Dan Cullen
Founder, Domicile Consulting

Dan Cullen, Founder and Partner

Dan’s long and diverse building construction career began in 1976 when he became an apprentice carpenter. Achieving journeyman status four years later, Dan worked in home building, industrial truss repair and concrete construction before founding his own remodeling and construction company in 1981. 

After fifteen years improving and repairing homes in the Chicago area, Dan brought his diverse construction expertise to an insurance service firm, where he worked as a home inspector for Allstate, American Family and other insurance companies.

In 1999 Dan founded Domicile Consulting. Since that time he has performed just shy of 10,000 home inspections throughout Chicagoland and built a loyal base of repeat customers via his outstanding service, dedication and integrity. He is the lead educator for the Domicile entity for home inspection education and routinely “re-educates” builders and developers on the best building practices. His motto: “Without Fear or Favor”.

Having retired from the Chicago Fire Department in 2010 following 31 years of service, Dan now enjoys spending time with his family as well as helping our clients understand and improve their homes and property.

Ken Whitelaw

Ken Whitelaw

Kenny has always been a “hands on” type of guy. His experience with homes and their systems began in 1987 with his first home purchase.  Becoming increasingly dissatisfied with the quality of work and the lack of integrity he saw in contractors interviewed for projects on his own home, he taught himself the skills necessary for it’s proper and safe restoration.

Kenny’s road to joining Domicile Consulting began in 2002, when he moved to Chicago and started his own business offering quality handyman services to homeowners and businesses throughout the Chicagoland area. One of his first clients was, ironically, Domicile founding partner Dan Cullen.

Over the ensuing years and at Dan’s insistent encouragement (some would call it nagging), Kenny earned his Illinois Home Inspection License.  Now a member of the Domicile Consulting team, Kenny has found a place where he can best use his deep remodeling experience and advance his desire to help people own safe and reliable homes.

Carlo Ruth

Carlo Ruth

Carlo began working with Domicile Consulting in early 2012 and brings with him 15 years of experience in the building industry. He has been involved in the design, budgeting and construction of a number of Chicago’s finest buildings.

Prior to joining the Domicile team, Carlo worked as a union laborer, an architect and a construction superintendent on residential and commercial projects in the Chicago area as well as Seattle, Washington. A proponent of affordable energy-efficient design, Carlo is a certified Accredited Professional with the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.

As both a licensed architect and home inspector, Carlo believes that great buildings are not only beautiful but functional, affordable and low-maintenance. He has even been known to provide quick “napkin sketch” design ideas when time permits at the end of an inspection! Carlo’s practical knowledge of building codes and construction detailing enhances his ability to provide quality home inspections and reserve studies to our clients.

Scott Smith

Scott Smith

Scott started his career in the home inspection industry in 1997, learning the business from the ground up (no pun intended), and his roots in client relations show. In 1999 he began performing reserve studies and building condition reports for condominium associations, and went on to assist in preparing conversion reports for new condominiums and developing emergency evacuation plans for some of the largest occupancy high rise buildings in Chicago. Scott became a licensed home inspector in 2005, started his own inspection company in 2007, and ultimately joined the Domicile Consulting team in 2012.

Since 2009, he has performed renovation and painting services for clients on Chicago’s Northside, using the hands-on knowledge he gained from painstakingly restoring his 1916 California Mission-style “fixer-upper” home to its former glory.

Scott is an InterNACHI Certified Wood-Destroying Organism Inspector.

Christi Malone

Christi Malone

Christi has over 20 years experience in architecture and construction and has developed a keen awareness of residential systems over the years. After graduating from Arizona State University in 1996 with a Master of Architecture degree, Christi worked on a variety of residential, commercial, and educational projects. She has consulted professionally, lectured at the university level, and was a partner in an award-winning architecture firm in New Mexico.

Recently joining the team of licensed home inspectors at Domicile Consulting, Christi brings her extensive experience in residential architecture to provide high-quality home inspection and analysis. She is a licensed architect and a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP) specializing in issues of environmental health and sustainability.

As a mother of two, her goal has always been to dramatically improve the health and safety of the home, work, and school environments. Christi enjoys running, camping, hiking, and cross-country skiing, and is an avid volunteer at her children’s schools in the western suburbs.

