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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

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

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

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

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

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 (’s #1 Best Place to Live), please contact us at 919-917-3132 or

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

“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 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.






Henderson Place at Fearrington: “From Foundation to Finish”, Volume I

Henderson Place at Fearrington: “From Foundation to Finish”, Volume I

Henderson Place at Fearrington Logo

We are thrilled to announce our newest venture in The Triangle: Henderson Place at Fearrington!

This Homes By Dickerson exclusive neighborhood, now open for sale, features single-family, custom homes within walking distance from the award-winning, picturesque Fearrington area!  Our high-performance plans include ranch-style designs priced from the high $500s on wooded home sites averaging one acre in size.

In this blog series, “From Foundation to Finish,” we will take you through the building process of our first home in Henderson Place at Fearrington, The Henderson D. From groundbreaking until completion, we will post informative blogs on the build progress, including updated photos and educational tips along the way.  Learn more about our included high-performance features and what goes in on both sides of the walls which sets Homes By Dickerson apart.  We are excited to bring this home to life through words and pictures and we hope that you will join us on this journey!

Our award-winning design team has been hard at work, selecting just the right color palette and finishes for the Henderson D plan. Their choices are a successful blend between classic and modern, matching the classically historical aspect of the Fearrington area with today’s trends and styles. The interior and exterior shades of black and white are a natural ode to the adorable Scottish beef cattle roaming the area’s farmland, perfect for our custom home debut in this neighborhood.  Over 3300 square feet, this 1.5 story design will feature 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, a study, separate dining room and family room all on the first floor.  The second floor will host a spacious, versatile recreation room!

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Stop by to see the beginning of this charming neighborhood from the locally-owned boutiques and restaurants to the famous Inn and Spa located within walking distance. Stroll the winding, streets, enjoy the pastoral setting and experience the history behind this community.

To schedule an appointment with our sales team, please contact us at 919-917-3132 or

Coming Soon:
“From Foundation to Finish, Volume II” where we will see the lot cleared and the foundation started!

Winter Wonderland Home of the Week:: The Bristol in Briar Chapel

Winter Wonderland Home of the Week:: The Bristol in Briar Chapel

When it comes to this Bristol floorplan in Briar Chapel, do not be fooled by the cozy cottage exterior-this home is SPACIOUS! Over 3500 square feet of understated elegance and superior craftsmanship exist on this large, wooded home site-ready for your family to make it “The Home of Your Life™!”

A charming low stone wall graces either side of the walkway to your covered porch, hinting at what lies behind the impressive front door. The interior successfully merges warm brown flooring with cool gray tiles and fireplace surround.

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Enjoy the convenience of a formal dining room and butler’s pantry for all of your entertaining opportunities as well as the expansively-open living area featuring an inviting kitchen, breakfast nook, and living room.  A versatile room that can either be used as a study or a guest retreat is also found on the first-floor.  Upstairs is a lovely master suite, two additional bedrooms (one includes a picturesque wall-to-wall window seat!), and a wonderfully generous bonus room.  There is also a space on the third level that would be perfect for a playroom or an in-home office.

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Another favorite of this home is the incredible views from your screen porch, overlooking a sizeable and beautifully-landscaped backyard, complete with a naturally wooded area.

Though you will want to spend as much time as possible in this stunning design, tucked away amongst your private scenery, do not forget that you will have all of the amenities of award-winning Briar Chapel at your fingertips!

For more information on how to make The Bristol in Briar Chapel “The Home of Your Life™”, please contact us at 919-917-3132 or

Briar Chapel:: The Bristol
610 Bennett Mountain Trace, Chapel Hill, NC
To view our virtual tour, please click here.
4 bedrooms, 4.0 bathrooms
3588 square feet
Homesite 82-MLS #1998178

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Winter Wonderland Home of the Week:: The Riverside in Sunset Bluffs

Winter Wonderland Home of the Week:: The Riverside in Sunset Bluffs

The Riverside at Sunset Bluffs is a picture perfect home with a classically timeless exterior. When you enter the front door from the covered porch, you are welcomed with beautiful espresso-stained floors and warm beige walls. The foyer unfolds into the formal dining room on your right and the choice of either a guest bedroom or study to your left. Whether you are a Top Chef hopeful or more of a quick-meal expert, you will appreciate the modern elegance of the kitchen with its sandstone cabinets and granite countertops. Grab a glass of your favorite beverage in anticipation of spending a quiet evening enjoying the view of your back yard and screen porch from your open living room. The first-floor master suite includes a generous walk-in closet and café inspired cabinetry and countertops in the luxurious bathroom. Stair railings, which complement the expansive hardwoods, draw your eye to the second floor where you will find an additional bedroom and full bath, along with a spacious rec room perfect for endless fun and games!  Whatever your season in life, The Riverside by Homes by Dickerson is ready to accommodate your needs.
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Enjoy the amenities and beautiful streetscapes of the award-winning Sunset Bluffs neighborhood in quaint Fuquay Varina.  If you are looking for the perks of a suburban neighborhood, with close proximity to the hustle and bustle of a city, Sunset Bluffs is the perfect place to call home.  With Research Triangle and Downtown Raleigh just minutes from this Carolina oasis, you will have the best of both worlds right at your fingertips.

