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Taylor Street home begins 2nd century
by Jebb Johnston
Apr 02, 2014 | 182 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The home at 1012 Taylor Street began its second century with a fresh renovation.

Owner Chad Dickerson admits some might consider the intersection of different styles within a bit quirky.

“I like a mix of antiques and contemporary,” he said. “I’ve got a mix of original art and vintage art. I’ve got mid-century modern pieces mixed in with antiques, and it works for me. It’s probably not ideal for everybody, but I like it.”

Black, white and red are the dominant colors throughout the house.

“I didn’t set out and say I’m going to have a black-and-white house, but it kind of happened that way. And it works.”

Built in 1908, the home formerly had a wrap-around porch and was configured as a duplex for a number of years. Dickerson bought the house in April 2007 and moved in on the day of that year’s Christmas parade. A butler’s pantry was the feature that sold him on it.

His father took the lead on the renovation, which was no small job.

“We replaced 18 floor joists beneath the house, all the electrical and all the plumbing,” said Dickerson. “Pretty much anything that had tile or linoleum on it was rotten underneath.”

They raised several ceilings and refinished the original pine floors. In the kitchen, a big chunk missing from an attractive beadboard ceiling meant it couldn’t be saved.

Of the home’s three fireplaces, he chose to keep the ones in the living room and master bedroom and covered the one in the guest bedroom.

While the home now has a natural flow from room to room, it didn’t begin that way. It had an abundance of doors and some rooms that seemed out of place.

Off the dining room, “We took out the bathroom that was here and turned it into a little center hall so you can access all those other rooms off of it now,” said Dickerson.

The master bedroom had four doors, and access to a large closet was awkward.

Working at the recently closed Sanctuary gave Dickerson the inside track on some choice decor, such as the antique French front door, which he claimed before it made it into the store inventory.

“We would go to the market, and it would be, ‘One for the shop, one for me,’” he said.

The living room features built-in bookcases on one wall and a long custom-made sofa circa 1950 that Dickerson found at the Doug and Martha Hammond estate sale before Mrs. Hammond moved to Texas.

Original pocket doors, now free of seven or eight layers of paint, lead to the dining room, where a giant “The Sound of Music” advertising poster dominates one wall.

He’s a big fan of lamps, and one unusual pair is found here.

“Some of the lamps are pieces that I’ve had made,” said Dickerson. “Those are old fabric rollers. They would have had coated fabric on them at one time.”

A number of pieces in the kitchen reflect his taste for English antiques.

Completing the circle through the house takes a visitor from the kitchen to a cozy television room.

Also on this side of the home is a former bedroom with built-in bunk beds that now serves as the master bath with a restored antique tub.

A former chairman of the home tour event, Dickerson is happy to be a part of the cause as a homeowner this year.

And as an added bonus, “There have been a lot of projects that have not gotten done over the last couple of years that this has forced me to get done,” he said.

(The Corinth Home and Garden Tour benefiting the Verandah-Curlee House restoration is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets cost $15 and are available at the tourism office. Tickets will be available at a tent on Main Street near Dickerson’s home on the tour days.)
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