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Collins Design-Build Awarded Best Accessible Residential Home

October 27, 2018 12:59 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Chad Collins of Collins Design-Build, Inc. was recently honored with a 2018 STARS Award presented by the North Carolina Home Builders Association, at the annual STARS Awards gala. Awarded Best Accessible Residential Home, shines on Chad’s commitment for home plans and features that are accessible to all.

The Lynch Residence.





They came to me recently retired and with a few age related ailments. Mr. Lynch wanted a garage big enough to not bang doors but not big enough to store his wife’s “junk.” Mrs. Lynch informed me that she did not care about what the garage looked like, she wanted closets. And big ones!


The Lynch’s also require living quarters for Mrs. Lynch’s WW II Veteran Father, “Pop.”

We designed a Zero Entry home with no steps and fully wheel chair accessible. This is no easy task in a limited 2200 square foot home. Aside from our notable Green, Energy Efficient and High Performance Features, here a few Aging In Place components we implemented for the Lynch’s new home:

Zero Entry all Entries

36” Wide doorways

Wheel chair accessible showers

Adjustable Shower heads

Grab Bar blocking

Single hand Toilet Paper Exchange

Accessible Sinks

Height Adjusted Appliances

Lever Door Handles

Slip Resistant Flooring





The Lynch’s new home is a wonderful, adaptable, and accessible home. I am honored to have my name forever associated with it.

The Awards dinner was a showcase event at the 21st Century Building Expo and Conference, held in Charlotte. The STARS Awards are held to honor the strengths and achievements of major contributors to the residential home building industry in North Carolina and surrounding areas. With nearly 50 entrant categories, the winners, chosen by members of the NCHBA, read like a Who’s Who of across the state.

“It is an honor to be recognized by our peers in our industry” Chad stated. “We look forward to continuing to support the NCHBA and are humbly proud to be recognized for this achievement.”

Winners received recognition in areas such as marketing and advertising, web design, landscape design, interior merchandising, architecture/floor plan and special projects. Awards were also given to local home builders associations.



REALTOR Emilee Collins and Builder Chad Collins



Chad & Emilee Collins

An unlimited licensed general contractor as well as a licensed home inspector, Hillsborough NC custom home builder Chad Collins transforms clients’ dreams into elegant, fashionable, timeless homes while maintaining a reputation for skilled craftsmanship, superior quality, and incomparable client service. Collins Design-Build is consistently ranked by the Triangle Business Journal as one of the top custom home builders in the Triangle.

Chad’s commitment to excellence has earned Collins Design-Build numerous top industry awards, including the National Certified Green Professional Builder of the Year. The Durham, Orange & Chatham’s Builder of the Year, and twice awarded the coveted Triangle Sales and Marketing Council’s MAME Building Company of the Year. Chad is one of fewer than 50 Accredited Master Builders in the state of North Carolina.

From the outset of his career, Chad quickly impressed others with his professionalism, integrity, and astute operations 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 these experiences with local and regional builders to acquire considerable industry knowledge and to forge strong relationships.

Earlier in his career, Chad served as a team leader to local and regional production home builders, distinguishing him by developing processes, tools, and quality-driven teams that improved ROI, cut annual costs, reduced project completion time, and decreased attrition. As a result, Chad advanced to increasingly through management positions. Evidence of his talent for coaching and leading teams is that some of the team members and craftsmen he developed over a decade ago continue to work with him to this day.

Following that success, Chad was recruited by a national builder opening operations in the Triangle, and he played an important role in helping the company establish operations with a market presence in the region. 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.

Chad has earned the highest designations available, such as Accredited Master Builder, Master Certified Green Professional, and Aging-in-Place Specialist. Among other industry recognition’s, the company has received multiple Best Green Built Home STARS Awards, Major Renovation Awards and the coveted Parade of Homes GOLD Award.

Prior to being elected as the President of the Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange & Chatham Counties, serving over 600 members, Chad was nominated to a five-year term with the North Carolina Home Builders Association as regional vice president; serving the largest territory region in the nation.

Throughout his career, he has served on various boards of directors and has earned numerous top awards for membership recruitment from the Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange, and Chatham Counties; the North Carolina Home Builders Association; the National Association of Home Builders; the Triangle Community Coalition; and the Hillsborough/Orange County Chamber of Commerce.

Chad is honored to be an approved speaker for the National Association of Home Builders Chad has written and taught several courses on green building as well as project management to fellow builders across the Southern United States. He is also an instructor for Duke University’s OLLI Continuing Education Program, serving as the Aging-in-Place Specialist.


For more information and how Hillsborough NC Collins Design-Build may serve you please connect with us through the following:

  • Home Building/Remodeling/Additions/ Consultations:

Collins Design-Build, Inc.   www.collinsdesignbuild.com

  • To find a lot or land / Buy or sell existing Real Estate:

Emilee Collins, REALTOR  www.collinsdesignrealty.com

  • To learn more about Aging In Place or how to make your existing home accessible:

Planning Tomorrow  www.planningtomorrow.com

  • Have your existing home painted by our award winning professionals:

Acento Painting, LLC  www.acentopainting.com

Chad direct line 919-422-2818  | Chad’s Email chad@collinsdesignbuild.com

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