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Perfect Pairings at the 2021 Parade of Homes

Perfect Pairings at the 2021 Parade of Homes

This October, get ready to be wowed by new home design like you’ve never seen before. Homes By Dickerson is showcasing five spectacularly-designed homes at the 2021 Triangle Parade of Homes – and one is just right for you. What’s your perfect pairing? Do you love dark chocolate truffles and a lively board game? “Missing Manhattan” might be the one for you. Does a warm cup of tea with a side of macarons tickle your fancy? You’ll love getting lost in “Mary Alice’s Wonderland.”

 

You can see these five distinctive homes — and all their delightful details — up close and personal October 2-3rd, 8-10th, and 15-17th in the 2021 Triangle Parade of Homes. To help you choose the perfect one (even if just for inspiration), we’ve paired each home with a beverage, getaway, dessert, animal, and hobby that best represents its style. Visit all five this October and let us know which one is perfect for you!

 

og 4 pairing homes by dickerson

 

“Catalog Pg. 4”

 

Cocktail: Old Fashioned

Getaway: Nantucket

Dessert: Apple Pie

Animal: Golden Retriever

Hobby: Cooking / Garden Club

 

pg 4 design homes by dickerson

 

A modern take on a classic design, this reimagined foursquare was inspired by the homes sold through Sears, Roebuck & Co.’s mail-in catalogs in the early 20th century. Our designers kept the best of this traditional design and updated it with luxurious, modern details. 

 

dulce de leche pairing homes by dickerson

 

“Dulce de Leche”

 

Beverage: Latte

Getaway: Tuscany

Dessert: Caramel cake

Animal: Fluffy kitten

Hobby: Reading

 

dulce de leche design homes by dickerson

 

Life is infinitely sweeter in this beautiful take on modern farmhouse design. With creamy neutral tones (milk) and stunning gold fixtures (sugar), it will be hard to walk away from such decadent luxury.

 

missing manhattan pairing homes by dickerson

 

“Missing Manhattan”

 

Cocktail: Manhattan (of course!)

Getaway: The Hamptons

Dessert: Dark Chocolate Truffles / NY Cheesecake

Animal: white Tiger

Hobby: Chess/Board Games

 

missing manhattan design homes by dickerson

 

Effortlessly stylish and ultra moody, this NYC loft-inspired home gives a nod to the Industrial Chic design trend made famous by the city’s warehouse-to-loft transformations. With neutral tones and metal, brick, and wood details, living here will make you feel like the hip and sophisticated person you are.

 

 

“Uptown Funk”

 

Cocktail: Cosmo

Getaway: Morocco

Dessert: Sprinkled Donuts

Animal: Lion

Hobby: Playing Piano

 

 

Eclectic design meets old-school sophistication in this New York brownstone-inspired home. There are plenty of captivating details, but our favorite is the lion-head symbol hidden throughout the main floor. Let us know if you can find them all…

 

mary alices wonderland pairing homes by dickerson

 

“Mary Alice’s Wonderland”

 

Beverage: Warm tea with Honey

Getaway: French Countryside

Dessert: Macarons

Animal: White Rabbit

Hobby: Gardening / Writing

 

mary alices wonderland homes by dickerson

 

Just as whimsical and joyful as it sounds, this parade home will have you ready for a cup of tea in the sitting room or a game of croquet in the courtyard. The best way to explain it is to visit it!

For more information on the 2021 Parade of Homes, and when you can visit these give imaginative homes from Homes By Dickerson, visit our Parade of Style page. We’ll see you there!

Global Companies are Moving to Raleigh: Here’s Why

Global Companies are Moving to Raleigh: Here’s Why

Raleigh and the surrounding areas of the Triangle have been steadily and consistently attracting top talent and big names in tech for the last few decades. While it’s no surprise that some of the world’s biggest corporations  – Apple and Google, among others — have announced plans to develop campuses in Research Triangle Park, the news is still incredibly exciting and indicative of the area’s future economic success. So what’s the attraction for these huge corporations with such deep pockets? Why the Triangle over other tech-driven markets? More and more, here are the factors that are proving irresistible to Big Tech.

