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8 Tips to Prepare For Your Home Design Appointment

8 Tips to Prepare For Your Home Design Appointment

Close your eyes and envision your perfect home — now open them and let’s make it happen! When you build a new Homes By Dickerson home, you’ll be able to choose from rows of carpet and hardwood samples, kitchen and bath tiles, lighting choices, granite and quartz countertops, kitchen and bath cabinets, and more! Ready to feel like a kid in a candy store again?


For all of your seasonal gatherings, themed happy hours, book clubs and movie nights, visits from family and friends, and of course, quiet time to yourself, you deserve a space that reflects your personality and style, inside and out. At Homes By Dickerson, we allow you to choose the features and finishes that suit you best, so that your home looks and feels just like you.


Choosing the details of your home while staying within your budget may seem overwhelming, but you can rest assured that our talented design specialists will be with you every step of the way. They’ll get to know you and what you’re looking for, making this personalized process as easy and stress-free as possible.


Take a look at the eight things you should do to make your design appointment a breeze!


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1) Go Ahead and Dream. The first thing to do before your design appointment is to simply ask yourself a few questions so that you can start imagining what your new home will look like. For example:


When you think about the exterior of your home, is there a certain color tone you prefer? (Ex. light, mid-tone, dark)


Is there a certain color family you prefer? (Ex. gray, beige, green, etc.)

If your elevation has shutters, do you prefer light, mid-tone, or dark colors?

If your elevation has brick, do you prefer traditional red, white-washed, painted, or another?

If your elevation has stone, do you prefer a stone with many color variations, or a tone-on-tone look?

Do you wish to carry the exterior style of your home into the interior? (Ex: farmhouse, traditional, modern, etc.)

Do you like cool tones or warm tones?

Do you have a favorite accent color that you would like used in your design selections? If so, what is that color or color family?

What is your flooring color preference? (Ex: light, mid-tone, dark)

Have you been dreaming of a light and airy house, a neutral home with pops of color, or a moody and modern house?


Write down your answers and allow your ideal home to take shape in your mind. It will serve as a great blueprint for choosing real-life selections as we put your home together, detail by beautiful detail.


2) Start a Lookbook: Think of this task as the most fun homework assignment you’ve ever had. A lookbook is a collection of photos that you put together to draw inspiration from. Browse sites like Pinterest, Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, Country Living, Better Homes and Gardens, and whichever publication catches your eye! Create a folder of photos on your desktop or print them out to start visualizing materials and color schemes.


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3) Write Out Your Must-Haves: When it comes to your dream home, you most likely have a few “must-haves” that are non-negotiable. Whether it’s light kitchen cabinets, quartz countertops, brushed nickel finishes, dark hardwood floors, beige tile, and more, make sure to keep a list of things that you’re absolutely set on. Since you’ve already selected your home’s style (farmhouse, traditional, coastal cottage, contemporary), start with selections that follow that theme, and our designers will help you narrow it down. Having a list of “must-haves” in your design appointment will save you time by allowing you to really focus on the details that you’re not entirely sure about yet.


4) Be Flexible: Keep in mind that your exterior selections will need to be reviewed and approved by the Architectural Review Board. This is to ensure that the neighborhood aesthetic you fell in love with is preserved. Exterior selections subject to ARB approval include, but are not limited to, paint color, landscaping, patios, and decks. It’s a good idea to have some backup options just in case your first-picks aren’t possible.


5) Stick To Your Timeline: The building process is truly an incredible combination of moving parts. When it comes to your design appointment, one of the ways you can help yourself (and your team) is to stick to schedule — which means prioritizing your appointment over other commitments that can be moved, and working with your designers to make your decisions on time. This will allow the rest of your process to be smooth sailing!


6) Know Your Budget: If you go into your design appointment with a clear idea of what you’re hoping to spend (and how flexible you can be), you can make the best use of your time and feel confident with all of your choices. Remember that your selected elevation or home model may have some included finishes, so make a note of those so that you can focus on all the other fun selections. Your design specialists will make sure to take you through all of the options that complement your floor plan and fit within your budget, so you can be sure that you’re not missing out on anything.


7) Get a Head Start: “Preparation is the key to success,” goes the saying. By browsing our Inspiration Gallery, you’ll be prepared with ideas and preferences before even starting the design process. This tool will help you get acclimated to all of our options as well as help you visualize the choices that you’re not sure of just yet. After all, there’s nothing more fun than a “sneak peek” to get a head start on your selections. Bonus tip: tour a model home again!


8) Have Fun: Go into your design appointment with one word in mind — fun. This part of the process is all about creating the heart and soul of your home, and we want it to be enjoyable from beginning to end. Dress comfortably, feel confident in your choices, keep an open mind, and start bringing your dream home to life!



