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Q&A with Homes By Dickerson on building the HGTV® Smart Home 2016!

Q&A with Homes By Dickerson on building the HGTV® Smart Home 2016!

We at Homes By Dickerson are extremely honored and excited to be the builder of the HGTV® Smart Home 2016! It has been an amazing and wonderful experience from the first day that we received the call letting us know we were being considered.  A year ago, designers, architects, and builders from both HGTV® and Homes By Dickerson began collaborating to create the custom design of this stunning approximately 3,300-square-foot home.  Now that the home is finished, we would like to recognize four members of the Homes By Dickerson team who worked tirelessly to bring our passion for custom designs, attention-to-detail, high-performance green efforts, and the latest tech inclusions to the project.  We recently spoke with Brant Chesson, Jeff Williams, Ryan Speight, and Rachel Bailey to get an inside look into what the building process was like from their perspectives!

The Team

Chesson_Brant 2016Brant Chesson
President, CEO

Q: What was the brainstorming and design process like for you?
A: It was a lot of fun. There are several variables that we had to consider, including what HGTV® wanted to see from a smart home, the lot parameters, and what we as a company wanted to say through this home. I was very proud of what we came up with.

Q: Would you want to do something like this again?
A: Absolutely. It has been beneficial for a number of reasons. It gave Homes By Dickerson a platform to try new products that we might have not been able to otherwise. Additionally, it has given us attention in the marketplace and we hope it will generate leads in sales!

Q: Is there anything you would do differently now that you have been through the entire experience?
A: If anything, I would have used the process as more of a platform for training the entire company. Beyond the small group who worked on it, it would have been     nice to slow down and involve others to show what we were doing.

Q: What did this process teach you?
A: To never underestimate the power of our company’s influence. When I first got the email, I initially thought that we were too small of a company to do it. I realized the impact that we could have on our marketplace and the platform would have for educating our consumers. I came to the conclusion that the company has a bigger impact and voice than I originally thought.

Q: Do you feel the Homes By Dickerson brand is well represented in the final product of the home and the overall design?
A: I do. I think our commitment to providing a better home, better value for our customers and our commitment to craftsmanship and quality in construction is very apparent. The winner will find that our commitment to service is there and we built a home that is less expensive for them to operate and more comfortable for them to live in.

Q: If you could have one “smart” feature in your home, what would it be?
A: The ability to control the security in my home from my smart device. Whether I’m in the home or away, I’d have safety and peace of mind. I’d be able to lock the door behind my kids if they forgot or even check to make sure they’re locked when away on vacation.

Williams_Jeff 2016Jeff Williams
Registered Architect

Q: What’s your favorite feature/part of the home?
A: The master bedroom. I love the way it’s broken up into different spaces in one room. One of the best parts is that the sitting room leads out to the screen porch and connects the exterior space with the interior design.

Q: If you could have one “smart” feature in your home, what would it be?
A: The nest thermostat. It controls the heating and cooling with a lot more detail. I also love the security features, as well as the TV inside the mirror in the master bath.

Q: What did this process teach you about your talents or Homes By Dickerson?
A: We have really good superintendents. I was beyond impressed with Ryan. This was obviously a very complex house but he never came back to me with problems to solve as the architect.

Q: Do you feel that the Homes By Dickerson brand is well represented in the final product of the home and the overall design?
A: Yes, especially with the exterior construction and the look of the house. Some parts of the interior, such as the paint selection, are different than things we would usually do. This, however, is due to the fact that it’s being given away and needs stronger colors, etc.

Q: Other comments about the experience?
A: It’s been one of the highlights of my architectural career. Being an architect and knowing that a lot of people are seeing your designs is a great feeling. It’s nice to read the positive feedback from people seeing the house online, as well.

Speight_Ryan 2016Ryan Speight
Project Manager

Q: If you could have one “smart” feature in your home, what would it be?
A: CLARE home automation system. It’s the brain of the house that everything connects to, including video, cameras, lights, thermostats, etc.

Q: What was one struggle you had during the building process?
A: Constructing the house to a very tight build schedule in order to meet the deadlines, while incorporating all of the products, customizations and design requests made by all parties included.

