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How Much Is This Home?

Categories: Blog, The Building Process, Tim O'Brien Homes | Posted: February 27, 2019

Home buyers deserve a straight answer, but getting it requires an honest conversation

Builders and realtors often market homes in terms of square-foot costs, but that approach can be misleading for new construction. Sam Rashkin, founder of the Energy Star for Homes program, expressed this idea forcefully at a recent industry conference. “If you put 100 of the smartest people from the building industry in a room for a week and asked them to come up with a worse metric than cost per square foot,” he said, “they wouldn’t be able to do it.”

Rashkin was talking specifically about energy-efficient, healthy, and durable high-performance homes—the kind built by today’s best professional builders.

It’s no mystery why so many homeowners latch on to this metric, however. It’s an understandable shortcut people use to try to comprehend what they will be getting for their money. As builders, it’s up to us to provide that understanding.

Some builders simply reply that square foot costs depend on what you want. That’s factually correct — high-performance, energy-efficient homes are unique, so the final cost will vary with the details. But the answer is incomplete in that it doesn’t address an important underlying concern.

Yes, people want to know if they can afford a given builder, but they also want assurance that the builder will be a good steward of their budget and their vision. That’s why a professional builder will view this question as a conversation starter. This conversation is an opportunity to demonstrate our respect for their cost concerns, perhaps by showing photos of completed homes and sharing the final prices of those homes. But we also need to go deeper.

Part of the builder’s job is exploring the home buyer’s vision and budget to help build the best house they can afford. If they love a particular home we show but it seems too expensive, we can explore what aspects of that home apply to them. For instance, it may have been on a sloped lot, but their lot is flat, or it included upgraded design selections, while they would be happy with something simpler with a similar look and feel. The variables are nearly infinite.

Besides fleshing out their needs and wants, we also must understand the home buyer’s budget. If they have a particular cost target in mind—say, a 3000-square-foot home for $300 per square foot—we can help them understand what designs and products they can realistically expect for that price, as well as what trade offs they will need to make.

The conversation is also a chance to clarify the home buyers’ notions of square footage. Do they assume it includes the unfinished basement? The garage or patio? How about land costs and permit and design fees? There’s no standard way of calculating home size, so a reputable builder will work to make sure everyone is on the same page.

Ultimately, what most people want is assurance that they can trust the builder. One way a good builder earns that trust is by investing the time and effort needed to understand all the variables involved, then using that information to calculate an accurate price. Home buyers deserve nothing less.

Q: Why do products need to be ordered ahead of time?

A: Like most industries, building suppliers have embraced just-in-time inventory management, which means they only stock the most common items and they may not stock that many of them. In many cases, ordering products ahead of time is the only way to ensure that they will be on the job when needed. Homebuyers can help ensure products arrive on time by making timely selections.

Red Fox Model Grand Opening

Categories: Blog, Energy Efficiency, Going Green, Green Building, Model Homes, Neighborhoods, News, Renewable Energy, Solar, Tim O'Brien Homes | Posted: July 11, 2018

Join us for the opening weekend of the Savannah Model

Tim O’Brien Homes along with Neumann Companies, SunVest Solar Inc., and the City of New Berlin will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony on July 20th at 10 am at the new Savannah Model Home at Wisconsin’s first Net Zero community, Red Fox Crossing in New Berlin. Opening weekend will continue July 21st at normal model hours, noon to 5 pm.

A Net Zero Community has the electrical generation from photovoltaic (PV) solar systems (the amount produced) that will offset the projected electrical consumption (the amount used) of each individual home built. All of the 34 homes will include a six to eight kW photovoltaic (PV) solar array and receive third party certification by: ENERGY STAR® V3 National Qualified Home, Focus On Energy, EPA WaterSense® and EPA Indoor Air Plus Qualified Home.

“Red Fox Crossing has the potential to be the turning point in building a more sustainable community in Wisconsin, versus focusing on only one home at a time,” says Tim O’Brien, President of Tim O’Brien Homes. “A more holistic approach to high performance and sustainable communities.”

The Savannah home plan was Tim O’Brien Homes Parade Model in 2017 and has proven to be a popular addition especially for those homebuyers wanting a more spacious ranch layout. This split bedroom layout features over 2,400 square feet, a soaring front foyer entry, spacious master bedroom suite, open concept design and powered by the sun with solar panels.