All of our designers here at Homes By Dickerson have a degree in interior design so not only will our designers assist you, but they’ll be a valuable resource of information about trends, materials, products, and prices for your personal needs and budget. And with a little bit of preparation, you can rest assured that this experience will be one to never forget. From all of us at Homes By Dickerson, happy designing!

Introducing: HBD Interiors

Introducing: HBD Interiors

Holiday meals. Cozy mornings. Birthday celebrations. Backyard get-togethers. The way you and your family live is completely unique to you — which is why you should always be surrounded by the details you love. From the kitchen island where you’ll sit back, relax, and enjoy morning coffee, to the family room where you’ll curl up on the couch with your family, the spaces in your home should feel like you from top to bottom.


At Homes By Dickerson, we prioritize first-rate interior design, because the features of your home create the backdrop for your happiest moments, big and small. Every color and pattern should flow seamlessly; every piece of decor should work together to create a cohesive, uplifting aesthetic. That’s why we’re excited to introduce you to HBD Interiors, our exclusive interior design division in Raleigh that ensures your home is designed exactly to your liking.


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New Home Interior Design


As you look ahead to a new year, envision the exact kind of space that you want to spend your days in. What energy does your owner’s bedroom furniture give off when you fall asleep and wake up? What vibe does the kitchen decor provide when you’re preparing a meal and enjoying time with family and friends? At Homes By Dickerson, every detail matters, which is why our expert team of design professionals works closely with you to make sure each one fits your style and preferences.


In our state-of-the-art Raleigh Design Center, we don’t just build you a home — we create your personal sanctuary, a personalized place that combines excellent design with your unique taste. Whether we’re working on one room or the whole home, we’ll work side by side with you to reimagine and recreate your space. And of course, our process begins with you, because your vision is what makes your house a home. 


Interior Design Process


Discuss. The first step is meeting with our design professionals for a consultation. This is when we’ll learn about all of your interior design goals and discuss how we can achieve them together. Feel free to ask any and all questions you may have — we’re here to help you bring your dream to life! 


Design. Once we have a clear idea of what you want in your home, we’ll work closely with you to create a design that involves colors, textures, patterns, materials, and more. This way, everything will be laid out ahead of time, and we can go over everything together to make any necessary changes. The fun part begins now! 


Deliver. The installation process begins once we have an approved design. Now it’s time to bring everything together and deliver on our promise to create the exact space you’ve always wanted. 


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New Homes in Raleigh, NC


One of our brand new homes in Raleigh, NC is what you’ll be proud to call The Home of Your Life. Expertly designed with open, airy space, flexible rooms, and outdoor living areas, you have all the room you need to enhance your daily routine. Built to today’s high standards of quality, and your high standards of comfort, you can start enjoying your best days ahead in a brand new home in Raleigh. 


One of our brand new homes in Raleigh, NC is what you’ll be proud to call The Home of Your Life. Expertly designed with open, airy space, flexible rooms, and outdoor living areas, you have all the room you need to enhance your daily routine. Built to today’s high standards of quality, and your high standards of comfort, you can start enjoying your best days ahead in a brand new home in The Triangle


You don’t have to have a Homes By Dickerson home to experience the joy of a home you’ll love styled by HBD Interiors. For more information about HBD Interiors in Raleigh, please contact Turner at 919-413-3378 / Turner@HomesByDickerson.com.

“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

BC Open House Flyer

Homes by Dickerson’s Newest Community-MacTavish Preview Night!

Homes by Dickerson’s Newest Community-MacTavish Preview Night!

Homes By Dickerson is pleased to announce our next custom home endeavor in The Triangle area! Located in beautiful and prestigious North Raleigh, MacTavish offers wooded views and convenience to local amenities including shopping, dining, Falls Lake, I-540 and the RDU Airport!  This neighborhood will feature custom designs and home sites averaging an acre.
Sign up to be on the VIP list and get updated information on this exciting new community!  Also, do not forget to ask about our upcoming preview night where you can view home site maps, custom floor plans and meet with our team!  For priority information, please contact Whitney White at 919-917-3132 or Whitney@HomesbyDickerson.com

Tuesday, January 31st
4:00-7:00 p.m.
Homes by Dickerson Raleigh Design Center
7101 Creedmoor Road, Suite 115, Raleigh

MacTavish Preview Night Invitation


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

“What’s NEW?” at Homes by Dickerson

“What’s NEW?” at Homes by Dickerson

First of all, I would be remiss if I did not mention how absolutely beautiful it is outside! What a pleasure to step out into warm sunshine and light breezes.  The welcome change in weather however is not the only new thing that we are discussing at Homes by Dickerson. From new floorplans to a new location and new design center, we have embraced 2016 with a desire to constantly be on the cutting edge and in the know!  It is important to us that we offer the latest features and designs possible and that we are always looking for ways to improve.

Here are some examples of all that is new and exciting at Homes by Dickerson!

