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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Wendell Falls clears way for 2M square feet of commercial
Ben Graham, The Triangle Business Journal
January 23, 2018
The Wendell Falls master-planned community, just outside of its namesake town in eastern Wake County, is still just a shadow of what it could be in the future.
Open fields and mounds of dirt still make up much of the 1,100-acre property. Neat rows of single-family homes have cropped up, but only a little more than 400 of the potential 4,000 have been built thus far.
All that could change soon.
Construction is underway on the commercial phase of the Wendell Falls community, and plans are in the works for even larger development in the near future. Crews have begun work on a Cruizers convenience store at the development, being built by real estate developer Newland Communities. In March, a new childcare center will go vertical. But the bigger news is what lies just beyond the horizon. The Newland team behind the master-planned community is laying the groundwork for a grocery store, a medical facility and restaurant and retail space. All told, the commercial component of the project will total 2 million square feet.
There is even space for a corporate headquarters office complex, something that could help draw companies to the other side of Wake County. “This east side has been overlooked,” says Dan Klausner, Newland’s director of commercial real estate.
An 11-acre parcel has been prepped for a 100,000-square-foot medical facility, and one of the pads is in the final stages of negotiations with a tenant. Another 50-acre parcel is being graded to make way for retail space, restaurants and a new, higher-end grocery store. Work on the commercial side of the development comes at the same time that the developers are making headway on the residential component. More than 380 homes have been sold to-date, while another 680 lots are ready for construction. The work represents a significant about-face for the project, which was in limbo for years until Newland scooped it up in 2013 for $34 million. Development of the community had been suspended in 2008, after the original developer, Burroughs & Chapin, defaulted on a Wells Fargo loan. The bank foreclosed on the land two years later. When its complete, Wendell Falls could double or even triple the population of the town of Wendell, which had 6,745 residents in 2016, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
And it could get even bigger. Those behind the development have talked about luring a larger company to relocate to Wendell Falls. The corporate headquarters site is 50 acres and could accommodate up to 6 million square feet. That would require getting additional approval from the town, but the potential is there, Klausner says.
Newland has offices in cities across the U.S. and also is responsible for building Briar Chapel in Chapel Hill.
Wendell Falls “Talks Design” with Homes By Dickerson’s Turner Underhill!
By now we hope you are familiar with the award-winning community of Wendell Falls in Wendell, North Carolina. This beautiful community offers incredible views, open space, and amenities galore all in a quiet, peaceful environment. Did we mention that it is only 15 miles from Downtown Raleigh? Or that you can build “The Home of Your Life!” with Homes By Dickerson in this dream neighborhood? If you have not heard of Wendell Falls, I encourage you to see what the difference is! While researching, check out the latest Wendell Falls blog entry which highlights the amazing talents of Homes By Dickerson superstar designer Turner Underhill! Click here to view the blog or keep scrollling!
For more information on Wendell Falls or any of our other Triangle-area communities or custom, high-performance designs, please contact us at 919-917-3132 or info@HomesByDickerson.com
18 January . 2018
Let’s Talk Design: An Interview with Turner Underhill by Cali Buhrman, Marketing Coordinator
Have you ever walked into a model or staged home and thought to yourself, “Oh my, these designs are amazing!”
Everything flows together perfectly, the décor complements the home features, and you are instantly in love.
Working around gorgeous homes at Wendell Falls, I know the feeling well—which is why I was so excited to
down with Turner Underhill, the designer behind Homes By Dickerson’s custom plans in our community.
Read our interview below to hear what Turner had to say about inspiration, her favorite home so far,
and what sets Homes By Dickerson apart from any other homebuilder.
CB: There are so many great homebuilders in the Triangle. What sets Homes By Dickerson apart?
TU: Homes by Dickerson is not only a custom green home builder, but we also pride ourselves on the fact that
clients can walk through our spec houses and know that what they see is a “standard” option and would be
included in the base price of the home. We have wonderful options in our standard levels and as a designer,
we work hard keep our programs up to date and current (like tile, flooring, and backsplash programs).
Since we are a custom builder, we can do just about anything for our clients but we have many
homebuyers who are pleased and happy with the standard options.