Q: What did this process teach you about your talents or Homes By Dickerson?
A: It reaffirmed that we have one heck of a team. The synergy of the company that’s created by all parties is second to none.

Q: What was the brainstorming and design process like for you?
A: It was a very interesting and unique process. To begin, we painted a broad image for Jeff and he nailed it on the first try.  This made the process smooth with only small tweaks here and there.

Q: Do you feel that the Homes By Dickerson brand is well represented in the final product of the home and the overall design?
A: Absolutely. The house is full of creativity, innovation and details that set us apart from the average builder. HBD works until we don’t think any more adjustments could be made and it can’t get any better!

Q: Other comments about the experience?
A: It was definitely a test of a lot of different facets of building. On camera, I had to know what I was talking about, the design was unique, different, and obviously a house we had never built before and I had to make a lot of on-the-fly decisions to make the house work. It was a fun challenge to embrace and I’m glad it turned out as well as it did!

Bailey_Rache 2016Rachel Bailey
Designer

Q: What was your part in building the HGTV® Smart Home?
A: I was responsible for meeting with the HGTV® designer, Tiffany Brooks, to go over our process of how we build a home and then worked with her to choose selections. I was pretty much the go between in regards to the design of the home.

Q: What’s your favorite feature/part of the house?
A: The screen porch! I love the herringbone plank floor, the phantom screens, and its accessibility for entertaining.

Q: Was it hard to keep such a big secret for so long?
A: Yes. Especially because we were kind of ramping up during Parade of Homes and others didn’t understand why we seemed to have more on our plate than normal. It was also super exciting to work on it and hard not to discuss.

Q: What was the brainstorming and design process like for you?
A: In the beginning, we met as a team and talked about the house as a whole. As the process progressed, it turned into me working more with Tiffany to come up with selections that would work and that we were both comfortable with. She also wanted to know what our market is like, what our customers are like, etc.

Q: Do you feel that the Homes By Dickerson brand is well represented in the final product of the home and the overall design?
A: Yes! I think there are some design elements that pushed the limits, but overall it shows the craftsmanship and the attention to detail that directly reflects HBD.

Q: Any other comments?
A: Overall, it was awesome to be a part of the project and very neat to say that I was part of something so amazing. It was also very fun working with Tiffany! She has a great personality and it was great to do something different than what we would typically do.

 

The HGTV® Smart Home Giveaway is still open and will close June 2, 2016! The grand prize package includes the home, a 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC and $100,000 from national mortgage lender Quicken Loans. Eligible viewers can enter up to twice per day — once at HGTV.com and once at DIYNetwork.com — and can even sign up for daily email reminders. Make sure you take a look at the house online at HGTV.com/Smart or //www.homesbydickerson.com/#smarthome

For more information on Homes by Dickerson and any of our communities or custom floorplans, please contact us at 919-917-3132 or info@homesbydickerson.com

Visit our Featured Homes on the 2016 Green Home Tour!

Visit our Featured Homes on the 2016 Green Home Tour!

Since building high-performance homes is a passion of ours, we are excited to once again participate in The Triangle’s Green Home Tour, sponsored by the Home Builder’s Association of Durham-Orange-Chatham Counties! Not only is every Dickerson home Energy Star certified but they are each crafted to the National Green Building Standard and voluntarily built to the NC Hero Code so it is hard to choose which homes we want to put on the tour every year.  However, we are very excited about the two custom plans being featured this spring!  Here is a sneak peek at these beautiful floorplans, both of which are chock full of energy and cost saving features for you and your family!

The Fairfield in Wendell Falls
This Fairfield home is a traditional-style home design featuring a wrapped covered front porch, a first-floor guest suite and an expansive, open living area. Three additional bedrooms, including a spacious master suite, and a generous rec room are found upstairs. Builder features include ample closet space, custom trim, granite counter-tops and an abundance of windows! A two-car garage and screen porch complete this desirable floor plan which is just waiting to be “The Home of Your Life™!”

