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August 6, 2016 7:41 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Hillsborough NC Custom Home Builder Collins Design-Build, recently transformed this home built in 2000 into a magazine cover worthy showcase. “I receive an enormous amount of credit for the talents of our awesome Clients.” President Chad Collins stated. “The truth is, we attract extremely gifted folks who just need a few resources, of which we provide and boom! you get results like this.”  Collins made sure the to disclaim the fact that he would love to take all the credit for color choices and product selections of his Clients, he admitted he must give credit where credit is due. and that is with the amazing group of buyers and Owners that have selected Collins Design-Build as their Builder and Remodeler of choice. “I am very fortunate to get to build homes and renovate homes. But to have Clients that have vision makes my job somewhat easier. When the vision is realized, it’s high fives all the way around.” Collins said.

The before and after photos are a true testament to this. In the following two photos you can see the Entry as it was; green marble tiles, fiberglass single door and dark colors. In the after photo you’ll note the new oak hardwood flooring, the mahogany double doors, more natural light and lighter, brighter colors:

Collins Design-Build Hillsborough NC Builder (7)Collins Design-Build Hillsborough NC Builder (14)“We wanted to blend the hardwoods in with the rest of the home for a constant flow and grander feel. We custom built the mahogany doors and went from a single door to a double. We don’t have a photo of it, but we added stained shutters to match on the front.” Noted Chad



Staying in the foyer with the next before and after photos, the oak handrails and balusters were painted for a brighter and more modern feel.

Collins Design-Build Hillsborough NC Builder (4)Collins Design-Build Hillsborough NC Builder (11)“At first we looked at replacing the existing railings with wrought iron but budget considerations trumped and we decided to paint. I’m glad we did. This look is timeless.” Chad admitted.



The wet bar was next on the list of things to go. Replaced with a bookcase and cabinetry adorned with glass doors and granite.

Collins Design-Build Hillsborough NC Builder (2)Collins Design-Build Hillsborough NC Builder (9)“I’m sure we all like to have a libation from time to time, but not real reason to display in the family room. Instead we elected to showcase favorite book classics and shelve the articles picked up through the years of our Clients long term marriage.” Chad reacted.



The kitchen received the most attention. The existing had two islands, dark cabinetry and a leaking fridge. The goal was to brighten the kitchen and create one central space to attract folks to gather. Additional can lights, under counter lights and pendant lights were installed.

Collins Design-Build Hillsborough NC Builder (6)Collins Design-Build Hillsborough NC Builder (13)Chad jumped at the chance to talk about the distressed black walnut island top. Proclaiming, “That top was not inexpensive but I could not imagine this kitchen without it. We went with a darker cabinet base for the island to give it more of a furniture feel.”



Wanting to keep the existing Viking range, the new cabinetry was design around the range to accommodate.

Collins Design-Build Hillsborough NC Builder (3)Collins Design-Build Hillsborough NC Builder (10)Chad noted, “It was a challenge to reinstall range and not scratch the newly finished hardwood floors. We hired professional appliance installers for the task.”



By eliminating the second sink maximum the kitchen now makes use of prep area. The copper farm sink is a fan favorite! Replacing the window with a larger clear glass window allows for a sunny morning breakfast. The glass doors in some of the upper cabinets allows the display of fine china.

Collins Design-Build Hillsborough NC Builder (5)Collins Design-Build Hillsborough NC Builder (12)“We wanted to incorporate some of our Green Building Components that we use in our new homes like installing a roll out trash and recycle bin in the island, the use of  ENERGY STAR lighting with LED light bulbs.” Boasted Chad.



The living/great room is a unique shape and size. Lowering the fireplace hearth and installing a slimmer style fireplace and continuing the stone all the way to the ceiling, a  larger room feel was accomplished.

Collins Design-Build Hillsborough NC Builder (1)Collins Design-Build Hillsborough NC Builder (8)“The great room was the hardest challenge to overcome. We removed the heavy capitals over the interior doors and modified the lighting above for more of a grand room. I could not be more pleased with how it turned out.” Chad said.







Chad & Emilee Collins

An unlimited licensed general contractor as well as a licensed home inspector, 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 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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