I provide the planning service you need BEFORE you contact the contractors. I help prioritize your issues and actually talk you OUT of an addition if you don't need one.
In our Consulting session, I will draw a proportionately correct BEFORE plan if you don't have blueprints. I use that to show you solution options.I'll leave you with your own Before and After floor plan that you can use to get COMPETITIVE bids from contractors. Don't expect the contractors to design for you...and if they.. do, you don't get competitive bids. This is the best way to save money and have the best possible solution.
I have written two books, speak at Home Shows, and produce a syndicated column on the topic of Remodeling Design. I'd love to visit with you about your project. YOu can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 515-991-8880
It has been 9 months since Phase I of our construction plan that Marcia developed for us was completed. We LOVE our new living space! As others have said, Marcia listens to what you want and need and works with you to find the BEST solution for your situation. The best thing you can do before Marcia comes to visit is to have an idea of what it is you are looking for. The best thing you can do while Marcia is there is to listen to what she has to offer - she is a professional in "Creating Spaces". She understands building codes, structure, environment, what works in living spaces (and what doesn't!)We have recommended Marcia time and time again, and will continue to do so. Bottom line: she knows her stuff! The following pictures don't do justice to show how her recommendations worked for us.
Posted: 9/01/2011 • Last edited: 9/18/2012 • Link to this review
We have wanted to enlarge our kitchen and solve a traffic flow problem in our house for many years. We didn't want just a "boxed addition" but a new space we could really utilize. We were just thrilled with Marcia's design ideas! She asked us for a priority list, which included a "wish list" of ideas we could have only dreamed about. After a walk through of our house, Marcia sat down and prepared a "before" sketch. In a short time our remodeling dilemma was solved! We love the new "after" plan, which included all our priority items and even the wish list items! We can now call local contractors and with our design plan "in hand", ensure we will receive competitive bids. We definitely would recommend Marcia Lyon of Creating Spaces if you are planning a home remodeling project. She will amaze you!
Posted: 3/25/2011 • Last edited: 3/26/2011 • Link to this review
When we needed more space, we called contractor after contractor to get ideas about what we could do. They all had different ideas, but all of them included a basic addition which increased our square footage, but didn't address the problems we had with the rest of the house. Needless to say, we were frustrated. My wife's uncle turned us on to Marcia's column about remodeling design and after reading a few, we knew we found the help we needed. In just one meeting, she showed us multiple options, responded to our ideas, and solved every problem in the house. She even suggested changing the direction a door swung which alleviated a door conflict we dealt with for years. I whole heartedly recommend Marcia's service. She gave us a direction we loved, and floor plans and information in order to get competitive bids from contractors. She took the fear out of the process and empowered us to know what could be done. PS The contractor we picked loved the drawings and had no problem executing the project as drawn.
Posted: 3/05/2011 • Link to this review
As a business owner I always strive to give my customers value in all their endeavors. Marcia has worked with a number of my customers who own foodservice establishments and has always given them the tools to use in making their businesses more profitable and at an exceptional value. Space and how it is used in the restaurant (foodserice) business is most important for their bottom line. Marcia has proven to me over and over again that she can give whomever she works with the best of their wants and needs at the best value in the space available. She is a valued professional.
Posted: 2/22/2011 • Link to this review
Working with Marcia/Creating Spaces on the design of our vacation/retirement home was a pleasure. She was attentive to our needs and preferences, and creative about ways to address them. She took the time to sit with us and ask thought-provoking questions about how we live, how we would use the house, how we would integrate activity among living spaces. She had a number of amazingly clever little ideas that we clearly would never have thought about, and the design came together tightly and very well. When you are trying to design something that has been your dream for two decades, it is more than comforting to know that your design partner understands and appreciates that, and has the experience and knowledge to bring out the best in the design. Her efforts assure that the feel, flow and usefulness of the final product won't be disappointing. As an important side benefit, she is cost-conscious and very affordable. We couldn't have asked for a better design experience, and we would recommend her highly to anyone who is considering building a home or doing a major remodel.
Posted: 2/18/2011 • Link to this review
Marcia Lyon was referred to me by mutual friends. My home is in downtown Toronto and was a very small, one and a half story Townhouse. The second story rooms were difficult to use as the outside walls were only 4'-5" high. This made only the centre of the room usable. Marcia was very easy to work with. She walked though the house with me and really took the time to understand my needs and wishes. My ideas transformed as she lead me though all of the possibilities. I went from wanting two floors until she made me realize going up one more would not cost that much more and net more bedrooms. I ended up going up and now have 3 floors and a very organized basement. I have gone from 2 bedrooms to 4; from an ugly bathroom to 2 beautiful full bathrooms and a powder room on the first floor. I now have a wonderful kitchen that makes cooking a dream and putting away dishes effortless. My basement is well organized and I have a recreation room and a fantastic storage space. My contractor had no problem following her plans and I am thrilled with the outcome. I now have a home I love to be in. This is even more amazing as Marcia is an American but she is so diligent she made sure she knew our Ontario building codes. I am a retired physics teacher, having 4 bedrooms allows me to supplement my income with renting to International students on the second floor and to keep my privacy on the third, and still have a guest room for friends and family
Posted: 2/18/2011 • Link to this review
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