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Interview with a Homes By Dickerson Homeowner!

Interview with a Homes By Dickerson Homeowner!

Homes By Dickerson is blessed to have amazing homeowners-individuals and families who appreciate the craftsmanship and attention to detail we put into every home.  They understand that our goal is to build them The Home of Their Life!  When our buyers sign a contract with us, they are securing our partnership and placing their trust into our hands.  Nothing could mean more to us as a company or as a family!  We would like to give you a little more insight into what it is like to buy or build a Homes By Dickerson custom design with the below interview!  The following is a conversation between our Sales Associate Chuck Belden and Chris Ciccone, one of our valued homeowners in Wendell Falls:

[ Chuck: “One of my favorite parts of being a new home sales consultant in Wendell Falls is learning the stories of our homeowners. I love building relationships in the community and connecting the dots to see how each person’s journey has taken them to Wendell Falls. It so much fun for me and definitely one of the perks of the job. Every person, family, home, and experience is different. It’s custom. Never the same home and never the same family. A few days ago I got to sit down for a coffee at Grounds Café with one of our newest residents Chris Ciccone and talk to him about his family, his move to Wendell Falls and how they chose the perfect home for the needs of their family.”]

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Chuck: Hey Chris. Thanks for grabbing a coffee with me and for the chat. So, ya’ll have lived in the neighborhood for about 3 months now. Is that right?

Chris: Yes that’s correct but it feels much longer. One of the benefits of moving to this community and working with Homes By Dickerson is that we integrated ourselves before we moved in. I was working from The Farmhouse during the build process and Aimee and the kids had already made many friends, so it feels longer from a community stand point.

Chuck: Have you lived in a planned community like Wendell Falls before? How is this similar or different from your last community?

Chris: Our previous neighborhood in Virginia was similar in how it was laid out but it didn’t have that social aspect that we have here in Wendell Falls. People actually talk and interact with each other here. We genuinely wanted to be part of something like this.

Chuck: Sounds like it’s been a good fit for your family. With so many great neighborhoods in the Triangle how did you end up choosing Wendell Falls over all others?

Chris: I had lived in Virginia my whole life and my wife Aimee moved there from California when we were married. Virginia was a big change for Aimee from California but her parents lived in Raleigh. We would visit often and I had an opportunity to work remotely, so over the course of a year or two I did a lot of research on Wendell Falls. During Thanksgiving of 2016 we came down and toured some other areas. That night I searched online for new communities and Wendell Falls popped up. I saw some of the homes on the website, bookmarked the site and life went on. I forgot about it for over a year and in December 2017 we ended up moving here and started the new home search again. We thought we wanted a bigger piece of land but couldn’t find the community feel that we were searching for with the bigger home sites. I started looking online again and there it was, the Wendell Falls bookmark popped up so we came and took another look.  I fell in love with all of things that initially caught my eye online over a year before: The Farmhouse, the fishing pond, the look and feel of the community. There was something unique that fit the needs of our family and was unlike anything else we saw all over The Triangle. There is a bit of soul here that no other area had. Something is done right here. While touring the neighborhood and letting our kids play on the playground we met somebody, started to get to know each other and she actually became our neighbor later down the road. While the kids played, my wife, who really wasn’t totally on board yet, and her talked for an hour and it was the tipping point that proved we had a great opportunity here.

Chuck: So the neighborhood clearly felt right. Did you have the same feeling when you chose your builder? There are 6 different builders to choose from in Wendell Falls.  How did you decide on the perfect home for you and your family and ultimately on Homes By Dickerson?

Chris: We had a semi-custom home in our previous neighborhood, so we came in a little bit picky.  I wanted to feel like we could work with a builder that would actually build “our home” and not just a home. I researched all of the builders and I felt good about Homes By Dickerson. We toured some of the other neighborhoods that Homes By Dickerson builds in to see finished products and we spent a lot of time on your website learning floor plans. We liked that you were a local builder that wasn’t super small or too big and the fact that you’re custom is what we wanted. While touring all the other builder models, the Homes By Dickerson homes just felt different. And we really liked the interactions we had with the Homes By Dickerson team as a whole. Jenn, your VP of Sales, took copious amounts of notes and remembered things that I didn’t even remember saying. She asked so many questions about our family, how we wanted to live and grow in the home and what came out of it was “here is what we can do for you in a Homes By Dickerson home.” At first we toured the model and Aimee wasn’t feeling it but she kept warming up. We knew we could make changes, but we didn’t realize the level of attention and customization that we would have with Homes By Dickerson in a planned community. And once we realized it, it’s what solidified that Homes By Dickerson was the right choice for our family.

