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Collins Design-Build Wins Best Green Remodel

August 6, 2016 2:21 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The Home Builders Association of Durham Orange & Chatham Counties (HBADOC) announces Durham NC Custom Home Builder Collins Design-Build has been awarded the 2016 Remodelers Outstanding Construction (ROC) Award for Best Green Remodel.

I was first called out to the home of our potential clients out of a plea from their daughter. They had hired “two guys in a truck” to remodel a kitchen dinette on one end of their home to create an In-Law Suite they were planning on moving into. I remember the apologetic “sorry for not calling a licensed contractor first” guilt feeling from the tone in her voice when we scheduled our initial site visit to review.villages of tumbling brook builder

They met me at the front door inviting me to have a seat in the living room prior to viewing the areas under construction.  She sat me down and gave me the full details of the “how we got to this point” speech.  I assured her that I was not there to judge and only wanted to help. Her voice is soft and warm but yet I felt pressure and stress in her voice.

As we walked to the under construction area I observed a ceiling partially removed and a section of unfinished really thin drywall installed over the popcorn ceilings. Some cabinets were hung on the wall, others in boxes. There was a stack of drywall leaning against the bay window.  Wires were hanging everywhere.  I asked if there was a permit. They did not know for sure. But she did know that they paid the contractor for improvements not yet realized and to this point all they have to show for it was a mess.

I immediately made recommendations to get the county inspector involved and get a licensed electrician out to alleviate the shock and fire hazards. No strings attached and at no profit, I oversaw the correction of the blatant disregard of the building code.

They were so relieved. They asked if I would consider overseeing the addition and improvements of the In-Law Suite they wanted to create so they could have their Daughter and her Husband move in with them. I suggested we contact a local Engineer and create a design.

  • However, this was no normal addition. The home was on a monolithic concrete slab and the ceiling was post and beam. The exterior siding was vertical cypress. A build like this, while small in total square footage is quite complicated.

After plans, job scope and selections, I was selected as their Builder and I was so honored to be a part of such a unique and awesome project. I was able to incorporate Aging-In-Place Principles in the design process. I was able to maximize energy efficient features such as using ductless heating and cooling systems.

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I became a member of the family for the brief time we were working on the improvements. I am so excited to be able to share with you the project we now call the room with a view.


Site Challenges:

  • Impervious Surface Restrictions
  • Watershed Restrictions
  • Drainage
  • Existing Trees and plantings

Construction Challenges:

  • Tying Room Addition into Existing
  • Designing Roof lines that do not block natural light into existing
  • Matching existing shingles and siding
  • Exposed beams and tongue in groove ceilings (how to insulate)

Villages of tumbling brook BuilderIn the end, we created a wonderful living space that includes a master suite and full bath, an office with its own full bath, a full kitchen and dining room, a new private entrance and an awesome family room with windows galore!  Enjoy.





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




Chad D. Collins, Accredited Master Builder

An area native, NC Licensed General Contractor, National Association of Home Builders Master Certified Green ProfessionalTM, and Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist, Chad is one of less than 50 Accredited Master Builders in the state. He achieved this professional designations after years of experience and numerous hours of coursework via the NC Builder Institute. Chad has been an active member of the building industry since the early 1990’s. He joined the Home Builders Association (HBA) of Durham, Orange, and Chatham Counties in 2005. Chad was soon named HBA Recruiter of the Year and he subsequently chaired various HBA committees. Chad is a Licensed Home Inspector, as well as, a Licensed Lead Abatement professional.

In addition to industry awards in recognition of excellence in home building and remodeling, Collins Design-Build has twice been named Building Company of the Year via the HBA’s Triangle Sales and Marketing Council MAME (Major Achievements in Marketing Excellence) Awards. The company has also received a Best Green Built Home STARS Award from the NCHBA. Currently, Chad serves as 1st Vice President of the HBADOC, and recently completed one of Durham’s first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) residential projects. LEED is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. To receive LEED certification, projects must satisfy pre-requisites and earn points to achieve various levels of achievement.

In 2014 Chad was selected as the HBADOC 2014 Builder of the Year and recently honored at The International Builders Show in Las Vegas as the NAHB’s Certified Green Home Professional of the Year.

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

To learn about homeownership opportunities, contact Emilee at emilee@collinsdesignbuild.com


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