For more information on how you can make Homes by Dickerson’s The Riverside in Sunset Bluffs “The Home of Your Life™”, please contact us at 919-917-3132 or

Sunset Bluffs: The Riverside
2707 Greenbank Mill Drive, Fuquay Varina, NC
3 bedrooms, 3.0 bathrooms
2317 square feet
Homesite 25-MLS #2037987

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“If These Walls Could Talk” Volume I: HERS Score Ratings

“If These Walls Could Talk” Volume I: HERS Score Ratings

If these walls could talk blog logo, Feb 2016

Here at Homes by Dickerson, building high-performance green homes is a part of our normal every day. It is what we believe in and what we are passionate about-not just for the security, health, and comfort of our clients but also for the environment.  Ensuring that each of our homes is built high-performance and green is not an additional option for our homeowners but rather part of their entire custom package.

So, while we may speak green for a living, we know that not all of our prospects are familiar with the terms and definitions with which we have become comfortable. Our new blog segment “If These Walls Could Talk” will focus on what goes into our homes that make them so energy efficient.  Each volume will address a specific aspect of our high-performance building efforts from certifications and HERS score ratings to conditioned crawl spaces and jumper ducts.  We want you to feel comfortable with the smart decisions you are making when you build with Homes by Dickerson.

The topic for today-HERS Score Ratings!

What is a HERS Score Rating?
HERS, the Home Energy Rating System, measures a home’s overall energy efficiency and then places it on the HERS Index. The lower the HERS score, the more energy efficient the home.  Most new construction homes built five years ago were given an approximate 120 HERS score, and a basic Energy Star home built today would be rated in the mid 80’s on the index.  Homes By Dickerson is proud to announce that our 2015 HERS Score rating averaged at 52!  While we did not start out at this number, we have made continuous strides every year to lower this number and improve the energy efficiency of all of our custom designs.  Let’s take a look at where we have come from:
Year                                HERS Score
2009                                   79
2010                                    73
2011                                     71
2012                                    64
2013                                    60
2014                                    55
2015                                    52

As you can see, Homes by Dickerson has lowered their average HERS Score by 17 points in the last seven years, meaning a better outcome for our environment and better living quality and cost savings for our homeowners!

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How is a HERS Score calculated?
To calculate your home’s HERS Index Score, a certified RESNET HERS Rater will do an energy rating on your home and compare the data against a “reference home”– a designed model home of the same size and shape, so your score is always relative.  Some of the variables included in the energy rating are the construction of and the materials used in: Exterior Walls Flooring over conditioned or unconditioned spaces Ceilings and Roofs Attics, foundations and crawlspaces Windows and doors, vents and ductwork HVAC systems, water heating systems and your thermostat Air leakage of the home Leakage in the heating and cooling system

So why does this matter?
When building “The Home of Your Life™”, we at Homes by Dickerson want to do more than just make it aesthetically pleasing. We want to ensure peace of mind about your comfort, health, money and impact on the environment. These factors are of the utmost important to us and the main reason we use building materials such as low VOC paints, green label carpeting and formaldehyde-free insulation. Living in North Carolina, you could easily use both air conditioning and heat in the same week so we understand the need to conserve and properly channel our homes’ energy and resources.  We also have systems in place to help manage water usage and we use more durable, recycled products. Ultimately this means that you are spending less money to maintain and operate your home. It’s no surprise that building a new home can consume a considerable amount of resources and energy to construct  but Homes By Dickerson gives our homebuyers ease of mind by properly sorting waste from jobsites, recycling when possible, and using products that have pre and post consumer recycled components.

Green Speak Flyer January 2016

Want even more information on what a HERS Score is and how you can benefit from a lower rating?
Check out this educational video on YouTube:

For more information on any of our high-performance green homes, please view our website at, call us at 919-917-3132 or email us at


Winter Wonderland Home of the Week:: The Hemingway Craftsman in Briar Chapel

Winter Wonderland Home of the Week:: The Hemingway Craftsman in Briar Chapel

Two words that accurately describe Homes by Dickerson’s The Hemingway in Briar Chapel: Rustic Elegance. The mixture of stone, surrounding woods, natural wood details and enhanced landscaping give the feeling of a mountain retreat while the column supports, shutter details and window pediments create a stately façade.  The interior continues this rustically elegant theme through its combination of hand-stained wood features, custom trim, and appealing color palette.  Soft gray and blue walls contrast nicely with the dark wood floors, both of which are packaged with pleasant pops of white in the trim, ceiling detail and kitchen cabinetry.
Enjoy a spacious foyer, flanked by a private dining room as well as a cozy study. The rear of the high-performance, energy-efficient home is open to accommodate the light and airy kitchen, the breakfast nook, and family room complete with gorgeous coffered ceilings and custom-built shelving.  This floor plan also offers a lovely first-floor master suite, a screen porch with a great wooded view, and a rear-load two-car garage!  Two additional bedrooms and a loft complete the second floor.

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Make this move-in ready Hemingway Craftsman, a beautiful plan in the award-winning Briar Chapel community, The Home of Your Life™ today!

Briar Chapel:: The Hemingway Craftsman
481 Bennett Mountain Trace, Chapel Hill, NC
To view the full virtual tour, please click here.
3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms
2696 square feet
Homesite 205-MLS #2003922

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