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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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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!”

 

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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

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

 

“All Paths Lead to ‘The Home of YOUR Life!'” at the next Briar Chapel Open House

“All Paths Lead to ‘The Home of YOUR Life!'” at the next Briar Chapel Open House

Join us this Saturday, March 17th from 12pm-5pm for our next Open House in Briar Chapel!  The theme may not be St. Patrick’s Day but you will see a lot of green as you explore all of the paths and trails winding through this beautiful master-planned community.  This month we are featuring the fantastic outdoor amenities of Briar Chapel including the 24 miles of walking and hiking trails as well as the 20 different parks you will find along the way.  Imagine having access to these natural views and activities every day!  Whether you are looking to purchase one of our move-in ready homes or customize your own design from the ground up, Homes By Dickerson can help you to make that dream a reality.  Visit us this weekend to view our gorgeous model homes and meet with our experienced sales team to find out how “All Paths Lead to ‘The Home of YOUR Life!'”  You will have the opportunity to see where your home will be located in relation to all of the paths and parks as well as the chance to register to win our hiker’s picnic back pack!

For more information on any of our move-in ready homes or the amenities at Briar Chapel, please contact us at 919-917-3132 0r info@HomesByDickerson.com

BC Trail Map

 

 

“Find YOUR Style” at our next Briar Chapel Open House!

“Find YOUR Style” at our next Briar Chapel Open House!

Join us on Saturday, January 20th from 12noon-5pm for our first Open House event of 2018.  We look forward to helping you “Find YOUR Style!”  Take this opportunity to meet with our Design Team and find out what Homes By Dickerson style best suits you and then ask us how we can help you Find “The Home of YOUR Life!”  We will have exciting giveaways for everyone who participates in our “Find YOUR Style” activities and you can enter for the chance to win a free consultation with our award-winning staging company!  We will also have a wonderful “Find YOUR Coffee Style” bar with lots of delicious treats!

While at our Briar Chapel model home, you can get a private tour of any of our move-in ready, custom designs!  See for YOURself all of the different ways we can customize to fit YOUR own personal style.  For more information on the Open House series, our homes or our communities, please contact us at 919-917-3132 or info@homesbydickerson.com

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Bridgewater in Traditions at Wake Forest Preview Night!

Bridgewater in Traditions at Wake Forest Preview Night!

There is nothing more exciting for a builder than going to the next phase of a community!  Homes By Dickerson recently announced our newest section of Bridgewater in Traditions at Wake Forest with our fantastic Grand Opening in our new model home The Whitaker.  Last night we followed up this activity with our Preview Night for our Traditions VIP List.  Individuals who had shown an interest in building a custom design in this award-winning neighborhood met with our team, reviewed home sites and inquired on home designs.  These prospective homeowners were introduced to the entire Traditions team from the VP of Construction to Sales and Design.  They were also able to spend some one-on-one time with our licensed architect while he sketched new ideas!
Homes by Dickerson is proud to be the custom builder in the new phase of Bridgewater which focuses on Estate-Style custom designs. Our high-performance homes, priced from the $570’s, are on ¼ to ½-acre wooded home sites and adjacent to the Wake Forest Reservoir with its 100+ acres of natural preservation.

Amenities abound with miles of trails, pocket parks and open spaces. The Traditions Amenity Center and Club features a zero-entry resort-style pool with cabanas, a wet deck, and kid’s splash zone. In addition, the community proudly displays a pavilion amphitheater with fire pit, playground, and sand volleyball court. The community is surrounded by great shops, dining, grocery stores, and so much more!

For more information on how you can join our VIP list and get updated information on this exciting community, please contact us at  919-917-3132 or info@homesbydickerson.com.  You can also visit our fully-decorated model home, The Whitaker, at 1105 Grande Water Way, Wake Forest!

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Join the VIP list for Bridgewater in Traditions at Wake Forest!

Join the VIP list for Bridgewater in Traditions at Wake Forest!

Homes By Dickerson is excited to bring you the next phase in the exclusive Bridgewater section of Traditions at Wake Forest!  Not only will this be the last phase built exclusively by Homes By Dickerson but these custom homes will offer wooded home sites and views of the Wake Forest Reservoir!  Choose from a range of designs 3000 square feet+ with master down opportunities and an array of design options.  You will also be able to take advantage of the resort-style amenities of this master-planned community including a Zero-entry salt water pool, amphitheater, clubhouse, volleyball courts, pocket parks, and so much more!

To join our VIP List and receive the latest updates, please contact us at 919-917-3132 or info@HomesByDickerson.com
You are also invited to attend our Preview Event on Thursday, December 7th from 4pm-7pm where you can tour The Whitaker, our stunning new model home at 1105 Grande Water Way in Wake Forest!

Preview Event Invitation

Whether you need more space, upgraded amenities, or just want to build a custom home with an award-winning builder, ask us how you can make Bridgewater at Traditions “The Home of YOUR Life!”