Sorry for the lack of updates . . .

Note the limited shop hours. Webmaster got a little busy with other things.

OM Build Tiny House Weekly Update:

House 3 has a roof! Our custom-built OM Crane did the job, safely lifting a pre-assembled 500 lb roof on to the top of House 3. As you can see in the photo, a little nudging was required to match the roof to the house.

This week in the shop: Installing the door and closing in the gable ends on House 3, flooring on House 2. And, as always, pallet deconstruction for our custom pallet-wood siding!

Shop hours this week:
Tuesday 4/8: 6:30-10pm Shop Manager: Robert B
Wednesday 4/9: 3pm-7pm Shop Manager: Pete C
Friday 4/11: 6:30pm-10pm Shop Manager: Luca C

Shop location: 4235 Argosy Court, Suite B (Click here for map)

Sign-up procedure: We aren’t using the Volunteer Spot website this week, so just show up at your preferred shift, ready to work! To maintain safety and be sure everyone has something useful to do, we’re limiting volunteers to 3 per shift. We work with volunteers at all skill levels, so don’t hesitate to volunteer simply because you lack construction experience. The most important qualification we look for is a willingness to learn, to take instructions from the Shop Manager and to follow all shop safety procedures.
Please come ready to work, dressed in work clothes that can get dirty or smeared with paint.

20 Hours of Indiegogo left!

OM Build Tiny House Weekly Update:

 

Crowd-sourcing campaign raises $19,000: Our fundraising campaign on the crowd-sourcing site Indiegogo has raised over $19,000. Only 24 hours left to donate, and every donation will doubled by a matching donation from some very generous OM Build supporters! Click here to donate.

 

House 3 leaves the shop: And we’ve already got a good start on the roof, which is built in the shop and then lifted into place by our custom-built OM Build crane! (Photo by Keith Valiquette)

 

 

This week in the shop: We will finish the roof for House 3, and finish the deck and frame in the gable ends on House 2. More pallet deconstruction too, and we may even get a start on the pallet-wood siding for House 4!

 

Shop hours this week:
Tuesday 3/25: 6:30-10pm Shop Manager: Robert B
Wednesday 3/26: 3pm-7pm Shop Manager: Pete C
Thursday 3/27: 3pm-7pm Shop Manager: Allen B
Friday 3/28: 4pm-6:30pm Shop Manager: Steve B
Friday 3/28: 6:30pm-10pm Shop Manager: Luca C
Sunday 3/30: 1:00pm-5:00pm Shop Manager: Keith V

Shop location: 4235 Argosy Court, Suite B (Click here for map)

Sign-up procedure: We use the Volunteer Spot website, to help manage the increasing number of volunteers. Click here to sign in, choose an open shift and be at the shop ready to work at your chosen time. To maintain safety and be sure everyone has something useful to do, we’re limiting volunteers to 3 per shift. We work with volunteers at all skill levels, so don’t hesitate to volunteer simply because you lack construction experience. The most important qualification we look for is a willingness to learn, to take instructions from the Shop Manager and to follow all shop safety procedures.
Please come ready to work, dressed in work clothes that can get dirty or smeared with paint.

Weely Update 3/10/14

OM Build Tiny House Weekly Update:

 

A week in Door County: One of the “perks” we’re offering to donors is a stay in Door County, the week of April 5th – April 12th. The first $1500 donation wins a stay in a 3 bedroom condo, the first $1000 donation wins a week in a two-bedroom condo. Click here to donate.

 

OM Village plans:We continue to refine the plans for OM Village (below) with an anticipated move-in date of Mid-May, pending approval by the Madison Common Council. Stay tuned for updates!

 

 

This week in the shop: The axle has been installed on House 2, preparing it to move and clear a space in the parking lot for House 3 (now inside the shop.) Then we’ll begin construction of the roof for House 2. This week’s warmer weather will also give us an opportunity to clean up the “lumberyard” out back where we keep our supply of pallets for recycling into wood siding.

 

Shop hours this week:
Tuesday 3/11: 6:30-10pm Shop Manager: Robert B
Wednesday 3/12: 3pm-7pm Shop Manager: Pete C
Thursday 3/13: 3pm-7pm Shop Manager: Allen B
Friday 3/14: 4pm-6:30pm Shop Manager: Steve B
Friday 3/14: 6:30pm-10pm Shop Manager: Luca C

Shop location: 4235 Argosy Court, Suite B (Click here for map)

Sign-up procedure: We use the Volunteer Spot website, to help manage the increasing number of volunteers. Click here to sign in, choose an open shift and be at the shop ready to work at your chosen time. To maintain safety and be sure everyone has something useful to do, we’re limiting volunteers to 3 per shift. We work with volunteers at all skill levels, so don’t hesitate to volunteer simply because you lack construction experience. The most important qualification we look for is a willingness to learn, to take instructions from the Shop Manager and to follow all shop safety procedures.
Please come ready to work, dressed in work clothes that can get dirty or smeared with paint.

