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Parade to “The Home of Your Life!”

Parade to “The Home of Your Life!”

It always takes me a while to mentally transition from summer to fall-more so than with other changes of season-but then I see the slight tinges of orange and red slowly painting the leaves or get a whiff of autumn spices and realize that fall is in fact here!   For The Homes By Dickerson team, the beginning of fall is a flurry of activity as we prepare for the largest showcase of homes throughout the year-The Triangle Parade of Homes.  We have poured through design ideas, sketched, and dreamed.  We have swept, scrubbed, painted, and planted.  We have walked each community, searching for ways to improve all of the little details to ensure a stellar experience for you.  Now we take a breath, step back and present you with 9 amazing homes that embody everything we are and believe in as a custom, high-performance builder.

We invite you to join us over the next three weekends (October 6-7th, 12-14th, and 19th-21st: 12pm-5pm each day) for the 2018 Parade of Homes where you will see your dreams and visions come to life! Intricate trim detail, gorgeous woodwork, decadent tile patterns, custom layouts, beautiful elevations, curb appeal, and so much more await you at every turn.  The only thing that is missing is you!  Tour Homes By Dickerson’s 2018 Parade of Homes and find “The Home of Your Life” today!

 

Homes By Dickerson’s 2018 Parade Homes
Briar Chapel-“The Chippy Chic”-635 Boulder Point Drive, Chapel Hill-$659,900
Briar Chapel-“In the City”-146 Logbridge Road, Chapel Hill-$577,000
751 South-“A Touch of Brass”-1324 Bradburn Drive, Durham-$612,000
Sunset Bluffs-“Quiet Moments”-2501 Plowridge Road, Fuquay Varina-$475,000
MacTavish-“Tangled Up in Blue”-6901 Ray Family Farm Court-$800,000
Henderson Place-“Moody Modern”-4215 Henderson Place Drive, Pittsboro-$760,000
Traditions-“Easy Living”-1209 Reservoir View Lane, Wake Forest-$650,000
Wendell Falls-“By the Bluff”-1657 Tunnel Street, Wendell-$350,000
Wendell Falls-“Southern Comfort”-416 Vintage Point Lane, Wendell-$500,000

For more information on any of our homes, communities or The Triangle Parade of Homes, please contact Whitney White at 919-296-3820 or Whitney@HomesByDickerson.com 

Also, stay tuned as we will reveal the design inspirations for each of our homes and some wonderful detail photos of the finished product!  Even if you have walked through the home, it is easy to miss something with so much to see!

Final Opportunities in Haywood-A Homes By Dickerson exclusive community!

Final Opportunities in Haywood-A Homes By Dickerson exclusive community!

It is hard to believe that there are only two opportunities remaining in this beautiful enclave of Homes By Dickerson custom homes!  It seems like only yesterday that our team was introduced to this piece of land perfectly located off Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh.   As we walked the site and considered both the challenges and rewards, we envisioned a neighborhood which would exude southern charm by offering an unique and stunning entrance, one of the most beautiful streetscapes imaginable, and an array of custom designs with the highest attention to quality and craftsmanship.  Never could we have imagined the additional opportunities this neighborhood would bring to the community or to our company!

Linwood walking the Haywood land
Linwood Strickland walking the Haywood            property after it has been partially cleared.

In just shy of three short years, Haywood has gone under development, had a spectacular Grand Opening, featured the 2015 Duke Progress Energy home, won multiple Parade of Home and MAME distinctions, and was chosen to host the 2016 HGTV Smart Home!  Needless to say, this community has had its share of accolades and has been a shining star for the duration.  Here are a few highlights:

Grand Opening 2015                     

GO team

GO golf cart

GO beverage table

GO jams
GO signage

HGTV® Smart Home 2016

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014_Kitchen (1)
011_Living Room
018_Kitchen
024_Master Bedroom (3)
028_Master Bathroom (1)
031_Upper Landing (1)
044_Fitness Room (1)

However, the fanfare and excitement is not finished as we have two remaining opportunities for you to find “The Home of Your Life” here in Haywood!

Ask us how you can make one of these two custom designs “The Home of YOUR Life!”

 

Ashland A
Ashland B

 

Our current homeowners live these accolades every day as they drive into their award-winning community, cruise down their impeccably-landscaped streets and enter into their spacious, custom-designed and custom-built homes.  Contact us today to learn how you also can call Haywood home: 919-917-3132 or info@HomesByDickerson.com

 

 

Homes By Dickerson’s Custom Designs a Great Resource for Multi-Generational Living!

