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Summer Nights with Homes By Dickerson!

Summer Nights with Homes By Dickerson!

The topic of summer nights can bring with it a flood of fond images from making ice cream on your front porch and catching fireflies to a first kiss or a spontaneous gathering with friends and family.  Our elegant baths are the perfect places to get ready for those long-awaited outdoors concert, our storage spaces will hold all of your camping and travelling gear, and our gourmet kitchens allow you to create summer spreads for all of your seasonal outings!  Let’s not forget all the possibilities that our outdoor living creations offer from roasting marshmallows at your fire pit to entertaining under magical twinkle lights.  It is amazing the memories we make during this season and Homes By Dickerson is here to help you capture all of them!

This summer we invite you to experience each of our move-in ready homes across The Triangle.  Discover gracious front porches, quaint outdoor living spaces, custom designs, high-performance energy-saving features, ample storage spaces, community amenities and so much more as you find The Home of Your Life! The next three months are sure to be filled with warm weather, some cool breezes, front porch views of firefly-lit lawns, and incredible sunsets leading into dark, star-filled skies. Why not enjoy these long summer days and nostalgic summer nights in a move-in ready, custom design from Homes By Dickerson?

To discover which of these beautiful, high-performance homes is The Home of Your Life, contact Whitney at 919-917-3132 or Whitney@HomesByDickerson.com
We will be happy to schedule a private tour of any of our move-in ready homes or award-winning communities in the Triangle area so that your family can start enjoying summer nights in your Homes By Dickerson home!

REALTORS-Stay tuned for more information on our Summer Nights Realtor Program filled with exciting events and fun prizes!  

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Griffin Square Grand Opening!

Griffin Square Grand Opening!

Grand Openings are always very exciting as we have the opportunity to reveal what we have been working on for months or even years!  The Griffin Square Grand Opening will be no exception as we roll out a brand new product design and an enclave featuring a pocket park that is exclusively custom homes from Homes By Dickerson.

This new section of Wendell Falls will boast 42 home sites, all of which will accommodate our newly-designed Grayson model home with its array of optional additions including a casita or guest suite, a home office, or a shed/storage space.  Choose from one of our home sites which border the beautiful common area to get a park view or from one of our home sites which back up against the trees for a great view of the woods!

Ready for a private tour?  Plan to attend our Griffin Square Grand Opening where you will be one of the first to walk the home and take in the lovely views!

Griffin Square Grand Opening
Saturday, June 8th
4pm-6pm
736 Daniel Ridge Road, Wendell
Please RSVP to Julia: Julia@HomesByDickerson.com or 919-260-7225 or you can click here to RSVP on our Facebook Page

Also, enjoy live music at The Farmhouse after our Griffin Square Grand Opening during the 1st Farmhouse Jams of the Season!  For more information, please go to: https://www.wendellfalls.com/whats-happening/events/events-by-date/2019/june/farmhouse-jams/

Brick exteriors, beautifully practical layouts, and stunning fits and finishes all await you in the Homes By Dickerson exclusive section of Griffin Square. Prices start from the mid $400s.  Not only will you be able to discover the Grayson model, enjoy light refreshments, and meet the Homes By Dickerson team but you will also be able to experience the incredible atmosphere of Wendell Falls!  Walking and nature trails, The Farmhouse, Grounds Cafe, and a family-friendly swimming complex are just a few of the amenities you will encounter in this award-winning new home community!

For more information on Griffin Square or any of our homes in Wendell Falls, please contact Whitney at 919-917-3132 or Whitney@HomesByDickerson.com

Spring Open House Tour in Wendell Falls!

Spring Open House Tour in Wendell Falls!

As Wendell Falls has stated, “It’s a great day for a joy ride!” and Homes By Dickerson does like to bring joy to others.  So, however you have decided to spend your March 9th (this Saturday!), make sure to include an afternoon at the Spring Open House Tour in Wendell Falls where you can grab one of the bicycles and take a tour of this incredible community!  Strap on a helmet, cruise by the amenity centers (fitness, pool, slides, playgrounds, dog parks, amphitheater and more!) and then head out for the trails, the trees, and of course… the falls!   Speaking of cruising, make sure you stop by the brand new Cruizers and see the oh-so-cool mural with its bright colors and artistic design.

Then of course while you are out about (fingers crossed for some Carolina blue skies and spring air!), you are going to want to stop in and see the Homes By Dickerson team in our new solar-powered model home (one of the first solar-powered model homes in the state!).

 

If you have not had a chance to tour the Concord model home, you are in for a treat!  Vaulted ceilings, stained beams, built-in shelving, custom trim details, barn doors, and so much more await you in our 2018 Parade of Homes Gold Winner!  Oh, and of course there will be snacks-as in ice cold margaritas and chips with salsa and dips.  I don’t know about you but I cannot think of a better way to spend a North Carolina spring afternoon than experiencing the charming sights and sounds of Wendell Falls.

March 9th from 12pm-5pm, “It will be a great day for a joy ride!”

For more information on The Spring Open House Tour in Wendell Falls, our Wendell Falls Model Home or any of our move-in ready homes in this fantastic neighborhood, please contact Whitney at 919-917-3132 or Whitney@HomesByDickerson.com

Click here for an interactive Matterport Tour of our Wendell Falls Model Home!

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

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

Final Opportunity in Haywood!
It is hard to believe that there is only one opportunity 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.

Now, there is but one move-in ready home left for you to make  “The Home of YOUR Life!”


 






 

The History of Haywood
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 one more opportunity for you to find “The Home of Your Life” here in Haywood!

Ask us how you can make this custom design “The Home of YOUR Life!”

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

 

 

Lowes Foods Named Grocer for 751 South Community!