CB: What’s the first thing you think about when designing a home? Do you usually know
immediately the character of the home and what you want it to be, or does it come together
later in the project?
TU: With each home I work on I come up with a theme. I am given an elevation and a floor plan and from
there I create the bigger picture. Whether it is a coastal farmhouse or masculine craftsman house, each home
has a main idea and I build on it from there. I keep the theme in mind when picking exterior colors, interior
floor stains, backsplash tile, cabinet colors, etc. A coastal farmhouse would be light and airy while a more
masculine house might have some stained elements and a darker overall color scheme.
CB: Okay I have to ask, do you have a favorite home you have designed at Wendell Falls so far?
TU: My favorite home in Wendell Falls so far is the Concord plan we built for Parade of Homes. It ended up
winning Gold in 2017 and our team loved the finished product! The theme for this house was actually a coastal
farmhouse and when you walk through the front door, you can see that come through and carry throughout the home.
Thanks Turner! For more information on Homes By Dickerson and their plan offerings, click here.
Join us for the 2nd annual “Sip and Shop” event at Wendell Falls on Saturday, December 9th from 2-5pm. This will be a holiday experience that you will not forget as you stroll down Model Home Row, shopping local vendors and enjoying delicious coffee, wine and beer to get you into the Holiday Spirit! You will want to be sure to visit our Franklin and Oberlin models on Iron Mill Drive, both of which will be festively decorated for the upcoming Season and hosting incredible Wendell craft makers such as KC Candleworks!
In a time of giving and thankfulness, Homes By Dickerson’s gift to you is up to $20,000* to Use As You Choose and make one of these custom designs The Home of Your Life! Whether you need a fence, additional landscaping, closing costs or window blinds, the choice is yours! You can even apply half of your gift towards reducing the purchase price! For a scheduled tour of any of our move-in ready homes, please contact us at 919-917-3132 or info@HomesByDickerson.com. You may also view the list of homes below and accompanying tour videos!
Up to $20,000* To Use As You Choose
Home site S3: 47 Ashwood Drive (The Sullivan) 5 Bed, 4 Bath, 1st Flr Guest, Jack-n-Jill Bath, Bonus, 3-Car Gar, 3577 SF / $636,000
Home site S27: 454 Cliffdale Road (The Windham C2) 3 Bed, 2 Bath, Ranch Plan, 1st Flr Study, Rec Rm, Unfinished Bedroom and Bath
Home site 1289: 100 Highveld Ave (The Fairfield B) 2017 Gold Parade Winner! 4 Bed, 3 Bath, 1st Flr Guest Room, 2nd Flr Master and Rec Room, Unfinished Walk-Up Attic, 2915 SF / $506,000, View Home
Home site 1291: 72 Highveld Ave (The Franklin), 3 Bed, 3 Bath, Ranch-Style Home, 1st Flr Master & Guest Rm, Bonus, 2732 SF / $445,000, View Home
Up to $10,000* To Use As You Choose Home site 1372: 286 Salt Cedar Lane (The Castlebrook), 4 Bed, 3.5 Bath, Covered Front Porch, Study, 3rd Flr with Full Bath, 2424 SF / $392,500, View Home Home site 1463: 205 Quarter Gate Trace (The Sanderson), 3 Bed, 2.5 Bath, 1st Flr Master, Attached Garage, Screen Porch, 2309 SF / $387,000, View Home Home site 1466: 179 Quarter Gate Trace (The Cambridge), 4 Bed, 3 Bath, 1st Flr Guest/Study, Attached Garage, Fin Bonus Rm & Screen Porch, 3577 SF / $636,000, View Home Home site 1649: 293 Quarter Gate Trace (The Millhaven), 3 Bed, 2.5 Bath, Master on Main, Loft, Attached Garage, Screen Porch, 2052 SF / $374,000 Home site 1650: 287 Quarter Gate Trace (The Riverton), 3 Bed, 3 Bath, 1st Flr Master, Unfin Storage, Screen Porch, 2179 SF / $399,000, View Home Home site 1651: 279 Quarter Gate Trace (The Kingspark), 3 Bed, 3 Bath, 1st Flr Master, Screened Porch, Study, Attached Garage, 2272 SF / $399,000
