Welcome to Off the Duck's Open Door series. In our first article, we introduced "Halcyon Halls" by Teresa Beck of Tbektu Design + Development. In this second article, we will further explore what makes this new spec home and the development Eleven on 7th so amazing for Columbia, Maury County, its residents and those considering moving here.
The recent completion of Teresa Beck's first spec home "Halycon Halls" in the new development Eleven on 7th marked a new chapter in Maury County's real estate and housing market as its first sustainable, low-impact environmental community. But environmentally sustainable is only but one important element to this new neighborhood.
And there are so many elements that illustrate Beck's amazing ability to take a vision from a whole concept all the way down to the smallest of details. This totality of vision is what makes Eleven on 7th something worthy of attention, especially for any discerning homeowner who is looking for low-maintenance living in an environmentally sensitive neighborhood.
Beck of TBEKTU Design & Development began the conceptual design of the community with a master plan that incorporates 11 single family lots in the historic downtown neighborhood of Columbia. Local craftsmen were used in all of the project, which not only kept jobs local, but also helped keep the carbon footprint to a minimum. Additionally, whenever possible, all purchased materials came from Columbia and its immediate surrounding areas - Lewisburg or Nashville.
These materials include a mosaic entry sign made from discarded pool tile samples, custom iron gates, a pedestrian gate, columns made of salvaged rock terraces from the original property with a few bricks salvaged from the Orbison home in Nashville thrown in for interest, and a winding road using Belgard permeable pavers. Landscaping features bio-retention beds with native plants.
It was also particularly important to Beck's design concept to ensure that the community and its ensuing homes integrate well with the surrounding historical community. "Being so close to Columbia's downtown Square and within the West 7th Historic District neighborhood was part of the reason we chose the location. Thus, I felt it was crucial to maintain architectural integrity and gain approval from the Historic Zoning Commission for both the Eleven on 7th community and its homes," said Beck.
The first spec home, Halcyon Halls, is a great representation of vision brought to fruition in terms of architectural integrity and attention to detail. For example, the home's columns, the Chippendale style porch railing and the transom windows above the dining room, family room and study add that unifying touch of the area's historical heritage.
Yet, the home is thoroughly modern in function: Concealed outlets in the kitchen make for an uninterrupted back splash. Doorways are custom width to accommodate potential wheelchairs, while the walk-in shower has reinforced walls to easily add ADA-compliant grab bars. Pocketed hidden sliding doors expand the living room area into the outdoor space for a seamless entertaining area. When guests are ready to go to sleep, the convertible study has a sideboard that opens to a queen-size bed and can be put away the next morning.
Such are the many details that Beck has put into the house and community. You can find out more and see for yourself why everyone is buzzing about Eleven on 7th. Just click HERE to read about the development and Halcyon Halls, and click HERE to find out more about TBEKTU Design + Development.
Look for our next article in the Open Door series at the beginning of September, which will feature Haynes Haven - the historic home where the 2016 Polk Ball will be held. Open Door is brought to you courtesy of TBEKTU and Eleven on 7th.