Initial Therapy Sessions
In my last installment, Old Lady Taylor received a life-altering exterior facelift, transforming an ugly duckling into a swan. Since then, the old lady has been undergoing therapy to beautify her interior state. The first phase of this type of therapy is demo—tearing down the old and sad to make way for the new and improved.
Because we needed to change our exit strategy to respond to market pressures, I scaled back our original scope of work from a fairly significant demo and rehab to something much less involved. The revised demo scope of work included pulling down the vinyl wallpapered plywood sheets that covered perfectly good sheetrock walls in the downstairs bedroom and pulling up purple, blue, and red carpet and linoleum in various places throughout the house, revealing a could-one-day-be-beautiful hardwood floor in the master bedroom with literally thousands of nail and screw holes. These holes were matched by the literally thousands of nail and screw holes in the walls and doors left by previous occupants. In phase 2 of therapy, prep, the holes in the walls and doors have been carefully patched and primed and are ready for paint.