— By BRIAN SMITH
People will do just about anything to be closer to their grandchildren. In the case of Steve and Tricia Heflin, it may be a fresh career start.
The San Antonio couple, who have been married 35 years had spent 28 years in the Alamo City but the lure of a daughter and three grandkids in Keller had the couple looking to move north. The couple looked all over the Metroplex for a place that would meet their needs for a place before they found what they were looking for out by Lake Weatherford on West Lake Drive. The move had been discussed and prayed about for three years, Steve Heflin said.
“We were looking for a (home) the last nine or 10 months with a lot of trees and a place with an old, charming home,” Heflin said. “We found the area and loved it.”
The 21-acre facility was the perfect site for a wedding chapel and event center, which the couple believed the area needed. The facility is close to the lake and has good streets and access from all over, another positive to the couple.
Steve and Tricia moved to the area around the holidays and began design work on the facility, for which ground was broken last week with the Weatherford Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, city and county officials present. Steve Heflin, an architect for 28 years as well as a homebuilder, designed both buildings, Tricia said it was exactly what she was hoping for because of his “beautiful mind.”
Using the same expertise and attention to detail Steve used in designing custom homes, the couple began collecting architectural elements such as 300-year old doors, gables, mirrors, tables, rustic wagons, gates, and benches from Texas and Santa Fe, New Mexico to be used in both venues.
The couple will be able to keep a close eye on the progress of the project, which is expected to be complete sometime this fall, because they live amid the beautiful trees and hills at the back of the property. The Heflin’s 115-year-old home was once the home of Parker County Precinct 2 Commissioner Craig Peacock’s grandparents. Peacock attended the ceremony and said the home looks nothing like the place his grandparents had.
The Brooks at Weatherford, as the facility will be called, consists of a “charming, vintage”chapel that can seat 275 people indoors. However, by raising the curtain walls on nicer days, can be expanded to seat around 400.
A separate reception/meeting area is a short walk across the property. Both buildings, including the 7,000 square foot reception venue, can be climatized for year-round use.
Tricia Heflin said the Brooks got its name by the pond and brooks on the side of the property. The couple said they believe upon completion the place will match classic elegance with rustic beauty.
For further information and to see progress on The Brooks at Weatherford, visit the website at thebrooksatweatherford.com or e-mail Tricia at firstname.lastname@example.org.