Beckman Home

Beckman home near Tatum. (Les Hassell/News-Journal Photo)

It might be hard to pick a favorite feature in Daniel and Lacy Beckman’s new home in Beckville.

There’s the wine room, with its wrought iron door and arched brick ceiling. The master suite includes an exercise room with a mirrored wall. The single-story house features an upstairs bonus room the family uses as a game room. An outdoor entertainment area includes a swimming pool, fireplace and fire pit for cooking steaks. The kitchen has many inviting features, but the one that might draw the most envy is its Sonic ice machine.

The 5,600-square-foot home contains one fantastic detail after another, but perhaps the best part of the home is one that can’t be seen: The place it holds in one family’s history in Texas.

“It’s built on family land,” Lacy Beckman says of the home, which her family moved into starting in January. The family — Lacy and Daniel, their 5-year-old daughter, Elliana, and two boys, 17-year-old Jackson and 16-year-old James – were living there when the home was featured on the East Texas Builders Association spring Parade of Homes.

Lacy said the property where the home was built is part of a larger piece of land that her great-great-great-grandfather Daniel Martin received from the Republic of Mexico.

“It stayed in my family for all these years, and, of course, my parents were sweet enough to deed us the land to build on,” she said.

For Lacy, there was never a question about where she wanted her family to live.

She’s a Beckville graduate. Her now deceased grandparents, Beauford and Beatrice Martin, lived on that land, and her parents, Bobby and Ann (Martin) Tuttle, still do. Her brother and his family live there as well.

Lacy knew she wanted their daughter to have the same “country life” she did as a child.

“It’s cool because I used to explore in these woods with my grandparents just as these kids do now with my parents,” Lacy says. “(Elliana’s) cousins live down the road. It’s kind of like we have a family compound right here.”

Lacy says family is everything to her.

The family was living in Shreveport, with she and her husband both covering large territories in medical sales. That territory meant it would be possible for them to relocate to the family land and still work in their service areas. So a year and a half ago, they sold their home in Shreveport and lived in what was her grandparent’s house while the new house was built — about 200 yards from where their wedding ceremony took place eight years ago.

They knew they were building a forever home.

“When you build on family land, you know you better build what you want,” Lacy says. “We’ll be living here until the day we die. We’re not selling that piece of property. We tried to put everything into it we would ever want, and that’s kind of a neat piece of this puzzle, too.”

They worked with W Home Design and Perry Waggoner of Waggoner Custom Homes to design and build the home.

“I wouldn’t change anything,” Lacy says. “It has everything in it we would ever want.”

The Beckmans agreed they liked the Hill Country style. After that, they designed a house that appeals to the interests and needs of their five members.

The Beckmans’ daughter was born through in vitro fertilization, and so Lacy says she keeps her close, watches her “like a hawk.” The home includes a special playroom for her, off with the living room, hat is enclosed with sliding barn doors.

“I can see her right there playing,” Lacy says. “She’s right there with us.”

Lacy wanted a wine room, which was built with a wine-barrel seating area.

“My idea for that room, was when we go in there, there are no cell phones,” that it would be time for her and her husband to sit down and talk, she says. It’s a place to put work aside “and just kind of a quiet spot to talk and not to have all the world and work consume you.”

Her husband has a hunting room where he displays his trophies, and she has an exercise room.

Her closet features cabinets, drawers and shelving that make it possible to display and organize her shoes, purses and clothing.

“It’s just nice. It’s nice to walk in and not feel cluttered and crammed,” she says. “It’s kind of like a fairy tale closet.”

The outdoor area is great for entertaining, Lacy says, but it’s also perfect for the thing that’s most important to her — “family togetherness.”

For Lacy, though, the home isn’t so important as the location. She says she is “emotionally tied to the land.”

“It’s sacred and such a blessing that we were actually able to come back home,” Lacy says. “It’s just incredible to me. We’ve been so blessed and so fortunate to be able to bring the kids up around family and with all the support. That’s my big deal. I’d be happy in a tent so long as I was still in this place.”