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!
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
Between the beautiful sunshine, the fantastic amenities and the active social calendar, Wendell Falls is a fantastic place to enjoy these long summer days. In order to celebrate our wonderful community and meet more neighbors, we are inviting all Homes By Dickerson homeowners to join us at the new Wendell Falls dog park “Wendell Paws” for some summer fun! #WendellPaws
Stop by any time between 9am and noon on Saturday, July 21st for delicious food, cold drinks and great prizes! There will also be lots of treats and surprises for any canine friends who decide to join us for the festivities. A Homes By Dickerson homeowner will have a table from The Vets Pets where you can enter to win exciting prizes such as gift certificates to Wake Veterinary Hospital and Urgent Care, Knightdale Animal Hospital, Knightdale Pet Resort and Spa, and more! You will also have the opportunity to get your furry friend’s picture taken by professional photographer Heather Johnson!
We hope that you will be able to join us for a fun morning! Kindly RSVP to one of the guys on our amazing Wendell Falls Sales Team!
Located just east of Raleigh (and only a short drive to Downtown!), Wendell Falls is one of the area’s fastest growing neighborhoods. Developed by the award-winning Newland Communities, this master-planned community is the largest in the Triangle and will embrace 4,000 new homes and over 2 million square feet of retail space over the next several years.
Now that summer is here, the residents of Wendell Falls are taking advantage of the wonderful amenities woven throughout the community. Feel like getting some exercise outdoors? Try exploring more than 10 miles of hiking and biking trails (beautiful winding pathways which are expected to connect to the Mountain-to-Sea trail) or taking your four-legged friend for a walk to the newly finished Wendell Paws Dog Park.
Need to soak up some sun? Look no further than the zero-entry saltwater pool with lap lanes, kids’ splash zones, and a waterslide. Want to unwind during the evening? Pull up an Adirondack chair next to the fire pit in Shindig Park, have a picnic, challenge your neighbors to a game of cornhole, or enjoy the live music on Festival Lawn throughout the summer.
Wendell Falls has created quite the reputation for putting on excellent events over the past few years. I am not sure if it is the calming view of woods and water, the lush green grass and Carolina blue skies, or the fantastic amenities offered by this award-winning community but summer in Wendell Falls has become one of my favorites! In just a few short weeks, we get to celebrate the beginning of the coming season with the 3rd annual kickoff to Farmhouse Jams! I do not know about you but I cannot think of anything better than an evening which includes live music, delicious food, cold drinks and the chance to catch up with friends and neighbors. Let’s go over that one more time: Farmhouse Jams equals music, food, drinks, and great conversation. Check off all when you join us on Saturday, June 9th to hear The Boomers Band, live at the Wendell Falls outdoor pavilion. We invite you to sit in our Homes By Dickerson VIP area where we will have blankets and chairs for your convenience as well as drinks and food tickets for your family! Music begins at 5:30pm but plan to enjoy watching the sun set amidst the trees and look for flickers of light as the lightning bugs dance dance across the lawn. Ahhh… life in Wendell Falls!
At Wendell Falls, a new-home community in Wendell, N.C., a one-of-a-kind energy storage system has been added to the list of green energy upgrades available to homeowners.
Raleigh, N.C.-based Homes by Dickerson, a Wendell Falls builder, partnered with Morrisville, N.C.-based Southern Energy Management (SEM) to install the first Powerwall at the community, one of the first uses of the Tesla product in the state. Developed by San Diego, Calif.-based Newland Communities, Wendell Falls encompasses more than 1,100 acres near Raleigh, N.C.
The Tesla Powerwall is a rechargeable lithium ion battery that works in conjunction with solar panels to store excess energy. By making this energy available on demand, day or night, the Powerwall roughly doubles the amount of solar energy that directly powers the home, according to Tesla. When used by homeowners on a time-of-use (TOU) rate plan, the wall can help save money by charging and discharging according to peak times and prices. The Powerwall also provides backup power during outages by automatically disconnecting from the grid and restoring power to a home for seven days or longer, Tesla says.
