If you’ve been wondering what’s going on at the Taylor Homestead, we’ve had to wait to do any interior renovations until the funding came through to level the house.
It was REALLY not level, and the drainage was “interesting,” so we addressed those items first.
In the meantime, Anita has been gathering bids for all the aspects of the repair, and Carol has chosen the paint colors, which is always exciting. The body of the house will be Intellectual Gray (one of my favorite grays), and the trim is Divine White, which looks pink on my phone, but I don’t think it really is. The front door is a gold color called Peristyle Brass. It will be fun to see those go on, but that is not happening yet!
The Taylor Homestead is a pier and beam house (here are links to a video on why they are a good idea and a comparison of pier and beam versus concrete). These are very common in places, like the area east and north of Austin, where the soil tends to shift a lot. A concrete foundation will crack, and require expensive repairs. Pier and beam houses, which sit on some strong, but separate, points, do get out of level, but are fairly easy to straighten out if you do it before the damage is too great.