Welcome to Off the Duck's first article in our new Open Door series.
What began as a conceptual vision for Teresa Beck became a reality last week with the completion of "Halcyon Halls," the first home in the new Columbia development, Eleven on 7th. But it's not a typical development, and it's not your typical builder spec house. Rather, it's a whole new concept for living in an upscale, environmentally low-impact community in a one-of-a-kind house with details that will make you wonder: why didn't I think of that?
The truth is that most people don't think of "that," which is one of the many things that makes Halcyon Halls so amazing. Registered Interior Designer Teresa Beck of TBEKTU, who drew the architectural plans and decorated the house, has the ability to translate ideas into reality, from a self-contained neighborhood to the smallest of details, all with an original design perspective.
Halcyon Halls is the first home on one of eleven potential sites in the new gated neighborhood. It is centrally located just off West 7th Street in the heart of Columbia's historic neighborhoods and is a short jaunt to downtown's historic Square.
As Beck says, "It is a modern concept for living." She adds that, "rather than just provide basic shelter and function, a home should enrich the lives of its inhabitants — being in the space should be an experience."
One particular group she had in mind in the design process is those who have been accustomed to living in large, nice homes but want to downsize, without giving up the "nice" element.
"They want homes that are easier to take care of and that don’t dedicate so much square footage for seldom-used guest rooms, yet still have an overall spacious feel," she explains.
That being said, the home was thoughtfully designed to function well for all types of living situations, such as empty nesters and retirees, but can easily accommodate people of all ages and varying levels of ability, inside and out.
Beck hosted a series of open houses last week to introduce the community to the development and to the home. From local realtors and elected officials to neighbors and the general public, all were given guided tours of Halcyon Halls where they got to experience and learn about the space first-hand.
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Stay tuned for more "Open Door" articles to come on Off the Duck. This is our first of the series.