Dan Cullen
Founder and Partner, 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.

Ross Neag
Partner, Domicile Consulting

Ross Neag, Partner

Ross knows homes, inside and out. He began his building construction career in 1997, spending two years as apprentice to a highly demanded General Contractor and Master Carpenter before founding his own home renovation company in 1999. Over the next seven years, Ross personally completed dozens of projects in the Chicago area as well as constructed his own Energy Star home, which scored a 52 on the Home Energy Rating System (HERS), using 48% less energy than the HERS reference home.

Ross expanded his building science knowledge with more than a year of education in RESNET training for energy audits, the completion of the Building Performance Institute’s curriculum for Building Analyst and certification as an Air Balancer by the National Balancing Institute. In addition, he is a Level I certified Thermographer through Snell Infrared, the nation’s leading educational provider for infrared/thermal imaging.

A year after founding his own home inspection company, Ross joined Domicile in 2007 where he has put his experience and expertise to work for thousands of clients in need of inspection, energy and moisture related issues.

He resides in Chicago’s Old Irving neighborhood with his wife Julie.

Andrew Danner

Andrew Danner

Andrew’s career in the real estate industry began in the 1980’s while managing construction, sales and leasing of condominiums and apartments in the Madison, Wisconsin area. After moving to Illinois in 1994 he progressed through the ranks at a mid-sized, Chicago area development company ultimately managing land development, construction management, sales and service of single and multi-family homes in communities throughout the area.  Andrew has participated in over one thousand walk-through and customer service inspections on both sides of the equation and has also developed custom homes through his own company in the North suburbs as well as numerous condominium remodeling projects in Chicago high-rise buildings. He also currently sits as a condominium association board member of a 131 unit Chicago high-rise building in the Streeterville neighborhood and is a licensed Illinois Real Estate Broker helping provide a well rounded prospective in client relations.

Andrew’s emphasis in customer relations and satisfaction is through a hands-on and unwavering dedication to client success.

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.

Morgan Hughes

Morgan Hughes

Morgan has a passion for quality construction and customer satisfaction. His extensive hands on experience in designing, building and selling new homes, interior remodeling, handyman services and small home repairs spans more than a decade. He joined the ranks of Domicile Consulting in early 2013.

Morgan’s career in construction began in 2000 when he arrived in the United States “off the boat” from Ireland. Following in the footsteps of many of his countrymen, Morgan began building a career in the construction industry.

From 2003 to 2009 his company focused exclusively on residential new construction in the Western Suburbs, successfully building and selling over 50 homes. His attention to delivering quality products and excellent customer support earned him an outstanding reputation within the communities he worked.

In 2009, and response to the changing housing market, he refocused his business to specialize in remodeling, rehab, and handyman work. This further expanded his knowledge and experience of older homes and gave him an insight into the evolution of building standards and building practices in Chicago over the past 100 years. Additionally, Morgan received his HERS certification in home energy rating in 2010, combining the best of both construction worlds.

Morgan brings together this knowledge, experience and commitment to quality to better provide our clients with an informative and thorough evaluation of a home and its components.

He resides in Elmhurst with his wife Molly and 3 children.

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.

Matt Hohmeier

Matt grew up in Chicago and came from a family of tradesman. His Father has owned and operated a stucco restoration company for the last 35 years and his grandfather was a master carpenter and cabinet maker at Hohmeier Mill and Lumber on the north side of Chicago.

His career in construction began in 1998 working for an architect/general contractor in the Chicago area. By summer of 1999, he was working on construction drawings and roof replacement projects. After graduating from Illinois Institute of Technology in 2004 with a Bachelor of Architecture degree, he worked on mixed use developments and adaptive reuse projects for a mid-sized architecture firm in Chicago.

From 2010–2013, he worked on large-scale solar projects as a project manager. This solar work required him to travel to Colorado and California installing over 5 MW of solar. In the last five years, his focus has been on building science and residential energy. He is a CPHC (Certified Passive House Consultant) and BPI Building Analyst and has experience using energy models and conducting energy audits. He also served on the condo board of a 112 unit vintage condo in Oak Park from 2011–2014 gaining valuable insight into caring for older buildings.

Most recently, he worked at a Chicago architecture firm on an annex to a 100 year old CPS middle school. This work gave him further experience of how to manage and maintain old multi-unit buildings.

Matt enjoys traveling, exploring cities and exploring the buildings of Chicago. One of his favorite events is the Chicago Architecture Foundation-CAF Open House every October. From his first job working at a hardware store in Chicago to his current work, he has always been interested in the art of building, the built environment and how it can positively influence the way we live.

Matt now lives in Oak Park with his wife and 2 sons.

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.

 

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