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On Site Consulting:

An ON-SITE CONSULTING is when I come to your town and meet with you in person. This is a face-to-face meeting in your home. The design process is performed right there with you involved.


Before I arrive, the decision makers in the home prepare their own Priority Lists indicating what is most important for them to end up with, without worrying about how to get there.


If you don’t have existing drawings (1/4” scale) of your house, I can produce a proportionally correct drawing. I’ll use that, and tissue overlays to show you options to solve the problems. We interact and I work to make sure you can visualize what we are talking about. I work this ‘complicate puzzle’ and the result is conceptual design, hand drawn, which will explain the scope of your project clearly. You will need to add information in list form to accompany the drawings, in order to establish a ‘quality level’.


You can use these drawings with contractors to get competitive bids, which will let you know what your project should really cost


If I am already coming to your area, I usually absorb my travel expenses. If you need me to come for your project and I’m not scheduled, I will charge my travel expenses. Check the Tour Calendar to see where I’ll be. Call or email for the flat fee. The balance is due at the time of the meeting.


If you are interested in booking an appointment, you will need to submit the form under Contact Marcia to give me your location and general information. Then check my Tour Calendar to see if I have a trip booked to your area. Even if your city is not currently listed, a trip may be in the planning stages.


You may call me at 515-991-1300 with questions or to book an appointment, or send an email.  Appointments for On Site Consultings are booked in advance and a deposit is required when the appointment is made. This deposit can be made on-line with PayPal, or mailed to:

528 36th Street

Des Moines, IA 50312


 Once the appointment date and time are sent, you will then mail in your deposit to secure the appointment, and the balance of the fee will be due at the time of the meeting.

What is a Consulting? Are you interested in having me help you with your remodeling dilemmas? There are two ways I can help you – an On Site Consulting or a Studio Consulting. Both types of Consultings are done for a flat fee, regardless of the scope of the work or the time it takes. This way you will know what it costs before we start and you won’t have any surprises.

-Fan Mail-

Send your fan mail in, We love to read them!


Hi Marcia,


I don’t know if you remember me or my home – I live in the Atlanta area (Marietta) and you came over and did a Consulting for us. The past February the last contractor left my remodeled home after five months! I implemented your design and the results are awesome!




If you ever get back to Atlanta, please come by and see it, it will knock your socks off.


Thanks for the great re-design!!!


Best Regards,

Lauren Brockman;

Marietta, Georgia



Hi Marcia,



We are subscribers to the Ann Arbor News and wanted you to know that I can’t wait to get the Saturday paper to see what you have done to improve livability of homes. I just enjoy studying the new spaces you have created, imagining what they look like and comparing the ‘old’ with the ‘new’. I am taken with your “To Go” shelf and wish I had one. Keep up the great work



Marion Manners

Ann Arbor, Michigan



Dear Marcia,



Fortunately for me, I will almost always buy a house that needs change or updates.  Hopefully this time I will be moving into an area that carries your column in the newspaper.


I think it will be a great reference and look forward to being able to read it more regularly.



Barb Kubiak

Buffalo, New York



[Note to Marcia]



I don’t understand why your column is not in the Free Press anymore. They may have opted for more advertising space instead of your articles. I will bet that is their reasoning. My husband and I feel that the newspapers and TV stations have inundated us with more and more advertising and we don’t like it. I hope my one little voice might have some impact. I’ll let you know if I hear any positive feedback.



 Thank you, Dawn Murray

Detroit, Michigan



Dear Marcia,



I just wanted you to know how much I enjoy your feature. It’s my favorite part of the paper. I love playing around with floor plans myself, so I really appreciate how practical and creative your designs are. It is amazing what a difference moving a couple of walls can make.


I especially love the “To Go” shelves. What a great idea! I think I need a “To Go” room.


I hope that you continue to write this feature for a long time.



Shari Marvel

Saint Paul, Minnesota



Dear Sally Tato Snell

(Detroit Free Press Real Estate editor),



Can you tell me why I can’t find the articles by Marcia Lyon (Creating Spaces) that used to be published in every Sunday Detroit Free Press?



I really enjoyed her articles.

I haven’t seen them in months.



Dawn Murray




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