Homes By Dickerson’s Custom Designs a Great Resource for Multi-Generational Living!

(As published in the September 2018 edition of Builder and Developer Magazine)

Different generations living in the same household is by no means a new concept.  In fact, there is evidence of this tradition throughout history and in some cultures it is the complete norm.  Defined as a home which includes two or more adult generations, multi-generational living allows for grandparents, parents and children to experience life together.  Americans, however, had moved away from this lifestyle for several decades before the economic downturn in the mid-2000’s resulted in returning to the housing trend this country had not seen since the 1940’s.

When the loss of jobs, high unemployment rates, and the housing crisis began in 2007, younger generations were all but forced to move back home with their parents, often bringing spouses and their own children with them.   While these arrangements may have originated from a financial need, it was not long before people realized the additional benefits.  We have all heard the saying “It takes a village…” and how convenient it is when that village is centrally located in your home!  The need for two incomes, the rising cost of childcare, the desire for a better work/life balance-all of these things further supported and encouraged the continuation of multi-generational households.  It may have been years since the downturn ended but this trend does not seem to be changing.   Recent surveys show that almost a quarter of the American population is living in a multigenerational home and that number is only going to continue to climb.

Two years ago, I became part of that statistic when we built our current home and included an in-law suite for my father-in-law.  Circumstances supported that he would live with us a portion of the year allowing him to spend time with his grandchildren, save money on living expenses, and expand his social activity opportunities.   When we made this decision, a variety of questions popped into our minds which included privacy, convenience, and logistics.  It was important that my father-in-law have his own entry to come and go as his schedule dictated and that he have the living spaces needed to best suit his lifestyle; however, there were so many more factors that we did not even think to consider.

As a custom builder, we cater to the needs and wants of our clients.  In fact, that is our passion and our priority: to find our buyers the home of their life.  If that life involves multiple generations then we look for options and features to enhance the comfort and convenience for each family member.

In years past, the largest concern when building a multi-generational home was the issue of stairs.  While stairs are still discussed, families have become more and more aware of lifestyle changes when merging different generations under the same roof.  These conversations have prompted our design team to begin a dynamic list of ideas to consider when we build a multi-generational home, including:

  • Evaluating the home site with consideration to the number of steps and possible ramp locations
  • Determining whether an elevator, if needed, can work within the plan
  • The Location of bedrooms and bathrooms.  At minimum, a first-floor guest suite but two masters (one up and one down) are a plus if space allows.
  • Installing blocking in shower walls to add grab bars later
  • Keeping hallways wide and install at least 2’6” doors to bedrooms and baths wherever possible for wheelchair consideration
  • Allowing for additional space in bathrooms when possible (room for walkers around cabinetry and toilets)
  • Adding medicine cabinets instead of regular mirrors for ease of toiletry access
  • Install large cabinet pantries and large drawers in the kitchen to conveniently access bulkier items such as heavy pots and pans.
  • Utilizing pulls on cabinet doors rather than knobs and lever door handles on all interior doors
  • Researching technology considerations such as Alexa which allows the more mature generations to set medication reminders, listen to audio books, and control lights and thermostats.  This resource also functions as a communication tool as parents and children can check in via camera throughout the day
  • Educating on smart appliances such as Samsung’s Smart Hub refrigerator which has introduced another way for people to keep up with busy schedules by posting information, notes, reminders, and grocery lists on the refrigerator door screen
  • Considering sound dampening options when determining your floor plan
  • Adding Kitchenette or wet bar features (keep in mind that zoning laws must be researched for this option as some municipalities only allow one kitchen in a home)

 

So, whether you are considering a multi-generational living situation for financial, practical or even cultural reasons know that there are plenty of options available to make for a smooth transition and to help ensure comfort and convenience for each generation.

For more information on how you can find “The Home of  Your Life” whether you have multi-generational needs or needs for just your generation, please contact us at 919-917-3132 or info@HomesByDickerson.com

 

Life in Wendell Falls

Life in Wendell Falls

Life in Wendell Falls. If you’re looking for more than just a home, you’ve found it. If you’re looking for a community in the truest sense of the word, look no further. If you’re looking for a place to call home that has everything you could possible wish for within an arm’s reach, welcome to Wendell Falls.