Chuck: Have you felt good enough about your decision to move here and build with Homes By Dickerson to refer any other people to do the same?

Chris: Yes, actually!  While we were building I had a question about our HVAC system that I had forgotten to ask in an earlier meeting with Lea, the project manager. I wanted an independent third-party opinion so my wife asked on the local online mom’s group if anybody knew an HVAC expert. Somebody responded that her husband could help and he took my call right away late at night. He said the exact same thing that Lea, the project manager, was saying which gave me even more confidence in Homes By Dickerson. I then suggested that he and his wife give Homes By Dickerson a look and they are now building with you too! This community attracts special people and it makes it easy to be an active member of the community.

Chuck: In your approach, how do you let others know that there is something for everybody here?

Chris: It’s new and it’s exciting and there’s a level of energy that is out here. It’s close to downtown Raleigh which is important. Some people can get lost in the fact that we are in Eastern Wake county and not “Cary” or “Apex” but I went to downtown Raleigh last night to have dinner with a colleague and I was in the middle of the city in 15 minutes. We take the kids to Marbles Kids Museum all the time and it’s super easy and convenient. It’s also convenient to North Hills. We were just there last week. That place is impressive, it’s like a little town center there now. We are also really close to Cameron Village where we like to go often. Then we have what we have right here. I love The Farmhouse!  It’s not very often you have a planned community where you can walk to a coffee shop, have a beer or something to eat. The diversity of the different homes out here is also very appealing.

Chuck: Let’s talk numbers for a second. This neighborhood is still young at just 15 to 20% complete and I see a major investment opportunity here for future homeowners with so much appreciation in front of us. You’re a sharp guy.  Did you guys consider that before committing?

Chris: We did for sure. You can find a lot of info online regarding property values and growth, so I spent a lot of time researching. I felt getting into here early was going to be better than waiting. Plus, there weren’t a lot of home sites available so that created some urgency. If you look at Cary and Apex and surrounding areas, we weren’t going to get what we wanted out of our home in our budget in those areas. You get way more for the money here. We didn’t feel buying here was taking a chance, we felt it was a wise decision.

Chuck: My kids absolutely love it here! Every day can be a new adventure. What do you think your kids love most about Wendell Falls?

Chris:Well, they are 5 and 3 so they love everything but generally speaking they love the nature trail around the actual falls. They love playing on the rocks. It’s like a fantasy land. They love the parks! You’ve got parks everywhere. And you’ve got the amphitheater being built. Now that they are riding bikes they love riding bikes around here. That makes me so happy because I remember doing that as a kid and now I get to do it with them.  It’s safe and it’s fun and then I get all the time “Dad, are we going to go to The Farmhouse?”. They love coming up here and running around.  I remember one Friday night before we decided to move here.   We had decided to have dinner at The Farmhouse.  It was a nice night and it was busy. The kids just met a whole crew of kids their same age and took off playing while the parents sat and got to know each other. It’s a social environment for them too which is great. We can’t wait for the pool to open. That’s going to be high on their list. High on the parents’ list too!

Chuck: I totally agree. It’s pretty easy to pick out things we like about living here but I think we are just getting started. Newland as a developer has an incredible vision for what Wendell Falls will be and we are so lucky to already have all of these amenities. Now, of course, nothing is certain until it’s certain but based on what Newland is hoping to bring to the neighborhood, what are you most excited to see coming here?

Chris: Definitely whatever is going to happen with the mixed-use retail and shopping in Treelight Square. That will have such an impact on the rest of the community, not too mention the entire area. It’s a game changer as it’ll be walkable from all of our homes. Hopefully, it will add some things like new restaurants or local shops with additional flavor.  I’m excited to see what’s happening across the parkway as we grow. I’m excited for The Grove Park. I want to be an early adopter of the hammocks. We moved from a 100-year-old town in Virginia and I’m excited to see how our 100-year-old Town of Wendell grows with us. I’m also excited about the potential that a company could call Wendell Falls home for it’s corporate headquarters in our mixed-use space. I’ve seen it happen in an area just like this back in Virginia and everything around it benefits.

Chuck: That’s a great point! I was told in a meeting recently with the developer’s team that Wendell Falls made the short list for Amazon’s future headquarters but it didn’t work out. However, they were very excited to be considered and confident that another company of that caliber will give us a look sometime in the future.

