David helped us turn a 660 sq walk-up attic into a
luxurious, functional, and beautiful master suite. When we began, we had very
clear ideas about what we wanted and where we wanted it. He gently and
professionally guided us to a slightly different layout that would not only
function better, but would work around an unexpected metal beam ...well, the
contractor hadn't expected it, but David not only anticipated it, but found a
solution to work around it. We could not have had a better experience, both
enjoying the process and loving the end result. David is a talented designer and
a pleasure to work with. As a real estate agent I will recommend him to clients
and hope to use his services myself again in the future.
- Dennis and HollyAnn R.
The purpose of
this review is to formally and publicly commend David Bennett for the excellent
service he has provided to my companies. In my opinion, the level of
expertise and service that David extended was far beyond my expectations
throughout the launch of my companies. I have worked with David for over
20 years and I highly recommend him to anyone looking to design a home. He
is creative and can make any space work. David always seems to have an
for every problem. Working with and making unusual lot sizes fit the home
plans is his specialty. He has always been able to design fresh, modern
homes in the style I have requested and within the confines that I give him.
The house plan recommendations are innovative and current with today's market.
An eye for detail, design and function are the reasons I continue to work with
David Bennett and Triangle Residential Designs; but his integrity and character
is why I enjoy it. Respectfully. -
President, Evansdome Enterprises, Inc.
We worked with David @ TRD to design our "dream home" on an existing lot that we
owned. David was responsive and friendly, and great at taking the ideas that we
had for the house and blending them with some sensible design decisions to come
up with a wonderful home. In the end he was a "one stop shop", combining
architectural services with structural engineering to take our house from an set
of basic drawings to a fully engineered set of plans. If
you're looking to design a custom home in the triangle, I'd highly recommend you
talk to David. He knows many of the builders in the area, and can not only help
with design, but can help/make recommendations in terms of builders that can
help meet your cost expectations. - Chander
In our experience, most architects sought to ‘steer’ us toward a stock design,
which they had sold repeatedly in
order to minimize effort and maximize profit. Then, they suggested the minimum
number of modifications they deemed
necessary in order to ‘shoehorn’ this design into their perception of our requirements.
Architects we considered prior to Dave delivered inconsistent overall designs
and invariably left us unsatisfied. We
wanted a truly custom home, not a modified version of a builder’s subdivision
model. Dave Bennett, of Triangle Residential Designs, did exactly what we were
looking for: he began with a blank piece of paper
and a lengthy conversation in his studio. He listened to our situation and what
we believed would match our
lifestyle. Then, he set his mind to creating a living space which met both our
needs and desires. The result is our
‘dream-home’ and it will be the showcase of our new neighborhood. We
came to Dave with a lot of ideas about what we wanted. He took a disjointed list
of wishes and synthesized it into a
beautiful new home. Dave did not treat us as customers or clients; he dealt with
us as if we were his friends. He listened to our visions and did a fantastic job
of creating what we had in our heads.
The final product reflected us, our personalities, all of our requests, and
Dave’s unique, architectural style. We
threw a plethora of challenges at Dave along the way. He stoically accepted
requests and re-works
with a professional demeanor. The man is a genuine pleasure to work with and we
would recommend him highly to anyone
who wants a superior end product. Finally,
Dave followed through in assisting us to locate quality, local builders. He drew
upon a long list of professionals to
help us identify the right builder for us, and our project. -
Bill and Debi B.
David previously added a beautiful addition on our contemporary house. It was a
complex job, involving distinct roof lines and lot placement, but, when
finished, it looked like it had always been a part of the house. When we chose
to build our dream home, David designed a perfect Arts and Crafts-style bungalow
that compliments our acreage and looks right at home in the woods. His attention
to detail and helpful suggestions made the entire building process pleasant. We
have received numerous compliments on our home, but it's really because of the
great work done by David and TRD. I can't recommend this firm more highly.
You'll get personal attention, clear estimates, and no surprises. -
Stuart and Jill B.
I have referred
clients to Dave for several years now and he has provided
excellent on time service. By listening to the clients needs he
is able to design the exact home they are looking for. Open
communication, on time and on budget services. Understanding
the client and converting their ideas into build-able drawings
is what Dave does best. We highly recommend Triangle Residential
Designs for all of your custom home creations!
- Silver Developers
David E. Bennett is his name, but we
were so comfortable, with David, that we were all on a first names basis. I have
to say my Mom and I are so impressed with the design of our custom home. David
took his time and was very patient with all the changes we made. He was very
detailed and personable and made us feel like we were his only client at the
time. My Mom and I only spoke to him through email, but, he saw our vision and
it spoke volumes seeing it drawn out on paper.
We would recommend him to work on any project that you hold dear
- Kesha J.
As a General Contractor building in the Greater Raleigh area, we know we can
always count on Dave Bennett with Triangle Residential Designs to impress our
clients with his gift of design. He’s extremely talented and truly loves what he
does and it always shows in his enthusiasm, communication and most importantly,
his work. His plans are always accurate, well planned and extremely detailed.
It’s always a pleasure working with Dave and we take great value in his service!