Now my perspective is unique. Yes, I am a new home consultant with Homes By Dickerson but I was a Wendell Falls resident first. Two years ago, my wife and I were looking for a new home community. We had a 2-year-old daughter, we were expecting our son any day and we had a really big dog.  We were busting out of our townhome. Like busting. #NeedSpaceNow
Oh yeah, and there was some serious 9 months pregnancy nesting happening.

We did what I imagine many new home customers would do that consider themselves “city people”.  We looked for a new home in our price range everywhere in Raleigh but found almost nothing that would work for us. Yet it was important that we stay close to downtown Raleigh. So, we started to look South. Nothing. And West. Nope. And North. Definitely nope. Zilch. And it wasn’t until a friend suggested we look East that we stumbled, almost literally, upon Wendell Falls.

I had really never been East of Raleigh but we were blown away to discover that it had almost everything we were looking for in a new home community and what it lacked is now under development and on the way. Even though it had all of the things that were important to us (close distance to downtown Raleigh but with a quaint small town feel; outdoor amenities like hiking/biking trails, a pool, amphitheater for outdoor music, etc.; a brand new home that we could afford), it wasn’t until we actually spent some time in Wendell Falls that we decided to call it home. #LifeinWendellFalls



Here is what we did. Every Sunday we would hang out at The Farmhouse, more specifically Grounds Café, like we lived here. We would come out, let our daughter play on the playground while we sipped on some of the best coffee we’ve ever tasted. We did the “Resident for a Day” program, swam in the pool and enjoyed a delicious lunch. We would get to know the people that already lived in the neighborhood and tell them we were thinking of moving here. Funny thing, we met SO MANY people that were doing just what we were doing. Some of our closest friends in the neighborhood came from those initial visits. We drove and timed the drive to downtown Raleigh. 18 minutes BTW if you drive like me. And what was probably most fun was coming out to enjoy ourselves at the Farmhouse Jams Summer Concert Series. They say “The music is free but it’s B.Y.O.C (bring your own chair).” So that’s what we did. And. It. Was. Awesome. Food, fun, music, beverages, kids’ games, adult games, sunshine. It is what sealed the deal for us.

As a side note, the next Farmhouse Jams is coming up at 5:30 pm on September 8th, (which happens to be my birthday FYI) and features JOHNNY FOLSOM 4, a Johnny Cash cover band. You’re welcome.

If you’re thinking about life in Wendell Falls, come test it out and have some fun with us. If Wendell Falls hadn’t yet made your radar, I hope it is on there now and that you’ll join us for some fun and community.

Ok, now I will use my sales person voice.
For more information on the lifestyle, amenities or our custom, high-performance homes in Wendell Falls, please email me at Chuck@HomesByDickerson.com or call me at 919-986-2692.  Of course, you can always come and visit our beautiful model home at 1816 Iron Mill Drive, here in Wendell.  Would love to help you find “The Home of Your Life!”

Wendell Falls featured in Green Builder Magazine!

Wendell Falls featured in Green Builder Magazine!

As a nationally recognized builder of high-performance homes, Homes By Dickerson is excited to share the most recent accolade of  Wendell Falls featured in Green Builder Magazine!

We could not be more proud to be a partner of the developer, Newland Communities, or of the community itself.  Check out this link which will take you to the publication:
https://www.greenbuildermedia.com/green-builder-magazine-july-august-2018

Not only will you notice on page 33 that Newland Communities won an Honorable Mention as a 2018 Eco-Minded Leader but there is also a 6-page spread (pages 46-51) delving into the green practices and mindset of the builders and community as a whole.  You will not want to miss page 51’s in-depth coverage on the Tesla powerwall and how that is just one of the many resources (not to overshadow solar panels of course!) that can lead you to net zero living!

For more than 10 years, Homes By Dickerson has been a leader in building each and every custom design to the highest green building standards available.  Not only are they Energy Star certified but they are also crafted to the National Green Building Standard and voluntarily built to the NC HERO Code.  It is just one more reason why Homes By Dickerson is the premiere custom builder of The Triangle and Pinehurst areas of North Carolina.

For more information on how you can build “The Home of Your Life” with all of the included high-performance features we offer, please contact Whitney White at 919-917-3132 or Whitney@HomesByDickerson.com

 

 

 

Homes By Dickerson once again named Best of the Best in Chapel Hill!

Homes By Dickerson once again named Best of the Best in Chapel Hill!

