien Homes will build the 25 singlefamily homes, five of which are already under contract, the company said in a release. Lot sizes, on average, will be 10,000 square feet, or just under a quarter of an acre. The certified green homes will start in size from 1,500 square feet for a ranch home to 1,700 square feet for a two-story home. Home and lot packages will start at $300,000.

Tim O’Brien Homes also will open a fully decorated, two-story model called The Clover. The model is expected to be completed by late February.

The subdivision, called Linfield Crossing, is located just north of West Greenfield Avenue, between Elm Grove Road and Chester Street.

“Linfield Crossing is a unique opportunity to reinvigorate a well-established Brookfield neighborhood with the construction of 25 new singlefamily homes,” Ponto said in a release. “I amimpressed with the sensitivity which Neumann Companies and Tim O’Brien Homes have demonstrated for the existing neighborhood and their commitment to environmentally friendly building and development practices.”

>>Click here to read the full Freeman article



Parade of Homes will feature 17 new models in Germantown, Menomonee Falls - JS Online
By Arselia Gales - Posted August 16, 2013.

Birchwood 2013 Parade of Homes Model in Germantown

Home builders will show off the latest in kitchen and bedroom designs and energy efficiency starting Saturday at the 2013 Parade of Homes.

Visitors will see homes that have solar panels, automation systems, a Kohler digital shower and mudrooms with lockers.

This year's parade comes as home builders have seen a sharp uptick in activity. Construction permits were up 42% in July from a year ago in the state's largest metro areas.

A total of 17 homes in two subdivisions will be open in the annual event, which is sponsored by the Metropolitan Builders Association. The homes are at The Glen at Blackstone Creek in Germantown and Quail Haven in Menomonee Falls.

The parade is expected to attract between 27,000 and 30,000 visitors, according to MBA Executive Director Kristine Hillmer.

Visitors can expect to see homes from 2,000 to more than 4,000 square feet designed by 15 southeastern Wisconsin builders.

Some of the homes will be two stories and others will be ranch style.

Last year's Parade of Homes drew 28,000 visitors and featured 16 homes from 14 builders in southeastern Wisconsin. The weather looks great this weekend so it will be a perfect opportunity for many people to come through, Hillmer said, adding that it's possible attendance will top 30,000.

Tickets are available at each location and allow one entry to each subdivision. Hillmer says that allows visitors to see houses at both sites on different days.

The parade sites are expected to be less crowded during the week, when the homes are open from 4 to 8 p.m. On weekends and Labor Day, the event lasts from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Hillmer says the parade attracts potential homeowners, those interested in building a home and homeowners who are looking for remodeling ideas.

The homes feature the latest interior and exterior design, energy efficiency and decorating trends. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with some of the area's experts in the field.

>>Click here to read the full JS Online article


Tim O'Brien Homes thrives through listening - GMtoday.com
By Kirsten Klahn - Posted January 18, 2013.

WAUKESHA - Space is more than just a place for Tim O'Brien.

It's that attention to detail that separates Tim O'Brien Homes from competitors, said Tim O'Brien, president of the Waukesha-based home building company.

"We are not a dollar-per-square-foot commodity builder," he said. "Our customers are value-driven. We make sure our plans have space in the right place."

Little things, such as making every home as green and energy-efficient as possible, ensure customers are satisfied with their homes for years to come, said Craig North, director of construction.

"We care about what we're selling, and why we're selling it," said Jason Janssen, the director of sales.

The home building company brings in a third-party survey-taker to make sure its customers are satisfied. The last survey found that 96 percent of homeowners would refer Tim O'Brien Homes to someone else.

"We are the only builder in this market that uses a third-party surveyor," O'Brien said. "They got a 65 percent return rating, which is phenomenal for surveys."

Thinking outside the box is nothing new for the company, O'Brien said. In fact, it's how the company was started.

>>Click here to read the full GMtoday article


Tim O'Brien Homes named a 2012 Top 10 Business of the Year

Tim O'Brien Homes is honored to be named one of the Top 10 Businesses of the Year by the Small Biz Times and the Waukesha County Business Alliance.


