2005 Great American Home Award – National Trust for Historic Preservation & Old House Journal
NASHVILLE HOME DESIGNER WINS THE GREAT AMERICAN HOME AWARDS
— R. Lynn Taylor wins for Infill Housing Design
NASHVILLE, March 23, 2005
Nashville home designer, R. Lynn Taylor, has garnered national attention for her infill housing designs. The Great American Home Awards,® presented by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Old-House Journal recently named a home designed by Taylor its 2005 winner in the category of infill residence. The Great American Home Awards® is a national competition recognizing outstanding residential rehabilitation projects in the United States. Established in 1989, the contest honors homeowners and professionals for their dedication to the ideals of preservation, as well as for their commitment to excellence in rehabilitating old houses. The infill-housing category was a new addition to the contest this year and recognizes new homes built in established neighborhoods that fit seamlessly within the historical context.
Taylor’s six-year old residential design firm, Taylor Made Plans, has become known as a leading resource for homeowners and developers desiring to preserve and rehabilitate properties in older neighborhoods in Nashville. Taylor launched a website in 2004 to sell her historic stock plans nationally (www.taylormadeplans.com).
“We have the beautiful look of a historic house with all the modern conveniences,” says homeowner Leslie McGilberry. The award winning home, a one-and-a-half story Craftsman located in East Nashville, was built by Chuck Gann of Gann Construction Group and completed in 2004.“Chuck Gann does great quality work, with exceptional attention to details, “says Taylor. “Details make a house.”
The residence will be featured in the June 2005 issue of Old-House Journal and several Preservation magazines, which will reach over one million readers.
OXYGEN’S “OH! GET THE MONEY” CAMPAIGN
— R. Lynn Taylor Is Honored for Her Entrepreneurial Spirit
NASHVILLE, October 28, 2004 –
Oh! She got the money! R. Lynn Taylor, of Taylor Made Plans, LLC, recently returned from New York City with a $25,000 check and a wealth of business advice from the Oxygen Network’s “Oh! Get The Money: Build Your Own Business with Oxygen” initiative. Now in its fourth year, “Oh! Get The Money” provides aspiring female business owners with the tools, the cash, and the know-how to help turn their small business endeavors into the real deal.
Taylor is one of three women entrepreneurs who received the award out of 16,000 entries based on her business plan for expanding her five-year-old residential design firm, Taylor Made Plans, LLC. Taylor Made Plans Taylor’s idea for offering her urban infill housing designs via the Internet caught the attention of the Oxygen Network because it meets an unfilled niche in the housing market. Infill homes are those built on vacant lots within established urban neighborhoods, and Taylor’s designs fit seamlessly within the area’s historical context. Over twenty of her infill home designs have been built in the Nashville area over the last few years. The 42-year old entrepreneur has over 20 years of experience in residential and commercial design, and her firm has become known as a top resource for homeowners and developers desiring to preserve and rehabilitate properties in older neighborhoods in Nashville, Tennessee.
While in New York City, Taylor attended a small business workshop facilitated by Rosalind Resnick, a top small business expert and successful entrepreneur, and heard from experts in the fields of finance, marketing, law and others. She also filmed commercials that may be aired on the Oxygen Network. Oxygen Media is a 24-hour cable television network that puts a fresh spin on television for women.