 

Why are Tech Companies Moving to Raleigh, NC?

 

Top talent is here. Since the 1960s, Research Triangle Park’s growth and success has been primarily driven by a cluster of top tier research universities that produce 9,000 graduates a year: Duke University, UNC Chapel Hill, and NC State are nationally ranked for research programs in medicine, new technologies, biomedical sciences, the environment, data science, and engineering, among others. Raleigh and the surrounding cities have focused heavily on creating a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship to entice and retain these recent college graduates. 

 

Low cost of living: Compared to the “other” tech mecca of San Francisco, Raleigh is about 163% less expensive. From food and transportation to housing and healthcare, the dollar stretches much further in the Triangle, meaning residents have a higher disposable income, which in turn helps fuel the local economy. In 2020, Raleigh saw the most out-of-state relocations from New York, Washington DC, and Miami, which are all more expensive metros. 

 

Attractive housing market: Even with housing costs increasing in Raleigh, it’s still a great time to buy a home. Home prices have increased by about 17% from June 2020 to June 2021 (Zillow), and have increased over 40% from five years ago. The market shows no sign of slowing, presenting a great investment opportunity for homebuyers to build equity quickly. With so many prospects moving to the area, and with home builders and developers buying land to help meet demand, new home starts are predicted to grow 7% or more in 2021 (Builder Online). Additionally, salaries in Raleigh continue to climb while interest rates remain at historic lows, which translates to greater buying power. 

 

Work hard, play harder: Central North Carolina has some of the best weather and most beautiful natural landscapes in the country. Residents enjoy a myriad of outdoor activities throughout all four seasons, including hiking, mountain biking, rafting, paddling, horseback riding, and more. The Triangle offers world-class dining, shopping, and entertainment, while many of the smaller commuter towns have charming historic districts and plenty of local personality. 

These are just a few of the reasons why Apple is investing $1 billion over 10 years to establish a campus at Research Triangle Park, bringing with it an estimated 3,000 jobs with an average salary of $187,000, and Google is coming to Durham to create a new engineering hub and 1,000 new jobs. These are just the more recognizable names. Companies like IPM Chirana — a ventilator maker, and Grail, Inc. — a research company focused on multi-cancer early detection, are investing in the Triangle, bringing thousands of jobs and continuing to stimulate an already booming economy. They say Raleigh is an emerging market, but we say it has already broken through.

Building a Custom Home in Today’s Market

Building a Custom Home in Today’s Market

As you’ve embarked upon your new home search, you may have noticed that many builders no longer offer fully customizable homes. If you’ve had your heart set on designing and personalizing a new home from the ground up, this news can be frustrating. While the builders may (or may not) have given you an explanation for why this is the case, we wanted to take the time and explain exactly what’s happening with custom homes, and why it’s becoming harder to find possible solutions. The good news is, this is not the case with Homes By Dickerson, we’ve prepared so that you can still build the custom home you’ve always dreamed of with our same proven process, despite today’s market. 

 

What is a Custom or To-Be-Built Home?

 

A true custom home is one that you can personalize from the ground up. In some circles they are called “to-be-builts” — more on that in a bit. If a floor plan you like needs one extra bedroom or a study to accommodate your family, you can add it to a custom home. You can also select all the finishes — including flooring, cabinets, fixtures, paint, hardware, and more. The result is a one-of-a-kind home built exclusively to reflect your style and preferences.

 

When you invest in a custom home, no part of the home has been built yet; you are working with the construction and design teams to design it from square one. Hence the name “to-be-built” (you are buying the home before it actually exists). The benefit of the custom home design process is that it allows the buyer to make selections and even change their minds about finishes up to a certain point in the construction process. Traditionally, custom builders released their purchase orders in phases to manufacturers, giving the homeowner ultimate control and flexibility. 

