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Marcia Lyon
While most other architects concentrate on commercial projects, or large custom homes, Lyon has developed her own architectural niche – remodeling design on a reasonable budget. Working with her firm, Lyon travels often to consult for average homeowners across the U.S. and Canada. She offers a unique service that gives remodeling homeowners just what they need – design and direction. She turns those experiences into her column, accompanied by Before and After floor plans, to help other homeowners. “Saving construction dollars is my goal” says Lyon. Her consulting talent successfully translates well to the internet. She offers Studio Consultings, performing her service without even having to visit the house.
Architecturally trained, Marcia Lyon uses her remodeling design know-how to create the weekly newspaper column CREATING SPACES. Each column features the “Problem and Solution” to various remodeling dilemmas, fitting each particular homeowners’ needs. These projects range from a one-bedroom condominium to tripling the size of a house, but most of them are typical, space-bound bungalows and uninspired ranch homes.
CREATING SPACES the column, debuted in newspapers such as The Detroit Free Press, The Buffalo news, The Cincinnati Enquirer and The Saint Paul Pioneer Press. The column is nationally syndicated by Universal Press.
Lyon’s first book, “CREATING SPACES -The Essential Planner for Home Remodeling” shares her unique approach to remodeling and over 30 years of experience in the remodeling design field. . Her second book, “The Non-Addition Addition” shows homeowners how to re-arrange the space they have to achieve the optimal floor plan for their lifestyles.
In private practice since 1977, Lyon judged the Better Homes & Gardens Home Improvement Contest for a decade. The first contest drew more than 13,000 entries nationwide. Lyon did some special projects for the Maytag Corp. including the overall design package for the Ma

Profile Summary:
Architecture Des Moines, IA
Nationally syndicated Columnist Des Moines, IA
More About Me
Latin Dancing
International travel
learning other cultures
Work Experience:
I have run my own company since 1977. Through the years, I have supported other women business owners and years ago started women's business networking groups.
University of Arkansas
Chicago Circle Campus
Organizations / Affilations:
Architectural Review Board
Business Network
Business Peers
Women of Worth
Marcia Lyon is located in Des Moines, IA and has the following skills: Architecture, Nationally syndicated Columnist
Miscellaneous, Writing / Journalism
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Category: Miscellaneous
Contact me BEFORE you call the contractor.I will create the most cost effective design for your project while solving traffic patterns and utilizing every part of your house.
My clients are average two income households, looking to improve their homes on a budget.

I do conceptual design, in a single session for a flat fee.
Relevant Education / Credentials
University of Arkansas Chicago Circle Campus Started my own practice in 1977 Judged the Better Homes and Gardens Home Improvement Contest for 10 years. Served on the Architectural Review Board for the City of Des Moines for 11 years. Had numerous projects featured in Better Homes and Gardens and other National Home Magazines Produce a nationally syndicated column called Creating Spaces for 16 years
Years Experience: 33

Nationally syndicated Columnist

Category: Writing / Journalism
I produce a weekly column featuring my residential remodeling projects. Each article includes a Before and After floor plan and copy that describes the Problem and Solution.
I write articles on the topic of residential remodeling for magazines and newspapers
Relevant Education / Credentials
University of Arkansas Chicago Circle Campus Trained to write by editors of Better Home and Gardens
Years Experience: 16