Dr. Vic Beck and his lovely wife Tricia Beck were gracious enough to let us "open the door" into their beautiful home for our Christmas edition of the Open Door series. We think you will enjoy this timely glimpse into the Beck's home during the Christmas season.
The design and the building of the home was a family venture. Local designer and sister of Dr. Beck, Teresa Beck of TBEKTU Design + Development, drew the architectural plans, floor plan, foundation plan, roof plan, exterior elevations, furniture plan and lighting & electrical plan for the house. The house was built in 2001 by their son Vic Beck III who acted as the contractor.
Tricia, who Teresa says "has a great eye and sense of style," did her own decorating. As you will see from the photos, she carried through her sense of style with her Christmas decorations.
At the Beck's request, Teresa designed the home with a nod toward a French country architectural style. One of the primary goals was to take advantage of the sweeping views of the rolling landscape, not only from windows, but also from the front and back porches. Another important design element was incorporating enough windows to provide lots of natural light, Teresa explained.
When considering the overall functionality of the house, the Becks wanted the floor plan to be well laid out and spacious enough to entertain, not only for dinner parties but also for large groups and parties such as their annual family picnic and during the holidays when their children and grandchildren come over. However, the Becks wanted to keep the house to around 3,000 square feet with three bedrooms, three baths, a powder room. It ended up at at 3,250 square feet, when they decided to add a large bonus room over the garage.
They also wanted to make it single level with at least one step-free entry, meaning the egress/ingress do not require any steps. Teresa incorporated this at the garage entry so that you can go from your car around the back of the house into either the kitchen or dining room without any steps.
The interior features rich wood that is introduced with the grand front doors and is continued in the front entry, Vic's office at the front of the house, and the windows, trim and doors. The exterior truss work at the front entry is echoed in the interior beams in the foyer and sitting room off the kitchen.
Because of the Becks penchant for entertaining, the kitchen was designed with an open plan and an extra-large center island. The French country style is incorporated in several details, like the hand-painted tile scene above the stove and the wood ornamental medallion feature on the hood. The kitchen is flanked by a sitting area overlooking the backyard and a cozy parlor room, which Tricia says is one of her favorite rooms. And of course, there is the elegant dining room for more formal occasions.
The holidays certainly provide the perfect opportunity for both decorating and entertaining. Tricia's sense of style and her fun personality are even more on display, as evidenced by her whimsical Christmas tree decor and other well-thought out festive decorations. The importance of family is also emphasized throughout the home, from photographs and portraits to the monogrammed stockings hanging in the kitchen.
But when it's time for the party to end and the guests to go home (or to one of the two guest rooms), the master bedroom suite provides the perfect retreat. It features separate his-and-her bathrooms and separate closets. “His” bathroom includes an additional outdoor shower, which has become one of Teresa's trademark features and is often requested by many of her clients now.