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Date Night in The Triangle

Date Night in The Triangle

Trendy, intimate restaurants and cocktail bars. Vibrants arts and culture. Hidden gems around every corner. No part of North Carolina says romance quite like the Triangle area around Raleigh! With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, there are so many downtown hotspots close to your new home to celebrate with your sweetheart.


Whether you love to enjoy a gourmet meal or indulge in a new experience, you’re bound to find something special just minutes from your custom new home in the Triangle. Take a look at our winter 2020 recommendations for romantic fun around the beautiful Triangle area in North Carolina:


Couple at bar.

Eat & Imbibe


Garland: Get your taste buds ready — this Triangle treasure serves authentically delicious Indian and Asian cuisine in a fun and funky atmosphere. After dinner, head downstairs for a cocktail in the subterranean bar.


Crawford and Son: You can expect a top-notch meal at this sleek yet cozy eatery, with dishes like crispy catfish, hamachi crudo, chicken confit, and more. Just make sure to save room for desserts like the orange creamsicle.


Brewery Bhavana: Tucked into the historic Moore Square Park, this high-end dim sum restaurant (plus flower shop, bookstore, and brewery) has been named the #10 best new restaurant in the country… come see why!


Watts & Ward: Slink into this vintage-inspired basement cocktail bar and taste-test the city’s most delectable cocktails. You’ll come for the cool ambiance and vibe and stay for the happy moments with the one you love.


Couple in the city.

Enjoy the Experience


Videri Chocolate Factory: Satisfy your sweet tooth with your sweetheart at this candy lover’s oasis. Take a tour and shop your favorite chocolates to bring back for a “night cap” in your Homes By Dickerson home. 


The Cary Theater: Quaint, charming, and as cool as can be, this old-fashioned theater offers indie films, music, and live performances including comedy and improv. Revel in the romance of your favorite entertainment.


Triangle Rock Club: Who knew breaking a sweat could melt your heart? If you both love a little adventure, this vibrant gym is the spot for you. From rock climbing to yoga, you’ll get your hearts pumping in no time.


Irregardless Cafe: There’s something undeniably romantic about live music — especially at a venue as sweet as this. Enjoy a band you’ve never seen before in a small, intimate setting with food, cocktails, and more.

From all of us at Homes By Dickerson, we hope you enjoy a lovely Valentine’s Day!

Homes By Dickerson Named Best Builder by Midtown Magazine!

Homes By Dickerson Named Best Builder by Midtown Magazine!

Homes By Dickerson is proud to be named Best Builder by Midtown Magazine in their 2020 Diamond Awards!  Every year, readers throughout the Raleigh community vote for their favorite business, services, and venues in our great capitol city.  We are excited to announce that Homes By Dickerson was named a Gold Builder by the Raleigh residents in the Professional Services category.   From dining and entertainment to shopping and more, click here check out all of the winner’s in this year’s The Best of Raleigh issue from Midtown Magazine!  It is really incredible how many top-notch industries and companies we have in our thriving city.

Homes By Dickerson is very honored to receive this accolade, especially considering how many fantastic builders there are in the Raleigh area.  We attribute this success to our talented team who go above and beyond every day to carry out the standards of excellence we have created over the past 45 years.  We also want to thank those individuals who voted for us!  Whether you are a homeowner, a Realtor, a vendor partner or just a fan of our product, we appreciate your recognition and will continue to provide the best custom, quality, high-performance homes that we possibly can.  We are passionate about building beautiful homes that are all Energy Star certified, crafted to the National Green Building Standard and voluntarily built to the NC HERO code.   We would love for you to be inspired by our custom home designs, browse through our award-winning floor plans, tour any of our neighborhoods, and like us on social media .We look forward to building you The Home of  Your Life!

For more information on our team, our company, or any of the homes that we build in the Triangle, please visit our website or contact Whitney at 919-917-3132 or

We also build in Pinehurst, NC and Charleston/Mt. Pleasant, SC!

The Triangle featured in Southern Living Magazine!

The Triangle featured in Southern Living Magazine!