 

Today, it is becoming exceedingly rare for a home builder to be able to offer these kinds of fully customizable homes. 

 

The Supply Chain Challenge

 

As we mentioned in our previous Raleigh housing market update, the building materials supply chain has been disrupted by a number of factors, including:

 

  • The initial uncertainty of how the housing market would respond to the pandemic back in March 2020 — this caused many manufacturers to reduce or halt production at that time.
  • The unprecedented surge in new home demand around April of 2020 — manufacturers were left scrambling to ramp up production to meet demand.
  • Pandemic-related illnesses causing workers to be out of work for periods of time – resulting in slowed production. 
  • And today, because some builders have limited their product offerings to cope with lack of availability, some manufacturers have taken products offline so as not to end up with an oversupply. 

 

These delays are impacting just about every material and product needed to build a new home, including lumber, lighting, plumbing fixtures, door and cabinet hardware, appliances, and more. The end result is that builders are finding it harder to offer custom design options when there’s no guarantee they can get those products, and at what cost. Instead, builders have turned to a “quick move-in home” model.

 

Quick Move-In Homes

 

Quick move-in homes, or “available homes” as they are sometimes called, are homes where construction has been started before they are listed for sale. The builder’s professional designers have pre-selected all features and finishes based on products that have guaranteed availability and price. 

 

The upside to quick move-in homes is that construction of the home is already in progress by the time you sign the contract and you can move-in quicker compared to a custom home. The downside is that you do not have the opportunity to select preferred finishes or customize the floor plan. Builders have turned to this model in order to guarantee a beautifully-finished home for the buyer, and also to ensure they can continue to operate efficiently.

 

More and more, builders across the country are turning to the quick move-in model to continue to meet homebuyer demand and control escalating costs. 

 

 

Homes By Dickerson Can Do Both

 

Home By Dickerson is in a unique position to offer our customers both fully custom homes and quick move-in homes. As a leading local custom home builder, we have great relationships with our trade partners and vendors that allow us to continue offering custom home options to our customers. Despite the fluctuations in the market, we’re proud to be able to offer the same custom experience we’ve always been known for. While build times may be just a bit longer for custom homes as sometimes it’s necessary to wait for a delayed product, the result is a masterfully-built Home of Your Life that includes every customization, feature, and finish you could wish for. 

 

We will also continue to offer quick move-in homes throughout the Raleigh, Pinehurst, and Charleston markets complete with high-end, quality finishes that have been thoughtfully curated by our award-winning design team. 

 

Even though the real estate market has been impacted by events beyond anyone’s control, it remains a great time to invest in a new home. At Homes By Dickerson, we are doing everything that we can to continue delivering exceptional custom and move-in ready homes that our customers love for a lifetime. 

 

Resources:

https://www.probuilder.com/2021-housing-giants-perfect-storm-building-materials-supply

Fun and Easy Ways to Shop For Your Home

Fun and Easy Ways to Shop For Your Home

This holiday season, shopping for your new home has never been easier (or more fun)! At Homes By Dickerson, we have different ways for you to explore our new homes, so you can choose the one you’re most comfortable with. Prefer to take a private tour with a team member? We have you covered. Rather explore from the comfort of your couch? You got it.

If you’re ready to say goodbye to 2020 and welcome the new year with the ultimate gift for you and your family — complete with all-new systems and appliances, an open-concept layout, flexible rooms, outdoor living, plenty of storage, high-end details, and so much more — our team can’t wait to make your holiday dreams come true!

 

Options for New Home Tours

 

Video Chat Tour: Your new home is just a click away. Browse our communities and give us a call to schedule a video chat tour with one of our agents! Get a one on one tour of our homes, communities, and design center all from your phone or computer. Our agents look forward to answering any questions you may have.

Private Tour: If you want to tour a home in person, you can schedule a private and safe tour that adheres to current guidelines. Everything will be sanitized regularly, and we ask that you wear a mask and maintain social distancing. 