This model home is among one of the first three home in the state of Wisconsin that is certified by the U.S. Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready Home.  It has a Home Energy Rating Score (HERS) of 26, the Savannah will only use 26 percent of the energy a code build home of its size would. The Home Energy Rating Score (HERS) is a national index that shows where a home lands on an energy scale. The lower the score, the more energy-efficient the home and the more money the homeowners will save, similar to the MPG rating for automobiles.

“Buyers are looking for ways to save on their true cost of homeownership,” says Angela Cooper, Milwaukee Division President of Tim O’Brien Homes. “The upfront costs of building a net zero home might be slightly more than a code built home but the money saved in monthly utility bills results in an overall less expensive home.”

The three partner companies share an environmental tie. Tim O’Brien Homes focuses on energy efficiency and green building.  In fact, they built the first Emerald Certified home following the National Green Building Standard (NGBS). Neumann Developments, Inc. has developed over 3000 acres of land with 50% preserved green space. SunVest Solar adds the technology to bring solar energy to the homes, both new and existing homes as well as commercial projects.

“It has always been our dream to offer an energy independent community,” said Matt Neumann, President of Neumann Companies. “We are excited to have all three companies involved in creating Wisconsin’s first Net Zero community.”

Other highlights of the Savannah include a gourmet kitchen with built-in appliances, soaring cathedral ceiling and spacious great room and dinette. The great room is anchored by the fireplace and unique box tray ceiling. The large master bedroom suite has a substantial walk-in closet and spa-like bath.  A family work zone that features a desk, lockers, and a closet. On the opposite side of the home are two spacious secondary bedrooms connected by a private, Jack & Jill bath.

Red Fox Crossing is located on the south west corner of W. Grange Avenue and S. Sunnyslope Road, serviced by New Berlin School District, and close to shopping and Interstate 43.  Homes range in size from 1,900 square foot for a ranch and 2,200 square foot for a two-story and feature natural materials on the exterior.  The neighborhood is 50 percent sold out with home and lot packages from $450,000 to $650,000.

For more information about d Red Fox Crossing, click here  or call 262.542.5750

6 Things to Know About Your New Home

Categories: Blog, Energy Efficiency, Home Care | Posted: June 20, 2018

6 Things to Know About Your New Home

Moving into a brand new home is such an exciting time for many. It is blank slate for you and your family to truly make the space your own and create memories together. Much of this excitement moving into a newly constructed home can lead to missed insights on your home’s functions and other important information that you need to know down the road. Here are 6 important things to know about your new home when you move in.

 

Humidity Control

Homes today are built far more energy efficient and air tight than they were 20 years ago. With this thought in mind there is less air escaping your home, which means it would take much longer time for humidity to escape your home as well. A new home takes some adjusting in that you need to take the proper precautions to prevent high humidity levels that could lead to condensation in your windows. Most thermostats in new homes display the humidity level in the home. You will want to try to keep that between 30-40%. To prevent high humidity you should run a fan in the bathroom each time you are showering and also run the fan in the kitchen if you are doing dishes, opening the dishwasher, or boiling water.

Furnace Filter

Many are under the impression that since this is a brand new home that a new furnace filter isn’t necessary right at the recommended replacement date. This is in fact the opposite. Because of the fact that the home was under construction and had many materials in it to put the home together the filter actually has to be replaced more often than suggested.

Register your Warranties

After all of the madness of moving and getting settled, set aside time to register for all of the warranties involved in your home. If you miss a window to register your warranty it can cut your warranty time in half and in some cases can give a company more leverage to deny a claim a the future. It typically does not take more than following a website, entering some information, and possibly a code as a unique identifier. With each element in your home that involves a warranty, it is best to block off time and complete registering them all at once.

Important Contact Information

In many newly built homes important contact information can be found in a bag attached to the furnace. Most of these contacts are on separate sheets or business cards. Compile a list of these important contacts in case anything were to go wrong in your home. Have a brief understanding of who to call in which cases and keep the contact sheet in a convenient location(s).

Have a Dedicated Notebook

During your New Home Orientation you will want to notes on the many important details that are given. You will find yourself needing to reference this for certain functions and you may want to glance over it once or twice before move in day to ensure you are aware of any day-of move in tasks.