Whether it is the shimmering lakes, acres of forested parks and innovative companies or the world-renown universities, family-friendly activities, and wide variety of culinary surprises–we all know how wonderful it is to live in The Triangle!  We are beyond thrilled that our sweet corner of North Carolina was recognized by Southern Living Magazine as a destination spot.  Of course, we know that once people come to visit they are tempted to stay and call The Triangle home!  And per our featured photo above, if you have not been to the Dorothea Dix Sunflower Field, you may want to put this on your summer calendar!  Incredible sunsets stretching over golden rows of blooms provide the best picnic and photo ops of the season.
Check out SLM’s article below and contact us for more information on how you can call The Triangle home by finding The Home of Your Life with Homes By Dickerson!  For more information contact Whitney at 919-917-3132 or

North Carolina’s urban oasis has transformed into one of the most dynamic corners of the South.
By Hannah Hayes

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The Durham Hotel in Durham, North Carolina                           Photo: Robbie Caponetto

You’ve heard of the humblebrag, a vehicle of self-deprecation or woe that actually delivers a boast. Picture a New Orleanian constantly complaining of choice paralysis from the dizzying array of acclaimed restaurants or a Nashville dweller infuriated by traffic on yet another vibrant, event-packed weekend.

For locals in North Carolina’s Triangle—Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill—the humblebrag becomes a more literal expression. They’re keenly aware that their cities don’t have the same flash or festivals as, say, Austin or Atlanta. And they’re quick to say that’s exactly what they like about them. Free of the fuss, these towns, known more for their major universities and the international companies headquartered at The Research Triangle Park, have discreetly transformed into a bucolic-urban oasis where the arts and tech synergize and anything homegrown (from businesses to vegetables) is enthusiastically exalted. This place isn’t a playground for tourists; it’s a living room for locals.

Should you try to visit all three cities in a single day? With around a half-hour drive separating Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill from each other, hopping from one place to the next is easy. But with so much to do, just don’t be surprised if you can’t get to everything on your list.


Of the three, Durham perhaps best embodies the less-is-more ethos. Once a boomtown built by tobacco, it was home to wealthy families like the Dukes of their namesake university and to Parrish Street, a bustling boulevard of African-American owned companies known as Black Wall Street. Cast aside in recent decades, Durham became a group project as chefs, artists, and entrepreneurs set about rebuilding a city they would want to live in. Now everyone else in the Triangle wants to live there too. “Durham isn’t a place that has it all, but I don’t want to live or work in a city that does,” says Sean Lilly Wilson, founder of Fullsteam Brewery, which became a town hall-style gathering spot soon after it was founded in 2010. “That mind-set attracts people who want to create a strong sense of community.”

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Sarah P. Duke Gardens at Duke University                          Photo: Robbie Caponetto

It was community spirit that convinced Merge Records, one of the country’s most successful independent labels, to move there from Chapel Hill. Started by Laura Ballance and Mac McCaughan, members of the band Superchunk, Merge broke major acts like Spoon and Arcade Fire. This year, they’re celebrating the label’s 30th anniversary. “It feels like the creative community is rooting for each other here,” says cult-followed musician M.C. Taylor, who plays under the name Hiss Golden Messenger and signed with Merge. “We also egg each other on to do something bigger or take more risks.”

The development of the vacant Home Savings Bank building into The Durham Hotel is one risk that clearly paid off. The first boutique hotel downtown, the mid-century modern marvel’s Piet Mondrian-meets-Mad Men lobby doubles as chef Andrea Reusing’s newest restaurant. The Durham hosts as many locals downstairs as guests upstairs, with tables full of diners lingering over house-made charcuterie and trays of fresh Atlantic oysters.

Betting the long game on Durham has worked in favor of chefs like Ricky Moore and his nationally renowned walk-up window Saltbox Seafood Joint, where he serves North Carolina-caught fish with citrus-dressed slaw and Hush Honeys (fennel-spiced cornmeal dumplings glazed in honey).

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Ponysaurus Brewing Co                                       Photo: Robbie Caponetto

Other spots to see the revitalized dining scene include Pizzeria Toro for wood-fired pies; new-wave Jewish deli Lucky’s Delicatessen and the trattoria next door, Mothers & Sons; wine alcove Bar Brunello; coffee shop Cocoa Cinnamon; and a new brewery and taproom on the block, Ponysaurus Brewing Co. Venture toward Vert & Vogue, where owners Nadira and Ryan Hurley sell responsibly made clothes by independent designers and hold happy hours with talks by culture creators.

Locals also suggest taking advantage of the major events at the glass-ensconced Durham Performing Arts Center, enjoying an exhibit at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, or seeing a show at the Motorco Music Hall. But their best piece of advice? Take a walk around the city’s neighborhoods. “People say that Durham feels like Brooklyn meets Mayberry,” says Alicia Hylton-Daniel, a general contractor and interior designer who creates new modernist homes. “You can see four different building styles on a single block here.” She recommends going to Open Durham’s website to put together your own architecture tour.


