Remodeling and Home Design

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  • Over 425 entries in the Raleigh/Wake County Parade of Homes alone
  • Over 115 winners in the Raleigh/Wake County Parade of Homes (Perfect Score, Gold, Silver, Bronze)
  • Winner of 6 MAME awards - including MAME Gold Award for Best Product Design
  • Gold Award, "Best Product Design"; International Builders Convention
  • Gold Award; International Builders Convention
  • National Award of Excellence; Residential Design/Build Magazine's
  • Best Deck/Porch/Gazebo over $50K; Remodelers Council STAR Awards
  • Best Room Addition $75k-$150K; Remodelers Council STAR Awards
  • Best Room Addition Under $75K; Remodelers Council STAR Awards
  • Best Kitchen $61K-$75K; Remodelers Council STAR Awards
  • Judge; Regional Parade of Homes
  • Judge; Remodeler's Showcase, Home Builders Association of Wake County
  • Designer; Dream Home Showcase
  • Instructor; Home Builders Association’s “General Principles of Construction” Series
  • Continuing education through the “Institute of Classical Architecture”
  • Home plan provider and partner with Habitat for Humanity for over 20 years


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 answer 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. - George Bailey, 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 G.


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! - Riana S.


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. - Christopher Homes


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.


I just 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. - Harold Glazer, H. Glazer Builder, Inc.


Since 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.  To date, 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 Helton, Helton Homes


Our 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 documents.  We 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. - Bell Glazener Design Group, Inc.


Daniel 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.  When 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 Custom Homes


This 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 as planned.  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


I can, without reservation, recommend David Bennett as a reliable, competent, creative designer of homes.  He has 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, Barber & 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. Poythress Homes


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. - Paul S.


I 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.



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