Lowes Foods Named Grocer for 751 South Community!

As 751 South continues to take shape, Homes By Dickerson is excited about our involvement with this new development near Streets at Southpoint Mall in Durham! Check out the below article announcing that Lowes Foods will be the grocery for the 751 South Community (written by Ben Graham of The Triangle Business Journal):

“A 166-acre master planned community in south Durham that is progressing after a decade of uncertainty has received another shot in the
arm, this time from a grocer that has signed on for space at a new mixed-use center.  Lowes Foods will open a 50,000-square-foot store at the 751 South community in the summer of 2020, anchoring a larger 300,000-square-foot retail complex.  That’s according to Alex Mitchell, president of 751 South, who says the grocery store will help usher in a new wave of development in the sprawling community, located off N.C. 751 between Stagecoach Road and the Chatham County line.
Mitchell likens the project to “building a village” and says the combination of ground-floor retail with residencies above will “create a boulevard where people can shop and live and work, much like parts of [Raleigh’s] North Hills.”
The grocery store will feature some of Lowes Foods staples, such as the Community Table, the Beer Den and SausageWorks, as well as an online food ordering service.  Mitchell estimates the larger build out will exceed $500 million and take place over seven to 10 years. Later phases include apartments and two 150,000-square-foot office buildings, rising as tall as 5 stories.  Home lots have already been developed, and all are either sold or under contract.


“That helps alleviate a lot of the clock concerns,” Mitchell says.
Homebuilders working at the community include Saussy Burbank, Homes by Dickerson and Loyd Builders. Vertical construction has begun on a handful of homes, which are now being offered for sale.  The residential portion of the development has been chugging along in recent
months, after the project spent years mired in a lengthy and contentious planning process. Durham city leaders initially opposed a request to annex the property, raising concerns about the community’s size and potential environmental impacts, including whether it would prove detrimental to Jordan Lake and its aquifer.  Legislation passed by the state in 2013 finally forced the city’s hand. Since then,
concerns have been raised about the relationship between elected officials and the
developers behind 751 South.  A report earlier this year by the News & Observer revealed that Rep. Tim Moore,
speaker of the N.C. House, had been hired as an attorney for a company called KNOW Bio that was founded by a partner in the 751 South development, Neal Hunter, also a founder of Cree. Moore had previously helped pass the legislation that cleared the way for the 751 South development.”

For more information or a private tour of the custom, high-performance homes built by Homes By Dickerson in 751 South, please contact us at 919-626-8392 or Whitney@HomesByDickerson.com
We would love to show you how you can make one of our beautiful designs in this amazing new home community “The Home of Your Life!”

Another Wake County Parade of Homes for the Books!

Another Wake County Parade of Homes for the Books!

Every year The Homes By Dickerson team spends countless months, long days into long nights, making sure that Parade of Homes accurately represents the best of our talents, the best of our resources, and the best of our passions.  Our reasoning is clear: We want our buyers to know that we can make their dreams a reality.  We want our homeowners to walk through the rooms we have built for them,  envisioning their life held within those very walls.  We want to continue researching, brainstorming, perfecting, designing, and building the best custom, high-performance homes available.  Parade of Homes allows us to do just that.  At the end of the day, it is not about the awards or the accolades within our industry-though we are honored to receive them.  We are just excited to take a breath, enjoy the moment, and start planning our showstoppers for 2019.  Here is to another fantastic Parade of Homes and to some incredible results from the Wake County and Durham/Orange/Chatham Parade of Homes Galas with all 8 of our 2018 Parade Homes winning an award!

 

2018 Homes By Dickerson Parade Winners

GOLD WINNER!
MacTavish: The Garrison A “Tangled up in Blue”
6901 Ray Family Farm Court, Raleigh
To view this tour, please click here
4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, 4196 sf
Home Site 11
$800,000

GOLD WINNER!
Wendell Falls: The Concord B “Southern Comfort”
416 Vintage Point Lane, Wendell
To view this tour, please click here
3 bedrooms, 3.0 baths, 2969 sf
Home Site 231
$500,000


GOLD WINNER!
Wendell Falls: The Preston B “By the Bluff”
1657 Tunnel Street, Wendell
To view this tour, please click here
4 bedrooms, 3.0 baths, 2004 sf
Home Site 553
$350,000

GOLD WINNER!
Briar Chapel: The Concord E “In the City”
146 Logbridge Road, Chapel Hill
To view this tour, please click here
3 bedrooms, 3.0 baths, 2966 sf
Home Site 1824
$577,000

GOLD WINNER!
Henderson Place: The Chatham Forest I “Moody Modern”
4215 Henderson Place, Pittsboro
To view this tour, please click here
4 bedrooms, 3.0 baths, 3680 sf
Home Site 4215
$760,000

SILVER WINNER!
Traditions at Wake Forest: The Arramore B “Easy Living”
1209 Reservoir View Lane, Wake Forest
To view this tour, please click here
4 bedrooms, 4.0 baths, 3451 sf
Home Site 68
$650,000

 

BRONZE WINNER!
Sunset Bluffs: The Essington B “Quiet Moments”
2501 Plowridge Road, Fuquay Varina
To view this tour, please click here
4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, 2973 sf
Home Site 236
$475,000

BRONZE WINNER!
Briar Chapel: The Hamilton B “Chippy Chic”
635 Boulder Point Drive, Chapel Hill
To view this tour, please click here
4 bedrooms, 4.0 baths, 3302 sf
Home Site 1615
$659,900

For more information on any of our Parade Homes or to make one of our  Move-In Ready Homes   “The Home of YOUR Life!”, please visit our website www.HomesbyDickerson.com or contact us at 919-917-3132 or info@homesbydickerson.com

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!

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