Services and Pricing

Dwight (DJ) Harris grew up in a real estate family. His great-grandfather was an accomplished architect, his grandfather a structural engineer, his father a developer/builder and his mother a Realtor. Growing up DJ split his time between helping his mother at open houses and visiting job-sites with his father. Today, DJ is as passionate about construction and real estate as he was when he showed his first-grade class how to properly nail together 2x4's during "show and tell." He deeply enjoys working with his father to develop land and design and build custom homes. As a HERS Rater he is able to certify new construction homes with the Energy Star label and model energy loss to optimize design strategies. 

 
 
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Real estate sales

No Realtor can sell land and new construction better than someone who actually knows land and new construction. Crazy concept, right? DJ Harris, as a builder and developer himself, can communicate and sell based on the project's unique characteristics and benefits. See Johnnycakemountain.com for an example of our work.

REAL ESTATE PURCHASE - Land and new construction

DJ's knowledge of new home construction, from land development to certificate of occupancy, gives him the rare ability to be a voice of experience, not just in finding the perfect site, but throughout the entire process of designing and building a custom home. His passions for design and architecture give him a unique perspective when sifting through the masses of existing houses for a home with beauty, character and history.

New Construction Specialty Services for Home and Land Owners

A typical agent's job is done when the client closes on a building lot or signs a contract with a builder, leaving the buyer to fend for themselves through what often can be a difficult and scary process. Having no one else to turn to, most clients put their trust in an architect or builder for guidance and expertise. Make no mistake, home builders are looking out for their own financial interests, which are not the same as the client's. Architects, even the most talented, rarely have the time or expertise to interview builders or negotiate contracts, let alone specify, inspect and certify construction.

DJ's philosophy is radically different. With design and construction expertise, DJ has the unique qualification to act as owner's representative, legally bound to look out for the client's interests first, throughout the entire new construction process. As a HERS Rater he is certified to write project specifications, verify construction details and quality of installation, and work with state and federal agencies for project certification. This combination of tools, knowledge and licencing gives DJ the ability to write project specifications that meet energy, durability, health and comfort goals while giving him the authority to inspect and verify that project goals are being met. This gives the homeowner accuracy in a competitive bidding process, protection in the case of a dispute, and peace of mind that the process is well managed.

 
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Consulting - Construction and HERS Rating for builders or owners

HERS Rating for state rebates and Energy Star Certification: - $1250 + $0.50/ sq ft over the first 3000 sq ft
Performing the following tasks as the HERS Rater as part of generating a HERS Rating:

  • Energy Modeling
  • Design consultation to maximize energy efficiency at a minimum cost
  • Preliminary HERS rating for Energize CT rebate application
  • Pre-drywall Field Verification and Inspections (first site-visit), including:
    • Insulation installation
    • Framing
    • Window U-factors, SHGC, sizes and shading
  • Post-drywall Field Testing and Verification (second site-visit), including:
    • Blower door test for envelope leakage and air sealing
    • Duct-blaster test for duct leakage
    • Ventilation flow rates and power consumption
    • HVAC Equipment
    • Hot water heating
    • Appliances and fixtures
  • Documentation and Submission
  • Incentive Support (Energize CT Rebate application and submissions)

General Consulting Rate: $50/hr

  • Working with the builder or home owner to meet energy goals, construction specifications, & additional inspections
  • Acting as an owner's representative

 

 
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Duct blaster and Blower door tests for code compliance

Blower Door Only: $150
Duct Tightness Only: $250 for the first system + $200 for each additional system
Duct Tightness and Blower Door Combination: $350