When Vansana Nolintha wanted to open a design-minded combination brewery, flower shop, bookstore, and dim sum restaurant that paid homage to his Laotian roots, he knew it was ambitious. But he and two cofounders— his sister Vanvisa Nolintha and friend Patrick Woodson—had a hunch that Brewery Bhavana would work. After all, he had seen someone else try something kind of crazy before him—his mentor, chef Ashley Christensen. She laid the foundation for Raleigh’s restaurant scene with Poole’s Diner in 2007, gambling that the city would respond to her regionally influenced cooking. Christensen has started four more places under her hospitality group since and, earlier this year, won the James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef. “There was a temptation five years ago to think that Raleigh needed to look like Charlotte or Atlanta to be relevant,” Vansana says. “But because of leaders like Ashley, Raleigh searched inward for inspiration.”

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Brewery Bhavana                                                                                       Photo: Robbie Caponetto
At Garland, Cheetie Kumar plays both executive chef, rock guitarist, and director for the venue next door, Kings. Her Indian dishes made with Southern ingredients pay homage to her family’s double identity. Gallo Pelón Mezcaleria is North Carolina’s first mezcal bar. Colombian transplant and owner Angela Salamanca refers to it as a community-driven bar where the menu is comprehensive but the service is far from pretentious. Other must-sees: Boulted Bread, Yellow Dog Bread Company, Short Walk Wines, and Transfer Co. Food Hall.
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The Umstead Hotel and Spa                                                               Photo: Robbie Caponetto

To see the city’s forward-looking, egalitarian attitude manifested, look no further than North Carolina State University’s James B. Hunt Library, a futuristic monolith and home to the bookBot, a robotic delivery system that can retrieve any item from more than 18,000 bins within five minutes. There’s also the free-admission North Carolina Museum of Art, set within a band of trails on 164 acres dotted with over a dozen contemporary sculptures. The Umstead Hotel and Spa, a serene mini resort just outside the city, also features a world-class art collection, which serves as the inspiration for executive chef Steven Devereaux Greene’s tasting menu at its on-property restaurant Herons.

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North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh                                              Photo: Robbie Caponetto

Vansana believes these spaces (in addition to Brewery Bhavana) are just the beginning of Raleigh’s revival. “I think that this community is really ready for more creativity,” he says. “I hope all of this inspires even more courageous projects.”

Chapel Hill

The edgier college town that Raleigh and Durham dwellers often drove to for restaurants and concerts at Cat’s Cradle (and still do), Chapel Hill seems a bit calmer now as the momentum has shifted. But it’s a welcome respite where much of what residents have always loved about the town endures.

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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill                                      Photo: Robbie Caponetto

Marcie Cohen Ferris, author and professor emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, attributes that appeal to the farmers’ markets, an idyllic campus, walkable neighborhoods, and independent bookstore Flyleaf Books. Well past the decade mark now are renowned cocktail bar The Crunkleton; Andrea Reusing’s first restaurant, Lantern; from-scratch daytime staple Neal’s Deli; and destination country-cooking spot Mama Dip’s Kitchen. They’ve all become area standards. “There’s a strong new generation in the food scene,” says Ferris. “They’re aware of the shoulders they stand on.”

In a more publicized changing of the guard, Justin Burdett recently took the helm of Crook’s Corner, the Southern institution started in 1982 when chef-owner Bill Neal decided shrimp and grits and collard greens were worthy of steak house-style presentation. Its beloved second chef, Bill Smith—who put his own mark on the menu with items like honeysuckle sorbet—retired in January.

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Crook’s Corner chefs Bill Smith and Justin Burdett; The Original Shrimp & Grits at Crook’s Corner
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“When I was a younger cook, this place had all these dishes that made me think, “That’s so brilliant!”” says Burdett. “But because it’s so iconic, I want a younger generation to see that it can be their weekday spot too.”

Burdett will eventually make the restaurant his own just like Smith did—he’s already pickled the bamboo shoots growing on the patio. Still, he’s mindful of its sentimental legacy. “My neighbors introduced themselves to me and wanted to know when the chicken livers would be back on the menu,” he says with a laugh.

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 

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!

The Home of Your Life: The Anderson in Haywood! Last Chance Opportunity!

The Home of Your Life: The Anderson in Haywood! Last Chance Opportunity!