Wow what a week!

OM Build Tiny House Weekly Update:

 

More OM Build in the news: The Associated Press picked up on the OM Build tiny house story, and that caught  the attention of media as far away as the London Daily Mail.

 

Gaining on our $50,000 goal: Since we announced our “Double your donation” matching program. nearly $5000 in donations have come in, pushing our Indiegogo crowd-sourcing campaign past the $15000 mark, towards a goal of $50,000 to fund ten tiny houses. Click here to donate.

 

Attention Techies! Want to get involved helping with the website, data management, etsy, on-line presence and other computer related work? We will be meeting on Sunday, March 9th at 4:00pm at the Social Justice Center (1202 Williamson St.) to sort out what needs to be done, see what volunteers want to do and get better coordinated and more hands working on many of the behind the scenes work to be done! New ideas and technology considerations welcome!

 

New Shop Managers joining us: Our Saturday “Becoming an OM Build Shop Manager” meeting resulted in some new shop managers joining the house-building crew. Below, we gather around the table saw to look over plans for OM Village.

 

 

This week in the shop: House 3 now has a “new” oak parquet floor (purchased at Habitat Restore) This week, we continue construction of roof trusses on House 3 and prepare it for moving outside the shop. House 2 now has windows and a door, and we begin work on an interior storage loft.

 

Shop hours this week:
Monday 3/3: 1pm-6pm Shop Manager: Keith V
Tuesday 3/4: 6:30-10pm Shop Manager: Robert B
Wednesday 3/5: 3pm-7pm Shop Manager: Pete C
Thursday 3/6: 3pm-7pm Shop Manager: Allen B
Friday 3/7: 4pm-6:30pm Shop Manager: Steve B
Friday 3/7: 6:30pm-10pm Shop Manager: Luca C
Saturday 3/8: noon-5pm Shop Manager: Brenda K

Shop location: 4235 Argosy Court, Suite B (Click here for map)

Sign-up procedure: We’re back to using the Volunteer Spot website, to help manage the increasing number of volunteers. Click here to sign in, choose an open shift and be at the shop ready to work at your chosen time. To maintain safety and be sure everyone has something useful to do, we’re limiting volunteers to 3 per shift. We work with volunteers at all skill levels, so don’t hesitate to volunteer simply because you lack construction experience. The most important qualification we look for is a willingness to learn, to take instructions from the Shop Manager and to follow all shop safety procedures.
Please come ready to work, dressed in work clothes that can get dirty or smeared with paint.

Weekly update! Lots going on!

OM Build Tiny House Weekly Update:

 

OM Build makes the news: Stories this week in the New York Times and Yes! Magazine gave some well-deserved attention to the growing national movement that sees tiny house communities as a creative response to homelessness. OM Build was featured, along with planned communities in Eugene Oregon and Austin Texas.

 

Shop Orientation: For people with experience building things with electric tools (DIY and professional). This is your chance to learn more about our Tiny Home factory and see if you’ve got what it takes to be an OM Build Shop Manager! We are especially eager to find people who can do Saturday and Sunday shifts. Saturday, March 1st Noon-2:00 pm at the OM Build shop, 4235 Argosy Court.

 

Grantwriting/Fundraising workshop: Help us put our new tiny house village on a sound financial footing by assisting with grant proposals. We also need help with on-line tools, editing, writing and planning events. No experience necessary! Sunday, March 2nd at 4:00pm at the Social Justice Center, 1202 Williamson

 

“Double your donation” program continues: All individual donations of $500 or less will be matched, up to a total of $10,000 until March 24th.Click here to donate.

 

Formal plan submitted for E. Johnson community: Our plan for a tiny-house community at E. Johnson and 3rd took a big step forward when we filed a proposal with the city for rezoning. More community meetings will follow, with a meeting of the plan commission in April and a Common Council vote on the project on May 6. Read the Wisconsin State Journal report.

 

 

This week in the shop: We begin construction of roof trusses on House 3 and start installing interior paneling and flooring. House 2 gets a door and finish work on the paneling and interior storage loft.

