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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.

Constructing Homes in Seven Market Areas in Metro Milwaukee

Categories: Energy Efficiency, Going Green, Green Building, Neighborhoods, Parade of Homes, The Building Process, Tim O'Brien Homes | Posted: July 18, 2016

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel wrote an article about the improvements to the homebuilding market and shared Tim O’Brien Homes views on the current conditions:

Visit our website to learn more about Tim O’Brien Homes’ “Spec”/Ready Homes

Metro-area homebuilding off to best start since 2008

Home building in the metro Milwaukee area is off to its best start since 2008. These houses are under construction at N. Pilgrim Road and W. Lisbon Road in Brookfield.

Homebuilding in the metro Milwaukee area is off to its best start in nine years as an improving economy, low interest rates and a shrinking cost difference between new and existing houses have combined to drive up demand.

In the first six months of this year, 665 permits to construct single-family houses and duplexes were issued in Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington and Waukesha counties, or almost 19% more than the 560 permits in the first half of 2015, according to data from MTD Marketing Services of Wisconsin Inc.

While that pace still is far from the height of the home construction boom in 2004, when 1,552 permits for new homes were issued in the first half of the year, it’s the most in a January-through-June period since 2008.

Interest rates for housing, now at historic lows, are one factor inspiring people to commit to building a house, Kristine Hillmer, executive director of Metropolitan Builders Association, said Wednesday.

“I think people are really understanding that they are going to go up in the future, and if they want to lock in a low rate, now is the time to do it. I think that is a big driver,” Hillmer said. “Also, the economy in Wisconsin is really stable. Unemployment is really pretty low, and people are just ready to make the move they’ve put off for a long time.”

In addition, the Milwaukee metro area’s limited supply of existing homes for sale is pushing up prices, narrowing the gap between the cost of an existing house and a new one.

“When you have a seller’s market, of course, the prices go up,” Hillmer said. “Well, the differential between new and existing is now getting smaller, and people are saying, ‘You know, for just that little bit more we can get a brand-new house and get what we want.'”

MTD’s data shows the average value of homes being built in the four-county metro area so far this year is $345,798. The Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors said this week there is a lack of listings for existing homes priced at less than $350,000.

Tim O’Brien, president of Tim O’Brien Homes, said many residential lots that largely became dormant during the recession and its aftermath have become available, offering people a chance to build a house in neighborhoods that aren’t far from Milwaukee and major suburban commercial areas. O’Brien said he is constructing homes in seven market areas in metro Milwaukee.

“A lot of what you’re seeing now is really opportunity in terms of lots that are available in what I would say are prime corridors of the metro Milwaukee area,” O’Brien said.

Many builders, reluctant to put up “spec” houses — houses constructed with speculation that a buyer would be found — in the aftermath of the recession, now are willing to take a chance.

“The existing supply of the speculative homes are moving very quickly,” Hillmer said. “Our members have really learned — those who were around during the downturn and were stuck with a lot of inventory. They’re being smart about what kind of spec houses they build. So they’re building houses in that range where more people are likely to buy, rather than the extravagant houses and holding onto them for a while.”

Menomonee Falls leads the metro area with 65 permits for new houses through the first six months of 2016, according to the MTD data. Among others with the most permits to construct new homes were: Waukesha, 43; Oconomowoc, 40; and Muskego, 32.

The Metropolitan Builders Association announced plans Wednesday for its annual Parade of Homes. The parade, which will feature 20 new homes by 16 southeastern Wisconsin builders, is set for Aug. 13 through Sept. 5. The homes will be in two subdivisions: Windrush in the Village of Hartland and Weyerhaven in Menomonee Falls. More than 30,000 visitors are expected to tour the homes during the three-week event. Read more about Tim O’Brien Homes’ Hickory Parade Home here.

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.


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





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 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 for more information.


2015 Madison Area Builders Association Parade of Homes

Categories: Energy Efficiency, Green Building, Parade of Homes, The Building Process, Tim O'Brien Homes | Posted: June 10, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

TOH Madison Features











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

For more information please visit the Madison Area Builders Association

Parade of Homes

Categories: Parade of Homes | Posted: August 4, 2014

It is time for the MBA Parade of Homes again! This year, Tim O’Brien Homes is featuring a new design called The Monterey in the Victoria Station neighborhood in Pewaukee, Wisconsin.


The Monterey


The Monterey has 2,479 square feet, 2-stories, 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, a flex room, and a rear stairwell to the basement and second floor. There are many special features included in the Parade Model to suit all your entertaining and living needs. The Kitchen includes a box tray ceiling, a corner cook-top with stone backdrop, cherry cabinets to ceiling, “snow white” quartz countertops, a large walk-in pantry, and a spacious dinette area. The Great Room includes vaulted ceilings and a direct vent fireplace with stone detail and raised hearth. The Flex Room is highlighted with a box tray ceiling and window seat. The Rear Foyer includes a walk-in closet, lockers, drop zone, pocket office, and private laundry. Throughout the first floor is Asian Walnut Hardwood floors.

The second floor of the Monterey includes all four bedrooms and two full baths. The Master Bedroom Suite includes a tray ceiling, walk-in closet, tiled over-sized shower, and a quartz double bow raised vanity. Two of the secondary bedrooms include walk-in closets. After the Parade, the Monterey will become the  Tim O’Brien Homes Pewaukee Model location!

The MBA Parade of Homes takes place August 9th through September 1st. The homes are open 4:00pm to 8:00pm Monday through Fridays and 11:00am to 5:00pm Saturdays, Sundays, and Labor Day. Tickets are $10.00 for adults at the gate and $8.00 online. Senior and child tickets are $6.00. Make sure to stop by our model home basement for the “Going for the Green” putting competition for a chance to win 2 tickets to the 2015 PGA Tournament at Whistling Straits. See you there!

Parade of Homes

Categories: Parade of Homes | Posted: June 16, 2014

Sienna renderingThe Madison Area Builders Association Parade of Homes has started! This year, Tim O’Brien Homes is featuring the Sienna model at the Legend at Bergamont neighborhood in Oregon, Wisconsin. The Sienna is a gorgeous 3,607 square foot French Country style two-story home.

Upon entering the home, you will be led through a two-story foyer to the Great Room with coffered ceiling, gas fireplace with stone detail, built-in bookcases, and hardwood floors. Off the Great Room is the Gourmet Kitchen with a custom-built island that provides ample work space and a prep sink. Connecting the Gourmet Kitchen and Deck is the Sun Room, where you can relax and unwind from a busy day. The rear foyer, with an entry from the three-car garage, includes a drop zone, lockers, closet, powder room, and private office. Elev1 Base-Model level 1

Upstairs you will find the Master Bedroom Suite, two secondary bedrooms, a loft with built-in book shelves, a bonus room, and a private laundry. The Master Bedroom Suite has a tray ceiling, a royalty-sized walk-in closet with custom shelving, split vanities, and a custom tile shower with body sprays and a rain head fixture. Elev1 Base-Model level 2

Completing this breath-taking home is a finished lower level with a family room, full bath, kitchenette and ample space for a future bedroom. Elev1 Base-Model lower level

Come take a tour of the Sienna! The MABA Parade of Homes is June 14-29. Monday-Friday hours are 4:00pm-8:00pm and Saturday-Sunday hours are 11:00am-5:00pm. Tickets can be purchased on-site or on the MABA website. We look forward to seeing you there!


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