The Anderson in Haywood is an excellent example of the craftsmanship and quality of materials that Homes By Dickerson offers in each of its custom designs.  Clean lines, a gorgeous color palette of soft grays paired with rich browns, beautiful trim and excellent finishes are found throughout this two-story single-family plan.  Enter through the distinguished front door to the spacious foyer where you will notice high ceilings, oversized trim, and an abundance of natural light streaming through all of the windows.  Open concept living includes a gourmet kitchen and a family room equipped with convenient built-in shelving, all next to the first-floor master and guest suites.  Enjoy your view of the trees via the floor-to-ceiling windows in the breakfast room which leads out to a screen porch and deck area.  A stunning staircase draws your eye to the second floor where you will find three additional bedrooms and a spacious rec room.

 Spacious Foyer and Stunning Staircase  Elegant Dining Room   Perfect Home Office with Incredible Coffered Ceilings  Charming Family Room Complete with Fireplace and Multiple Built-in Shelves and Cabinetry  Charming Gourmet Kitchen  Well-Appointed Breakfast Nook with a Gorgeous View!Lot 12 bath  Relaxing Master Bathroom!Lot 12 media room  Generously-sized Recreation Room Lovely Screen Porch

Find out how you can make The Anderson in Haywood “The Home of Your Life!” by contacting us at 919-917-3132 or  We would be more than happy to give you a private tour of this gorgeous, move-in ready home but don’t wait too long as only a handful of opportunities remain in this award-winning, Homes By Dickerson exclusive community!

Haywood:: The Anderson
5212 Woodall Way, Raleigh, NC
To view the virtual tour, please click here.
5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths
3974 square feet
Homesite 12-MLS #2054133

Diamond and Ice Gala to recognize 2016 Top Producing Realtors!

Diamond and Ice Gala to recognize 2016 Top Producing Realtors!

In honor of our Diamond Club, we are excited to announce the theme of our upcoming Homes By Dickerson Realtor Social: Diamonds and Ice!  Top Producing Realtors will arrive to a dazzling winter wonderland where they will be recognized for their hard work and achievements in 2016.  An evening of delicious food, drink, entertainment and prizes are in store for all attendees!

Thursday, February 9th
4:30-6:30 p.m.
The Cotton Room
807 East Main Street, 3rd Floor, Durham

Top Producer Realtor Social Invitation

Please RSVP to Julia Reinert at 919-260-7225 or

Stay tuned for post-event information on the gala including winners, photos, and more! To learn how you can become a member of the exclusive Homes by Dickerson Diamond Club, please contact us at 919-917-3132.

Red Ribbon Home of the Week:: The St. James in Barton’s Grove

Red Ribbon Home of the Week:: The St. James in Barton’s Grove

If you are looking for traditional elegance and spacious living in a peaceful, wooded setting then look no further than the beautiful St. James in Barton’s Grove by Homes by Dickerson. Gorgeous double doors lead into a great foyer space, home office and versatile dining area with stunning details in the elegant trim and lighting fixtures.  Incredible oversized windows highlight the site-finished hardwoods and the carefully chosen color palette as you move into the open living concept featuring a gourmet kitchen and family room complete with coffered ceilings and built-in bookshelves.  A private master suite can also be found on the first floor.  Up the beautiful stairway are four additional bedrooms with a jack-and-jill bath, a generous recreation room and an abundance of storage!  Plus the wooded views from your screen porch of your almost 2-acre home site are absolutely breathtaking!
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This custom design extends over 4000 square feet and is one of the 13 homes included in this year’s Red Ribbon Package Event!  Receive $5000 to “use as you choose” when you close on this move-in ready home by December 20, 2016.*

For more information on The St. James in Barton’s Grove or any of our other move-in ready homes across The Triangle, please contact us at 919-917-3132 or

Barton’s Grove:: The St. James
7005 Barton’s Grove Way, Raleigh, NC
To view the virtual tour, please click here.
5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths
4089 square feet
Homesite 1-MLS #2054340


*See Agent for details on the Red Ribbon Package Event

Dickerson Team brings home 3 more Gold Awards and a Bronze at the Wake County Parade of Homes Banquet!

Dickerson Team brings home 3 more Gold Awards and a Bronze at the Wake County Parade of Homes Banquet!

Homes by Dickerson is proud to have ended The 2016 Triangle Parade of Homes with a bang!  Winning three Gold Awards and one Bronze at the Wake County Parade of Homes Banquet was a testament to our entire team who worked tirelessly to build five beautiful custom designs for the Wake County tour.  Added to last week’s three wins at the Durham/Orange/Chatham Counties Parade of Homes Banquet, our team is flying high!



