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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.”

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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!


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.

Steps to Getting a Construction Loan

Categories: Energy Efficiency, Green Building, News, The Building Process, Tim O'Brien Homes | Posted: September 23, 2016

Building your dream home can be easy and affordable. These simple steps highlight the financing process when going through the construction loan process.toh_basf_mg_5882

Step 1: Meet with a Mortgage Loan Officer to discuss program and parameters.

Step 2: Provide requested information to Mortgage Loan Officer.

Step 3: Mortgage loan application is filed and processing begins.

Step 4: Mortgage loan is submitted to Underwriting for review and approval, during this time an appraisal will be ordered and completed.

Step 5: Bank or Credit Union approves construction loan and builder.

Step 6: Construction loan closes.

Step 7: Construction loan has periodic disbursements according to terms of construction loan agreement.

Step 8: When the home is within 60 days of completion, the borrower meets with Mortgage Loan Officer and provides updated information.

Step 9: Final end loan is processed and sent for final underwriting approval.

Step 10: Final inspection is ordered on home.

Step 11: End loan mortgage is closed and construction loan is paid in full.

Final Step: Time to move in and start making memories.


Operation FINALLY HOME – Home Dedication

Categories: Donate, Energy Efficiency, Green Building, Neighborhoods, News, Operation Finally Home, The Building Process, Tim O'Brien Homes | Posted: June 9, 2016

A day filled with peace and joy as we welcomed home U.S. Army Veterans and their families; Specialist Robert “Bo” Kitelinger and Sergeant Gerard “Drew” Wroblewski, to their new homes!

The home dedication ceremony for the first two Operation Finally Home Wisconsin builds took place on Saturday, June 4th 2016 at 11:00 AM in Jackson, Wisconsin. Operation FINALLY HOME is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization; “providing custom-built, mortgage free homes to America’s military Heroes and the widows of the fallen, those who have worn America’s uniform and sacrificed so much to defend our freedoms and values.” Each homebuilder, including Tim O’Brien Homes, built a home in the Cranberry Creek neighborhood in Jackson, WI. Neumann Companies joined forces with the builders and generously provided the side by side lots. Many supporters and donors from Jackson and local communities graciously helped provide a mortgage free home for Bo, Drew and their families.

Watch below to see special moments from the Home Dedication, thank you he Daily News and Waukesha Freeman for capturing this memory!

Tim O’Brien Homes was fortunate to be provided the opportunity to build a new home for Drew and his wife Katelyn. Drew enlisted in the U.S. Army as an Infantryman on March 28, 2005 – Easter Sunday. Drew was sent to basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia, and after graduation from basic training, he was assigned to Fort Campbell, Kentucky, for his first duty station. Drew was deployed to Iraq in September 2005, where his unit operated the southwest corridor of Baghdad, better known as the “Sunni Triangle of Death.” Drew in CombatOn November 29, 2005, Drew was providing security during combat patrol, in the rear gunner position, the combat vehicle Drew was in drove around a corner and was suddenly overrun by flames from a shaped charge explosion. Drew was medically evacuated from the scene as he was enduring intense external bleeding from his ears, as he arrived to the temporary hospital tent the medical team removed superficial shrapnel from Drew’s face. Eventually, Drew returned to the mission.

Time had passed following Drew’ deployment, in which severe migraine episodes began to affect his ability to function at the high level Drew needed for his military career. Drew spent many hours for a year in therapy, as he strived to return to his unit.


Katelyn and Drew

Unfortunately, Drew was unable to attain the progress needed to return to his unit, as a result of facing hundreds of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and endless high stress situations during his time as he served our country. Drew suffers from post-traumatic migraines and tension, Tinnitus, Cranial Nerve Impingement and more. On November 27, 2008, Drew medically retired from the Army; and his service was greatly recognized. Drew received a Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, and many more.

Drew is honored and humbled by the medals, although he accredits his brothers from his unit, that he made it to today because of them.

In May 2013, Drew graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point. Drew double majored in International Studies and Political Science, with an emphasis on the Middle East, as well as a minor in history with two years of Arabic. Drew and his wife, Katelyn, are now “finally home” to start new memories.