Many new home warranties involve a 30 day, 60 day, and 1 year visit. To help you keep track of what may need attention in your home during these appointments, have your dedicated notebook to write down any observations in the home that you believe warranty could help you take care of. This makes it easy on you and your warranty specialist so that there doesn’t need to be multiple trips in the case that you may miss a couple details on accident.

Home Maintenance

A home, even when brand new, can endure wear and tear and will still need normal maintenance. It is important to know what issues fall under warranty of either your builder or the manufacturer and deciding if the issue is fixable on your own or if you should consult with someone.

 

Buying a new home is one of the biggest investments you will make in your life. Many people hesitate to ask questions out of fear that they should already know the answer. A home builder’s construction managers and warranty specialists are there to answer your questions. They are a resource for you to help navigate your new home, so do not be afraid to ask. They ultimately want you to be happy and comfortable in your home. Knowing these details can help you feel less overwhelmed and help you get off to the best start possible.

9 Ways to Elevate Your Outdoor Space

Categories: Blog, Color, Decorating Tips, Design | Posted: May 31, 2018

9 Ways To Elevate Your Outdoor Space

Summer is finally here! As you know from living in Wisconsin, it is especially important to get as much time as possible outdoors and enjoy the warm weather while it lasts. Here are some tips to help make your backyard feel like an outdoor oasis this summer.

Shed Some Light

Photo via Gray House Studio

Hanging some string lights in your backyard area is a super easy but effective way to create a totally different atmosphere. This small, inexpensive change immediately creates a more inviting space. Incorporate lanterns with either real or fake candles to give the space some light as well.

Add a Pergola

Photo via HGTV

Pergola’s are a great way to define a space, make it feel more cozy, and provide a little shade on days that may be more sunny than others.

Add a rolling bar/cooler

Photo via Ideas2live4

If you are looking for a cost effective way to incorporate a bar in your backyard, a rolling cooler/bar is a great option! It is more aesthetically appealing than setting out a plastic cooler and also provides the function of a bar without having to spend a lot of money on a costly setup. It is also convenient to not have to make trips in and out of the house or garage whenever something is needed.

Area Rug

Photo via Liz Marie Blog

Area rugs also help define a lounging area versus a dining area. It has become a trend to treat a patio similar to a living room and incorporating an outdoor area rug is another way to achieve that cozy atmosphere on your patio or deck.

Hang a Hammock

Photo via Home Stratosphere

There’s nothing more relaxing than laying in a hammock, in a nice shady spot, on a warm summer day. If you don’t have a spot that would work for hanging one there are stands available for purchase along with it. Find the perfect spot to place a hammock and you won’t regret it!

Outdoor Couch

Photo via Décor Pad

Outdoor couches and chairs are taking a front seat as opposed to the traditional table a chairs. Consider an outdoor sectional couch and some cozy chairs so that you and your guests will be comfortable enough to relax there for hours. You can even create your own furniture out of something as simple as palettes.

Add Color

Photo via Jungalow

What says summer more than bright, vibrant colors? Give your outdoor space that summer retreat feel with colorful pillows, décor, planters, flowers, etc. Don’t be afraid to mix and match. This area is one that can have a wide variety of color and it will only make it look more appealing and can be a great way to distract from imperfections.

Invest in a Heater

Photo via Room For Tuesday

For those cool summer nights a heater creates the perfect temperature to sit outside all evening without needing a jacket. It also allows you to continue having outdoor gatherings in the fall making it comfortable for everyone.

Don’t Forget the Fire Pit

Photo via Brooklyn Limestone

A good fire pit is a summer essential. Summer nights spent by a bonfire can make for the best memories. Invest in a good setup that can last great and look great for years to come!

9 Spring Home Maintenance Tips

Categories: Blog, Home Care | Posted: April 26, 2018

Spring has officially sprung! For homeowners this time of year is the best for performing necessary maintenance and taking preventative measures on your home before the weather transitions into the warmer months. Make sure you perform these maintenance tips to ensure your home is safe and running efficiently this summer.

Spring Clean

Open up the windows, crank up your favorite music, and deep clean the whole house. First thing you will want to do is take inventory of your cleaning supplies before your set spring clean day arrives. Set a goal to have it done by a certain time in the day and have a plan of attack laid out before you start to be able to track progress. Once you are done sit back and enjoy your perfectly clean home!