- White Oak Custom Builders
Dave drew me a perfect set of plans
for my addition. We sat down, and
after listening to what I wanted the room to be, he made a few suggestions that
not only improved the layout, but turned out to be more economical to build.
When I turned the plans over to my contractor, he complemented me (although I
had nothing to do with them) on the clarity and completeness of the plans and
told me that they would make the permitting process go much smoother since they
were so comprehensive. I would not
hesitate to recommend him to anyone who is looking to build an addition or a
complete home. - Lou D.
I contacted Triangle Residential Designs to help me design a home in a
historical neighborhood in Raleigh, which came with additional design
constraints. Dave Bennett was wonderful to work with throughout the entire
process. He listened to me, worked to incorporate all my "must haves" and made
great suggestions too that helped in both form and functionality for the design.
He was also great to make an revisions I requested. Dave was quick to respond
and provide any information I requested or to answer any questions I had. I
can't say enough great things about my experience and would strongly recommend
TRD and Dave. Thanks Dave! -
First time using an architect. David made designing our home a real pleasure. He
has great ideas and is willing to listen to mine. He
was always willing to change something or try something new with the design to
make it work for us. Great experience and highly recommend. -
Stan and Barb E.
Christopher Homes Inc. is a small custom residential builder in the
Durham/Chapel Hill area of North Carolina. We build new homes, home additions
and home renovations.
We have worked with David Bennett of Triangle Residential Designs for 20 years
or more. His work is creative, his designs take structural features into
consideration and he works very well with our customers. David
Bennett of Triangle Residential Design is our first choice for residential
designs and building plans. -
We hired TRD to help come up with a plan, for a master bedroom and bath addition
to an older brick ranch in Cary. We are in the process of downsizing and David
came up with some great ideas to incorporate into the plan. We had some twists
and turns, because of zoning. But David persevered with patience and
understanding. Thank you so much!
- Kathy M.
Ever since I saw Triangle Residential Designs
first Parade of Homes entry 20 years ago, I knew I wanted this
team to design our dream house. Recently, TRD help
us achieve our dream. We provided the them with a few sketches
and they returned a masterpiece. The final design exceeded all
our expectations. We would gladly use their services again
and recommend them to anyone looking for a high quality home
design. Thanks for the help. We look forward to building
the masterpiece soon. Cheers! - Alan & Sandy H.
had to sit down and write a short note to tell you how pleased
both our customers and our project managers have been with your
work at Triangle Residential Designs. As you know, our
work can be very challenging and a key to its success is
accurate architectural drawings. You not only provided us
with this key element but assisted us in showing various options
to our clients. As a new
home builder and remodeler, we are often faced with changing
conditions once a project begins. You have always been
most willing to work with us and make the necessary site visits
to insure a completed job that we are all proud of. Your
input has been critical and your design talents are most obvious
upon completion of our projects. Thanks
for being a part of our team. We look forward to many
years of continuous business relationships. -
Glazer Builder, Inc.
expanding into the Raleigh market in 1995, Triangle Residential
Designs, Inc., has exclusively provided home design services for
Brentwood Homes and our clients. Their staff is knowledgeable,
creative, and professional. We particularly appreciate the
fact that they are excellent listeners and produce design plans
which reflect our ideas and those of our clients, unlike many
other design firms which attempt to impose their personal style
and opinions into the process. TRD's floor plans are
always very functional and their exterior designs create
excellent curb appeal. As a builder, another strong
advantage of a TRD plan is that you rarely run into field
problems with them because they really know what they are doing
from a construction standpoint. I would unequivocally
recommend Triangle Residential Designs, Inc., to any builder or
home buyer who wishes to work with a top notch design firm for
their upcoming residential project. - Perry Verille, President,
Brentwood Homes, Inc.
Our working relationship
throughout the years with Triangle Residential Designs, Inc.,
has been an absolute pleasure. Each plan is accurate,
quality-driven and meticulously detailed. Helton Homes,
Inc.'s commitment to quality is proven through the plans
designed by Triangle Residential Designs, Inc. It is
imperative for our company to work with only the best in the
building business. No matter what size home we are
building, Triangle Residential Designs, Inc., is extremely
attentive to our needs, and their dedication to customer
satisfaction is unrivaled.
Helton Homes, Inc. has won eleven Parade of Homes awards with
plans designed by
Triangle Residential Designs, Inc. We anticipate many more
awards in the future as we continue to work with
Triangle Residential Designs, Inc. - Rick
firm has been working with David Bennett and Triangle
Residential Designs since 1986. Both I, an Interior
Designer, and Richard C. Bell, FASLA, FAAR, Landscape Architect,
have worked directly with David on the custom design of houses
for special clients who wanted a home which was well designed
and integrated with the site, innovative and highly functional.
In many cases Richard and I would come up with the conceptual
design for the house working in collaboration with the clients
and the site, When we had
finished the development for the conceptual deign of the house
and interiors we would then work closely with David to finalize
functional and construction detailing. Through our work
with David we would then provide the client with the final set
of construction plans. In all
cases, the construction drawings have been accurate and highly
detailed in addition to this, he gives and our clients his
serious consideration for the most efficient use of building
materials. Some of the building contractors we have worked
with during the process of construction administration have said
that they have never seen a better set of construction
have always enjoyed working with David. He is both very
professional and personable as well as a joy to work with.