Wendell Falls:: The Fairfield
1705 Drift Falls Lane, Wendell, NC
To view the virtual tour, please click here.
4 beds, 3.0 baths
2636 square feet
Homesite 118-MLS # 2042484
$361,700

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The Riverwalk II in Briar Chapel
Our new Riverwalk II floor plan, is move-in ready and green certified! Come tour this beautiful home which sits on a large, wooded home site. The open floor plan boasts a kitchen that is central to the family room and formal dining/stud while the guest bedroom/private office is convenient to the owner’s entry. Upstairs you will find a gorgeous master suite, a large bonus room as well as ample storage on the third floor.

Briar Chapel:: The Riverwalk II
293 Landover Circle, Chapel Hill, NC
4 beds, 4.0 baths
3519 square feet|
Homesite 1275- MLS #2042660
$572,000

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For more information on any of our high-performance homes in The Triangle, please contact us at 919-917-3132 or info@homesbydickerson.com

For more information on any of our high-performance green features, please see our website at //www.homesbydickerson.com/#green

Green Home Tour Flyer

 

 

Homes By Dickerson named Builder of the Year at the 2016 MAME Awards!

Homes By Dickerson named Builder of the Year at the 2016 MAME Awards!

Homes by Dickerson was honored to be recognized for our 2015 efforts and achievements at the 30th Annual MAME Awards with the highlight of the evening being named Builder of the Year for the second year in a row! 30 of our 38 employees were in attendance to support the company as a whole and cheer on those who were up for individual awards.  It was an incredible night, held at the Raleigh Convention Center, and we are extremely proud of all of our accomplishments.  The MAME Awards (Major Achievements in Marketing Excellence) is hosted by the Raleigh-Wake County Home Builder Association and recognizes those companies and individuals who have excelled in the local building industry.

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Here is a list of the awards that Homes by Dickerson received at the 2016 MAME Awards:

Builder of the Year (Level 3)
Best Bronze-Silver Level Green Certified Home
Best Innovative Feature in a Custom Home
Sales Team of the Year (Peter Winkler, Whitney White, Diandra Buckheit and Sydney Smith)
Rookie of the Year-(Whitney White)
Marketing Professional of the Year-(Julia Reinert)

Discover what sets Homes by Dickerson apart by contacting us for a private tour of any of our communities or move-in ready homes at 919-917-3132 or info@homesbydickerson.com

We look forward to building you “The Home of YOUR Life!”™

“Bring a Little Green to Your Life” during the 11th Annual Green Home Tour!

“Bring a Little Green to Your Life” during the 11th Annual Green Home Tour!

As we at Homes By Dickerson continue to improve our high-performance designs and green features, we could not be more excited about this year’s Green Home Tour!  From sealed crawlspaces and 2×6 exterior walls to lower HERS score ratings and jumper ducts, we are committed to building all of our custom homes as high-performance and energy efficient as possible.

We hope that you will tour our two Homes by Dickerson designs on the 11th Annual Green Home Tour!

The Riverwalk in Briar Chapel
Homesite 1275
293 Landover Circle
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
The Fairfield in Wendell Falls
Homesite 118
1705 Drift Falls Lane
Wendell, NC 27591

Take advantage of this opportunity to meet with our experienced team members, learn how you can save money on your monthly utility bills, register to win some exciting prizes and ask us how we can help you find “The Home of YOUR Life!”

April 30-May 1 & May 7-8, 12noon to 5pm each day

Green Home Tour Flyer

For more information on any of our high-performance homes or to schedule a private tour of our move-in ready, custom designs, please contact us at 919-917-3132 or info@homesbydickerson.com

Calling all Realtors to come “Dream and Design” with us at our new Raleigh Design Center Grand Opening!

Calling all Realtors to come “Dream and Design” with us at our new Raleigh Design Center Grand Opening!

Homes by Dickerson is going glam for the Grand Opening of our new Design Studio in Raleigh!

We hope that all of our Triangle area Realtors will plan to join us for “An Evening to Dream and Design” as we celebrate our new and exciting space! Tour our beautiful new showroom and see a sample of the custom offerings available to your clients while you enjoy music, delicious food, entertainment, prizes and more-all Dickerson style!

  • Wednesday, April 27th from 4:30pm-7:00pm
  • 7101 Creedmoor Road, Suite 115, Raleigh

Please RSVP to Julia by no later than April 22nd at Julia@HomesbyDickerson.com or 919-260-7225

You do not want to miss the surprises we have in store for you! We hope to see you there!