 

Shop hours this week:
Monday 2/24: 1pm-6pm Shop Manager: Keith V
Tuesday 2/25: 6:30-10pm Shop Manager: Robert B
Wednesday 2/26: 1pm-6pm Shop Manager: Keith V
Thursday 2/27: 3pm-7pm Shop Manager: Allen B
Friday 2/28: 4pm-6:30pm Shop Manager: Steve B
Friday 2/28: 6:30pm-10pm Shop Manager: Luca C

Shop location: 4235 Argosy Court, Suite B (Click here for map)

Sign-up procedure: We’re back to using the Volunteer Spot website, to help manage the increasing number of volunteers. Click here to sign in, choose an open shift and be at the shop ready to work at your chosen time. To maintain safety and be sure everyone has something useful to do, we’re limiting volunteers to 3 per shift. We work with volunteers at all skill levels, so don’t hesitate to volunteer simply because you lack construction experience. The most important qualification we look for is a willingness to learn, to take instructions from the Shop Manager and to follow all shop safety procedures.
Please come ready to work, dressed in work clothes that can get dirty or smeared with paint.

Double your donation week!

OM Build Tiny House Weekly Update:

Tiny Home Stimulus Package: All donations up to $10,000 until March 24th, 2014 will be matched by our special supporters. Please support our Indiegogo Crowd Funding Campaign by making a donation. All individual donations up $500 will be matched.
$5 = $10
$25 = $50
$50 = $100
$250 = $500
$500 = $1000
Click here to donate.

Houses 2 and 3 moving ahead: House 3 now has its pallet-wood siding (above), finished with a generous donation of paint from Madison Sherwin-Williams. Next, we begin work on roof trusses and interior paneling and prepare House 3 to move outside the shop. House 2 got its steel frame last week, moving it one big step closer to being road-worthy!

Shop hours this week:
Monday 2/17: 1pm-6pm Shop Manager: Keith V
Tuesday 2/18: 6:30-10pm Shop Manager: Robert B
Wednesday 2/19: 1pm-6pm Shop Manager: Keith V
Thursday 2/20: 3pm-7pm Shop Manager: Allen B
Friday 2/21: 4pm-6:30pm Shop Manager: Steve B
Friday 2/21: 6:30pm-10pm Shop Manager: Luca C

Shop location: 4235 Argosy Court, Suite B (Click here for map)

Sign-up procedure: We’re back to using the Volunteer Spot website, to help manage the increasing number of volunteers. Click here to sign in, choose an open shift and be at the shop ready to work at your chosen time. To maintain safety and be sure everyone has something useful to do, we’re limiting volunteers to 3 per shift. We work with volunteers at all skill levels, so don’t hesitate to volunteer simply because you lack construction experience. The most important qualification we look for is a willingness to learn, to take instructions from the Shop Manager and to follow all shop safety procedures.
Please come ready to work, dressed in work clothes that can get dirty or smeared with paint.

Think Spring – OM Weekly Update

OM Build TIny House Weekly Update:

 

Video introduction to OM Village: Click here to watch!

 

Want to add your voice in support of the OM Village project? email Brenda Konkel at: brendakonkel@gmail.com to be added to our Eastside Supporters email list.

 

“10 tiny homes for Wis. Homeless” raises first $5000: Our effort at “crowdsourcing” is doing well, and just passed the $5000 mark on the way towards our $50,000 goal.  Click here to learn more about the campaign.

 

OM Goods preparing for Spring:

 

This week in the shop: Walls are framed for House 3, now comes plywood sheathing, attaching walls to the floor frame, adding insulation and a vapor barrier. House 2 gets its bright red steel frame, axle and wheels.

 

Shop hours this week:
Monday 2/3: 1pm-6pm Shop Manager: Keith V
Tuesday 2/4: 6:30-10pm Shop Manager: Robert B
Wednesday 2/5: 1pm-6pm Shop Manager: Keith V
Thursday 2/6: 3pm-7pm Shop Manager: Allen B
Friday 2/7: 4pm-6:30pm Shop Manager: Steve B
Friday 2/76:30pm-10pm Shop Manager: Luca C
Saturday 2/8: noon-4pm Shop Manager: Brenda K

Shop location: 4235 Argosy Court, Suite B (Click here for map)

Sign-up procedure: We’re back to using the Volunteer Spot website, to help manage the increasing number of volunteers. Click here to sign in, choose an open shift and be at the shop ready to work at your chosen time. To maintain safety and be sure everyone has something useful to do, we’re limiting volunteers to 3 per shift. We work with volunteers at all skill levels, so don’t hesitate to volunteer simply because you lack construction experience. The most important qualification we look for is a willingness to learn, to take instructions from the Shop Manager and to follow all shop safety procedures.
Please come ready to work, dressed in work clothes that can get dirty or smeared with paint.