About Lynn Taylor
Lynn Taylor is recognized as a leading voice on historic design and preservation. A residential designer with over three decades of experience, Taylor is a dynamic and engaging personality who regularly advises homeowners and municipalities on how to best incorporate modern design elements while maintaining historic integrity. Clients continue to return to Taylor because they trust her insight, are grateful for her flexibility and love her design.
Taylor launched Taylor Made Plans January 2000 to provide a fresh option for those seeking historic house plans that are creative, consistent with their neighborhoods yet still affordable. Her designs have been featured in local and national media, including “Generation Renovation” on HGTV and Old House Journal. They have also won countless awards, including the 2013 infill award from the Historic Commission of Metropolitan Nashville-Davidson County, the 2005 infill-housing award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Old-House Journal's Great American Home Award.
Taylor is a sought-after speaker on infill housing and historic home construction and renovation. With a straightforward and down-to-earth style, she delivers a wealth of practical information to participants in her seminars and classes. Click here if your group or association is interested in a future appearance by Lynn Taylor.
Lynn Taylor possesses a rare combination of deep, friendly knowledge communicated with true folksy wit. A skilled residential designer with hands-on knowledge of rehab as well as ground-up construction, Lynn knows how to translate the important aspects of design in historic neighborhoods into language that is understood by tradesmen and property owners alike. She has first-hand experience in the power of compatible new construction and sensitive additions to historic structures to successfully revitalize entire zip codes!
Susan Owen Atkinson, AICP Former Community Planner/Historic Preservation Officer for City of Norman
"Lynn Taylor is an engaging and knowledgeable speaker. Her down-to-earth communication style is supported by years of experience in home design and construction. Her main points are clear and well-illustrated by photographs and research. What makes her presentations exceptional, however, are the many insider tips she includes that come from being an expert in her field. Her presentations cover everything from room design to proper roof construction, and she is able to answer almost any home question her audience poses. I highly recommend Ms. Taylor both as a speaker and as a home design professional." Ginny Schutz | Friends of the East Branch Library 2009, Lockeland Springs Neighborhood Resident "Lynn Taylor led an outstanding "Home Renovation" lecture series in the Historic East Nashville library which was attended by homeowners from many of Nashville's historic neighborhoods. Lynn made an excellent presentation for homeowners on how to plan for an attic expansion. Lynn's speeches are interesting, accessible and practical. Lynn also recruited and organized home renovation specialists to give talks on wooden window repairs, heating and air conditioning systems for older homes, and plumbing issues during home renovation. The lecture series was well-attended and well-received. I enjoyed working with Lynn on the successful "Home Renovation" lecture series and I highly recommend Lynn as a speaker."
Cynthia Cass | Past President, Friends of the East Branch Library 2005
"Ms. Lynn Taylor recently spoke at the Donelson-Hermitage Neighborhood Association's monthly membership meeting in Hermitage. Her presentation was nothing short of dynamic, educational and informative. Ms. Taylor did a terrific job of explaining the importance of maintaining and preserving the characteristics of each individual neighborhood. Moreover, her clear and concise instruction on making homes energy efficient was a true winner with everyone who attended. I am certain that our organization will book another engagement with her soon."
Shane E. Burkett | Vice President, 2009 Donelson-Hermitage Neighborhood Association
"Lynn presents her subject matter very well. Her in-depth knowledge and experience are substantial and allow her to cover her topics with authority and ease. She showed pictures of the actual products as they would appear on the building site. I found this to be very helpful and empowering. I would recommend Ms. Taylor as a speaker and presenter. She is visibly at ease with small and large audiences."
