Glenda Taylor

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Glenda Taylor is a freelance writer for the residential remodeling, homebuilding, and commercial roofing industries.

She and her husband have been general contractors for over 20 years, and Ms. Taylor has written for leading media outlets, including the Houston Chronicle, SFGate, and the eHow Now Live Handyman Channel (a division of eHow.com) as well as National Association of Homebuilders. In addition to her construction experience, Ms. Taylor is a Master Gardener, a former real estate professional, a universal design enthusiast, and an advocate for green building practices. The recipient of Journalism and Marketing degrees from the University of Kansas and Bauder College respectively, she enjoys life on a farm in the Midwest with her husband and their "children"—five Saint Bernards! Connect with Glenda Taylor on LinkedIn.

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JANUARY 10, 2017 | TUESDAY
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DECEMBER 12, 2016 | MONDAY
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NOVEMBER 10, 2016 | THURSDAY
Step Inside 12 Hotels That Take You Back in Time

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