The story of your family is bound by the special details; the laughter and secrets you share, the meals and messes you create. And it all happens right at home. In a brand new living space that’s expertly designed to today’s high standards of quality — and your high standards of comfort — you will begin the most rewarding chapters of your life. We can’t wait to get started!

For more information and to schedule a tour, please contact us at 919-205-3404.

Open House Events Every Weekend in December

Open House Events Every Weekend in December

One of the joys of the holiday season is Open Houses. The comfort of visiting friends and family. The excitement of seeing homes decked out in their holiday finery. The warmth of firelight and hospitality. 

At Homes By Dickerson, we couldn’t agree more. So we’re hosting an entire month of Open House Events! Every weekend in December, you are invited to visit a variety of move-in ready homes at our communities throughout the Triangle. 

Join us for some holiday spirit while you relax and enjoy our beautiful homes. Savor holiday goodies (and maybe a bit of serenity) as you tour and let the timeless details and exquisite quality surround you. 

We look forward to welcoming you from 12-4pm on Saturdays, and 1-4pm on Sundays at these communities. Private appointments are available. 

Exterior.

 

Briar Chapel | Chapel Hill, NC

Model Home | 1342 Briar Chapel Parkway

 

751 South | Durham, NC

Homesite 316 | 1025 Tannin Drive

 

Crystal Lake | Durham, NC

Model Home | 1005 Laurelwood Drive

 

Sunset Bluffs | Fuquay Varina, NC

Homesite 251 | 2401 Plowridge Road

 

Henderson Place | Pittsboro, NC

Homesite 4251 | 4251 Henderson Place

 

Nexton | Summerville, SC

Homesite 519 | 178 Winding Branch Drive

For more information about our December Open House Events, contact Whitney White at 919-646-8771 or whitney@homesbydickerson.com.

The Final Home at Henderson Place at Fearrington

The Final Home at Henderson Place at Fearrington

4251 henderson place

Tucked into picturesque Pittsboro, a tranquil town filled with southern charm and the friendliest neighbors around, Henderson Place at Fearrington is a new community like no other. With only one home left — yes, just one! — you have one more chance to experience the magic of this stunning setting on a daily basis.

Located at 4251 Henderson Place, our final home comes complete with 4 spacious bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, and 3,461 square feet of open, airy space on scenic, wooded acreage. If you’re ready to leave the past year behind and settle into The Home of Your Life, this beautiful home is waiting for you to call it your own!

New Home Features

At Homes By Dickerson, we know that the details make the biggest difference, which is why we paid close attention to each one in this home. On the main floor, you’ll find features like a retreat-like owner’s suite with a wardrobe, a formal dining room, and an open-concept kitchen, living room, and breakfast area, designed to bring family and friends together for all of those special moments. Living room

This home also includes a basement with two bedrooms and a shared bathroom, a large rec room, a movie room, and walk-in access to ample storage. Custom built-ins, hardwood floors, upgraded appliances, a screened porch and deck, and more come standard — making this modern, flexible home the perfect place to create your best memories.

Enjoy The Home of Your Life

Close your eyes and envision your perfect morning. Can you see yourself screened porchmaking coffee in your elegant kitchen as the sun rises, and enjoying it on your screened porch while looking out onto beautiful wooded views? When you make this house your home, you get to experience the peace of mind that comes with tranquil outdoor living and open, light-filled space from top to bottom.

Not to mention, with all of the charm of the Fearrington area just minutes from your front door, from locally owned boutiques and restaurants to the famous Fearrington Village Inn and Spa, you always have something unique to experience when you’re not enjoying the comfort of your home. 

It’s time to welcome a new year — and a fresh start. Make 2021 the year you move into The Home of Your Life! For more information about our final home at Henderson Place at Fearrington, please contact us at 919-205-3404.

