Couple Work With Builder to Create Dream House

After living some years in the Boston/D.C. area, Mike and Teresa Collins, who grew up in Norman and Bartlesville, respectively, together decided they were ready to return to their roots–specifically, to Norman.

While still living on the East Coast, the couple contacted Alan Cheshier with Muirfield Homes, and began planning their dream home. At Cheshier’s suggestion, they began with an online search to find a design they liked. They chose a Florida style of architecture and worked with Cheshier to create a similar design, but with several important modifications that included removing one of the two closets in the master bedroom to create a powder room and elongating the remaining master bath as well adding on an exercise room.

In real estate, the buzz word is “location, location, location,” and for the Collinses, that also was a key factor. They scheduled a quick visit to the area to scout out available land on which to build the house and were pleasantly surprised to find an available lot in Norman’s Sutton Woods addition with a view of a beautiful pond.

“I never imagined being able to find a house in central Norman without a house right behind us and with such a great view,” Mike said.

Fans of outdoor living, the couple love the approximately 1,600 feet of patio space located in their back yard. They added screens that allow them to close off about half of the patio, which together with a working fireplace (another of their modifications), creates a cozy place to relax on cool fall days.

The Collinses moved into the Muirfield-designed custom home in August 2016 and are now “living their dream.”