Wendell Falls
The Concord, Home Site 232
420 Vintage Point Lane, Wendell
3 bedrooms, 3.0 baths, 2645 sf
To view a virtual tour of this home, please click here.


Wendell Falls
The Emerson, Home Site 39
1704 Drift Falls Lane, Wendell
3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, 2300 sf
To view a virtual tour of this home, please click here.


Sunset Bluffs
The Essington, Home Site 79
2888 Greenbank Mill Drive, Fuquay Varina
4 beds, 3.5 baths, 2960 sf
To view a virtual tour of this home, please click here.


The Whitaker, Home Site 5
7421 Haywood Oaks Drive, Raleigh
4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, 3567 sf
To view a virtual tour of this home, please click here.

We are incredibly honored with all of these awards and are so proud of our project managers, designers and superintendents for the vision, daily commitment, passion and sweat equity placed in all five of these homes.

For more information on any of our Parade Homes or Move-In Ready Homes across The Triangle, please visit our website or contact us at 919-917-3132 or


Homes by Dickerson Receives Perfect Scores and 7 Awards at the 2015 Parade of Homes!

Homes by Dickerson Receives Perfect Scores and 7 Awards at the 2015 Parade of Homes!

The excitement was certainly building at this years 2015 Parade of Homes Awards! Homes by Dickerson entered 10 homes this year into the Parade, our largest participation to date.  7 entries for the Wake County Parade and 3 in the Durham, Orange and Chatham Parade happening over the first three weekends of October.

Our team spends countless hours working thru the design details and elements and inspirations for each home.  The team of project managers, superintendents and designers pour their blood, sweat and tears into making their homes memorable and stand out in a way that matches Homes by Dickerson’s understated elegance and our drive to always be better. You can check out our Design Series blogs that highlight the designers perspectives on selections for each of the homes for an insiders look.  There are so many great features in all of these homes- here is a snapshot of a few but be sure to see them for yourself or click on the virtual tours below.

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Here is the line-up of Homes by Dickerson’s Award Winning Parade Homes

  • GOLD WINNER and 1 PERFECT SCORE :: The Haywood in Haywood :: 5221 Woodall Way, Raleigh NC 27613 :: $699,900 Virtual Tour
  • GOLD WINNER and 2 PERFECT SCORES :: The Fairfield in Sunset Bluffs :: 4562 Heritage Mill Way, Fuquay Varina, NC 27526 :: $399,900 Virtual Tour
  • SILVER WINNER :: The Oakmont in Briar Chapel :: 1475 Briar Chapel Parkway, Chapel Hill NC 27516 $697,479 Virtual Tour
  • BRONZE WINNER :: The Jackson in Briar Chapel :: 79 Old Piedmont Circle, Chapel Hill NC 27516 $384,900 Virtual Tour 
  • SILVER WINNER :: The Belhaven in Briar Chapel :: 164 Old Piedmont Circle, Chapel Hill NC 27516 $496,400 Virtual Tour 
  • SILVER WINNER :: The Oberlin in Wendell Falls :: 1821 Iron Mill Drive, Wendell NC 27591 $335,900 Virtual Tour
  • SILVER WINNER :: The Bristol In Madison :: 2236 Madison Creek Drive, Apex NC 27502 $525,900 Virtual Tour 
  • The Underwood in Traditions :: 1228 Reservoir View Lane, Wake Forest NC 27587 $643,900 Virtual Tour 
  • The Franklin in Madison :: 2240 Madison Creek Drive, Apex NC 27502 $509,900 Virtual Tour
  • The Franklin in Wendell Falls :: 1816 Iron Mill Drive, Wendell NC 27591 $424,120 Virtual Tour

To learn more about any of our homes or to schedule a private tour, call 919.917.3132 or

Here are some pictures from the awards gala! Way to go Team!

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For a complete list of the Wake County Parade Winners, click here.
For a complete list of the Durham, Orange and Chatham Winners, click here.

It is all about the DESIGN, Volume II! Come tour our two Parade Homes in Wendell Falls!

It is all about the DESIGN, Volume II! Come tour our two Parade Homes in Wendell Falls!

In Volume II of “It is all about the DESIGN,” we travel to one of the Triangle’s newest communities-Wendell Falls. It was not hard for designer Debby Gist to find inspiration for either of our Parade Homes here as the area is brimming with naturally wooded landscaping, hills, streams and of course The Falls themselves.  Gist managed to incorporate these elements into both of her interior and exterior designs while still giving each home its distinct feel.

