The Dickson Experience

For more than 47 years Dickson Development has been working with discerning homeowners in Princeton and surrounding communities to create living spaces that fulfill visions and complement lifestyles. Richard Dickson and his team of professionals have built nearly 400 homes and completed more than 100 renovations.

Dickson Development was established in 1972 by a second-generation builder pursuing a lifelong passion. Richard Dickson was not only interested in building high-quality, well-constructed homes, but also building strong relationships with his clients and their families. That tradition of excellence continues today.

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Richard Dickson, President, and Bonnie Foster, Project Manager


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Richard Dickson built his reputation on personal service, quality construction and top-of-the-line craftsmanship. He is known as one of the most dependable, experienced and conscientious builders in Princeton and central New Jersey.

Bonnie Foster has more than 35 years of experience in architectural design, project management, home building and remodeling. She has worked with every trade you’ll find on a job site, and especially loves working with homeowners to guide them from rough ideas to finished product.


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“We are more than general contractors,” Richard says. “We offer a complete design-build service and work with our clients from start to finish, from planning and design to construction and final details.”

Dickson and his team of designers, craftsmen and trade partners are involved with your home construction project every step of the way. We are on-site at each home we build or remodel, overseeing every detail and making sure the highest quality of construction and building standards are met.

Whether you come to us with a vague notion or a complete set of plans, Dickson Development will work with you to complete your project in the most efficient way. “We are known for our design-build program and take pride in the level of creativity we bring to each project,” says Dickson.

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The Distinction That’s Princeton

Working in Princeton allows Richard Dickson to do what he enjoys most – provide the best personal service to every family he works with.

Richard Dickson keeps his core values close to heart, and his projects close to town. He tries to keep all new projects within a 7-mile radius of Princeton so that he and his team can supervise every detail of a job. This keeps quality up and costs down.

In addition to Princeton, Dickson Development renovates and builds homes in surrounding communities including Princeton Junction, Hopewell, West Windsor, Pennington, Lawrenceville, Cranbury, Skillman and Montgomery.

Princeton is one of the most sought-after real estate markets in the country. Homes here hold their value. Dickson Development has seen tremendous growth in its renovations and addition business because so many local residents would rather expand or enhance their current homes than move. 

Behind the Scenes and On the Job

Renovating older homes often includes creating a more open floor plan, building an addition or both. Richard Dickson and project manager Bonnie Foster take time to explain every detail of your project, from start to finish. Here they are on a job site, offering a behind the scenes glimpse of a whole-house renovation as it first starts to unfold.


Video: Remodeling a 1980s Colonial