He always has a very good attitude and sense of humor even when
the design process gets a little rough. -
Design Group, Inc.
Custom Homes and Real Estate is a premiere custom home building
company working in and around Wake, Chatham and Orange Counties.
We pride ourselves in constructing the finest quality homes.
we signed a new custom build client who wanted their house
entered in the Parade of Homes for 2005 (but didn’t quite have a
vision for the home yet), we knew that we wanted Dave Bennett to
work on this project. After
150+ homes and 12 years of building in exclusive neighborhoods
like Chapel Hill’s Governors Club and The Preserve at Jordan
Lake, we were going to be building our first home in Heritage
Pointe. It would be seen by hundreds of people during the
Parade and judged by a panel of our industry peers. The homesite
was especially important as it was the first lot inside the main
entrance of this new neighborhood. The
plan had to be perfect. It had to showcase our
construction quality and attention to detail, but also
demonstrate affordability and the homeowner’s own personal
preferences. Realizing the challenge we were facing to put
our first product on the ground in a new market, we knew that
Dave was the designer to bring the right balance of creativity,
traditional architectural style, and ability to create a
reflection of the homeowner’s unique tastes without compromising
the budget. Dave
didn’t disappoint us! The home earned a silver award in
the Parade of Homes and we moved in our very happy clients this
past October. So, it was no surprise that when the owner
of a local real estate firm saw our work and came to us to build
his custom home recently, we teamed up with Dave Bennett again.
Hopefully, we will be bringing home awards on our collaborative
projects for years to come! - Daniel
writing is in strong support of David Bennett. I have recommend
him to my customers who are planning to build a home. David’s
designs are complicated and innovative. He is best known among
builders in our area for his creativity and his ability to “stay
on top” of the changes in our customers preferences. In an area
suffering from an oversupply of housing, this is critical to
builders’ survival. In addition, David is thoroughly versed in
the engineering behind the drawings. I have never encountered a
special detail in one of David’s plans that could not be built
David’s success is evidenced by the number of his plans that are
featured in local Home Builder’s Association Parade of Homes and
The Dream Home Showcase. (Several of) his designs have won
awards in these contests.
Perhaps one of the best things I can say about David is that he
gives back some of his time to the industry. He is very involved
with the Raleigh Wake County Home Builders Association through
committee work and participation in the meetings and promotions. -
Lance Younquist Construction
without reservation, recommend David Bennett as a reliable,
competent, creative designer of homes.
designed homes for us in price ranges from $70,000 - $300,000.
Two of the homes he did for us won honors in the local Parade of
Homes. More importantly, he has been able to work with custom
clients we have built for - translating their dreams into
buildable plans. His
plan are accurate and well thought out, his use of space is
economical, and his ability to visualize the space he is
planning has been an important asset to the process of creation
that is home building.
Certainly, in my many years in the home building industry, David
is without peer as a designer and member of the production team.
- Nicholas J. Tennyson,
& Tennyson, Inc. *Note*
Since the writing of this letter several years ago, Mr. Tennyson
has left the building business and become the Mayor of Durham
and is currently the President of the Durham and Orange Counties
Home Builders’ Association.
Triangle Residential Designs was extremely
helpful in reworking the original design that we brought to them
in order to fit our lot and our needs. I worked closely
with David Bennett, who listened to what I wanted and made
suggestions that he thought I would like. When he was
drawing the design and a problem arose, he called me to come in
for consultation and to look at the possible solutions. Dave made me aware of concerns that I never would
have thought about and kept my priorities in mind as he drew our
plans. I would highly recommend TRD and David Bennett to
anyone designing a custom home. - Judy S.
My company has worked with Triangle Residential
Designs over the past ten years and we are proud to call them
“Our Designer”. Dave Bennett has great ideas and
perception on each individual project.
I know Dave personally and professionally and I
highly recommend Triangle Residential for all new or remodel
projects. Dave’s service in terms of quality and
timeliness continued after construction; which we think is a
unique characteristic of Triangle Residential Designs. We recently finished a remodel/addition in the
Preston Bluffs subdivision, our largest project together, and
not only did we get compliments from the homeowners but from
neighbors in other subdivisions. Thanks for all you do.
Thanks for all your time and efforts regarding
these drawings. My wife and I are very pleased with the
end result. It took longer than any of us expected but it has
given us the opportunity to 'grow' with the project as it's
progressed, and we most certainly appreciate all the good
feedback we have had from you. You guys have a great team. -
wanted to drop you a
quick note to say thanks for the great work you did on our house
plans. We brought you a mess of notes, pictures and sketches,
and you turned them into a beautiful plan that was exactly what
we wanted. You solved some issues we had and came up with a
design that is creative and unique. Your attention to detail is
outstanding. I’ll tell everyone that sees our house that you
did the plans and will refer anyone to you that we can. We will
send pictures when it’s completed. Thanks again! -
Pete & Liz T.