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The Story Behind The Appalachia Home

September 29, 2015 1:18 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The Appalachia

Durham BuilderIn October, my phone rang with an Edmond Oklahoma caller ID. And since I love to get telemarketers all flustered, I answered expecting the proverbial – did you know you could save 15% blah blah blah. But no. The sweetest little voice announced, ”Hi. My name is Saundra and my husband and I have purchased a lot in Chapel Hill and you were referred to us by our REALTOR.” Later that evening her husband sent me copies of the floor plan they selected several years ago while planning for their retirement.

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As I viewed the layouts and drawings, I thought to myself – great; a mountain style home. And in Chapel Hill at that. Wait… uh, will I ever get approvals in Chapel Hill for such a home? That was the $64 dollar question. I went from extreme excitement to this empty feeling of doubt.

I took a drive over to their lot and discovered a gem. What a perfect lot for such a home. After approvals we started construction and throughout the process, I simply could not believe that building lots like these were still around in Chapel Hill. The perfect building conditions for their retirement dream home. What a view!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhile building this home, I incorporated Aging In Place principles such as three foot wide doorways, zero threshold entryways, grab bar blocking and ADA plumbing specifications. I am especially proud of the zero entry detail I designed. By lowering the floor joists into the foundation we were able to eliminate a step into the home.

Building a green home is fairly common and has become the new norm these days. However, I wanted to not only achieve a Certified Green Standard Certificate, I wanted to qualify for the Silver status Level. This home scored a 59 on the HERS Index. ENERGY STAR Qualified, Certified Silver by Home Innovation and more fresh air exchanges per hour than any prior built Collins Design-Build home, I am proud to offer to The Appalachia, one of the finalists worthy of the 2015 NCHBA STARS Award.

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I recently posted a few photos of this home on Facebook and one person commented “Que the snow.”

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Fox Hill Farm REALTOR Emilee Collins and Fox Hill Farm Builder Chad Collins



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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