Homes By Dickerson is proud to announce that we were once again named Best of the Best in Chapel Hill!  Specifically Best of the Best Construction Builder by Chapel Hill Magazine for our work in Briar Chapel.  We could not be more pleased with this honor as we strive to build the best custom, high-performance homes in The Triangle area.  The August edition of the Best of the Best in Chapel Hill by Chapel Hill Magazine touted four area home builders in this category as the best that Chapel Hill has to offer its residents and we are excited to be a part of this elite group.

Briar Chapel is the Triangle’s largest green community located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Homes By Dickerson offers an array of high-performance, green-certified, single-family homes in this planned community, starting from the $300s-$750s. We have a portfolio of plans to choose from that you can customize and tailor to fit your lifestyle and needs! Briar Chapel is a unique community that blends in with its natural surroundings. Amenities abound here with approximately 900 acres of preserved open space that incorporates 24 miles of walking trails, parks, community gardens and dog parks. The Briar Club is a great spot to unwind with neighbors and friends, attend community events, or fit in a quick workout or group fitness class. With two saltwater swimming pools, a splash pad for the little ones, two water slides and picnic pavilions, you don’t have to look far for lots to do! Briar Chapel even has a full-time activities director on staff who coordinates a number of interest groups and events for all ages to enjoy!







Located right off of 15/501 in Chatham County, Briar Chapel is just minutes from Chapel Hill, Durham and Research Triangle Park. With I-64, I-54, and I-440 not far, it makes Briar Chapel a convenient place to call home to have the best of it all!

Visit us at our Sales and Design Center located at 307 Dark Forest Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27516. For more information or to schedule a private tour, please contact Whitney at 919-205-3404 or info@homesbydickerson.com

Homes By Dickerson now in South Carolina!

Homes By Dickerson now in South Carolina!

Homes By Dickerson is excited to announce that we are expanding into the state of South Carolina, selling custom homes in Nexton, a master-planned community in the desirable Charleston area!  This opportunity will broaden the regional influence we have had since we began building and selling custom homes in 1975.  It also takes the number of markets we are currently selling in to three as we announced our move into the prestigious Pinehurst National No. 9 Golf Course Community last year.

Over the years, Homes By Dickerson has created a successful partnership in multiple neighborhoods with the award-winning developer Newland Communities.  After hearing of Newland’s venture into Summerville, South Carolina (near the North Charleston area), we were intrigued by the idea of working in another market and decided to begin brainstorming and researching the possibility.

“We wanted to make sure that the concept of building in a beautiful community near the coast was not just a fun and exciting opportunity but that it made sense for our company,” explains Brant Chesson, president and CEO of Homes By Dickerson.


Over the next year and a half, multiple trips were made to ensure that we understood the project by surveying the area, interviewing possible subcontractors and vendors, and becoming familiar with the geography and lifestyle.  We were pleasantly surprised at the progress already made in that area.

“It was attractive to us that the commercial spaces and apartment buildings were underway and that the Charleston market was ready for the growth,” says Chesson.

Our leadership team became very aware that the Charleston economy is booming and that South Carolina is doing an excellent job of bringing business into the state, especially this historic, coastal region.  Location is always key so Nexton’s proximity to the coast and convenience to I-26 (a major thoroughfare in South Carolina) increased the attraction.  Recent additions to the area of global firms such as Boeing, Mercedes Benz Vans, and Volvo only enticed our desire for inclusion into the Nexton neighborhood.

Another concern we had with moving into a completely new market was ensuring that the Homes By Dickerson culture would still be reflected in every step of the building process.

“We are different from a lot of our competition in that we offer high-performance green features and the ability to customize our homes with a very personal, hands-on and client-friendly experience,” clarifies Chesson.  “We just can’t teach that from four hours away.”

We knew that the only way this venture would be successful would be to draw from our existing group of talented, dedicated individuals.  Fortunately, the timing and challenge appealed to our then Project Manager Jonathan Bailey and Designer Rachel Bailey.

Jonathan, a Construction Management graduate of East Carolina University and seasoned custom home builder, now serves as Division President for Homes By Dickerson Charleston.  Rachel, an Interior Design major from Meredith College and member of the Interior Design Society, has taken on the role of Division Vice President.

“Jonathan and Rachel represent all aspects of our business from how we build and design our homes to how we interact with our clients,” confirms Chesson.

