Raleigh, NC (September 22, 2014) – Collins Design-Build, Inc. won an award from the North Carolina Home Builders Association of Raleigh, NC. The award was presented earlier this month at the 21st Century Building Expo STARS Award gala at the Omni Charlotte Hotel.
The STARS Awards are a centerpiece of the 21st Century Building Expo and Conference—the premier building expo and conference in the Southeast. Each year, the gala salutes the outstanding professional performance of North Carolina Home Builder Association members spanning from Asheville to Raleigh to Wilmington, with the presentation of the prestigious STARS Awards.
The STARS Awards program honors the achievements of builders, associates, REALTORS®, media and advertising professionals, and many others who make major contributions to the residential home building industry.
The award was given for a project that the Collins Design-Build team began last summer and finished in October. The result of their efforts was a lovely new master bedroom with a vaulted ceiling, private sitting area, and a wonderful walk-in closet with built-in cabinetry; a master bath with a separate water closet, a double-headed shower, and stunning tile work; an inviting sunroom; an office nook; and a playroom with a loft for the kids to use as their very own retreat.
“I was impressed with the fact that the customers had given so much thought as to what they wanted,” says Chad. “They showed me the plan they had sketched, which was for an addition of 1,000 square feet. This was almost 40% more living space than they already had. I made some suggestions and took the plan to an engineer to ensure its structural stability. It was an exciting project for me, because the customers were open to green, sustainable, and accessible practices, and they wanted the addition to blend in with their original home so that neighborhood passers-by wouldn’t even realize new space had been added. It was a challenge that I knew I could accomplish well, and also one that I was sure I would enjoy being a part of.”
The customers loved that Collins Design-Build was so unobtrusive throughout the renovation process. Only one (decaying) tree was removed from the yard and all of the shrubbery surrounding the home stayed intact. Durable fiber cement siding was used on the addition and was also used to replace the existing wood fiber siding, and roofing shingles were installed/replaced with 25-year warranted architectural shingles. These products provided a seamless look to the home’s exterior. Inside, the flooring of an existing hallway was replaced with site-finished oak hardwoods to match the ones installed in the new sunroom/office nook/ master bedroom, providing a look of interior continuity.
The home’s crawlspace and attic were insulated with spray foam and completely sealed by the Collins Design-Build team to make the home as energy efficient as possible while also preventing the development and spread of pollens, allergens, and organic growths throughout the house. Even the support beams used in the addition were green… Engineered i-joists disliked by termites were utilized throughout construction.
“The sustainable products Chad used added higher value, and we’re saving money on utility bills as a result of their installation,” says the customer. “We wanted a sustainable home and Chad delivered it. We’re very pleased, and we absolutely recommend Chad and Collins Design Build.”
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.
This post was written by Chad Collins