Clean out the Gutters

After a long fall and winter it is important to check that your gutters aren’t clogged with leaves or other debris. You will want to make sure they are properly working before a big rain storm hits. Most experts recommend cleaning your gutters twice a year, once in late spring and again in the fall.

Examine Roof Shingles

Roof damage can be extremely costly if not caught early. One of the most important preventative tasks to complete is examining your roof for potential damage. If you are not too sure what you might be looking for when inspecting your roof here are some things to keep an eye out for:

Missing or broken shingles

Cracked caulk or rust spots

Cracked and worn rubber around vent pipes

Large moss and lichen spots which could mean decaying beneath shingles

Loose, curling, or blistering shingles

Check Outdoor Water Sources

Since any outdoor faucets have not been used for a few months you will want to check that these are still working. Check to see that water is still able to get to them and that there are no leaks come from the faucet. You will also want to keep an eye out for any water leaks in your yard.

Inspect Caulking on Doors and Windows

Being that the weather is warmer it is an ideal time to inspect and fix any caulking damage on the outside of your home. There is a special type of caulking used for the outside of your home so you will want to make sure you are not using the same caulking that you use indoors. It is made of a different material because of the fact that it is exposed to the elements.

Replace Batteries in Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Spring and fall are the best times to check and replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. This can sometimes be overlooked but it is best to never assume safety features such as these are working properly in our home. It is a good habit to check these somewhat frequently.

Check Your HVAC Filter

HVAC filters should typically be replaced every two months. As a part of your spring maintenance check and see if your HVAC filter needs replacing. You will want to get in the habit of writing the date you replaced it on the new filter so you are better aware of when it needs to be replaced next.

Check Basement for Moisture

Next time there is a heavy rain you will want to check your basement and make sure there is no water or moisture issues. Windows can be a big source of moisture issues in a basement. If your windows have a drain make sure there is no debris or dirt covering it.

Power Wash your Deck or Patio

To get your outdoor space ready for summer you will want to power wash your patio or deck. If you have a deck the weather more than likely wears away at your paint or stain, so it may need to be re-stained or re-painted. Dust off the patio furniture get ready for your first outdoor gathering of the year!

 

Sources:

https://www.mrhandyman.com/blog/2013/march/spring-home-maintenance-checklist-inspection-list/

https://www.houselogic.com/organize-maintain/home-maintenance-tips/inspecting-and-maintaining-your-roof/

6 Reasons Why The Easy Choice is New

Categories: Blog, Energy Efficiency, Green Building, Tim O'Brien Homes | Posted: April 6, 2018

In today’s competitive housing market it is not uncommon to miss out on a home that meets almost all your criteria. Most people’s train of thought tells them to keep searching and something will eventually come about. Building a new home is often times overlooked because of the up front price difference, but it can ensure you the home of your dreams from the moment you are handed the keys.

Why buy new?

1.) Cost saving heating and cooling

With the advances being made in new home construction, you can virtually guarantee a tremendous amount of savings over time on your heating and cooling bills. Innovations in insulation are a big contributing factor to energy savings in a new home. Technology has allowed builders to part ways with old techniques and change the construction process to save the homeowner money over time. New, more efficient heating and cooling systems can also contribute to energy savings in the long run.

2.) Healthy Living Environment

When it comes to health risks, new homes offer clear advantages. Asbestos is no longer used in roof shingles, piping, roof tar, flooring, ceilings, or insulation. Homes are being painted with lead-free paint, and formaldehyde emissions from particleboard and hardwood have been eliminated. Radon prevention techniques are being built into new homes to prevent potential health problems. The advancement of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors as well as circuit breakers have helped new homes become tremendously safer to their occupants.

3.) Updated features

Building a new home allows you to choose from some of the latest and greatest appliances, countertops, lighting, flooring, and other fixtures on the market. Many of the appliances offered by builders today can also attribute to savings in your utility bills down the line. Energy saving technology is something that has been making waves for the past few years and builders have hopped on board with the appliances they are able to offer their customers. With interior designers (often times on staff) you can guarantee your new home will be stylish and trendy!

