About Us

Since 2005, Beau Dickerson has been helping Charlottesville natives and newcomers find their ideal homes.

When the founder of Echelon Homes moved to the city with his young family, he experienced the pleasure of living in a high quality, energy-efficient home near the Downtown Mall.

Soon he went on a quest to share the best of Charlottesville living with others. He began building homes with low ownership costs in no-commute, community-centric areas, and DH&D was born.

Today, we’re proud to call Beau’s unique approach our Build Smart philosophy. Build Smart means we marry the latest energy efficient technology and designs with traditional building practices, so you receive a beautiful, affordable home built for lasting value. We build and renovate only in Charlottesville’s urban ring, so you get access to everything the city has to offer.

You also have options to find the best fit for your family and lifestyle. We’re one of the few local builders to specialize in:

  • Newly constructed homes on infill lots;
  • Newly constructed homes in new pocket neighborhoods; and
  • Renovated homes in existing neighborhoods.

Most of all, we’re proud to share the best of what Charlottesville has to offer with neighbors, friends and community members—people like you who make us feel like we belong here, too.

Give us a call to discuss what’s next for you and how we can Build Smart for you.