Standard Practices

We respect and protect the environment at every construction site. We constantly strive to stay abreast of the latest Green Building principles so that your home is built with integrity and informed responsibility.

Following is a list of standard practices we use to aid in the efficiency and performance of your home:
  • Glue down sill plates – We seal them off from air, insects, and infiltration.
  • Exterior sheathing – ZIP Board with tape – This provides a tighter exterior and houses perform drastically better on blower door tests.
  • Caulk and prep package – We caulk joints on exterior walls where wood touches wood – including studs, headers, tight top plates, sill plates on main level, and upper level floors.
  • Icynene Foam – We use open cell, full encapsulation of the home and exterior shell. This provides tremendous benefits to the homeowner.
  • Duct blaster tests – We test the HVAC duct work for tightness (prior to the homeowner occupying the house) and insure that we aren’t losing any air to leaks.
  • Blower door tests
  • High efficiency HVAC systems – We use a two-stage or variable speed unit versus a less efficient single stage unit.
  • Efficient windows
  • Engineered footers and foundation walls with poured walls
  • Follow up with waterproofing – We protect the foundation and run PVC pipes away from the structure.
  • Engineered floor systems for minimum deflection – We use an open web truss system for the floors. All the duct work, electrical, and water, etc. are able to run in that area, which allows for full height ceilings in basement areas. We try to prevent lowering ceiling heights, which is why Collins Building Group basements don’t feel like basements.
  • Fresh air returns when needed
  • HVAC in conditioned spaces

To learn more about any of our common practices, schedule a meeting today.


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"I chose Kevin Collins because of the outstanding quality of his work, attention to detail, his personal integrity, and his focus on making customers happy. Even after completing my house over two years ago, he still responds if I need him to fix something or for his advice on a home improvement project. He hires only the most reputable subcontractors and uses only product suppliers that service what they sell. Kevin thinks about long term customer satisfaction when he builds homes, thus building it the right way the first time. Since building my second home I have used Kevin to improve my primary home on multiple occasions. I trust him and the work his people do for him. He has exceeded my expectations every time."

J. Fountain
Collins Building Group Homeowner Since 2009
“Kevin, is a detailed manager who watches the budget for any job like a hawk. I have worked with Kevin on many projects large and small and can say with confidence that he will bring the project in on time and on budget.”

G. Mast
Yoder’s Building Supply
"I met Kevin when I was considering buying the lot that I ultimately built our home on. Kevin was referred to me by my real estate agent. I hired Kevin to build my dream home because I believed I could trust him to do the right thing. In speaking to his references, I found only delighted clients. Kevin is fair, honest, and builds a very, very high-quality product that he and the owner are both proud of. I recommend him and his work without hesitation."

G. Smith
Collins Building Group Homeowner Since 2010
"Kevin Collins was very attentive to details and did an outstanding job getting in sync with what we wanted to build. Throughout the process, Kevin was extremely helpful in suggesting options that we might like. This is our "dream home" that we planned for about 12 years. The final product exceeded our expectations and more than made our dream come true. We have been in the home for about 3.5 years and Kevin still comes back to fix things that he really has no responsibility to fix. He truly cares about the quality of the homes he builds and he stands behind them."

C. Morton
Collins Building Group Homeowner Since 2012
"The workmanship on our house was outstanding, due most likely to the fact that Kevin Collins employs highly skilled and experienced subcontractors. Our cost reimbursable contract, and Kevin's tolerant and congenial personality, facilitated numerous changes as the work progressed. However, what sets Kevin apart from his competitors may be his extensive knowledge of and familiarity with new and innovative systems and materials. We drafted our own house plans without the assistance of an architect. Kevin made numerous suggestions, altering and expanding our plans, that were very much appreciated - the Miratec siding, the recirculating hot water heating system, cabinet and appliance arrangements, flooring and landscaping options, and so much more. I have given Kevin my highest recommendation to friends and colleagues and will continue to do so."

L. Bell
Collins Building Group Homeowner Since 2012
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