April Vance | 2009 Presentation attendee, Nashville, TN
Lynn's speaking credits include:
“Selecting the RIGHT Contractor for You and Your Historic Home”; Old House Fair, Nashville, TN, March 7th, 2015
“How Appropriate Infill Enhances Historic Neighborhoods (designated or not!)”; Norman and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, September 12th – 13th, 2013
“Designing Sensitive Additions to Historic Homes”; Norman and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, September 12th – 13th, 2013
"Building New Homes in Historic Neighborhoods" Understanding Historic Design Requirements, WEBINAR, BuilderLink, April 2012
"Moving on Up: Attic Renovation Creating a dynamic space for all your family’s needs. " WEBINAR, March 2012
“Winning the Bid with Homeowners” Insights from a Residential Designer, WEBINAR, BuilderLink, January 2012
"Filling in the Vacant Space: Successful Infill Construction" (Round table) : National Preservation Conference, Nashville, TN, October 2009
"Creating a Variety of Housing Choices" presentation: Leadership Middle Tennessee event, Columbia, TN, in March, 2009 with Bridget Jones
"Basic, Affordable, Energy-Efficient Building Products You Can Choose Right Now" presentation: University School of Nashville community education class, Nashville, TN, in March, 2009
"Basic, Affordable, Energy-Efficient Building Products You Can Choose Right Now" presentation: Donelson-Hermitage Neighborhood Association, Nashville, TN, in March, 2009
"Energy-Efficient Building Products" presentation at the Middle Tennessee Home Builders Association's Home Show, February, 2009
"Basic, Affordable, Energy-Efficient Building Products You Can Choose Right Now" presentation: East Library Speaker Series, Nashville, TN, in February, 2009
"Filling in the Vacant Space: Successful Infill Construction" presentation: Kentucky Historic Preservation Conference, Bardstown, KY, in September, 2008
"Filling in the Vacant Space: Successful Infill Construction" presentation: Tupelo and Jackson, MS, in July, 2008
"Filling in the Vacant Space: Successful Infill Construction" presentation: Mississippi Historic Preservation Conference, Oxford, MS, in April, 2008
"Designing the New Old Home in Historic Neighborhoods" workshop: Traditional Building Exhibition and Conference, New Orleans, in October, 2007
Presentation to preservation class at Western Kentucky University in April, 2007
"Infill Design in Historic Districts" presentation: NAPC (National Alliance of Preservation Commissions) Forum, held in Baltimore in July, 2006
Panel: "Nontraditional Jobs for Women" presentation at the Tennessee Economic Summit for Women in December, 2005
"Infill Housing" presentation: Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas' Historic Homes and Neighborhoods Conference, held in Little Rock in October, 2005
Presentation to Bowling Green, KY, mayor and staff on choosing infill housing plans for an affordable market in August, 2005
"Moving on Up: Building out your Attic" presentation: East Library Speaker Series, Nashville, TN, in June, 2005
"Replica or Modern Design?" workshop: Tennessee Preservation Trust's Statewide Preservation Conference held in Chattanooga, TN in April, 2005
"The Process of Renovation" presentation for Remodelers Anonymous in March 2005
"The Process of Renovation" presentation: University School of Nashville community education class, Nashville, TN, in February, 2005
"Moving on Up: Building out your Attic" presentation: University School of Nashville community education class, Nashville, TN, in February, 2005
"Infill Housing Design" Presentation to Bowling Green-Warren County Historic Preservation Board, Bowling Green, KY, January, 2005
"It wouldn't be nontraditional if you had more women doing it": A discussion about job training in Tennessee (Panelists) presentation: Tennessee Economic Summit Council on Women, December, 2004
"Historic home restoration" presentation: Travellers Rest Restoration Fair, Nashville, TN, September, 2004
"Home Additions & Renovations" presentation at the Nashville's Home Decorating & Remodeling Show, September, 2004
"Getting Out There: small business networking & marketing" presentation: National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Nashville Chapter, August, 2004
"Moving on Up: Building out your Attic" presentation: East Library Speaker Series, Nashville, TN, in March, 2004
"Moving on Up: Building out your Attic" presentation: University School of Nashville community education class, Nashville, TN, in February, 2004
"Moving on Up: Building-Out Attic Spaces in Historic Homes" presentation: Historic Nashville's first Old House Fair, May, 2003
"Remodeling for Historic Houses" presentation: Woodmont-in-Waverly Neighborhood Assoc, May ,2001
Guest on "House Calls", a radio talk show of WLAC 1510
Creator of East Nashville Library Speakers Series: 2005 and 2009
Assisted in selecting topics and finding speakers - 2004 Travellers Rest Restoration Fair
Historic Nashville's first 2003 Old House Fair: chair and presenter; organized workshops and found speakers and topics