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At Dillard-Jones Builders, we combine a custom design process with superior materials to create a true luxury home for each client using our LEGACY QUALITY CUSTOM HOME PROGRAM™. While the uniqueness allows every client to live in a home created just for them—we use HIGH-PERFORMANCE HOME STANDARDS™ when building every home as a base level of quality. These base standards are implemented to maximize our client’s enjoyment of their home while minimizing their ongoing ownership costs. We have the experience to do much more than the HIGH-PERFORMANCE HOME STANDARDS™, but will not build any homes that do not meet our base requirements. As a Certified Green Professional, we do offer Energy Star® certified homes, foam envelopes, geothermal systems, solar, and even new homes built to standards of the American Lung Association’s Healthy Home program.
Design impacts every home’s performance in many ways. Our design process considers the best materials for each situation, the solar orientation, the wind loading, the windows (size, number, and type), the site, etc.
Silent floor systems, acoustic insulation to insure that private home areas are separated from the more public home areas, screwed down sub-floors, and quieter plumbing systems are just a few of the features that make a Dillard-Jones Builders custom home more livable.
All Dillard-Jones homes feature high-performance systems like “T” corners, “I” or open web joists, silent floor systems, insulated headers, and structural design to minimize flex. A key design element is to provide the strength needed without over building since wood is not a good insulator. We have a structural engineer review each home before building.
Air quality is a standard house can be up to four times (4x) more polluted that the air directly outside the same house. Through proper air sealing, insulation, and HVAC design – our homes deliver clean air into the home through the air handled instead of depending on leaks to provide make-up air.
All our homes are pre-wired for security and technology systems. We can also design and install a variety of wired and wireless technologies for safety, comfort, and home entertainment. These tailored packages are easy to use from a phone, computer, or iPad and can include: remote video monitoring, electronic locking, irrigation control, water flow monitoring, thermostat control, and lighting control.
Dillard-Jones Builders uses exterior materials and systems that minimize required maintenance. Materials such S&W exterior paint with up to lifetime warranties, natural stone, integrated color stucco, painted brick, IPE, and James Hardie products are commonly used to provide for a virtually maintenance-free exterior. Other low maintenance systems used include gutter toppers, proper drainage control, clad windows, clad doors, low maintenance outdoor features, and roofing that exceeds 40 year lifespans, etc.
We believe in being good stewards and build all our homes with as little impact as possible. From the erosion control measures that minimize runoff to reducing waste every Dillard-Jones home is built with minimal impact in mind. Since the construction process generates a lot of waste – all our dumpsters are post site sorted and reusable materials are re-tasked for future use again.
After building 230 luxury homes using our LEGACY QUALITY CUSTOM HOME PROGRAM™ in the Upstate of South Carolina, in all seven Cliffs Communities, and in Western North Carolina—we have
found that these are some of the questions people have when beginning the design-build process.
As a fully vertical firm, we offer all-inclusive concierge level services from initial home concepts through design, construction, selection services, and furnishings. All of our projects share a design-build approach where our team of design professionals, builders, and interior designers collaborate to provide the best overall experience.
Before getting started, we heavily invest our time and energy into our Design and Visualize First™ process, which enables you to see what you are building and understand the costs upfront.
Building quality homes is a profession best learned through experience, and we have more than anyone else. With over 300 years of combined residential building and design experience, we have completed over 230 luxury homes.
A Design-Build+Interiors firm provides a better way to create your home with one team handling all aspects, from concept through completion. Our entire team works collaboratively and transparently to achieve the common goals shared with the owner, so that the whole project works efficiently and on time.
In “conventional” building projects, each represented discipline works independently (design, build, interiors). This does not allow for the synergistic effect of teamwork, which can result in problems for the owner.
All of our projects are in or near luxury communities around Lake Keowee, Upstate SC, and Western NC. We are a local builder with offices in each area and have local staff dedicated to each project with the support of a professional team. We manage each project using our Multi-Tier Building QC™ approach, which includes our experienced site project managers, designers/architects, VP of Quality, and the builder/president.
All Dillard-Jones homes are built to our High-Performance Home Standards™ to assure the best performance, while also being built to our Legacy Quality Custom Crafted Homes™ level of craftsmanship. Our performance standards include hundreds of things you see, as well as many details that go unseen but will appreciate over a lifetime of use. These audited features include many facets of quality but are focused on the key areas below:
• Strength • Maintenance • Weather resistance
• Environmental impact • Sound transmission • Energy use
• Owner health • Aging in place preparedness
We are also focused on providing Legacy Quality Custom Crafted Homes™ which are the details, fit and finish, and architectural accuracy that define the expected craftsmanship.
While there isn’t a magic formula to determine the cost of a home, our process provides Real Costing Answers™ based on the details of your design, site, and quality. Once our conceptual work is completed, along with some “fit and finish” dialog, we establish a realistic budget utilizing our 300+ budget items. Our Real Costing Answers™ provides you with a better understanding of the cost of building and allows you, as a partner, to understand the path forward to build with complete certainty.
By pricing our jobs in a “Lump Sum” manner rather than a “Cost Plus”, we take the risk of errors upon ourselves. The only cost variables to our owners are the Allowances or Changes, and we carry all the risk of budget increases and estimating errors. Open ended or “Cost Plus” projects tend to have cost overruns and the builder ends up making more which does not fit well in our partnership model.
As an all-inclusive firm, Dillard-Jones employs a broad range of experienced industry professionals as part of our overall team. Tribus Design Studio (TDS) provides ongoing selections support, along with drawings/schematics of details during the building process. For many of our clients, TDS continues the relationship through furnishings and accessories.
DJB and Tribus Architecture employs the best residential design professionals. We make sure that the best fit for your project guides the design process while working closely with the build and interiors teams.
Dillard-Jones Services (DJS) is a division of DJB that is completely focused on after move-in services, concierge support, and renovation work.
In addition to having the Multi-Tier Building QC™ team, which includes the site project manager, designer/architect, VP of Quality, and t he builder/president—each project requires written compliance with our Building with Best Quality™ checklist that details hundreds of critical quality checkpoints throughout the four critical phases of construction (foundation, pre-drywall, design compliance, and final).
We believe that we are the right sized builder. Our focus is on luxury homes in two specific geographic areas and we typically complete about 12 +/- homes a year.
We staff each project to ensure maximum quality throughout the overall experience from start to after move-in. In order to provide the highest standard of service and quality expected from the best, as a company we self-limit the number of starts.
This answer is different for everyone. We believe our Design and Visualization First™ approach allows our clients to get to know our team and experience the quality of work we provide before deciding they’re the best fit. Our team is willing to do the work upfront to help you make the best decision rather than asking you to, “just trust us.” As with any relationship, chemistry is essential and our process allows the owner and our team to build a relationship from the beginning.