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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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Busy Weekend

We had a number of volunteers stop in at our current shop on Argosy to get even further along on two of our tiny houses, which are almost road worthy. Thanks for all the help! Volunteers volunteer-june-15v2Then at our new location we had a busy work day with volunteers too: locks were updated, flowers donated and planted, basic clean up, and deeper examination of the mold issue in the roof/ceiling. The roof will need to be replaced, and we have a number of larger ticket items so we really appreciate all the donations folks are able to give. Donate PayPal > All donations are 100% tax deductible. Thank you! All of our work is made possible by volunteer efforts and would not be possible without you, building community together.

 

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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.

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Fundraiser tomorrow May 9th! Silent Auction

Please come to our fundraiser, at the Brink Madison, from 5 pm to 7 pm on Friday May 9th. Face book event here. We are very excited to celebrate the Madison City Council unanimously voting to allow us to purchase the property on Johnson Street this past Tuesday! We have a packed month and just enough money for closing, so we appreciate whatever donations people are able to make. Nobody will be turned away though for lack of funds. Big thank you to local companies donating for the cause including Dexter’s Pub & Tip Top Tavern.

Some of the awesome upcycled pallets by OM members are below. Check them out below. More on our photo album of auction items.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.