4.) Floor plan selection

In older homes the floor plans can sometimes leave something to be desired. Often times owners end up knocking down a wall here and there to achieve the open layouts that are on trend these days. With functionality and trend in mind, new home floor plans allow you to choose what best fits your lifestyle. Almost all new home floor plans feature open layouts. Whether you want a ranch or two story, you are bound to find the perfect floor plan for you and your family.

5.) Personalized for you

With the ability to choose your fixtures, appliances, and much more, you can truly say your home is unique to you. A builder takes what is most important to you in a home and can help bring it to life. Existing homes take much more work to truly make your own whereas a new home will be built with you in mind.

6.) Less Maintenance

In a new home you can still expect minor repairs, mostly covered under warranties, as the home adjusts to housing occupants but overall significantly less maintenance than most existing homes. With existing homes, many people find themselves wanting to make costly esthetic changes that can often times take months or sometimes years to finish. With a new home, you have all the newest features that have been hand-picked, ultimately eliminating the hassle of remodeling for many years.

Older homes that were built without the information and technology we have today can experience larger scale structural issues overtime. When you purchase an existing home, you are also inheriting the issues of the previous owners. If someone living in the home before you did not take care of the home properly, the negative result of that can fall on the new homeowner. The chart above breaks down exactly how much it can cost to repair serious issues you may experience with your home. New homes can give homeowners piece of mind that existing homes otherwise cannot.

 

So although new home construction is more of an upfront investment than existing homes, you are able to experience a brand new home that is personalized to you and built to save you money in the long run.

Here at Tim O’Brien homes we pride ourselves on our energy efficient and green building practices. Each and every home we build meets the Focus on Energy Requirements which includes 3rd party testing. Our homes provide you with energy savings and a comfortable living for years to come.

Oconomowoc Students Celebrate Completion of Tim O’Brien Home

Categories: Blog, News, Tim O'Brien Homes | Posted: February 20, 2018

 

Tim O’Brien Homes and Oconomowoc High School’s Building Trades 3 class have been partnering together for the past 7 years to help give students hands on experience with building a home. This past month a ribbon cutting ceremony was hosted at the home in Pine Ridge Estates in Oconomowoc. Students invited their family and friends to showcase the finished project and hear more about their experience with building the home from start to finish. Each student shared what they enjoyed most about this project and what steps they are taking to further their career after high school. This program helps encourage students to consider a trade for a career path and gives them the experience they need to be able to take that path if they choose to.

With the current high demand for trade jobs, it is important for students to consider a future in this field. Bringing them in as an important part of the building process gives students real world experience.  Through this experience, they are able to identify future career possibilities. The students work with their teacher, Steven Olson, Tim O’Brien team members, and our trade. This year, 95% of the Building Trades 3 class are either already a part of an apprenticeship or will be starting one soon.

The demand for this class from the students has grown tremendously over the years.  Steve Olson does a tremendous job working with our team and the success of this program rests on their hard work. Steve has recently been named 2018 Seventhwave Educator of the Year for his efforts in making a difference in his student’s lives through the Building Trades program.  He was honored for his efforts this past week at the Better Buildings: Better Business Conference in Wisconsin Dells.

We are excited to announce we will also be partnering with New Berlin High School for a similar program and they will be helping us complete a home in our newest community, Red Fox Crossing.  Find out more about Wisconsin’s First Net-Zero Community.

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.

Neumann Companies’ Groundbreaking in New Berlin at Wisconsin’s First Net Zero Community

Categories: Blog, Energy Efficiency, Going Green, Green Building, Neighborhoods, Renewable Energy, Solar, The Building Process, Tim O'Brien Homes | Posted: May 24, 2017

New Berlin, WI – (May 23, 2017) – On Tuesday, May 23rd at 11:00 a.m., Neumann Companies along with Tim O’Brien Homes Inc, SunVest Solar Inc., and the City of New Berlin will hold a ground breaking ceremony on Wisconsin’s first Net Zero community, Red Fox Crossing in New Berlin. A Net Zero Community has the electrical generation from photovoltaic (PV) solar systems (the amount produced) that will offset the projected electrical consumption (the amount used) of each individual home built.

Red Fox Crossing will feature 34 single-family homesites developed by Neumann Developments, Inc., the Net Zero Ready Homes will be built by Tim O’Brien Homes Inc., and each solar array will be designed and installed by SunVest Solar, Inc.

