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August 6, 2016 7:41 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Hillsborough NC Custom Home Builder Collins Design-Build, recently transformed this home built in 2000 into a magazine cover worthy showcase. “I receive an enormous amount of credit for the talents of our awesome Clients.” President Chad Collins stated. “The truth is, we attract extremely gifted folks who just need a few resources, of which we provide and boom! you get results like this.”  Collins made sure the to disclaim the fact that he would love to take all the credit for color choices and product selections of his Clients, he admitted he must give credit where credit is due. and that is with the amazing group of buyers and Owners that have selected Collins Design-Build as their Builder and Remodeler of choice. “I am very fortunate to get to build homes and renovate homes. But to have Clients that have vision makes my job somewhat easier. When the vision is realized, it’s high fives all the way around.” Collins said.

The before and after photos are a true testament to this. In the following two photos you can see the Entry as it was; green marble tiles, fiberglass single door and dark colors. In the after photo you’ll note the new oak hardwood flooring, the mahogany double doors, more natural light and lighter, brighter colors:

Collins Design-Build Hillsborough NC Builder (7)Collins Design-Build Hillsborough NC Builder (14)“We wanted to blend the hardwoods in with the rest of the home for a constant flow and grander feel. We custom built the mahogany doors and went from a single door to a double. We don’t have a photo of it, but we added stained shutters to match on the front.” Noted Chad



Staying in the foyer with the next before and after photos, the oak handrails and balusters were painted for a brighter and more modern feel.

Collins Design-Build Hillsborough NC Builder (4)Collins Design-Build Hillsborough NC Builder (11)“At first we looked at replacing the existing railings with wrought iron but budget considerations trumped and we decided to paint. I’m glad we did. This look is timeless.” Chad admitted.



The wet bar was next on the list of things to go. Replaced with a bookcase and cabinetry adorned with glass doors and granite.

Collins Design-Build Hillsborough NC Builder (2)Collins Design-Build Hillsborough NC Builder (9)“I’m sure we all like to have a libation from time to time, but not real reason to display in the family room. Instead we elected to showcase favorite book classics and shelve the articles picked up through the years of our Clients long term marriage.” Chad reacted.



The kitchen received the most attention. The existing had two islands, dark cabinetry and a leaking fridge. The goal was to brighten the kitchen and create one central space to attract folks to gather. Additional can lights, under counter lights and pendant lights were installed.

Collins Design-Build Hillsborough NC Builder (6)Collins Design-Build Hillsborough NC Builder (13)Chad jumped at the chance to talk about the distressed black walnut island top. Proclaiming, “That top was not inexpensive but I could not imagine this kitchen without it. We went with a darker cabinet base for the island to give it more of a furniture feel.”



Wanting to keep the existing Viking range, the new cabinetry was design around the range to accommodate.

Collins Design-Build Hillsborough NC Builder (3)Collins Design-Build Hillsborough NC Builder (10)Chad noted, “It was a challenge to reinstall range and not scratch the newly finished hardwood floors. We hired professional appliance installers for the task.”



By eliminating the second sink maximum the kitchen now makes use of prep area. The copper farm sink is a fan favorite! Replacing the window with a larger clear glass window allows for a sunny morning breakfast. The glass doors in some of the upper cabinets allows the display of fine china.

Collins Design-Build Hillsborough NC Builder (5)Collins Design-Build Hillsborough NC Builder (12)“We wanted to incorporate some of our Green Building Components that we use in our new homes like installing a roll out trash and recycle bin in the island, the use of  ENERGY STAR lighting with LED light bulbs.” Boasted Chad.



The living/great room is a unique shape and size. Lowering the fireplace hearth and installing a slimmer style fireplace and continuing the stone all the way to the ceiling, a  larger room feel was accomplished.

Collins Design-Build Hillsborough NC Builder (1)Collins Design-Build Hillsborough NC Builder (8)“The great room was the hardest challenge to overcome. We removed the heavy capitals over the interior doors and modified the lighting above for more of a grand room. I could not be more pleased with how it turned out.” Chad said.





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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