Meet The Team

Chad Collins Accredited Master Builder

Chad D Collins 2014 NAHB Certified Green Home Professional of the Year (3)

Chad D. Collins, AMB, CMGP, CAPS, is a valid unlimited licensed general contractor and new home builder in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Since 1997 he’s transformed clients’ dreams into elegant, fashionable, timeless homes while building a reputation for skilled craftsmanship, superior quality, and incomparable client service. Chad has focused his professional career with an emphasis in sustainable Green home construction, home remodeling and additions in the Durham, Hillsborough and Chapel Hill area of North Carolina.

Chad’s commitment to excellence has earned him numerous top housing industry awards, including the coveted Triangle Sales and Marketing Council’s MAME Building Company of the Year in both 2007 and 2008. The National Home Builders Association Certified Green Home Professional of the Year in 2014 and the Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange & Chatham County Builder of the Year in 2014. For a complete list of Chad’s industry recognition please visit our Awards page.

From the outset of his career, Chad quickly impressed others with his professionalism, integrity, and astute operations and management skills. While in high school and college, Chad worked part time with home improvement retailers and building material suppliers, which opened opportunities to work for regional and national home builders throughout much of the 1990s. Chad capitalized on his experiences to acquire considerable industry knowledge and to forge strong relationships.

Chad distinguished himself by developing processes, tools, and quality-driven teams that cut annual costs, reduced project completion time and decreased attrition. As a result, Chad advanced to increasingly responsible positions. Evidence of his talent for coaching and leading teams is that some of the team members he developed continue to work with him to this day. Following that success, Chad played an important role in helping a national home building company establish operations and a market presence in the Triangle area. His efforts in closing just under $6,000,000 in custom homes in a single year earned Chad the “2001 Builder of the Year Award.”

With Collins Design-Build, Chad understands that building a new home or remodeling your home is a creative and collaborative process. Chad strives to provide a total team effort dedicated to fulfilling clients’ dreams and desires from concept to completion. His success is measured by the satisfaction of his clients. If you are searching for a general contractor or new home builder in the Durham, Hillsborough and Chapel Hill area, look no further than Chad Collins and Collins Design-Build.

In addition to Chad’s Unlimited Building License issued by the North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors Chad is also a licensed home inspector and a Certified Lead Abatement Contractor in the state of North Carolina.

Contact Chad via phone at 919-422-2818 or by email chad@collinsdesignbuild.com

Chad’s Professional Designations include:
Accredited Master Builder
Certified Master Green Professional
Certified Aging In Place Specialist


Emilee Collins REALTOR®

Durham Regional Association REALTORS® 2015 Citizenship Award recipient, Emilee is a native of North Carolina. She attended UNC-Chapel Hill where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology.

Emilee spent 15 years working with national banks, mortgage companies and a real estate firm navigating the ever-changing landscape of the investment, lending and real estate markets. She earned her NASD Securities Licenses, National Mortgage Lending License and NC Real Estate Broker License.

With three young children at top of mind and heart, Emilee exited the corporate world in 2013 so her family could experience other food choices besides cereal and chicken nuggets. She also wanted to make sure their homework could be completed with fewer tears, as well as give the kids the opportunity to participate in after school activities.

From the time the school bell rings in the morning until 5pm, Emilee puts on the Collins Design Realty hat. She enjoys researching the latest products and approaches to green building and feeding the Collins Design Realty social network of fans with fun and fact-filled blogs detailing our building experiences.

She escapes from behind the screen throughout the week to network with business partners in the Triangle community—Durham Regional Association of REALTORS®, The Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange & Chatham Counties, The Hillsborough Chamber of Commerce, and Rotary Club of Durham.

Emilee served as Secretary on the Board of the American Red Cross of Central North Carolina. She also served as Treasurer of ACT for Justice, whose mission is to raise awareness of social injustices locally and worldwide.

Contact Emilee via phone 919-730-7040 or by email emilee@collinsdesignbuild.com


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