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Homes By Dickerson celebrates 10 Years of Building High-Performance Homes!

Homes By Dickerson celebrates 10 Years of Building High-Performance Homes!

Homes By Dickerson celebrates 10 years of building high-performance homes!

Click here to view our new high-performance video!

A decade ago, we made a very important decision as a building company-a decision which changed how we build each of our custom homes.  We wanted to differentiate ourselves from the competition but most importantly, we wanted to provide higher-performing homes for our clients and for the environment.  So, we got to work.  We researched vendors and programs, studied qualifications, earned certifications, and became an expert in our field-all with the intention of benefitting those who have chosen to become Homes By Dickerson homeowners.

Over the last 10 years, we have continued to embrace high-performance green building, earning us recognition as a 2018 National Green Building Standard (NGBS) Green Partner of Excellence, 2018 Major Achievements in Marketing Excellence (MAME) Best Green Home award winner, and a 2018 Market Leader Award from Energy Star (just to name a few!).

Homes By Dickerson is also honored to be a leading high-performance builder with the most single-family homes certified to the NGBS in the country*. As stewards of our client’s investment, we are dedicated to providing quality homes that offer savings, health, comfort, and sustainability. Building to the NGBS standard requires more than checking a box for energy standards, it means that our homes are designed and constructed to meet a minimum number of criteria in water efficiency, home site design, sustainable materials, indoor air quality, and homeowner education to achieve certification.  As Jon Showalter, Homes By Dickerson COO, mentions in our new high-performance video, we just do not know how to build any other way.


We know that high-performance, green building does not resonate with everyone.  Let’s face it-there is a lot of technical jargon that is not very sexy and it does not give you the cheapest per square footage cost.  What it does give you is quality and peace of mind.  The bottom line is that when you purchase a Homes By Dickerson home you are getting more than just a custom design from an incredibly talented team of individuals.  You are in fact purchasing a home that can save you money on your monthly utility bills, provide better air quality for your family, and is kinder to our environment.

We hope that our decision 10 years ago to build only high-performance homes will make your decision easier today to build The Home of Your Life with Homes By Dickerson!

To learn more about how our homes are built or to inquire about how you can build your high-performance green home with Homes By Dickerson, please contact us at 919-917-3132 or Whitney@HomesByDickerson.com

*Source: Home Innovations Research Lab 2019
North Carolina Building Performance Association Reports the Value of Building High Performance Homes

North Carolina Building Performance Association Reports the Value of Building High Performance Homes

It is no secret that Homes By Dickerson has a passion for and a commitment to building high-performance homes.  In fact, each of our custom designs are Energy Star Certified, crafted to the National Green Building Standard and voluntarily built to the NC HERO Code.  On an even larger scale, Homes By Dickerson builds more homes to the NGBS standard than any other builder in the state of North Carolina resulting in our homes accounting for 5% of all homes in the United States built to the NGBS standard.

As impressive as all of this sounds, what does this mean about the value of our homes, especially the value of our homes to our buyers?  The list of reasons why one should purchase a home built to the highest high-performance expectations possible is eye-opening.  It includes saving money on monthly bills, better health opportunities for you and your family due to a better air quality, and benefits to our environment-just to name a few.

The report below, sent out by The North Carolina Building Performance Association (a third party) reports that high-performance homes bring more value to the market than the alternative.  Check out these interesting statistics and findings!


PRESS RELEASE: Report finds 9.5% premium for high performance homes sold in North Carolina’s metro markets

Interested in learning more about how we can build a custom, high-performance design to be “The Home of YOUR Life!”?  Contact Whitney at 919-917-3132, email us at info@HomesByDickerson.com or visit our website at www.HomesByDickerson.com  

Red Ribbon Home of the Week :: the Lakeview Manor in Croasdaile Farm

Red Ribbon Home of the Week :: the Lakeview Manor in Croasdaile Farm

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Croasdaile Farm:: The Lakeview Manor

3402 Trailwood Drive, Durham, NC
To view the full virtual tour, click here.
4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms
4078 square feet
Home Site 207-MLS #1951253


Our Red Ribbon Home of the Week, the Lakeview Manor in Croasdaile Farm, is truly THE perfect Holiday Home! From the moment that you walk through the solid mahogany double-doors your senses become alive. You can almost smell the boughs of holly that you would intertwine along the wrought-iron staircase balusters.