Tim O'Brien Homes interview for 2012 Top 10 Business of the Year

In five years, Tim O'Brien Homes has overcome the challenges of a housing crash, won over homeowners leery of "going green" and has become one of the largest homebuilders in metropolitan Milwaukee. It's proof that a little confidence can go a long way, said the firm's owner Tim O'Brien. The Waukesha-based custom green homebuilding firm specializes in single-family homes in five areas of green building: water conservation, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, resource efficiency and site design. O'Brien launched the company in 2007, one month after he lost his job at a national housing firm. The civil engineer said he identified a niche in the market and decided to go all in. "I was scared," said O'Brien, adding that at one point he considered putting up his home to fund the venture. "But, I was convinced it was the right thing to do. I really believed it was the future." Along with his two partners, O'Brien networked his way into business. After breaking ground on their first home, O'Brien continued building successful relationships with contractors, and learned everything he could about green homebuilding. Nothing convinced him that "going green," was a fad, but he says it continued to be difficult to convince homeowners of the same outlook. Educating homeowners would take time, but the firm had other benefits. It was small, agile, and without the heavy burden of land or overhead. More importantly, it was affordable. Homeowners began to catch on. "It was easier with Gen X and Gen Y," O'Brien said. "We feel (green homebuilding) is going to be mainstream. We still have to keep it affordable, and (buyers) have to see the benefits. We have to show the value." Since 2007, O'Brien Homes has built more than 300 homes all over southeastern Wisconsin. The firm is on track to building about 115 homes in 2012. O'Brien said the firm strives to be the best, not the biggest. The company's biggest competitive advantage lies in the company's culture and people, he said. "I love the homebuilding industry," O'Brien said. "There is so much satisfaction in getting someone into a new home."


Red ribbon cutting at 'green' home.
Endreses close next week on the state's first Emerald-certified home. WAUKESHA – Not every couple celebrates the purchase of their first home with a reception that includes the mayor, county executive, developers and media, but Eric and Julianne Endres aren't just buying any home. Next week the Endreses will close on the first home in the state to receive the nation's highest certification in environmentally friendly construction – an Emerald level from the National Green Building Certification program of the National Association of Home Builders. "We didn't want a cookiecutter home, and we loved the character of this one," said Julianne Endres, who met her husband while they were students at Carroll University. >>Click to read the full Waukesha Freeman article

Waukesha new home built by Tim O'Brien Homes receives first Emerald Certification in the state of Wisconsin – the highest national rating for a residential green building.
Waukesha, WI (April 18, 2012) – Tim O'Brien Homes, a certified Green Built™ and Wisconsin Focus on Energy® home builder, recently received "Emerald Certification" from the National Green Building Standard (NGBS) on a new home it built in the City of Waukesha neighborhood of Dunbar Oaks. Tim O'Brien Homes is the first builder in Wisconsin to earn the highest level of third-party residential green certification available by exceeding green practices in six categories: site development, resource efficiency, energy efficiency, water efficiency, indoor environmental quality and homeowner education. The ICC 700 National Green Building Standard™ is the foremost green rating system for residential construction in the United States and the first and only such residential green rating system to gain the approval of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). >>Click for full press release

Real-world experience right at home - Oconomowoc Focus
Oconomowoc High School partnered this year for the first time with Tim O'Brien Homes to build a three-bedroom, two-bath 1678-square-foot ranch-style house ... - Posted January 25, 2012. >>Click for Living Lake Country article

Tim O'Brien Homes to expand to Madison, create 200 jobs. In the next two years, Tim O'Brien Homes of Waukesha plans to expand into the Madison-area market and create 200 jobs. The builder bought five housing lots in the Coyle Highlands subdivision in Cottage Grove and has started construction on two spec houses, said president Tim O'Brien. The company is negotiating to buy more lots in the area. The prediction to create 200 new hires and construction jobs is based on the expectation of building 50 to 100 houses in the Madison market in the next two years, he said. - Posted January 18, 2012. >>Click for Business Journal Article


