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Move In Day!

On Friday, November 21, we got the Occupancy Permit for the Village. On Saturday, November 22, 2014, Betty and Chris who have been living in their house for nearly a year, on the street where they have to move it every 24 or 48 hours to comply with parking requirements and without running water or electricity, are moving to their new home! With running water, electricity, flush toilets, showers and a community. The move is a big change. They’ve been through a lot with Occupy, with no legal place to live for so long. They have also been the center of a lot of media attention being the “first” in our grand adventure. Join us in welcoming them home!

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Movin’, Cleanin’, Movin’!

OM Build Tiny House Weekly Update:Moving, then cleaning: The Big Move from our our current shop at Argosy Court to our new shop on E. Johnson continues. Over the weekend, all our salvaged pallet wood (for house siding and other projects) was moved, along with tools and other supplies. This week we’re taking down shelving and preparing the walls for cleaning and painting (so we can get our security deposit back!) Shop managers will be organizing the weekend move out of the Argosy Court location, so If you want to help over the weekend, please report in at the Argosy Court shop first.

New ceiling: Our volunteer drywall crew is installing the new ceiling at the E. Johnson site, work will continue during the week.

Join the new OM Build Volunteers group on Facebook!

Weekday hours at Argosy Court
Tuesday 8/12: 6:30-10pm Manager: Robert B
Wednesday 8/13: 3pm-7pm Manager: Pete C
Thursday 8/14: 3pm-7pm Manager: Keith V

Weekend hours also at Argosy Court:
Saturday, 8/16: 10am-5pm Managers: Carol W, Pete C
Sunday, 8/17: 10am-5pm Manager: Allen B, Pete C

Sign-up procedure: Just show up, ready to work (no need to sign up in advance online.) 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.

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Movin’ Movin’ Movin’!

OM Build Tiny House Weekly Update:The Big Move is ON: We’re finally ready to box up our tools and supplies and make the move from our current shop at Argosy Court to our new shop on E. Johnson. Moving days are Saturday and Sunday, August 9th and 10th. We’re asking all volunteers to come to the Argosy Court shop first, to help with packing and loading. Some volunteers may then ride over to E. Johnson to help with unloading and organizing. Weekday volunteer days at Argosy Court will also involve packing for the move and preparing Houses 2 and 3 for their move.

Insulation done, new ceiling next: Below, you can see the new R-30 insulation that has been installed at the E. Johnson shop. The next step is a vapor barrier and drywall. Our crew of volunteer drywallers will begin installation of the new ceiling on Saturday morning, and hope to finish by Sunday.

Join the new OM Build Volunteers group on Facebook!

Weekday hours at Argosy Court
Tuesday 8/5: 6:30-10pm Manager: Robert B
Wednesday 8/6: 3pm-7pm Manager: Pete C
Thursday 8/7: 3pm-7pm Manager: Keith V

Weekend hours also at Argosy Court:
Saturday, 8/9: 10am-5pm Managers: Carol W, Pete C
Sunday, 8/10: 10am-5pm Manager: Allen B, Pete C

Sign-up procedure: Click here to sign up for a 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.

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Roof!

OM Build Tiny House Weekly Update:
We have a new roof! OM Build volunteers assisted our professional roofer Michael to tear off the leaky 70-year-old asphalt roof and replace it with a new rubber-membrane roof. And Michael added some extra-heavy decking in case we ever want to install a roof garden! Below, Rob moves roof scrap out to the dumpster.

Have materials you’d like to donate? Please check out our wish list.

Weekends at new site, weekdays at the shop: Weekday volunteer shifts are at the Argosy Court shop, adding the final touches to get houses 2 and 3 ready for residence. Weekend workdays are at E. Johnson.

Weekday hours – Argosy Court:

Tuesday 7/22: 6:30-10pm Manager: Robert B
Thursday 7/24: 3pm-7pm Manager: Keith V

Weekend hours – E. Johnson:
Saturday, 7/26: Noon-5pm Manager: Brenda K
Sunday, 7/27: Noon-5pm Manager: Brenda K

Sign-up procedure: Click here to sign up for a 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.

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Progress, progress, progress!

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We have a dumpster! Below, volunteer Garrett poses in front of our new dumpster, which has been filled with the remnants of a 70-year-old plaster ceiling that had suffered extensive damage due to a long-neglected leaky roof. This week, we tear off the old roof and prepare to install a new one. This is the week to volunteer, if you like getting dirty!

