When we decided to move from Florida to Raleigh, North Carolina, we looked at a wide variety of homes on the PARADE OF HOMES tour and naturally the quality of workmanship of the various builders. We have built a number of custom homes from New Jersey to California to Florida and have been fortunate to have had all quality builders along the way.
We chose Don Collins not only for the quality workmanship in the homes he built, all of which we inspected, but because of his reputation as a reputable builder. We had our own idea of the type of home we wanted and Don and his Architect worked along with us step by step to bring the plans, after numerous revisions, to a satisfactory conclusion.
Don was always available to answer all our questions and concerns and was always receptive to our ideas and requests. Once our house was complete Don always made himself available to follow up with orientation and minor issues on any problems and adjustments no matter how extensive or how trivial. We have had excellent builders in the past and must say that as far as we are concerned Don Collins has been, without question. one of the best both pre and post construction. His pleasant manner, attention to detail and quick response to any problem was greatly appreciated.
We would gladly recommend Don Collins to anyone wanting a builder receptive to your wants, needs and ideas.
Michael & Barbara
We have built homes in four states with various builders. Our experience with Don Collins Builder, Inc. was by far the best ever experienced. His attention to detail, thoroughness and follow-up made it a pleasure to work with him.
Attention to Detail
We were looking for the house of our dreams, and we found it with Don Collins Builder, Inc. When we relocated from California to Raleigh, we had just 6 days to find the perfect house. After 5 days of an exhausting search, we found it! The house had everything we wanted: a spacious kitchen, all the formal rooms, 5 bedrooms and bathrooms, a huge master suite complete with a garden tub and picture window, a bonus room, walk-up attic, generous sized family room, and a beautiful outside deck. It truly was the perfect house for us!
Since the day we moved in, we have had wonderful support from our builder, Don Collins. All of those minor adjustments that need to be made when purchasing a new home were handled with grace, speed, and the quality that makes Don Collins Builder, Inc. the number one builder for us.
We still laugh about not knowing how to work the showers in our new house, and Don walked us through the process over the phone. Talk about dedication! Our family would highly recommend Don Collins Builder, Inc. for your next home. The exceptional quality, personal service, and support that you get from this builder is truly a cut about the rest.
The Williams Family
Grace, Speed, Quality
We are thoroughly pleased with our new home. The attention to detail by each of the subcontractors, and the ability to communicate with Don Collins directly and effectively made building a pleasure instead of a chore. Don’s constant communications, gentle and, might I add, patient manner were huge parts of the building process. He and his wife have been a pleasure to work with and get to know.
Working and building in Raleigh for quite some time has allowed Don to choose his subcontractors with experience, care, and precision. The quality of care given to each task was extraordinary. I was especially impressed with the wood trim details and the tile work performed by the respective contractors. The lighting, moldings and the interest of the floor plan have all been assets that were considered part of the base of the house — not extras.
Whenever we had a problem, I was sure it would be a deal and a negotiation, yet Don quietly handled the issue with ease and assurance. After the house was finished, we were not abandoned at the closing. When we have had any issues, I have called Don and he has taken care of them immediately. My husband and I are both grateful for the quality, genuine concerns, and overall process of building our home. However, more important than the process itself, we are grateful that we had such an excellent builder with which to work.
Overall Process of Building
Three years ago, we moved back to Raleigh after being away for almost sixteen years. While shopping for a new home, we came across houses with the Collins name on them.
There was something special about these houses that made them stand out from all the others. We had known of the Collins family and their reputation for quality-built custom homes from living in this area before. As we continued our search for the perfect house, we always came back to those with a Collins “for sale” sign.
Finally, we met with Don Collins and discussed the plans for one of the last lots in the neighborhood that we wanted our kids to grow up in. As he started construction on the house, we decided it was the one for our family. We made changes and added challenging items, which he had not dealt with before (i.e. elevator accessible to four floors), but these were no hurdle for him. Throughout the construction process, Don readily gave creative suggestions, which customized our home and enhanced its value to us. At the same time, he helped us maintain a reasonable budget and informed us of any price differences as we deviated from the original plans. This was nice because there were no surprises at the closing.
Don Collins comes from a reputable family of builders, and it is upon this foundation that he has enhanced his business through his creativity, eye for detail, and willingness to try new ideas.
He has always been available for questions and he appears very sincere about providing his customers with a high-end quality product. Don has always been pleasant in interactions and business transactions.
It was for these reasons that we asked him to finish our basement and sunroom addition. If you are in the market for a new home, we recommend Don Collins without any reservations!
Over the past year, my husband and I have had the opportunity to work with Don Collins and his team of professionals renovating our kitchen and two bathrooms. His father had built our home 16 years prior. We made it clear to Don that keeping the integrity of the house was a priority. Because of his extensive experience in the building industry, we knew the attention to detail would be excellent! From the get-go, any concerns regarding budgets and timelines were described in full detail to us. The days and hours of work were always consistent and updates were relayed at the end of each workday. Clear communication was constant throughout the project. His team of professionals was patient, kind, conscientious, and open to answering any questions we had. The work site was always cleaned and left in a neat, orderly fashion. Don was friendly, extremely courteous, and treated our home like his. We are delighted with the outcome and highly recommend him.
Jerry and Kathleen