Whats New Flyer

New Website! Check out our new and improved website at www.HomesByDickerson.com which also features our new company video!

New Communities! Ask us about our new neighborhood in Pittsboro, Henderson Place at Fearrington, which features custom-built, high-performance homes starting from the upper $500s.  We are also very excited as our most recent endeavors in Madison at Evan’s Creek (Apex) and Wendell Falls (Wendell) have started to take off-

New Floorplans! We continue to create floorplans that are right for your life!  Owner’s entries, first-floor masters, ranch plans, data ports, storage, outdoor living, green features and so much more are available for you to choose!  Whether you are looking at the new Sanderson floorplan in Briar Chapel or the Barton D in Haywood, ask us how we can build “The Home of Your Life!™”

New High Performance Accomplishments! Our average 2015 HERS Score was 52!  We continue to be committed to building each of our homes as Energy Star Certified, crafted to the National Green Building Standard and voluntarily built to the NC HERO code.

New Location! We have moved our HBD offices and Raleigh Design Showroom to 7101 Creedmoor Road, Suite 115 in Raleigh.  Come view our new selection center and custom option features!

New Recognitions!
Homes By Dickerson was recently named as “Best of HOUZZ 2016 for Customer Service!” We are very proud of this accolade as we strive to consistently have our clients’ needs and desires as our top priority.

For more information on any of our new communities, new floorplans or new design center, please contact us at 919-917-3132.
Come take a private tour of any of our custom designs and find out how you can build “The Home of Your Life!™” with Homes by Dickerson.






It is all about the DESIGN, Volume I! Get a sneak peak of our Fairfield Parade Home in Sunset Bluffs!

It is all about the DESIGN, Volume I! Get a sneak peak of our Fairfield Parade Home in Sunset Bluffs!

The excitement is definitely building at Homes by Dickerson as we prepare for 10 homes on the 2015 Parade Tour and a majority of that excitement is stemming from our Design Team as they see their visions come to life!

For the next five weeks leading up to the big reveal, we will bring you a sneak peek of each of our Parade homes from the perspective of its designer. What were they inspired by? What new trends and colors are they implementing into these homes?

In this first volume of “It is all about the DESIGN,” we are taking a look at The Fairfield Parade Home in Sunset Bluffs, Fuquay Varina. Designed by our very own Rachel Bailey, this plan evokes a warm and inviting farmhouse feel which is a consistent theme throughout the home. Bailey has updated the traditional farmhouse style with some fun, modern twists such as mason jar pendant lights above the island and larger subway tiles for the kitchen backsplash. Her chosen color palette of warm, gray tones is evident in the combination of satin nickel and chrome finishes as well as the gray wash hardwood floors found throughout the common areas. This color scheme is particularly complementary to the overall atmosphere of this bright, open and spacious plan which encourages both formal entertaining and quiet nights at home.

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-Inspirational pictures that led to the creativity behind the Fairfield design-

There will also be additional surprises in store for The Fairfield which are a definite “must see” including the XBOX gaming area, located in the upstairs rec room, and the custom-cabinet furniture piece for the butler’s pantry. It is the myriad of details, however, which truly make this home unique. From the specialty arm lights on the custom bookcases in the family room and the transoms in the master bedroom to the luxury master bath with its upgraded tile and pebbles in the master shower and free-standing tub, the attention to detail in this home speaks to the quality and craftsmanship that Homes by Dickerson places in every floorplan in every neighborhood.

We hope that you will visit The Fairfield during one of the three Parade weekends this year: October 3-4, 10-12 and 18-20, each day from 12noon-5pm!

For more information on any of our Parade or Move-in Ready Homes, please contact us at 919-917-3132 or info@homesbydickerson.com

Sunset Bluffs:: The Fairfield 4562 Heritage Mill Way, Fuquay Varina, NC
4 bedrooms, 3.0 baths
2628 square feet
Home site 184-MLS #2026380

About the Designer
Rachel Bailey, a member of the Interior Design Society,
holds a degree in Interior Design from Meredith College
and joined Homes By Dickerson’s design team after nine
years of management, sales and buying experience in a
high-end boutique. She is passionate about helping clients
piece together their ideal home.  Her organization, stylish
flair and thoughtful guidance smooth the way throughout
the selection process. In her free time, Rachel enjoys spending
time with her husband, friends and family.


Calling all Realtors! Join us for an evening of food, drinks and live music in Wendell Falls!

Calling all Realtors! Join us for an evening of food, drinks and live music in Wendell Falls!

We hope that everyone is enjoying our beautiful Carolina summer! While many of you may be wrapping up these longer days with one last beach getaway, we wanted to invite all of our Realtor friends to our upcoming Realtor Social next Thursday, August 6th.  We hope that your entire office can attend this fun and exciting event where you will be able to see Homes by Dickerson’s newest model homes in the beautiful master-planned community Wendell Falls!