 

 

Design Center GO Invite, April 2016

Enjoy “Spring Fling” at Briar Chapel!

Enjoy “Spring Fling” at Briar Chapel!

Please plan to attend the upcoming “Spring Fling” at Briar Chapel on Saturday, April 30th.

This free event focuses on wellness for the mind, body, and spirit through a variety of events from 9am to 9pm.  From active to passive, from play and creativity to education,  The “Spring Fling” offers you the opportunity to connect with nature…and possibly even your future neighbors!

Be sure to visit the Homes By Dickerson booth in the Commons Area as well from 9am to 1pm where you can meet our team and get the most updated information on our custom plans, high-performance features and move-in ready homes!   We hope to see you there!

For more information on any of our Briar Chapel designs, homesites or amenities, please contact us at 919-917-3132 or info@homesbydickerson.com

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New Move-In Ready Home of the Week:: The Shelby in Traditions at Wake Forest

New Move-In Ready Home of the Week:: The Shelby in Traditions at Wake Forest

You will fall in love with Homes By Dickerson’s The Shelby from the moment that you ascend the lengthy driveway and feast your eyes on the sheer size of the home and front yard! Imagine being greeted by the beautiful stone work, inviting front porch, clapboard shutters, three-car garage, and arched windows on a daily basis!  And those calming neutral tones used for the exterior are also found throughout the home on the other side of the handsome solid wood front door.

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Once inside you are hit with an amazing amount of natural light, compliments of the grandeur of the 2-story foyer, and…oh, the details! Elevated trim in the foyer, elegant staircase banister, coffered ceilings in the family room, incredible archway between the breakfast nook and living room, vaulted ceilings and palladian-like windows in the study, to name a few!

A formal dining room and butler’s pantry leads to a true gourmet’s kitchen with its impressively elegant cabinetry and granite, the lightness of both are a stunning contrast against the dark hardwood finish.  Additional details include unique pendant lights and tilework above the range that only a personal tour could do justice.  The living room features a fireplace and a great backyard view with 2 sets of double doors leading out to the spacious screen porch. The rest of the main floor boasts a master suite complete with an oversized, glass-enclosed shower and tile-surround soaking tub.  Upstairs you will find three more bedrooms, a loft and a generous recreation room.

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The Shelby has everything you could possibly want in a home and more, not to mention the abundant amenities and perfect location of Traditions at Wake Forest! Contact us today while there is still time to make this “The Home of Your Life!”

For more information on The Shelby in Traditions at Wake Forest or to schedule a private tour, please contact us at 919-917-3132 or info@homesbydickerson.com

Traditions at Wake Forest:: The Shelby
1312 Reservoir View Lane, Wake Forest, NC.
To view our virtual tour, please click here.
5 bedrooms, 4.0 baths
3751 square feet
Homesite 13-MLS # 2004426
$650,000

New Move-In Ready Home of the Week:: The Franklin in Wendell Falls!

New Move-In Ready Home of the Week:: The Franklin in Wendell Falls!

Nestled inside one of The Triangle’s newest communities, Wendell Falls, the Franklin design boasts 4 stunning bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. This ranch-style plan offers main floor living with additional space upstairs for guests or family members.  After entering through the covered porch, you will find yourself instantly relaxed by the neutral tones of the gray interior walls and the dark walnut hardwood floors. Enjoy a family dinner in the versatile dining room which has a spectacular view of the community’s streetscape and is convenient to the kitchen via the butler’s pantry. The gorgeous kitchen creates a beautiful juxtaposition with its black granite counter tops and white cabinets, just waiting to soak up incredible aromas and endless memories. An open living room, flooded with natural light, gives you endless decorating possibilities, along with a fireplace to curl up by during the winter. The first-floor master suite comes complete with a huge walk in closet, garden tub, and dual vanities while the guest suite, also found on the first-floor, provides much needed space and privacy. The second floor consists of a two more bedrooms and full bath, along with a generous and open recreation room, perfect for Friday night movies or rainy day activities. There is no doubt that your house will be the go-to place for summer festivities with your screened porch and the endless amenities that come with living in Wendell Falls but the most incredible feature of this home is the gorgeous backyard view of the walking trails and the natural falls for which the community was named.  It is not hard to imagine the beautiful sunrises and peaceful evenings you will experience in this custom-built home!