Homes in Wendell Falls have an average score of 62 on the HERS Index, according to the developers. Dickerson’s homes there are Energy Star certified and are certified Bronze by the National Green Building Standard, with features like low-flow fixtures and faucets, tankless gas heaters, and radiant barrier roof sheathing. Homeowners who want to ratchet up their home’s performance even more can opt for solar panels and a 13.5 kw/hour Powerwall, which can bring the home to net-zero energy.
SEM says the average cost for a solar array on these homes, which range from 2,000 to 3,674 square feet, is $20,000 to $25,000, and federal tax credits allow homeowners to deduct 30 percent of that cost. A fully installed Powerwall costs $10,000 in addition to that and is also eligible for the 30 percent tax credit.
Since tax deductions only offset part of the steep costs for these technologies, Graham Alexander, senior residential energy specialist for SEM, says the decision to upgrade comes down to a combination of factors. Although the price tag is a deterrent for some buyers, according to Alexander, others treat the purchase like an investment in a generator, which might not offer a financial return but does provide a homeowner peace of mind in an outage.
“It’s not as much wanting to save more money with the Powerwall as the security of knowing you have power in the event of a grid failure and a little more energy autonomy,” he says.
Not only are Powerwall users less susceptible to hourly fluctuations in the cost of energy, they’re able to monitor and manage their home energy usage through the Tesla app.
According to Homes by Dickerson superintendent Jonathan Bailey, buyers and homeowners with the budget to upgrade generally choose the upscale kitchen or other additions they will see and touch every day. However, the availability of these solar options and Tesla technologies is shedding light on the benefits of independent residential energy systems.
“We get asked about solar a lot more often today than we did four or five years ago, but the challenge is getting people to understand that it’s a long-term investment,” he says.
Even if the kitchen upgrades are winning for now, Alexander says interest in smart, renewable energy systems is rising across North Carolina. “There’s a strong trend toward clean energy and higher-end smart home technology. Producing your own energy and being able to store it and control when you use it – that’s the pinnacle,” he says.
Join us at the Wendell Falls Spring Open House Tour-You will be “Berry” happy you did so!
Sometimes North Carolina weather makes it hard to remember what season we are in or what is coming up but our exciting reminder for the day is that Spring will be here next month! Carolina blue skies, cool breezes, and budding blooms will all be the norm very soon and I cannot think of a better place to kick off the celebration than Wendell Falls. There is something truly special about this community. Whether it is the gathering mentality at The Farmhouse, the opportunity to grab a quick bite at Grounds Cafe, the wooded views, or the calming sound of the Falls, I am not entirely sure. I like to think that it is a pleasant combination of all of the above. Whatever the attraction, we encourage you to spend the day with us at The Wendell Falls Spring Open House Tour coming up on Saturday, March 10th from 12pm-5pm. Not only will you have the opportunity to tour our model homes and our move-in ready homes but you can experience life in this fantastic community!
Homes By Dickerson will be hosting a “Pick Your Own” Strawberry Patch at our model home: 1816 Iron Mill Drive, Wendell, NC. Grab one of our tin pails and fill it with NC grown strawberries! Just like you want to choose your own fresh produce, you want to choose your own home design and custom features! After visiting our strawberry patch, tour our homes and see what a true custom builder can do for you. For more information on how you can choose “The Home of YOUR Life!” with Homes By Dickerson, please contact us at 919-917-3132 or email@example.com
Build “The Home of YOUR Life” today in Wendell Falls! Take advantage of our $5000 credit towards design options on all presales in this gorgeous neighborhood from now through March 31, 2018. Whether you choose to customize one of our award-winning floor plans or have our licensed architect create the perfect design for your life, the benefits are all for you! Use these savings on any design center option when you meet the design team in our showroom to choose the right fits and finishes to match your personal style.
You cannot imagine a better time to purchase a custom marvel in this beautiful new home community! As warmer temperatures start to come our way, the beauty of this location will overwhelm you. Wendell Falls offers attractive amenities such as The Farmhouse, a gathering place with beautiful views, a fitness room, and Grounds Cafe; a pool and splash zone; an amphitheater; wide open spaces; trails for hiking, biking, walking; and of course The Falls’ themselves!
For more information on how you can build “The Home of Your Life” in Wendell Falls, please contact us at 919-917-3132 or info@HomesByDickerson.com