Building’s A Pleasure the Second Time Around

October 27, 2010

Calvin and Christina Muller know Daniel Island well. Originally from Charleston, the couple attended pharmacy school at the Medical University of South Carolina. After graduation, they moved to Sarasota, Florida for several years before recently returning to the Charleston area.

“We just couldn’t wait to get back. We love Charleston and all it has to offer,” says Christina. “My parents live on Daniel Island and we wanted to be close to them. And we love the fact that the island is so conveniently located near the beaches, downtown Charleston and other surrounding areas. Nothing else locally compares to what Daniel Island has to offer.”


Calvin and Christina Muller pose in what will soon be their breakfast room, boasting partial water views.

With two small children (Emma, 4, and Jackson, 2) the Mullers were attracted to the island’s Smythe Park neighborhood because of its close proximity to schools, parks and other amenities.

“There also seemed to be a lot of young families living in the neighborhood, and that was especially attractive to us,” said Christina.

However, after looking at numerous homes, the Mullers just couldn’t seem to find one that included all of the features they desired.

“We really had our heart set on purchasing a resale home. We had gone through the building process for our previous home in Sarasota and did not have a positive experience,” explained Christina.

It wasn’t until their sales agent, Carol Evans, persuaded them to take a look at a homesite in Smythe Park that the Mullers gave in and decided that building a new home was going to be their best option.

“It just seemed to be the right fit. The lot was within our budget, offered a spacious yard, and it was in the perfect location,” commented Calvin.

The Muller’s had good friends who had built with John Wieland Homes and had a very good experience. “What really sold us was that John Wieland was willing to offer us a semi-custom floor plan that incorporated many of the features we had seen and liked in some of the other production homes,” said Christina.


Partial water views and a great location are just a few of the features that sold the Mullers on their new lot.

Calvin and Christina were able to design a semi-custom 3,500 sq. ft. floor plan with 4 bedrooms, 4 ½ baths, a FROG and a garage located underneath the home, leaving more space for the yard.

While some might speculate that this is not the best time to invest in building a new home, the Muller’s experience has proven otherwise.

“The entire building process has been seamless,” says Christina. “Everyone has been eager to work. Deadlines have been met. I can actually say that the it’s been fun!”

“I think folks are just ready to move on with their plans and to start building,” said Paul Bird, Custom Home Advisor for John Wieland Homes. “Supplies and materials are readily available, interest rates are at all-time lows and contractors are eager to work, making it an excellent time to move forward.”

The Muller’s new home will be completed in February, only seven months after its initial groundbreaking.

“We can’t wait to move in!” exclaimed the couple.