Featured Community: Introducing Blanton’s Creek

Featured Community: Introducing Blanton’s Creek

People on deck.

Now selling in Wake Forest… an extraordinary new community called Blanton’s Creek. With just 25 customized homes, peace, quiet and privacy will be all yours. 

Blanton’s Creek is a small community, with a choice of six distinctive, high-style home designs. Each scenic 2 to 4-acre homesite has a unique topography, featuring rolling hills, woods, and ponds. No two homes – or homesites – will be alike. 

Located just a few minutes from Falls Lake State Recreation Area, Blanton’s Creek is close to North Raleigh and historic downtown Wake Forest, as well. 

The Town of Wake Forest is a reminder of days past as well as an example of civic growth. Stroll down the streets of its beautiful downtown district, enjoying art, delicious cuisine, and locally-owned shops, while soaking up history, too. From the genuine southern hospitality you will feel around each corner to the lovely water and wooded views, one visit will make you want to spend a lifetime.

This exclusive community of stunning homesites and customized estate-style homes is priced from the $700s. Inside — and out — you and your family will have all the room you need to escape, unwind, and enjoy at Blanton’s Creek.

For more information about Blanton’s Creek, please contact Whitney at 919-205-3404 or whitney@homesbydickerson.com.

Parade of Style: Meet the Winners!

Parade of Style: Meet the Winners!

We hope you enjoyed the 2020 Parade of Style as much as we did! Our team is happy to say that all the hard work, planning, and creativity has paid off, and the homes we showcased are officially award winners! Creating a stage for our beautiful homes and our talented designers has been so rewarding, and we want to thank all who came out and toured our homes.

Finally the moment you’ve been waiting for! Here are the homes that stole the show:

The Void.

The Void: GOLD

Briar Chapel

376 Bennett Mountain Trace

Chapel Hill, NC

$895,000  SOLD

64 East.

64 East: GOLD

Briar Chapel

164 Post Oak Road

Chapel Hill, NC

$596,000 SOLD

Duke's Revival.

Dukes Revival: GOLD

751 South

905 Celia Saxon Drive

Durham, NC

$650,000

True Arch.

True Arch: GOLD

Crystal Lake at Croasdaile Farm

2203 Meadowcreek Drive

Durham, NC

$769,000  SOLD

Belle Vue

Belle Vue: GOLD

Traditions

1416 Reservoir View Lane

Wake Forest, NC

$885,000

Staycation

Staycation: GOLD

Wendell Falls

724 Daniel Ridge Road

Wendell, NC

$545,000

Life of hygge

Life of Hygge: GOLD

Wendell Falls

425 Liberty Star Road

Wendell, NC

$406,000 SOLD

First Fiddle.

First Fiddle: SILVER

Papillon Park

2264 Duskywing Drive

Raleigh, NC

$918,000  SOLD

Moss Hill Townhome.

Moss Hill Towne: SILVER

Crystal Lake at Croasdaile Farm

1003 Laurelwood Drive

Durham, NC

$625,000 SOLD

Eden Retreat.

Eden Retreat: BRONZE

Sunset Bluffs

2245 Plowridge Road

Fuquay Varina, NC

$635,000 SOLD

Each home was carefully designed with bold choices and selections to fit a unique theme, and provide our unmatched blend of luxury, comfort, and function. Best of all, the Parade of Style homes that haven’t been sold are available to purchase, so you can fall in love with one of these incredible homes and call it your own! 

At Homes By Dickerson, we care about you and how you live, which is why our new construction homes in North Carolina are created to fit a range of styles and preferences. We can’t wait for you to browse these living spaces that we’re so proud of, and find the one that suits your wants and needs. For more information, please contact us at 919-646-8771.

Parade of Style, Meet the Designer: Olivia Cerrillos!

Parade of Style, Meet the Designer: Olivia Cerrillos!

The Void.