Have materials you’d like to donate? Please check out our wish list.

Weekends at new site, weekdays at the shop: Weekday volunteer shifts are at the Argosy Court shop, adding the final touches to get houses 2 and 3 ready for residence. Weekend workdays are at E. Johnson.

Weekday hours – Argosy Court:

Tuesday 7/15: 6:30-10pm Manager: Robert B
Wednesday 7/16: 3:pm=7pm Manager: Steve B
Thursday 7/17: 3pm-7pm Manager: Keith V

Weekend hours – E. Johnson:
Saturday, 7/19: Noon-5pm Manager: Brenda K
Sunday, 7/20: Noon-5pm Manager: Brenda K

Sign-up procedure: Click here to sign up for a 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.

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Sprucing up E. Johnson: Weekend workdays continue, with cleaning, painting and landscaping. Below, volunteers Valerie and Noah paint the office, planned to be OM Goods’ retail space.

Have materials you’d like to donate? Please check out our wish list.

Weekends at new site, weekdays at the shop: Weekday volunteer shifts are at the Argosy Court shop, adding the final touches to get houses 2 and 3 ready for residence. Weekend workdays are at E. Johnson.

Weekday hours – Argosy Court:

Tuesday 7/8: 6:30-10pm Manager: Robert B
Thursday 7/10: 3pm-7pm Manager: Keith V

Weekend hours – E. Johnson:
Saturday, 7/12: Noon-5pm Manager: Brenda K
Sunday, 7/13: Noon-5pm Manager: Brenda K

Sign-up procedure: Click here to sign up for a 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.

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Lots of Progress at New Site!

OM Build Tiny House Weekly Update:Progress at E. Johnson: More than a dozen volunteers at  our weekend workdays cleaned interior walls and prepped for painting and got the floor ready for sanding. Up top, the old chimney and vents have been removed to prepare for a new roof. Outside, the fence now completely encloses the back yard, so we can have secure storage of materials. Below, our Site committee makes plans for the next weekend workday.

Have materials you’d like to donate? Please check out our wish list. And a big thanks to our local Sherwin-Williams store for donating 25 gallons of interior paint!

Weekends at new site, weekdays at the shop: Weekday volunteer shifts are at the Argosy Court shop, finishing Houses 2 and 3 and building fixtures for the new shop, weekend workdays are at E. Johnson.

Weekday hours – Argosy Court:

Tuesday 7/1: 6:30-10pm Manager: Robert B
Wednesday 7/2: 3pm-7:00pm Manager: Pete C.
Thursday 7/3: 3pm-7pm Manager: Keith V

Weekend hours – E. Johnson:
Saturday, 7/5: Noon-5pm Manager: Brenda K
Sunday, 7/6: Noon-5pm Manager: Brenda K

Sign-up procedure: Click here to sign up for a 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.

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Weekly Update

OM Build Tiny House Weekly Update:
Our Wish List: We’re hard at work on renovating the E. Johnson site (former home of Sanchez Motors) and with the help of the community, so far we have only spent $68 on supplies for cleanup and renovations! Every dollar we save in labor or donated items means we can get the tiny houses parked there faster, so click here to see our wish list, and click here to donate online.

Progress at E. Johnson: A site that was once the neighborhood eyesore is quickly shaping up, with flowers and other plantings. Below, Rob, Peter and Luca relocate a fence on the property to create space for our planned tiny home community:

Cap Times profiles OM Village resident: Keith Valiquette says a desire for community attracted him to the OM Build project. Speaking of our E. Johnson neighbors who have supported the project, Keith says, “They see the bigger picture. They are why I am part of this. We as a society need to come together again.” Read more… Below, Keith relaxes in the door of his tiny home, with his dog. Chip.

Weekends at new site, weekdays at the shop: Now that OM Build has TWO sites, we’re scheduling weekday volunteer shifts at the Argosy Court shop, finishing Houses 2 and 3 and building fixtures for the new shop, weekend workdays are at E. Johnson.

Weekday hours – Argosy Court:
Tuesday 6/24: 6:30-10pm Manager: Robert B
Wednesday 6/25: 3pm-7:00pm Manager: Pete C.
Thursday 6/26: 3pm-7pm Manager: Keith V

Tuesday 7/1: 6:30-10pm Manager: Robert B
Wednesday 7/2: 3pm-7:00pm Manager: Pete C.
Thursday 7/3: 3pm-7pm Manager: Keith V

Weekend hours – E. Johnson:
Saturday, 6/28: Noon-5pm Manager: Brenda K
Sunday, 6/29: Noon-5pm Manager: Brenda K

Sign-up procedure: Click here to sign up for a 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.