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Laughter from your family gathering and holiday music wafts through the air as you saunter through the spacious foyer. To your left, the adorned fireplace blazes in the study where a family member is curled up with a Holiday read.

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On your right, the formal dining room table sparkles and shines with your grandmother’s fine china and silver, a mixture of silver and gold to commemorate the season. The open family room and gourmet kitchen is abuzz with activity as your nostrils are assailed with a mixture of spices and pine, winter smells which flood you with precious memories. Delicious treats cover the oversized, granite-covered island and warmth permeates the rooms from the large ovens in the kitchen and additional fireplace in the family room.

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But what really catches your eye? What really makes this home perfect for the upcoming Holidays? Your winter-wonderland view of the back yard! Large windows align the family room and breakfast area walls allowing you a gorgeous look at the almost 2-acre wooded home site. Imagine watching the snow fall and the occasional deer visit while baking recipes that have been passed down for generations.

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Use the first-floor master suite to wrap those last minute gifts while your friends and family relax and watch movies in the ample upstairs bonus room, complete with a full bar for snacks and spirits! Three additional bedrooms complete the upstairs to entertain all of your winter guests.

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Words truly cannot do justice to the beauty and detail of this home! We invite you to contact us for a private tour and make this perfect Holiday Home “The Home of YOUR Life” before the Holidays! For more information, please call Renee at 919-917-3132 or email info@HomesByDickerson.com

Don’t forget to ask us about our Red Ribbon Package Event! There is still time to receive $15,000 on this specific home to use as you choose!


Homes by Dickerson is Now on Parade :: #HBDonParade #HBDLife

Homes by Dickerson is Now on Parade :: #HBDonParade #HBDLife

After months of hard work and late hours, Homes By Dickerson has finished building and crafting 8 magnificent Parade Homes for you to see. We have taken every detail of these homes into account from customized floor plans and designs with your family in mind to immaculate landscaping displays and intricate trim details which will WOW you! Come view the quality and craftsmanship found in each of these homes, tour our neighborhoods and ask us how one of these homes can become The Home of YOUR Life.

Homes by Dickerson Parade to the Home of Your Life 2014



Come take a look, share your thoughts on your favorite features in the homes.    We also invite you to join the conversations online on facebook, instagram or twitter.  Share photos of your favorite features and you can use the hashtags  #HBDonParade #HBDLife

Our homes have been polished and shined and await your visit! Here is the complete list::

  • The Franklin at Briar Chapel, 307 Dark Forest, Chapel Hill, $597,900
  • The Chamborde at Briar Chapel, 183 Bennett Mountain Trace, Chapel Hill, $614,900
  • The Lakeview Manor at Croasdaile Farms, 3402 Trail Wood Drive, Raleigh, $910,000
  • The Sullivan II at Traditions, 1301 Reservoir Lane, Wake Forest, $617,900
  • The Walden Pond at Barton’s Grove, 1025 Margaret’s Lane, Raleigh, $761,900
  • The Arramore at Sunset Bluffs, 114 Sunset Bluffs Lane, Fuquay-Varina, $439,900
  • The Oakmont at Heritage Wake Forest, 5721 Massey Branch Drive, Rolesville, $594,900
  • The St. James II at Traditions, 1225 Reservoir View Lane, Wake Forest, $675,900

View any of our homes over the next three Parade Weekends and enter for a chance to win a $50 Visa gift card each weekend during the Parade.  A Winners will be selected each Monday following the weekend.  Winners will be contacted via email, phone and social media.

