Last week, Gadino Cellars hosted a well-attended BizLink social, the quarterly event for local businesses; among the presenters was Tom Crouthamel, a building designer who spoke of his recent formal affiliation with T.G. Taylor & Son Construction here in Sperryville.
Also there was Brian Taylor, Tom Taylor’s son, who spoke of his family’s company, the “Taylor team,” as he said. At a meeting later with the “team” — Tom and Brian Taylor and Crouthamel — we sat around the conference table in their new digs in Sperryville, which are replete with kitchen, comfy lounge and offices.
Tom Taylor, who also exudes warmth and an affable demeanor, founded the company with his wife Cheryl in 1986. The sixth generation of his family in Rappahannock, he grew up working in his father’s orchards. T.G. Taylor & Son is now a successful general contractor, a custom builder of primarily residential buildings (but also commercial), including both Gadino and Gray Ghost wineries. Aleta Gadino recalls having some trepidation engaging contractors when she and Bill first moved to Rappahannock, where she didn’t know anyone. “I trusted Tom immediately and completely, his men and their work,” she says.
Having worked for a number of years with Farm Credit in Culpeper, son Brian was well-versed in the financial aspects of the loan business, a skill set that translated well into the building side of his dad’s enterprise. He’s also well versed in social media and the Taylors maintain lively, informative sites on Facebook and Twitter.
Crouthamel, founder of TC2 Design, has worked with the Taylors informally for the last 20 years, while primarily designing homes in central Virginia. His specialty, he explains, is “prepar[ing] a set of drawings that clearly communicates the requirements of the program, provide exceptional service to the builders, resulting in beautiful traditional homes.”
Tom is a certified professional building designer, with offices in Madison and now here with the Taylors in Sperryville. His designs include the Capt. Henry Hamilton House and the Baker house, both of which showcase his talents: Beautiful masonry fireplaces, open country kitchens, heart-pine floors — all designs that complement the Taylor family’s focus on exquisite construction and design.
Tom Taylor’s philosophy is about building long-term relationships with clients, whom he calls “friends,” and his business, not surprisingly, has flourished. He’s also a faithful supporter of local events, from the Fodderstack 10K to Miss Rappahannock contests, and donates construction work for Habitat for Humanity projects and other causes. To learn more about the Taylor team, visit tgtaylorandson.com or call 540-987-8043.
Jen Perrot of Sperryville’s Coterie shop continues to hone her entrepreneurial skills, announcing this week that her landscape and garden business has led her into another line of work: A floral-creation and event decor and styling business she’s calling Flourish Root.
“We gather things flowering, green, natural objects that surround us every day,” she says, “and transform them into spectacular works and beautiful spaces . . . Each creation, work and space has its own idea and vision. Flourish Root can bring that idea to life and make that vision a reality.”
Jen says she’ll continue to do select landscaping and garden projects, but has turned over most of the business to Sean Mullan of Mullan Landscaping, while she focuses on Flourish Root (flourishroot.com) and continues as a full partner among the “creations and wares” at Coterie, in the Sperryville Schoolhouse complex.