Home builders have faced struggles as housing construction has taken a dive in recent years. Some Milwaukee-area home builders are holding steady and working toward a more profitable 2012. Tim O'Brien Homes is ranked on the Top of list for Single-Family home builders in 2012. - Posted January 16, 2012. >>Click for Business Journal Article


Waukesha Home Builder Tim O’Brien Awarded 2011 Metropolitan Builders Association (MBA) Builder of the YearWaukesha Home Builder Tim O’Brien Awarded 2011 Metropolitan Builders Association (MBA) Builder of the Year

Waukesha Home Builder Tim O'Brien Awarded 2011 Metropolitan Builders Association (MBA) Builder of the Year. Since 1953, MBA's Builder of the Year award has been bestowed upon those who serve the industry and community while exhibiting strong ethical standards and personal character. Members of the Metropolitan Builders Association of Greater Milwaukee (MBA), the largest homebuilders association in Wisconsin, have voted Waukesha homebuilder Tim O'Brien their 2011 Builder of the Year. >>Click for Business JS Online Article


Construction almost done on green home at old YWCA site. The Caroline is an energy efficient home being built by Tim O'Brien Homes in the new Dunbar Oaks subdivision at 320 N.West Ave. on the site of the former YWCA. - Posted: November 8, 2011 >>Click for Waukesha Freeman Article


Lead builder Tim O'Brien along with city and county leaders broke ground on what will be called "Dunbar Oaks Revitalization Neighborhood" with a focus on sustainability. - Posted: June 27, 2011 >>Click for video - >>Click for Business Journal Article - >>Click for Waukesha Freeman Article- >>Click for Press Release


Value, convenience hallmarks of Mukwonago subdivision
By Andy Turner - Posted: March 11, 2011

Builder Tim O'Brien has spent plenty of time in Mukwonago's Minor's Homestead over the years and has found plenty to like.

O'Brien said he has been involved in building about 20 homes in the subdivision both through his Waukesha-based Tim O'Brien Homes and with another builder. He's constructing three houses in the development currently. >>Full Story Online


Tim O'Brien on WISN News talking about Homebuyers Returning To Market - Posted: Feb. 23, 2011 >>Click for video

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Tim O'Brien Homes on building permit increase from JS Online
Tim O'Brien comments, "Those people who have been sitting on the fence waiting to see what's going to happen seem to feel - and we in the industry are seeing it as well - that we've pretty much hit bottom and we're starting to see a little uptick in values on homes and prices" Tim O'Brien continues, "You get a chance to create something that is yours, unique to you, rather than try to find something that fits you." >>Click for more details.


Tim O'Brien Homes listed 4th in Top 25 Builders in The Business Journal >>Click here for 2010 listing.


BizTimes interview with Tim O'Brien Homes
With 25 years of residential and commercial building experience, veteran Tim O'Brien founded Tim O'Brien Homes in June 2007 and led the green-building initiative in Wisconsin.

Waukesha based-Tim O'Brien Homes is a semi-custom single family homebuilder with Green Built and Wisconsin Energy Star certification. O'Brien formed the company in partnership with Matt Neumann,former congressman and a current Republican candidate for Wisconsin governor. >>Click here for full story


Tim O'Brien Homes sponsors Gary's Gallop in 2010
A tribute to the late Wisconsin Lutheran College president, Dr. Gary Greenfield, the annual 5k run and 2-mile walk benefits the Warrior Club, the college's athletics booster organization. An event for the entire family, Gary's Gallop also features a fun run for kids. >>Click for more details.


Tim O'Brien Homes on WISN News talking about new home construction improvement in South Eastern Wisconsin >>Click for video

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Tim O'Brien Homes listed 12th in Top 25 Builders in The Business Journal >>Click here for 2009 listing.


Tim O'Brien Homes featured in Badger Builder Magazine >>Click for more details.


Tim O'Brien Homes Featured on WISN for the Wisconsin Trend Home >>Click for video

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