The Franklin
Franklin Inspiration
There is an evident theme throughout the Franklin model of complementing contrasts which speaks to the charm and character of Wendell Falls. Gist recognized the beauty of this neighborhood with its quiet, woodsy appeal and yet that it is still convenient to the trendy scene of Downtown Raleigh as well as other parts of the Triangle. This wonderful clash of “country meets city” is the first of many inspirational contrasts within this ranch-style floor plan.
While the exterior resembles our Franklin model home in Briar Chapel (a 2014 Parade Gold Winner!), Gist definitely utilized the natural setting of this Newland Community in her exterior color palette which focuses on earth tones. This same color palette is used throughout the entire home from the main wall color of Urban Putty to the Tony Taupe accent color and the Natural Choice trim selection.  The inspiration behind these color choices were organic facets such as seashells, sand, and driftwood. When mixed with different textures like burlap and gauze, a rustically-elegant ambiance emerged, supporting Gist’s aforementioned theme. Small details such as the chosen line of lighting fixtures contribute to the entire package in that this brushed steel lighting is made of clean lines and modern shapes while still possessing an old world feel. The kitchen cabinets are yet another example of a contrasting victory with the outer selections in a glazed eggshell and the elegant island in a coffee-stained maple. The vision was then carried to the bathrooms where the glitz of glass juxtaposed perfectly with the wonderfully coarse tile. One of the last things you may notice, but will absolutely love, is the hint of gray found in both the intricately-veined bathroom tiles as well as in the gray wash-over on the dark walnut flooring. This inclusion completes the overall theme as it marries the browns of yesterday with the grays of today.

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Wendell Falls:: The Franklin
1816 Iron Mill Drive, Wendell, NC
For the full virtual tour, please click here.

3 bedrooms, 3.0 baths
2530 square feet
Homesite 135-MLS #2022434

The Oberlin
Oberlin Inspiration
The look and feel to our Oberlin Parade Home in Wendell Falls incorporates a more light and airy atmosphere than its across-the-street counterpart. The exterior elevation mixes a variety of colors and materials which complement one another perfectly including shake, stone, hardy siding and custom plank shutters. Even the roofing materials owns the color palette by providing flecks of browns, tans and blue-greens. The quaint porch is hand-stained in a chestnut hue to enhance the natural colors used for the exterior.
Once again, Gist successfully pulls these shades into the home to create the feeling of open spaciousness, heightened by the natural light streaming through the abundance of elongated windows. While her color palette is cooler than that of the one chosen for The Franklin, the effect is not impersonal. Rather her combination of creams and khaki, highlighted by grays and charcoals, result in a very homey and welcomed feel. These touches of creams and grays are also found in the kitchen where the outer cabinets, done in sandstone with a slate glaze, and the island, a sable charcoal, mixes the light grays and browns. However, one of the most unique design features of this home can be found in the glamorous tantrum glass used in the master bathroom. The creams, browns and grays are represented well in these 1940’s inspired accent tiles but it is the introduction of the persimmon pieces which really make them stand out.   While some of the fixtures, such as the industrial pendant lighting over the efficient bar, do lend themselves to a post-World War II romanticism-we chose to dress the stage with a classic summer feel which effectively shows off the 5” espresso hickory floors.   Another feature to this home that you will not want to miss is the charming back porch, stained in the same chestnut hue as the front, perfectly shown for those end of summer dinner parties that last well after the fireflies have come out to dance.
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Wendell Falls:: The Oberlin
1821 Iron Mill Drive, Wendell, NC
For the full virtual tour, please click here.

3 bedrooms, 2.0 baths
2002 square feet
Homesite 124-MLS #2022468

While we hope that you will visit The Franklin and The Oberlin during one of the three Parade weekends this year: October 3-4, 10-12 and 18-20 (each day from 12noon to 5pm), why wait?  Both of these homes are open and ready to be viewed during our normal business hours!

For more information on scheduling a private tour of these or any of our homes in Wendell Falls, please contact us at 919-917-3132 or

About the Designer

Debby Gist is responsible for all of the interior design and material elements that give a Homes By Dickerson home its signature warmth, livability and luxury feel.  She loves helping customers plan their dream home in the design center where all of the finishing detail elements are represented under one roof. As a former middle school teacher, Debby has cultivated the skill of listening closely to her clients to gain a deep understanding of their needs and wants and shepherds them through innumerable design decisions with sensitivity and a sense of style. In her free time, Debby loves beach combing, working in her garden and spending time with her family. She also volunteers for the Wake County Interior Design Career Advisory Board.