Robert Munguia

Bob Munguia

Robert recently joined the team at Domicile Consulting and brings with him over 30 years of extensive experience in the field of architecture and construction. His education and professional credentials include a Bachelor’s Degree in Architectural Studies from the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana, Certified Construction Document Technologist (CDT), Certified Construction Contract Administrator (CCCA), Registered Energy Professional (REP) with the City of Chicago and is both a licensed architect and home inspector in the State of Illinois.

Since 2008, Robert has focused his attention in the residential sector and has been involved with the design and construction of kitchen, bathroom, deck, room additions and home renovations. Most recently he has provided home analysis reports to several major investment groups for investment consideration both in the City of Chicago and the surrounding suburban areas. Robert also managed projects both oversees and nationally in the U.S. His past experience involved participation in Malcomb Baldridge National Quality Award which is awarded to U.S. companies that have successfully implemented quality-management systems.

Robert’s experience in quality management brings committed to providing quality home inspections. He is highly motivated displaying exemplary high ethics and knows success come from hard work and perseverance.

Bill Bruckner

Bill Bruckner

As the son of a third-generation Chicago construction contractor, Bill was born and raised in construction. He started his career with his first part-time construction job at the age of 12—cleaning equipment and loading trucks. Bill eventually became a fourth-generation contractor himself as the owner/operator of a custom kitchen, bath, design and remodeling business and a licensed Chicago general contractor. During this time, he worked on a wide variety of residential and commercial projects including single-family homes, home additions, multi-unit rentals, offices, storefronts, and restaurants; and, attained practical knowledge of all major structural systems: roof, foundation, electrical, plumbing, HVAC and ancillary systems and finishes.

Remodeling and rehabbing residential properties eventually lead Bill to earn an Illinois real estate broker’s license in 2000. Working as a professional Realtor, Bill witnessed, first hand, the absolute necessity for knowledgeable home inspectors who could truly advocate for real estate buyers. In 2011, Bill melded these two fields together earning an Illinois home inspector license. Bill’s commitment to the client and focus on objectivity and accuracy recently drew him to join the Domicile Consulting team.

Bill prides himself on quality work and customer satisfaction. As the father of four, Bill understands the value of the peace of mind knowing your new home is safe and healthy.

Isac Enriquez

Isac Enriquez

Isac grew up on the south side of Chicago and is the second son of a machine adjuster. From an early age, his curiosity revolved around the mechanical. Taking apart toys and putting them back together was just the beginning. He graduated from The School of the Art Institute in 2011 and in that same year was awarded a Fulbright Grant for his influence in public art and community work.

His love for the mechanical and community soon drove him to pursue a career in home inspection. Actively deconstructing building facades in his mind, he quickly understood that every building is a work of art in itself and that each individual structure forms a deep impact in the people who live in them.

He has worked on various community driven renovation projects and built the interiors of two of his previous apartments. He then went on to become a licensed home inspector and an ASNT Level One Thermographer. Helping people understand what makes a building safe, efficient and well built comes from his passion of seeing a community thrive. That begins one home and individual at a time.

Brian Cullnan

Brian Cullnan

Brian grew up on the  south side of Chicago and began to work on homes by his dad’s side, which sparked his first paint contracting venture while still in high school.  As a licensed electrician with over 40 years of experience managing, designing and maintaining electrical systems in some of Chicago’s tallest skyscrapers—and a few bungalows to boot—he brings a deep background of some of our city’s most complex mechanical systems.  A homeowner since 1978, he’s remodeled basements and baths, replaced roofs, windows, porches and patios.

After getting his home inspector’s license in 2014, Brian joined Domicile Consulting. His mantra: steadfast commitment to seeing jobs done right. He is dedicated to providing a highly ethical, top-rated home inspection service, so buyers will have peace of mind when purchasing their new home.

Brian lives with his wife and two daughters in Chicago.

Phil Gould

Phil has been a full time inspector since 2012 with over 1,000 inspections. The majority of those inspections were for condos or vintage multi-family buildings. As a condo owner for 10 years, Phil was the treasurer of a 6-unit association that was self-managed and all owner occupied. He’s very aware of cost implications of common area building issues in smaller buildings. Every repair is a chance to do things better.

Phil is a certified member of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ACI) and serves as the treasurer of the Great Lakes Chapter. He’s also earned the designation of Inspector By Review.

Phil lives with his wife Liz in Forest Park in a 1920’s stucco bungalow. Before becoming an inspector, Phil spent 22 years in advertising media planning and buying.

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