“It has always been our dream to offer an energy independent community,” said Matt Neumann, Principal of Neumann Companies. “We are excited to have all three companies involved in creating Wisconsin’s first Net Zero community.”

The three partner companies share an environmental tie. Neumann Developments, Inc. has developed over 3000 acres of land with 50% preserved green space. Tim O’Brien Homes is a home builder that focuses on energy efficiency and green building practices. In fact, they built the first Emerald Certified home following the
National Green Building Standard (NGBS). And SunVest Solar adds the technology to bring solar energy to homes, both new and existing homes as well as commercial projects.

“Red Fox Crossing has the potential to be the turning point in building a more sustainable community and neighborhood in Wisconsin, versus focusing on only one home at a time,” says Tim O’Brien, President of Tim O’Brien Homes. “A more holistic approach to high performance and sustainable communities.”

The 34 homes in Red Fox Crossing will start in size from 1,900 square foot for a ranch and 2,200 square foot for a two-story and feature natural materials on the exterior. Each home will include a six to eight kW photovoltaic (PV) solar array and be certified by the following programs: U. S. Department of Energy Net Zero Ready Home, ENERGY STAR® V3 National Qualified Home, EPA WaterSense® and EPA Indoor Air Plus Qualified Home. “Solar is the number one source of new electric generation in the United States that enables the homeowner to generate electricity from the sun,” said Kirk Kindred, National Sales Director for SunVest Solar. “We are proud to bring the value of clean renewable solar energy to the first Net Zero Community in Wisconsin.”

Red Fox Crossing is located on the south west corner of W. Grange Avenue and S. Sunny Slope Road, serviced by New Berlin School District, and close to shopping and Interstate 43. Home and lot packages will range from $450,000 to $650,000.

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Neumann Developments, Inc. is a family owned business and a local residential land conservation developer with a reputation for preserving permanent green space and creating Wisconsin’s best places to call home. For more information, please visit NeumannDevelopments.com or on Facebook or YouTube.

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. To learn more about Tim O’Brien homes, call 262-542-5750, visit TimOBrienHomes.com, or tour a model home.

SunVest Solar, Inc. is a national developer who has worked with over 600 customers across the entire United States, installing more than 44,000 solar panels totaling over 14,000 kW. This equates to approximately 16,250,000 kWh of solar production every year, saving our customers well over a million dollars each year! For more information, please visit SunVest.com.

May Green Construction Tour

Categories: Blog, Energy Efficiency, Going Green, Green Building, Home Care, Meet the Team, Neighborhoods, Renewable Energy, The Building Process, Tim O'Brien Homes | Posted: May 12, 2017

How Does Tim O’Brien Homes Build Green and Energy-Efficient Homes?

Join Tim O’Brien Homes in a Green Tour showcasing the behind the wall details to learn about energy efficient features, green building practices and ways to save. Many individuals are interested in seeing the components and care used to build a home, the Tim O’Brien Homes’ difference is certainly in the details; take a Green Tour with Tim O’Brien Homes on  Saturday, May 20th, 10:00 to 12:00 PM, for a free tour in Merton at our Ready Home in Hardiman Meadows – N69W27683 Leslie Lane Merton, WI.

Tim O’Brien Homes’ Production Manager, Tim Pykett and New Home Sales Professional, Sheila Herbst will teach you about our innovative building process that provides increased comfort, strength, energy-efficiency, and savings, as well as our other green building practices. A great educational opportunity to learn about the Tim O’Brien Homes’ construction process and the ability to ask questions about our products.

In addition, discover the money saving features that Tim O’Brien Homes’ offers to each home buyer.  All homes include a 10-Year Limited Warranty. Furthermore, energy-efficient features that are 3rd party tested and certified, which helps to support our 5-Year Energy Savings Guarantee.TOB_GUARANTEE shield_r1

QUESTIONS & TO REGISTER please contact Sheila Herbst at 262-7440933 or sherbst@tobhomes.com.

For driving directions please use the following information:

Ready Home Address: N69W27683 Leslie Lane Merton, WI 

Directions: I-94, Exit West to Hwy 164, to VV/Silver Spring West to neighborhood on the corner of VV and Lake Five Road.

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.

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