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Local Home Builder Chad Collins

Local home builder and award winning Custom Home Builder, Chad Collins passion comes from knowing that we’ve carefully managed, protected and added value to your home. One of your most important financial and personal assets. That we have become friends and trusted advisors for all improvements to your property.

We understand that building a new custom green home is a creative and collaborative process. We strive to provide a total team effort dedicated to fulfilling clients’ dreams and desires from concept to completion.

Visiting you in your finished home is always a celebration. An Acknowledgement of the creativity, communication, and mutual respect that built your home. Local Home Builder, Collins Design-Build holds an Unlimited General Contractor License.

Since 2010 100% of our homes have been Certified Green By Home Innovations Research Lab. 100% have meet the qualifications of ENERGY STAR and Certified Natural Wildlife Habitats. Our Average HERS Index Rating is 57. A number we are proud of as it’s not all that easy in Zone 3 of North Carolina to score this low without renewables like solar.

Our commitment to serve you 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. .

We believe building a new home should not involve stress or anxiety. Building a new home is fun and a wonderful moment to enjoy in your life. We are honored to be a part of it.  When we build a home for someone, we become family. We are creating your personal space. We respect that.

If you are looking for a general contractor or new home builder in the Durham, Hillsborough and Chapel Hill please reach out to us.


Emilee Collins

Emilee Collins, REALTOR® Commercial and Residential Broker

There are many steps to buying or selling a home that rely on the expertise of many professionals. I am with you at the center – getting to know the home that you would like to sell or learning of the home you wish to buy. I manage timelines, gather the appropriate experts for each situation and advise on factors that are crucial to the decisions you make throughout the process.

Building relationships in the community is the cornerstone of an exceptional business model in real estate. I am a member of the best real estate industry organizations in the Triangle area–The Durham Regional Association of REALTORS® and The Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange & Chatham Counties. I founded the Charter Organization of The Professional Women in Building of Durham, Orange, Chatham Counties. I currently serve as President for The Rotary Club of Downtown Durham and an Ambassador for the Hillsborough/Orange Chamber of Commerce.

I have spent over twenty-five years working with national banks, mortgage companies and real estate firms navigating the ever-changing landscape of the investment, lending and real estate markets. I hold an active NC Real Estate Broker License. I have earned the Graduate, REALTOR® Institute designation (GRI), the Seller Representative Specialist designation (SRS), and I hold the Seniors Real Estate Specialist® designation (SRES®) to be specially qualified to address the real estate needs of those age 50+.

Contact Emilee via phone 919-730-7040 or by email emilee@emileecollins.com

Accredited Master Builder

Chad Collins

Durham Builder Collins Design Build

Chad Collins, Unlimited General Contractor

Award winning Durham Builder Chad D. Collins, AMB, CMGP, CAPS, is an active unlimited licensed general contractor and new home builder in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Since 1997 he’s transformed clients’ dreams into elegant, fashionable, timeless homes while building a reputation for skilled craftsmanship, superior quality, and incomparable client service. Chad has focused his professional career with an emphasis in sustainable Green home construction, home remodeling and additions in the Durham, Hillsborough and Chapel Hill area of North Carolina.

Chad’s commitment to excellence has earned him numerous top housing industry awards, including the coveted Triangle Sales and Marketing Council’s MAME Building Company of the Year in both 2007 and 2008. The National Home Builders Association Certified Green Home Professional of the Year in 2014 and the Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange & Chatham County Builder of the Year in 2014. For a complete list of Chad’s industry recognition please visit our Awards page.

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

Chad distinguished himself by developing processes, tools, and quality-driven teams that cut annual costs, reduced project completion time and decreased attrition. As a result, Chad advanced to increasingly responsible positions. Evidence of his talent for coaching and leading teams is that some of the team members he developed continue to work with him to this day. Following that success, Chad played an important role in helping a national home building company establish operations and a market presence in the Triangle area. 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.”

As a Custom Home Builder, Chad understands that building a new home or remodeling your home is a creative and collaborative process. Chad strives to provide a total team effort dedicated to fulfilling clients’ dreams and desires from concept to completion. His success is measured by the satisfaction of his clients. If you are searching for a general contractor or new home builder in the Durham, Hillsborough and Chapel Hill area, look no further than Chad Collins and Collins Design-Build.

In addition to Chad’s Unlimited Building License issued by the North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors Chad is also a licensed home inspector and a Certified Lead Abatement Contractor in the state of North Carolina. In 2018 North Carolina Governor Cooper Appointed Chad to the Home Inspector Licensing Board.

Chad’s Professional Designations include:
Accredited Master Builder
Certified Master Green Professional
Certified Aging In Place Specialist

Link to 2019 Triangle Business Journal Cover Article about Chad TBJ Article

Contact Chad via phone at 919-422-2818 or by email chad@collinsdesignbuild.com