Ok, final question. Many Homes By Dickerson home buyers have purchased homes previously, like yourself, and know what they are looking for and what truly matters in a new home.  However, many first-timers might not have that guidance or expertise as somebody that’s been through it before. In your opinion, why would a first-time home buyer choose to build with Homes by Dickerson in Wendell Falls?

Chris: Number one, you’re going to get a house that you want because Homes By Dickerson is going to talk with you about it and through it, which is important. Especially for a first-timer that may not know what they don’t yet know. It’s likely the most expensive purchase you’ve ever made and there is something to be said about working with a custom builder that gives confidence and value. The list price may appear to be higher but there is inherit value in all of the included features you offer, the superior quality you build to, and the high-performance features you include as standard. First-timers may not realize that and only consider square footage and price per square foot. I looked at it less as total square footage and more as livable area and not wasting space. Maintenance costs too. Some homes I toured from other builders I just knew would cost more in upkeep and maintenance over the years than the higher quality Homes By Dickerson product. Homes By Dickerson recognized the emotional experience that building and buying a home is and helped us navigate through that. We enjoyed everybody we worked with along the way. We felt every person with Homes By Dickerson cared about us and our needs. Starting from Jenn in sales to Lea as the project manager and Susan the designer to Marc the VP of Construction. We all worked together to communicate and resolve issues.  Actually, here is a great example: When we met with Marc, the VP of Construction, we told him how we wanted the upstairs space to layout based on our needs for an office and the bedrooms for the kids. Any typical builder would have just went with what we said and had the drawings done, sent to engineering and that would have been that. But one of the things Marc did was when the drawings were done he explained to us that because of the custom front elevation we created we ended up with some extra storage space on the front of the house that would be off of my office. It would have been just a small knee wall with some tough to access little storage that we would have been happy with and any other builder would have allowed us to be happy with that but Marc didn’t do that. He said, “I think we have a better idea for you and here is what I would like to do.” So, he adjusted the entire top level differently which allowed for us an entire attic in the back of the house which ultimately turned into a home school area for our kids. This worked because they understood how our family wanted to use the home and I would have never thought of that. First time or not, any home buyer should have that level of care.

Chuck: That’s awesome! I can feel the emotion in that. And I lied. Last question now. Anything you would do differently?

Chris: Nope. Not a thing.

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For more information on how you can find “The Home of Your Life” in Wendell Falls or any of our other communities, please contact Whitney at 919-917-3132 or Whitney@HomesByDickerson.  We would love to make you a Homes By Dickerson Homeowner as well!

Summer Music Series’ to Return to the Triangle!

Summer Music Series’ to Return to the Triangle!

Longer days and warmer temperatures are signs that it is time, once again, for two of Homes By Dickerson’s favorite summer music series’ to return to the Triangle: Music in the Meadow at Briar Chapel and Farmhouse Jams in Wendell Falls!  Both of these events combine quality time with neighbors and friends, live music, great food, and cold drinks in beautiful new home neighborhoods from Newland Communities!

Whether you are looking for a new community or just want to meet people in a fun setting, we encourage you to join us for any of these live music events where you can enjoy gorgeous North Carolina summer nights!  Spread out your lawn blanket, grab a cold beverage, and tap your foot to some fantastic tunes!

Mark these dates and details on your family calendar and get ready for these summer music series’ to return to the Triangle :

Music in the Meadow
Great Meadow Park in Briar Chapel-185 Granite Mill Blvd, Chapel Hill, NC
June 8th 6pm-8pm (The Band: Rubberband)
September 14th 6pm-8pm (The Band: The 919)

Farmhouse Jams
The Farmhouse in Wendell Falls-320 Vintage Point Lane, Wendell, NC
June 8th 6pm-8pm (The Band: Back Porch Orchestra)
September 7th 6pm-8pm

You will also have the opportunity to meet members of the Homes By Dickerson team where you can learn more about our custom, high-performance homes.  Summer may reach record temperatures but you can save on your monthly utility bills with a high-performance Homes By Dickerson design.  Make one of our move-in ready homes The Home of Your Life today!

For more information on any of our move-in ready homes in Briar Chapel or Wendell Falls, please contact Whitney at 919-917-3132 or Whitney@HomesByDickerson.com.  Do not forget to ask us about the Summer Music Series’ to Return to the Triangle!  We look forward to seeing you at these events!

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!

Wendell Falls Homeowners Enjoy Holiday Sip and Shop!

Wendell Falls Homeowners Enjoy Holiday Sip and Shop!