If you are have questions about our homes and communities, or would like to schedule a a private tour during the week, call 919.917.3132 or email info@homesbydickerson.com



Homes by Dickerson has the most green certified homes in North Carolina

Homes by Dickerson has the most green certified homes in North Carolina

For Immediate Release September 15, 2014

Homes By Dickerson Recognized as Builder with Most Green Certified Homes in North Carolina

RALEIGH, NC – Homes By Dickerson is pleased to announce that 301 of its custom-built homes have been certified to
the National Green Building Standard (NGBS), making it the builder with the
most Green Certified Homes to the NGBS in North Carolina by more than 40 homes.
The National Green Building Standard (NGBS) is a certification program designed and implemented by Home Innovation Research Labs, a third-party product testing laboratory and market research facility. Home Innovation Research Labs’ goal is to help their “clients improve the quality, durability, affordability, and environmental performance of homes and home building products” which they achieve by researching the type and quality of materials used in a home after it has closed.

Four levels of certification are offered for the NGBS of which Homes By Dickerson boasts a bronze-level achievement.  Certification for the NGBS is built around a point system which is broken into six different chapters of qualification including: Lot Design, Prep and Development; Resource Efficiency; Energy Efficiency; Water Efficiency; Indoor Environmental Quality; and Operation, Maintenance and Builder/Owner Education.  Each of the six chapters are scored and accumulate points.  In order to be certified to the NGBS, it is mandatory to have all chapters meet the point requirement for that level as well as a minimum cumulative amount of total points.

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“We are incredibly proud of each of our High-Performance, Green homes and that we can be recognized with this honor,” says Brant Chesson, President and CEO.  “It is important to us as a builder that we offer our homeowners peace of mind about their comfort, health, financial savings and impact on the environment.  Achieving certification to the National Green Building Standard is just one of the ways that we accomplish that goal.”

Since the companies’ initial involvement in 2008 with the Energy Star Program, Homes By Dickerson has made “High-Performance, Green Building” one of its top priorities. They currently build to an Energy Star 3.0 Certification and also began building to the voluntary North Carolina HERO Code (High Efficiency Residential Option) in 2013. They also have a commitment to lowering their Home Energy Rating System (HERS) scores which assesses the energy efficiency of a specific home, assigning it a relative performance score. The lower the number, the more energy efficient the home. For perspective purposes, a typical resale home scores 130 on average while a standard new home is awarded a rating closer to 100.

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“One of our most exciting concentrations is our HERS rating. Our 2014 average, is currently at 56 but is consistently getting lower,” says Chesson. “One of our home designs just received a HERS rating of 49 which is a great milestone for us as a ‘High-Performance, Green Builder’ and sets the bar high for all of our future homes.”

About Homes By Dickerson:

Established in 1975, Homes By Dickerson builds high-performance, custom homes throughout The Triangle area of North Carolina.  Named one of the Best Places to Work by the Triangle Business Journal two years in a row, Homes By Dickerson prides itself on its team of talented, passionate and dedicated professionals who strive every day to provide exceptional service to their clients and build beautiful luxury homes.  Each Dickerson home is unique, crafted with the highest quality of materials and attention to detail.  Homes By Dickerson has also become a local leader in homes certified through the National Green Building and Energy Star programs and is a proud member of the Green Home Builders of the Triangle.  They have made it their priority to offer owners enhanced comfort, healthier indoor air quality and lower operating costs while maintaining the highest standards of design, craftsmanship and elegance.

Homes By Dickerson also offers a build-on-your-lot program in addition to homes in the communities of Carrie’s Reach and Barton’s Grove, North Raleigh; Sunset Bluffs, Fuquay-Varina; Haywood and The Hamptons at Umstead, Raleigh; Heritage and Traditions, Wake Forest; Briar Chapel, Chapel Hill; and Croasdaile Farm in North Durham.
For more information on the Award-Winning Homes By Dickerson, please visit our website www.HomesByDickerson.com or contact us at (919) 847-4447.

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Jenn Nowalk