Old Lady Taylor, our nearly 100-year-old rehab near downtown Taylor, is ready for her debut on the world stage! She’s on the market now, so check out the official listing! See the gallery at the end of the page for lots of before and after pictures.
She may no longer look from the outside like the sad old lady we first encountered several months ago—we’ve given her gorgeous new paint and stonework—but we didn’t have her turn her back on her past. All through the rehab process, we worked hard to retain and polish the early 20th-century features of this special property, from the crystal knob and the scroll gingerbread on the front door and cornice to the egg-shaped interior knobs on the original solid wood 5-panel doors and layers of crown molding in the formal dining room to the bay window with sidelights overlooking the huge backyard full of mature trees to the bath fixtures, while keeping our eye on what today’s homeowner wants and needs.
But we also made many improvements. The master bath was almost completely gutted, and a new toilet, vanity, tile, lights, and fan were added. The back foyer and staircase were stripped of the ugly blue carpet, the picket fence wall treatment that covered almost the entire foyer, and the log round and tape measure that ran along the wall next to the backdoor. Our contractor, Chris, did an amazing job repairing the stairs, adding new shoe molding, painting the rich brown I picked and using it to accent the skirtboards that lead the eye up the staircase. His suggestion that we move the chandelier from “Granny’s bedroom” (aka the downstairs bedroom) to the back foyer was exactly the right, elegant touch that was needed.