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For more information on The Franklin, or any of other high-performance green homes in The Triangle, please contact us at 919-917-3132 or info@homesbydickerson.com

Also, do not forget to ask us how you can receive $5000 to use as you choose towards The Home of Your Life in Wendell Falls!

WF Open House Flyer front page, 2016

Wendell Falls:: The Franklin
1724 Drift Falls Lane, Wendell, NC
To view our virtual tour, please click here.
4 bedrooms, 3.0 baths
3058 square feet
Homesite 33-MLS # 2028404
$419,900

Homes by Dickerson hosts cookout during this weekend’s Wendell Falls Open House!

Homes by Dickerson hosts cookout during this weekend’s Wendell Falls Open House!

Enjoying the lovely Spring weather?  Think how much more you could enjoy these gorgeous days with unbelievable wooded and fall views in one of the Triangle’s most beautiful locations-Wendell Falls!  Visit us this weekend for the Wendell Falls Open House where you can tour The Farmhouse, amenity center, walking trails and the of course the natural falls after which the community was named.  

Make sure to stop by the Homes By Dickerson model homes to see our high-performance, custom designs and see why we are the premier custom builder in The Triangle!  We will also be having a cookout on Saturday, April 2nd from 12noon to 3pm at one of our move-in ready homes, The Concord on Drift Falls Lane.   Join us for delicious food, gardening activities for the children and the chance to learn the latest tips and trends in landscaping design from Michael W. Blake Landscaping!  We hope to see you there!

Do not forget to ask us how you can receive $5000 to use as you choose towards the purchase of any of our move-in ready homes in Wendell Falls!

For more information on any of our neighborhoods or custom-built homes throughout The Triangle, please contact us at 919-917-3132 or info@homesbydickerson.com

WF Cookout invitation, April 2016

 

New Move-in Ready Home of the Week:: The Wild Poppy in Madison at Evan’s Creek

New Move-in Ready Home of the Week:: The Wild Poppy in Madison at Evan’s Creek

Homes by Dickerson’s featured “New Home of the Week”, The Wild Poppy, is one of our most charming designs and can be found in our new Apex community, Madison at Evan’s Creek. This move-in ready design is classic southern perfection with its soft grey exterior, dark shutters and white trim–all of which draw the eye to its unique architectural and aesthetic elements including separate garage doors, elegant coach lights, decorative brackets, peaks and columns.  The wide front porch is the perfect setting for the custom front door and its surrounding transoms.

Inside, the Wild Poppy boasts many features such as a gorgeous staircase, custom trim and gleaming oak floors. Entertaining will be a breeze with the openness of the kitchen, breakfast nook and living room spaces– perfect for everything from family game night, a quiet evening for one, or a March Madness viewing party-but don’t be surprised when your guests want to remain in your kitchen swooning over the white ice granite countertops and warm grey backsplash! A first floor guest suite, tucked behind the living room, completes the main level and comes equipped with a full bath. The second floor holds the master suite (you will fall in love with the stunning tile work in the master bath!), two additional bedrooms with a Jack ‘n’ Jill bath, and a spacious recreational room that could also serve as a fifth bedroom. With our latest string of warm Spring days, the screen porch is the perfect place to enjoy a glass of sweet tea and your favorite magazine. Additionally, the neutral color palette is a great complement to all styles of decorating and a perfect base for a fun accent color!

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Schedule a private tour and come see how you can turn this house into “The Home of Your Life!”

For more information on Madison at Evan’s Creek in Apex (MoneyMagazine.com’s #1 Best Place to Live), please contact us at 919-917-3132 or info@homesbydickerson.com

Madison at Evan’s Creek:: The Wild Poppy
2220 Madison Creek Drive, Apex, NC
To view our virtual tour, please click here.
4 bedrooms, 3.0 baths
2850 square feet
Homesite 6-MLS # 2024137
$450,000