June 4th was an unforgettable day, we wish you each many years of happiness in your new home with your family. This was truly an amazing day! Thank you everyone for coming out and showing your support, especially all the donors and volunteers who gave their time, energy and love to these deserving veterans.

Thank you Bo & Drew, as well as everyone else who has or currently is serving for the United States of America. Words cannot express how much we appreciate what you do for all of us!

To see more pictures from the event, visit our Facebook page.


Left to Right: Bucks Energy Dancer, Bango, Joe Volesky – Tim OBrien Homes Construction Manager, Tim OBrien, Katelyn Wroblewski, Drew Wroblewski, Wrobleski Family Member, Molly – Operation FINALLY HOME, Kris Hillmer – MBA, Matt Neumann – Neumann Companies, Ray Hoffman


Left to Right: Matt Neumann – Nuemann Companies, Angela Cooper – Tim OBrien Homes, Tim OBrien, Katelyn Wroblewski, Drew Wroblewski, Matt Kawczynski – Tim OBrien Homes, Shane Fleischman – Tim OBrien Homes, Bryan Lindgren – Tim OBrien Homes, Amy Boczkiewicz – Tim OBrien Homes, Tim Pykett – Tim OBrien Homes, Bianca Costanzo – Tim OBrien Homes, Evan Ott – Tim OBrien Homes, Joe Volesky – Tim OBrien Homes, Carey Podlesnik – Tim OBrien Homes





Celebrate Earth Day – April 22!

Categories: Energy Efficiency, Going Green, Green Building, News, The Building Process, Tim O'Brien Homes | Posted: April 21, 2016

Happy Earth Day from Tim O’Brien Homes!


The first Earth Day was April 22, 1970. A day in which millions celebrated the Earth in many cities throughout the country. December 1970, Congress created a new Federal agency, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), to focus and strive toward solutions for environmental issues. At the end December 1970, Congress authorizes the EPA to set the standards for the Clean Air Act. The Lead-Based Paint Poisoning Prevention Act was formalized January 1971. In April of 1972, “the U.S. and Canada agree to clean up the Great Lakes, which contain 95% of America’s fresh water and supply drinking water to approximately 25 million people” (EPA, 2016) and so many more important initiatives; major accomplishments of the EPA continued throughout the years. Today, great actions are taken and established in effort to protect our Earth. To learn more, visit the EPA website.

What makes Tim O’Brien Homes’ Green Certified?

  • Wisconsin Focus on Energy – every home is 3rd party tested and certified surpassing energy and green building programs.
  • Energy Star – every home features Energy Star products including appliances, building products, heating and cooling products, lighting, and in our plumbing systems.
  • National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Green Certified Home – first builder to achieve Bronze, Silver, Gold and Emerald green certifications.

What is Tim O’Brien Homes’ Difference?

Energy Efficiency:

  • HP+ High Performance Wall System: Innovative building system providing increased comfort, strength, energy-efficiency, and savings
  • Neopor® HP+: Rigid insulation foam on exterior walls (R-5)
  • WALLTITE® HP+: 2” of spray foam insulation in walls (R-14)
  • Spray foam insulation (R-14) in box sill where 30% of heat can escape
  • ENERGY STAR® rated single-hung windows, Low-E, argon filled, .30 U-Value
  • 95% high efficiency York® furnace with digital setback thermostat

Indoor Air Quality:

  • Active subsoil venting system for healthier indoor air
  • Low VOC carpeting and zero VOC paints
  • Quiet, efficient 110 CFM bath fans in all full baths
  • Direct vent exhaust fan in kitchen for improved indoor air quality

Water Conservation:

  • EPA WaterSense® certified vanity faucets & shower heads, reducing water consumption by 20%
  • Uponor PEX water lines to fixtures, sustainable product due to its corrosion resistance
  • Erosion control stormwater management designed for the homesite

Resource Conservation:

  • Recycle up to 65% of construction waste vs. dumping in landfill
  • Pull out dual trash/recycling bins in all kitchens to make recycling a breeze
  • Materials are sourced locally, exterior stone manufactured in Wisconsin, insulation and exterior doors in Indiana and drywall in Tennessee

AND so much more!

Learn more about Our Difference/Green Building Practices and how Tim O’Brien Homes’ keeps Earth Day front and center every day!


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

MBA Spring Tour of Homes is Here!

