Richard Dickson Is at Home Being a Truly Local Builder.
Times change. Styles change. But your home should always be your personal sanctuary, says Richard Dickson.
When Richard established Dickson Development in 1972, the all-American dream home was either a suburban split level or a Colonial. It was a time of rapid social and cultural change. The sweeping growth of technology was redefining every industry, with new home construction being no exception.
Yet, Richard Dickson isn’t all that interested in nostalgia. At age 70, this builder is still looking ahead. “I build with a young boy’s enthusiasm and an old man’s experience,” says Richard.
He loves building and renovating homes for families as much today as he did when he started. “Your home is a major part of who you are and how you see and define yourself,” he says. “Because of the importance of home, I think there must be something special about every one I build–some element that is unique–for each of my clients.”
He applies this philosophy to every project and remains true to his commitment to be a local builder. He believes he can provide the highest level of service by working with a select group of trusted suppliers and trade partners, many of whom he has contracted with for several decades. Richard limits new projects to a 7-mile radius of Princeton, so that he and his team can be on-site throughout every project. It is how he keeps each job on time and within budget.
“This approach to building delivers quality construction and gives us the time and opportunity to develop relationships with our clients, and that helps us understand their goals and needs,” he says.
Richard began as a builder of single-family homes in the ‘70s, established his company as a leader in energy-efficiency design in the ‘80s, embraced the design-build model in the ‘90s, and earned a solid reputation for quality home construction and renovation work in recent years.
“New materials and technology have changed over the years, making all kinds of things possible, especially in the area of energy efficiency,” he continues. “We can build a better home today because of these innovations. Energy efficiency in home construction has been an area of interest of mine since I built the Sunrise Development in West Windsor, NJ, in 1986. It was the only energy-efficient subdivision in the region back then.”
Dickson Development continues to build and renovate homes to fulfill the dreams of homeowners of different ages, backgrounds, lifestyles and tastes. Many of today’s design concepts embrace open, flowing floor plans that create a central living space. “Other desired features include master bedroom suites with beautiful bathroom spaces, as well as high-tech touches such as home controlling systems,” says Richard.
Our changing world continues to inspire Richard Dickson to design better living solutions for every client who engages him. It’s what makes his work as interesting to him today as it was the day he framed his first house.
“Your home is a place where you go for sanctuary. It is a place to be alone, a place to be with your family, a place to be with your friends. It is your private place. I believe the desire to have a home is a basic human need that we all have, and I am proud to be a part of creating homes for my clients,” he says. “After all these years, this is still why I find building and renovating homes most rewarding.”