October 11, 2023

Local Builder Awarded Best in the State

Local Builder Awarded Best in the State of North Carolina for the Ebenezer Residence. The award for Best Accessible Residential Home in North Carolina went to Hillsborough NC’s Collins Design-Build.

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The North Carolina Home Builders Association presented more than 75 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.

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As a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS), we strive to meet all of our client’s accessibility requirements. We want our homes to be as adaptable as possible. We strive for our homes to reduce physical effort to conduct routine daily functions. Our philosophy in this practice allows for our homeowners to adapt and modify their homes easily should mobility issues arise.

The Ebenezer Residence was focused on immediate accessibility needs. We wanted the home to be 100% accessible both inside and out to allow any individual that is seated in a wheelchair complete freedom to live and maintain the home without assistance.

The design has many entrance considerations. For the front entrance we installed a properly sloped parking pad with adequate clearances and an ADA concrete ramp to the front porch. The front porch has smooth paver stone flooring, wall sconce lighting (to allow for easier maintenance), and a zero-entry mahogany double door.

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Once inside the spacious foyer your eye is immediately drawn to the twenty-four-foot-tall ceilings in the family room flanked by walls of window clear glass overlooking they exterior hardscapes including the hot tub, oversize swimming pool, and mature landscaping.

The user-friendly kitchen allows for daily activities such as cooking and cleaning to be conducted from a seated position. The breakfast nook with oversized sliding glass doors transitions smoothly and to the cozy screen porch with stain grade one by four tongue and groove ceilings, brick wall and exterior television.

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The primary bedroom features a warm and ambient fireplace, site finished hardwood floors, remote controlled window shades and a true barrel ceiling. The primary bathroom has a zero-entry oversized shower with temperature control shower faucets, a handheld sprayer with extra-long hose for optimal use from a seated position and full glass.

The ceilings on the main floor are twelve feet with eight foot tall and three-foot-wide doors. The home has two powder rooms, an exercise gym, an oversized four car garage, built-in’s galore, twenty-foot-tall ceilings in the office with handmade open trusses, a media room, and an exterior shower. The home has eight bathrooms, a wood-burning fireplace and two natural gas fueled fireplaces. The oversize dining room features twenty-foot-tall ceilings with handmade open trusses, custom made wainscoting and ambient sconce lighting.

The heated square footage of the home is 6524 heated square feet and is centrally located on 40 acres within minutes of Duke University. The home is Certified Green under the standards of the National Green Building Standard and is ENERGY STAR Qualified. A few Green features in this home included a closed crawlspace, engineered framing, spray foam insulation, high performance variable speed multi zone HVAC systems, on demand water heater with recirculating loop and an energy recovery ventilator to allow fresh air into the home as controlled by the owner.


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The Ebenezer Residence was over a two-year period just in the design process. A well planned and thought-out home!




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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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