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First Flowers Planted!

OM Build Tiny House Weekly Update:

First flowers planted at E. Johnson site: OM Build volunteers took the first step towards improving our new site at the corner of E. Johnson and 3rd street. Many, many more plantings to come!

At the shop: We’re taking a careful approach towards cleanup and remediation of the E. Johnson site, just to make sure our volunteers and future residents are safe from any residual contaminants. So in the meantime, all shop hours will be at the 4235 Argosy Court location on Madison’s east side. Below, volunteers Matt and Corrie pose for the camera before getting to work in House 3:

Shop hours this week:
Tuesday 6/10: 6:30-10pm Shop Manager: Robert B
Wednesday 6/11: 1pm-5:30pm Shop Manager: Keith V
Thursday 6/12: 3pm-7pm Shop Manager: Keith V
Friday 6/13: 6:30pm-10pm Shop Manager: Luca C
Sunday 6/15: 1:00pm-5:00pm Shop Manager: Keith V

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

Sign-up procedure: Just show up at your preferred day and time, ready to work! 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.

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Weekly Update

OM Build Tiny House Weekly Update:

Tenant vacates E. Johnson site: Sanchez Motors, the auto repair shop at the E. Johnson site purchased last week by OM Build, is moving the last of its vehicles and equipment out. Next comes testing for environmental hazards, and then we can let our volunteers in for site clean-up and reconstruction into a Tiny House factory. All shop hours this week are at the Argosy Court shop (see below.)

Working through our “To Do” list: Tuesday, June 10th is the first anniversary of our move into the Argosy Court shop, and we’re going to make a push to have Houses 2 and 3 completed and street-ready by then. Can we get this done in the next eight days? Join us and find out!


Shop hours this week:
Monday 6/2: 4:00-7:00pm Shop Manager: Garrett L
Tuesday 6/3: 6:30-10pm Shop Manager: Robert B
Wednesday 6/4: 3pm-7pm Shop Manager: Pete C
Thursday 6/5: 3pm-7pm Shop Manager: Keith V
Friday 6/6: 6:30pm-10pm Shop Manager: Luca C
Sunday 6/8: 1:00pm-5:00pm Shop Manager: Keith V

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

Sign-up procedure: Just show up at your preferred day and time, ready to work! 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.

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WHOOOOOHOOOOOOOO!!!!!

OM Build Tiny House Weekly Update:

OM Build takes possession of E. Johnson property: Today, we signed the final papers to complete the purchase of property at East Johnson and 3rd Street, the location for our planned Tiny House community. Below is our architect’s rendering of the site, with the current Sanchez Motors building converted into a Tiny House factory. Careful inspection of the site for toxics will need to be done before we can bring in volunteers for site cleanup – look for an update in next week’s email!

Shop hours this week:
(All shop hours at our original location, 4235 Argosy Court, Suite B Click here for map)
Friday 5/30: 6:30pm-10pm Shop Manager: Luca C
Saturday 5/31: 1:00pm-7:00pm Shop Manager: Keith V
Sunday 6/1: 1:00pm-9:00pm Shop Manager: Keith V

Sign-up procedure: Just show up for your preferred shift, ready to work! 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.

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Ooo, A Weekly Update!

Please forgive us for getting a little behind, we had a little something going on . . .

OM Build Tiny House Weekly Update:

Good fences make good neighbors: OM volunteers are busy coming up with creative designs for a privacy fence for the planned Tiny House community on E. Johnson. All made from recycled pallet wood, of course!

In the shop: Preparation for our move, including lots of pallet-busting! House 3 gets electrical work and interior paneling. And weather permitting, final work on the roof for House 2 will be done.

Shop hours this week:
Monday 5/19: 6:00-9:00pm Shop Manager: Garrett L
Tuesday 5/20: 6:30-10pm Shop Manager: Robert B
Wednesday 5/21: 3pm-7pm Shop Manager: Pete C
Thursday 5/22: 3pm-7pm Shop Manager: Keith V
Friday 5/23: 6:30pm-10pm Shop Manager: Luca C
Sunday 5/25: 1:00pm-5:00pm Shop Manager: Keith V

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

Sign-up procedure:Just show up for your preferred shift, ready to work! 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.