The Village of Amberleigh | RE Collier, Developer
Dick Collier – Founder & President
Dick Collier built his first “house” in Richmond, Virginia when he was just 13 years old – a clubhouse for the boys of his neighborhood. Just a few years later, he was given a T square, drawing board and a set of drawing instruments by his Junior High School mechanical drawing teacher and has been designing and building houses ever since.
He started R.E. Collier, Inc. Builder in 1963 while employed with Allied Chemical and soon thereafter made a career switch to pursue homebuilding full-time. Since then, he has built hundreds of custom homes, numerous commercial office, medical and retail buildings, and developed several residential subdivisions and office parks, all in the greater Richmond area. His commitment to quality, client relationships, unique and timely designs, and energy efficiency, led R.E. Collier, Inc. Builder to become one of the most sought-after home building companies in Richmond. A lifelong “hobby” had turned into a vocation that he wouldn’t trade for anything.
Dutch Goddard – Vice President
Dutch Goddard graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Virginia Military Institute. After a brief stint in the railroad industry, Dutch came back to Richmond in 1985 to take advantage of an opportunity to develop land and build custom homes. This ultimately resulted in the development of Westover Hills West, a successful infill 90-home neighborhood in Richmond city.
Impressed by neoclassical new builds during visits in burgeoning cities such as Cincinnati and Atlanta, and recognizing the opportunity to depart from the strong “Williamsburg look” that dominated Richmond in the 1980’s, Dutch was inspired to pursue an elevated aesthetic in custom home building. “One of my passions has always been residential architecture, especially in older homes. I enjoy the creative process of applying timeless designs to new construction. Each home I built reflected the practical needs and aesthetic desires of my clients and resulted in a community of distinctively styled homes where no two homes were alike.” Dutch’s houses are stately, stylish and original.