PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
TY AND SONJA TAYLOR spent five and a half years converting the Chichester-McKee House from a bed-and-breakfast inn to a home. Now they have sold it and are moving to Carmel. Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum

TY AND SONJA TAYLOR spent five and a half years converting the Chichester-McKee House from a bed-and-breakfast inn to a home. Now they have sold it and are moving to Carmel. Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum

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Renowned Victorian home reconverted from B&B, changing hands

By From page A3 | February 13, 2012

After living in the classically beautiful Chichester-McKee home for the past five and a half years, its current owners — Ty and Sonja Taylor and their four cats — are moving on.

The home has been sold and the Taylors have until the end of the month to pack up and move to their new home in Carmel Valley.

When the Taylors bought the landmark Victorian, it was a popular bed-and-breakfast inn operated by Bill and Doreen Thornhill. However, the Taylors decided to keep it as a private residence and the bed and breakfast was closed down.

Since buying the home they have devoted their time to upgrading and renovating its interior. Renovation is something of a hobby for the couple who have renovated five homes in all, including the home in Placerville, two in Santa Cruz, one in Alameda, and an 11,000-square-foot antebellum home in Natchez, Miss.

Renovations included updating and modernizing the kitchen, removing the showers in each bedroom and replacing them with closets, and updating and expanding the master suite and bath. In renovating the interior, they went with a craftsman aesthetic instead of the original Victorian, which was a continuation of previous interior work.

The landmark Victorian was built in 1892 by Daniel Wood Chichester and was the first house in Placerville with indoor plumbing. Chichester was part owner of a prosperous lumbering operation in El Dorado County and he raised his family in the home. It was later bought by Joseph McKee, another prominent businessman. It changed hands a few times after that and was later bought by the Thornhills and then the Taylors. The new owners are from Santa Monica.

The Taylors will be holding an estate sale on Feb. 18 and 19 from 10 a.m. till dark to sell some excess furniture and pottery. The home is located at 800 Spring St.

Dawn Hodson

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