We are offering ranch and cottage home plans in the Nexton community featuring open-living concepts and first-floor master suites ranging from 1900-2400 square feet. Home prices are anticipated to start in the high $300s.  For more information on Homes By Dickerson and building “The Home of Your Life,” in South Carolina, please go to www.HomesbyDickerson.com or call (843) 466-4875.

 

Wendell Paws Summer Fun Event!

Wendell Paws Summer Fun Event!

Between the beautiful sunshine, the fantastic amenities and the active social calendar, Wendell Falls is a fantastic place to enjoy these long summer days.  In order to celebrate our wonderful community and meet more neighbors, we are inviting all Homes By Dickerson homeowners to join us at the new Wendell Falls dog park “Wendell Paws” for some summer fun! #WendellPaws
Stop by any time between 9am and noon on Saturday, July 21st for delicious food, cold drinks and great prizes!  There will also be lots of treats and surprises for any canine friends who decide to join us for the festivities.   A Homes By Dickerson homeowner will have a table from The Vets Pets where you can enter to win exciting prizes such as gift certificates to Wake Veterinary Hospital and Urgent Care, Knightdale Animal Hospital, Knightdale Pet Resort and Spa, and more!  You will also have the opportunity to get your furry friend’s picture taken by professional photographer Heather Johnson! 

We hope that you will be able to join us for a fun morning! Kindly RSVP to one of the guys on our amazing Wendell Falls Sales Team!

James Hill: 919-324-2919 or JHill@HomesByDickerson.com
Jason Hakooz: 919-218-8974 or Jason@HomesByDickerson.com
Chuck Belden: 919-986-2692 or Chuck@HomesByDickerson.com

For more information on Wendell Falls or any of our other new home communities, please contact us at 919-917-3132 or info@HomesByDickerson.com

Realtor VIP luncheon for 751 South!

Realtor VIP luncheon for 751 South!

One event that always shows off the passion and talents of our team is the launch of a new community!  As we prepare for the Grand Opening of 751 South we want to share this excitement with all of our Realtors by inviting you to attend our VIP Luncheon discussing Durham’s newest master-planned community.

Join us for a delicious luncheon where you will learn more about planned amenities and our custom, high-performance homes in this desirable location.  Register for exciting prizes and get a sneak peek of our customized designs, created specifically for this community!  Presentations and information will begin at 11:30, followed by lunch service.

Tuesday, July 17th
11:30am-1:30pm

Bonefish Grill
7820 NC 751 Hwy, Durham, NC 27713

Kindly RSVP to Julia by no later than July 13th at 919-260-7225 or Julia@HomesByDickerson.com

We look forward to seeing you there!

Tour The Holly Craftsman in MacTavish!

Tour The Holly Craftsman in MacTavish!

It is amazing to see the developments in prestigious North Raleigh.  Beautiful communities such as MacTavish by Homes By Dickerson are expanding and growing across this desirable area, offering open floorplans, custom features, and gorgeous wooded views.  Let’s take a closer look into our private enclave of custom homes being built in MacTavish-specifically the stunning Holly Craftsman with its exterior combination of stone and shake in lovely gray hues and its welcoming Southern front porch.

The main floor offers ranch-style living with both a master and guest suite as well as a formal dining room and study.  The entire home boasts a light and airy feel through its color palette of soft grays, greens and blues as well as the white trim details.  There is a comfortable merge between traditional and modern which can be seen in the gourmet kitchen through the elegant pendant light fixtures, sleek drawer pulls, glass subway tiles, and clean lines of the island built-in shelving.

One of the biggest wow-factors of this home is definitely the view from the back screen porch as you are met with an expanse of thick, green grass and a dense line of trees.  Of course when the weather begins to cool down, you can still enjoy that view from your cozy living room as you gaze through your triple slider door and enjoy your elegant fireplace flanked by custom built-in bookcases.

 

Upstairs there is plenty of space for family and guests alike with two bedrooms en suite, a generous bonus room, and a plethora of convenient storage!  A mudroom, upgraded laundry room, and third garage bay complete this family and entertaining-friendly floorplan.

The only thing it is missing is you!  Ask us how you can make the beautiful Holly Craftsman in the new home community of MacTavish “The Home of YOUR Life!” today!

For more information on any of our new home communities or move-in ready designs, please contact Whitney White at 919-917-3132 or info@HomesByDickerson.com

MacTavish:: The Holly Craftsman
6913 Ray Family Farm Court, Raleigh
To see the virtual tour, please click here.
3883 square feet
4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths
Home site 14-MLS# 2174896
$729,000