Categories: Energy Efficiency, Green Building, Model Homes, Neighborhoods, News, Spring Tour of Homes, The Building Process, Tim O'Brien Homes | Posted: April 19, 2016

Metropolitan Builders Association wrote a press release regarding the 2016 MBA Spring Tour of Homes. Tim O’Brien Homes will showcase all six of our Milwaukee area Model Homes. Specifically located in Menomonee Falls, Weyerhaven, Mequon, Concord Creek, Muskego, Belle Chasse, Oconomowoc, Pine Ridge Estates, Pewaukee, Victoria Station, and Pewaukee/Waukesha, Cloverland Farms. Visit our website Open Models webpage for driving directions and more!

Model Homes

By: Metropolitan Builders Association

Tour Opens Doors to 46 Models Homes, Condominiums, Subdivisions & Lots

(Waukesha, Wis.) April 13, 2016 – The Metropolitan Builders Association (MBA) 2016 Spring Tour, opens this Saturday and will run three consecutive weekends: April 16 – May 1. Locations are open each weekend from noon to 4 p.m. This FREE regional-site tour will feature model homes and condominiums, a subdivision as well as one lot with future construction.

The MBA Spring Tour kicks off the building season, and connects consumers with the area’s leading residential building contractors. The three-weekend event draws thousands of visitors from all over Wisconsin. As the only extended open house of its type in the state, the Spring Tour offers a unique opportunity to view a variety of projects and help consumers begin planning for the home of their dreams.

“The MBA Spring Tour opens the doors to 46 locations, in southeastern Wisconsin that people can tour over the three weekend event” said Kristine Hillmer, executive director of the MBA. “It inspires those on the fence about building or remodeling, and helps them find the right people for their project.”

Collectively, the MBA Spring Tour sites will showcase a wide array of home building trends, including the latest concepts in floor plans, energy efficient products, fixtures and appliances, structured wiring, home automation, security systems, and interior design.

A complete list of projects and interactive map is available online at

About the Metropolitan Builders Association (MBA)
The Metropolitan Builders Association, located in Waukesha, Wis., is a not-for-profit trade association that represents nearly 1,000 companies involved in the construction, development, and remodeling of single and multifamily housing and light commercial property in Waukesha, Washington, Ozaukee, Jefferson, and Milwaukee counties.  Collectively, its members employ tens of thousands of workers in the Milwaukee area and conduct millions of dollars of business each year.  For more information, visit or the Metropolitan Builders Association’s Facebook page.

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

Tim O’Brien Homes Milwaukee Division Silver Award Winner

Categories: Energy Efficiency, Green Building, News, The Building Process, Tim O'Brien Homes | Posted: December 2, 2015

Tim O’Brien Homes Milwaukee Division Awarded the Silver National Housing Quality (NHQ) Award

National Housing Quality Silver Award

National Housing Quality Silver Award

In the highly-competitive residential construction market, the importance of improving customer satisfaction, reducing construction callbacks, and increasing marketability are paramount.  From among the many builders who understand this challenge and are embracing quality management, a few have distinguished themselves from their peers by applying for and receiving a prestigious National Housing Quality (NHQ) Award.  This year’s competition recognized one U.S. builder Tim O’Brien Homes Milwaukee Division as a Silver Award winner.

The NHQ Award, started in 1993, was designed to recognize residential construction companies for excellence in quality achievement and to promote awareness of customer-focused quality as an increasingly vital element of competitiveness and productivity for building professionals.  Entries for the award are judged by a distinguished panel of experts who evaluate the role that customer-focused quality plays in construction, business management, sales, design, and warranty service, among other aspects of each business.  Following their examination of Tim O’Brien Homes Milwaukee Division’s entry and their subsequent on-site evaluation of the company and interviews with its employees, the NHQ Award judges all agreed that the company possesses an excellent understanding of what elements drive customer satisfaction and makes them a well managed company providing high values to their customers.

Image: Professional Builder magazine

Image: Professional Builder magazine

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 Wisconsin State 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 the company’s daily work and underscore the commitment to customers, vendor partners and each other.

The expert judging panel for the 2016 Awards included former NHQ Award winners and quality management experts.

The National Housing Quality program is sponsored by Professional Builder magazine.

Professional Builder magazine wrote an article about the award: Read More Here.

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