Up to $20,000* To Use As You Choose
Home site 4258: 4258 Henderson Pl (The Covington), 2017 Silver Parade Winner! 3 Bed, 2 Bath, New Ranch Design with Rec Room and Walk-In Storage on 2nd Flr, 2951 SF / $646,000, View Home
Home site 4255: 4255 Henderson Pl (The Sheldon), 4 Bed, 3 Bath, Ranch Design with Rec Room and Walk-In Storage on 2nd Flr, 3173 SF / $655,000
Up to $20,000* To Use As You Choose
Home site 18: 2130 Tordelo Place (The Windham), 4 Bed, 3 Bath, Open-Living Concept, 2nd Flr Rec Room, Screen Porch, 2-Car Garage, Unfinished Storage, 2892 SF / $475,000, View Home
Home site 30: 2127 Tordelo Place (The Churchwood B), 4 Bed, 4 Bath, 1st Flr Guest Rm, Cov. Porch, 2nd Flr Owner Ste, Bonus
Home site 40: 1700 Drift Falls Lane (The Windham), 3 Bed, 2 Bath, Ranch Plan, Large Kitchen, Study w/French Doors, Rec Room, Unfin. Storage, Corner Homesite, 2580 SF / $372,000
Up to $20,000* To Use As You Choose
Home site 154: 1621 Cascade Falls Dr (The Concord III), 2017 Gold Parade Winner! 3 Bed, 3 Bath, Ranch Plan, Master and Guest on 1st Flr, Study, Screened Porch, Basement w/Rec Room, Bedroom & Bath, Backs to Woods and Trails, 3200 SF / $499,900, View Home
Home site 182: 508 Batson Creek Cr (The Emerson II), 4 Bed, 3 Bath, 1st Flr Master Suite, Finished Basement with 4th Bedroom, Full Bath and Rec Room, Unfinished Storage, 2796 SF / $446,000, View Home
Home site 457: 929 Groveview Wynd (The Franklin Craftsman), 3 Bed, 3 Bath, Ranch Plan, Master and Guest Flr, Study, Butler’s Pantry, Bonus and Additional Bedroom w/Bath Upstairs, Unfin Walk-In Storage, 2732 SF / $409,000
Home site 458: 933 Groveview Wynd (The Concord), 3 Bed, 3 Bath, Ranch Plan w/1st Flr Master & Guest Bedrooms, Screen Porch, Backs to Woods & Trails, Walk-In Unfin Storage, 2645 SF / $416,000
Up to $10,000* To Use As You Choose Home site 489: 1000 Groveview Wynd (The Oberlin Farmhouse)
Home site 490: 1004 Groveview Wynd (The Oberlin Craftsman), 3 Bed, 2 Bath, Ranch Plan w/Large Master Ste and 2 Guest Bed, Study, Screened Porch, Attached Rear-Entry 2-Car Gar, 2004 SF / $330,000
*Up to half of the Use As You Choose promotion can be used towards reducing the purchase price. Offer good on select inventory homes that go under contract between November 1st and November 14th and close by December 20th. Promotion subject to change. See Agent for details.
Parade to “The Home of YOUR Life!”-2017 Parade of Homes Tour, Dickerson-style
Just a few short weeks ago, we gave you a sneak peek into our world of parade design, teasing you with a few delicious photos which would have you wanting for more. Since that time, our team has worked tirelessly to give our visions life. Every surface has been buffed and polished, every flower lovingly planted, every pillow situated just so. No matter how excited and nervous we are about impressing the Parade of Homes Judges, it is nothing compared to how we feel about the moment that you are going to walk through the door. Each of these homes is exclusive, thoughtfully-planned, and carefully-crafted for YOU! Keep reading. Explore the photos. Discover how you can make one of our eight 2017 Parade Homes“The Home of YOUR Life!”
Do not forget to visit each of these homes across The Triangle where you can enter to win a $50 VISA gift card each weekend of the tour:
September 30-October 1, October 6-October 8, October 13-October 15
12noon to 5pm each day
For more information on any of our homes or communities across The Triangle or to schedule a private tour, please contact us at 919-917-3132 or email@example.com