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The Oberlin                                                              The Franklin

4:00pm: Meet us at The CowFish for delicious drinks and appetizers
4:30pm: Hop into our luxury transportation for the short 20 minute drive to Wendell Falls
4:50pm: View our custom-built decorated model homes and move-in ready plans
5:30pm: Tour the brand-new amenities including the pool area, The Farmhouse and Grounds Café where dinner and drinks will be served.
6:30pm: Choose to join the Dickerson team in our VIP area for a live concert featuring The Americana band “Old Habits” OR take our luxury
transportation back to The CowFish restaurant
8:00pm: All concert attendees will return to The CowFish

We look forward to seeing you there!

HBD Realtor Social at Wendell Falls


Wendell Falls Grand Opening!

Wendell Falls Grand Opening!

After one of the most amazing and eventful pre-sale line-ups ever, we are thrilled to announce that Wendell Falls is officially open, building and selling! Almost 2000 people were able to attend the Grand Opening Festivities on Saturday, May 16th and tour this beautiful new community featuring miles of trails, state-of-the-art pool facilities, 273 acres of open space, unique amenities, and direct access to the heart of the Triangle.  Fun was had by all as guests enjoyed live bluegrass music, delicious food, crafts, face painting, pony rides and so much more!  Mix 101.5 was even there to do a live remote, capturing a lot of the excitement.

Wendell Fall GO 1  Wendell Falls GO 3

Homes by Dickerson made sure that our model homes and our brand-new design center were shown to perfection as we are proud to be a part of this wonderful new neighborhood in the picturesque Town of Wendell.  After months of planning and building, both our Franklin

Franklin Franklin Kitchen Franklin Dining Room Franklin Master Bath Franklin Bonus Room Franklin Back yard fireplace Franklin Screen Porch Franklin Back Yard

and Oberlin designs,
Oberlin Main Exterior Oberlin Kitchen Oberlin Breakfast Nook Oberlin Living Room Oberlin Master

as well as our third Triangle-area design center, received rave reviews from attendees on their level of quality and craftsmanship.  It was important that we offer and build homes that would match the quaint charm of Wendell as well as fit the needs of our future homeowners.

Design Center 4  Design Center 2  Design Center 3 Design Center 1


We are pleased to offer the following three Homes By Dickerson collections at Wendell Falls:

1) The Village Collection, starting from the $300’s featuring the following floorplans:
The Finley, The Castlebrooke, The Maddingly, The Jackson, The Oberlin, The Riverton, The Millhaven, and The Kingspark

2) The Park Collection, starting from the mid $300’s featuring the following floorplans:
The Ayden, The Stratton, and The Hertford

3) The Carolina Collection, starting from the high $300’s featuring the following floorplans:
The Jacob I, The Bristol III, The Carmichael I, The Bellhaven I, The Wild Poppy, The Franklin III, The Montclair I, and The Concord I

All collections offer a range of custom floorplans, ranch and first-floor master designs!

We encourage you to visit this incredible new neighborhood by Newland Communities, the same developer which brought you the award-winning and very successful Briar Chapel. For the first three pre-sale or inventory contracts on a Homes by Dickerson home you will not only receive priority home site selection but also $5000 to use as you choose!

All Homes by Dickerson plans offered in Wendell Falls will be single-family designs priced from the $300’s.

For more information on any of our communities, homes or events, please contact us at 919-917-3132 or info@homesbydickerson.com

Dusty Boot Event this Saturday in Wendell Falls!

Dusty Boot Event this Saturday in Wendell Falls!

After a lot of planning and building, the vision of Wendell Falls is coming to fruition and Homes By Dickerson is proud to be a part of this energetic and exciting new community!

Join us this Saturday, March 28th, from 11am to 2pm for a gourmet lunch and the opportunity to take a dusty boot tour of our Franklin model home.  You will also get the chance to win some great prizes and explore this beautiful new neighborhood featuring miles of trails, 273 acres of open space, unique amenities, and direct access to the heart of the Triangle.

Dusty Boot Invite, Wendell Falls, March 2015, jpg

You do not want to miss getting a sneak peek of the quality and craftsmanship included in our homes nor the natural beauty and personality of this brand new Newland Community!  For the first three pre-sale contracts on a Homes by Dickerson home you will not only receive priority homesite selection but also $5000 to use as you choose!

Don’t forget to ask us about the amazing competitions being offered by Newland Communities including an incredible custom structure for your home from Asheville Playgrounds and the chance to win $50,000 towards the purchase of your new home in Wendell Falls!

All Homes by Dickerson plans offered in Wendell Falls will be single-family designs priced from the $300’s.  For more information on any of our communities, homes or events, please contact us at 919-917-3132 or info@homesbydickerson.com