Former Steel Company Office Gets Facelift to Meet Needs of Custom Homebuilder
From its sharp angles and floor-to-ceiling glass walls, Alan Cheshier is proud of Muirfield Homes’ new digs in Norman.
The location at Lindsey Street and 24th Avenue SW near Interstate 35 in Norman offer high visibility that Alan loves. In fact, there’s a lot to love about Muirfield Homes by Alan Cheshier’s new offices, which formerly housed an engineering company. Size, for one thing. Their former work space was about 375 square feet, compared to about 2,700 square feet. Muirfield Homes’ new split-level, two-story site includes offices and plenty of spaces to meet with clients, interior designers and others.
Alan’s office includes a spacious area in which to meet with staff and clients. The sleek, black modern couch and chairs reflect a retro ’60s look (appropriate, since that is when the building was built), and includes the original wet bar; together, Alan says, the space has a “Mad Men” vibe.
Because they wanted their new offices to reflect the same style and taste they offer clients in designing their homes, the space was overhauled: among other changes, hanging ceilings and old florescent lighting were removed, providing a significant increase in the ceiling height. Modern recessed lighting, along with the natural light admitted through numerous windows, gives the place a light, breezy feel.
They didn’t toss out all the old, however. They kept the built-in drafting tables, which are equally useful in their business, though they covered them in new materials to make them look more at home in the new setting.
But the thing Alan is perhaps most excited about is the second-floor “idea center,” featuring a long conference table and big-screen TV where they can show clients floor plans and other details. The room also houses physical samples, like quartz and granite counter tops and bathroom and kitchen fixtures.
“Many people just aren’t able to visualize what a room will look from blueprints or photos; by having these products available for clients to see and touch, they can get a better feel about what is being proposed and be more comfortable making their choices,” Alan explains, noting that the businesses’ bathrooms also were built to showcase some of the options they offer homebuyers.
“Ninety-eight percent of homebuyers start on the internet,” Alan notes. “Our goal is to bring the building process to the millennium and make it enjoyable for our customers.”
Still on the drawing table are enhancements to the grounds, including water features. He hopes to have these in before their open house, planned for late January.
These are busy times for this custom home business. They also are in the process of building a new showcase home at 3612 Vintage Creek Drive in Norman’s Vintage Creek addition at Tecumseh and Highway 77. Because they custom build homes ranging from $300,000 to over $1 million, the approximately 3,300-foot house—a modern farmhouse—is being designed to interest a diverse clientele.
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