November 8, 2022

Home Builder Awarded Best in Accessibility

The North Carolina Home Builders Association presented prestigious STARS awards at the annual STARS Awards Gala at the Embassy Suites by Hilton in Concord, NC. The STARS Awards program honors the achievements of home building industry professionals from across North Carolina. Winners receive recognition in areas such as marketing and advertising, web design, sales/information center, landscape design, interior merchandising, architecture/floor plan, remodeling/renovation and special projects.

Hillsborough's Best Builder Collins Design Build

The Château Le Mont is a custom-built home for a couple in Northern Orange County that defines curb appeal. Veneered with oversized brick, appointed with eye-catching copper gutters, downspouts, topped with copper finials, weathervanes and cupulas, this home has all the feel of a true chateau!

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Its design was inspired by the traditional architecture popular throughout the 1990s in Atlanta Georgia but with modern touches to meet today’s market expectations like open kitchen, separate garages, and 10-foot ceiling heights. The boxes are all checked on this one; owners suite down with a full guest suite on the first floor paired with a chef’s kitchen, all overlooking the 10 plus acreage of the chateau’s estate.

Chateau Le Mont was built on a previous homestead after an ailing 1930s house was razed to make away for this beautiful new estate style home. The property has a fair amount of road frontage, so we were challenged with the creative responsibility of building a beautiful home loaded with curb appeal for all to enjoy. We accomplished this by positioning the home to allow for maximum views from all angels. The exterior lighting at night is stunning.

Building a Chateau in today’s time requires relevant innovation practices like aging in place features. We incorporated zero entry doors, zero step showers, wider doorways, level handle style door handles and maximized the use of space to be adaptable. Hardwood flooring and wide tile bathrooms afford any user to avoid tripping hazards at transitions.

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Building Green has now become common practice for most builders and the market now expects it. Since 2010 100% of our homes have met the stringent guidelines to be certified green. This home has now become the benchmark at our company for high performance featuring state of the art retracting shades, an energy recover ventilator and solar ready – all operating through fiber optic high speed Wi-Fi.

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A Colonial style entranceway flanked by a formal living room and a oversized formal dining room offers a herringbone inlay in the hardwood flooring, a steel door imported from France (in true chateau style), and a custom welded wrought iron railing overlooking the balcony.

The floorplan boasts a fully accessible owner suite on the first floor, a spacious family room open to the screened porch overlooking the rear courtyard pool. All accessible regardless of any visitor’s limitation. Upstairs, offers three bedrooms with their own respective bathrooms, a full gym over the garage complete with rubber flooring, workout equipment, TV’s, ceiling fans and mirrored walls. Just reading about the home gym burns calories.

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The rear wrought iron fence surrounds a fully accessible courtyard. Accenting the custom pool, the pavers pleasantly guide you around the garden plants to relax by the natural gas fueled fire pit where you can sit and enjoy the best aging/ accessible chateau in North Carolina.

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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 Counties Home 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 increasingly through management positions. Evidence of his talent for coaching and leading teams is that several of his team members and craftsmen he developed relationships with decades 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 over $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, Collins Design-Build has earned multiple Best Green Built Home NCHBA STARS Awards, Major Renovation Awards and the rare Parade of Homes GOLD Perfect Score 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. Chad was elected as the Board of Directors President of the Hillsborough/Orange County Chamber of Commerce 2019 and 2020 where he led efforts to increase membership by 15% during a pandemic.

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. In 2018 North Carolina Governor appointed Chad to the North Carolina Home Inspectors Licensing Board as Treasurer.

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 general contractors across the Southern United States. He has instructed for Duke University’s OLLI Continuing Education Program, serving as the Aging-in-Place Specialist. The North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors recognizes Chad as an approved Continuing Education Instructor.

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.

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

Emilee Collins, REALTOR

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

Planning Tomorrow

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

Acento Painting, LLC




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