With our Parade of Homes event just around the corner, we’re happy to introduce you to another one of our talented designers! We sat down with Olivia Cerrillos to give you an inside look into how she designed 4 of our remarkable homes: True Arch, The Void, 64 East, and Moss Hill.

True Arch.After graduating from Meredith College with a degree in interior design, Olivia worked in design-related roles that focused on furnishings, tile, cabinetry, and full-service turn-key remodeling. Her work experience combined with her pleasant and welcoming personality ensure that her customers are happy and satisfied with the design process and can call their new house a home. Outside of work, Olivia is an avid camper and enjoys the outdoors with her husband, family, friends, and of course, her four-legged kids (two German Shepherds).

What inspired the unique designs and themes for your homes?

64 East.

True Arch was inspired by 1930s Durham architecture (it pays homage to the history of Durham)! With The Void, I wanted to show that HBD is more than capable of doing super contemporary designs. 64 East was inspired by the landscape of eastern North Carolina. With the Moss Hill Towne, I wanted to show that our townhomes are just as high quality and stunning as our single-family homes, with lots of great design and features.

What is your favorite part about designing homes featured in the Parade of Homes?  

Moss Hill Townhome.

I really enjoy designing for the Parade of Homes because it gives me a chance to try unique designs that allow me to step outside of the box. I use colors, finishes, and products that can inspire future clients when designing their custom home.

We can’t wait for you to experience the distinctive details of The Void, True Arch, 64 East, and Moss Hill homes at Homes By Dickerson’s Parade of Style during the 2020 Triangle Parade of Homes! For more information about this event, please contact us at 919-205-3404.

Parade of Style, Meet the Designer: Susan Falcone!

Parade of Style, Meet the Designer: Susan Falcone!

As our Parade of Homes event approaches, we want to introduce you to the talented designers behind our 10 unique homes. Each designer chose special selections to fit a particular theme, and we’re excited to give you a behind-the-scenes look into their unique process! This week, our team is happy to introduce you to Susan Falcone, who designed our First Fiddle, Duke’s Revival and Eden Retreat homes.

Not afraid to branch out with a bold feature or fun detail, Susan has several award-winning model homes and Parade homes under her belt, and is excited to share the same creativity with her clients. With a background in the building industry with specializations in tile, she’s passionate about working with her clients to incorporate their personalities throughout their homes, while achieving a timeless design. When she’s not working, Susan enjoys spending time with friends and family, particularly her husband and their two cocker spaniels, Stella and Archer. Take a look at what Susan has to say about the distinctive touch she brought to each home!

What inspired you to create First Fiddle’s unique design and theme?  First Fiddle.

The architecture of this specific plan combined with the beautiful wooded lot gave me immediate inspiration. I knew I wanted something that felt modern yet still timeless a house where you could feel right at home in North Raleigh or in the outskirts of Nashville.

What inspired you to create Duke’s Revival’s unique design and theme? Duke's Revival.  

The combination of this house having a true colonial-style exterior and it being located in Durham. I wanted to channel the tradition of a timeless colonial home, but add some fresh, funky details, colors, and finishes to bring it up to date and carry through for years to come.

What inspired you to create Eden Retreat’s unique design and theme?   Eden Retreat. 

The vaulted ceilings and beam details in this house and how the sunroom and master bedroom enclose the outdoor living. I knew I wanted to take advantage of the natural light and the views to the outdoors.

What is your favorite part about designing homes featured in the Parade of Homes?  

Getting to flex my creativity and really push the boundaries of what we do as a company as well as what I’ve done in years prior for Parade of Homes.

Why do you love living in Raleigh? What is your favorite activity to do here?   

The Raleigh area provides a ton of stuff to do, endless places to grab a great meal, and is only a couple of hours away from the coast or the mountains.

We can’t wait for you to experience the exceptional details of the First Fiddle, Duke’s Revival, and Eden Retreat homes at Homes By Dickerson’s Parade of Style during the 2020 Triangle Parade of Homes! For more information about this event, please contact us at 919-205-3404.