We continue to share how amazing the Wendell Falls neighborhood is from its gorgeous views and fantastic amenities to its friendly atmosphere.  This past weekend was yet another reason that our homeowners love living in a Homes By Dickerson custom design in Wendell Falls: the chance to ring in The Holiday Season with neighbors and new friends!

Homes By Dickerson was excited to participate in the annual Sip and Shop festivities in Wendell Falls, coordinated by Newland Communities.  Vendors from all over the area displayed their beautiful wares just in time for the gift-giving season as residents of Wendell and invited guests were able to tour our award-winning model home and enjoy delicious holiday refreshments!  Not only did guests have the opportunity to see firsthand our craftsmanship and attention to detail, but they also were able to envision their friends and family celebrating the holidays in The Home of Their Life!  This was a great opportunity for us to explain how they could receive $5000 towards any of our move-in ready homes if they go to contract by the end of the year!*

This is not by far the first homeowner event that Homes By Dickerson in Wendell Falls has been involved in and it definitely will not be the last.  We love any opportunity to connect people together in our custom-designed homes!  We received rave reviews from everyone who was able to attend and we are already looking forward to next year’s event!

For more information on how you can become a Homes By Dickerson homeowner in Wendell Falls, please contact Whitney at 919-917-3132 or Whitney@HomesByDickerson.com

You can also click here to view all of our move-in ready homes.  Do not forget that you can receive up to $5000 when you go to contract on any of these homes by 12/31/2018.  You can also receive $10,000 on a pre-sale when you go to contract by the same date as well!*

*See Sales Agent for details

Check out these great photos from the fun-filled afternoon!

 

 

 

HBD Homeowners Enjoy Fall Potluck in Wendell Falls

HBD Homeowners Enjoy Fall Potluck in Wendell Falls

Homes By Dickerson Homeowners Enjoy a Delicious Fall Potluck in Wendell Falls!
As a home builder, our goal is to do more than just build houses.  Our passion is to build homes where people can share their lives with their neighbors, forming lasting relationships and a sense of community.  However, that is not always as easy as it sounds.  It takes a special group of homeowners who have chosen a neighborhood for the same reasons and it takes a builder who is dedicated to nurturing and developing those relationships.  Wendell Falls is the perfect example of that specific scenario.  The Homes By Dickerson homeowners who have chosen to call Wendell Falls home have naturally come together to start forming that bond.  Though they come from all walks of life (empty nesters, professionals, young parents, mature families), they have found common interests provided by the area, lifestyle and amenities of this award-winning community and have expanded upon that foundation to create lasting friendships.

In order to support the growing sense of community among our Wendell Falls homeowners, Homes By Dickerson decided to invite all of its Wendell Falls homeowners to a Fall Potluck in our new model home on November 17th!  Residents were encouraged to bring a favorite recipe to share with neighbors and the HBD team.  Bonds were strengthened, new friendships developed, and a good time was had by all!

We are incredibly proud of every community that we build in-each one is unique and wonderful in its own way-but there is something truly special about the wooded views, sounds of water, and winding paths of Wendell Falls.  Not to mention the togetherness created by The Farmhouse meeting place and Grounds Cafe!  Here are a few pictures of our wonderful event and we look forward to many more to come!















For more information on how you can become a Homes By Dickerson homeowner in Wendell Falls, contact Whitney White at 919-917-3132 or Whitney@HomesByDickerson.com.  You can also check out our move-in ready opportunities so that you can call yourself a Wendell Falls homeowner before the end of the year!

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!

The Countdown to Farmhouse Jams in Wendell Falls begins!

The Countdown to Farmhouse Jams in Wendell Falls begins!

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!

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For more information on how you experience life in Wendell Falls, please contact us at 919-917-3132 or info@HomesByDickerson.com  We look forward to helping you find “The Home of YOUR Life!”

Homes By Dickerson’s high performance efforts recognized in Builder Magazine

Homes By Dickerson’s high performance efforts recognized in Builder Magazine

N.C. BUILDER DEBUTS TESLA POWERWALL UPGRADE

Homeowners at this Newland community can opt to go net zero with Tesla’s solar energy storage technology.

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.
Courtesy Southern Energy ManagementThe Tesla Powerwall stores excess energy produced by solar panels which homeowners can tap into on demand or during grid outages.

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.

The Tesla Powerwall is a rechargeable lithium ion battery that works in conjunction with solar panels to store excess energy.
Courtesy Southern Energy ManagementThe Powerwall can help homeowners save money by smartly charging or discharging based on the price of energy at a given time.

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!

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!

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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 info@homesbydickerson.com

You will be “berry” happy you came to Wendell Falls!