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Investing Wisely In Homes

Design Expert Marcia Moore Highlights Best Home Areas On Which To Spend Money

Investing in a home with designs that highlight personal style while complimenting how one lives is a great way to add value for potential resale and enjoy that home every day.

As more people work remotely, the need for home offices has surged. With just a few tweaks, an unused living room or bedroom can be transformed into an inviting, invigorating workspace or library.

Custom cabinetry creating a library/storage wall on one side, and a television, desk and filing space on the other, allows a room to be used as an office, TV/den or a guest room.

"In this kitchen with a very high ceiling, we created architectural detail and depth by adding coffers," says Marcia Moore, owner and creative director of Marcia Moore Design. "Additional upper cabinets filled the extra space, and the custom range hood creates a dramatic focal point."

In a bath remodel, Marcia highlighted the tub area with a differing porcelain tile and turned the tub, so bathers can enjoy the view outside.

Marcia’s clients wanted the lower level to work for every family member. Anchoring the area with a fireplace, Marcia created a sitting/TV area on one side, and a workout space with a juice/liquor bar on the other. Behind the fireplace, a game room and pool table are front and center. Varied types of flooring delineate the different spaces.

Designer Kathleen Matthews created a sunroom that works in all seasons with inviting windows, a ceiling fan and a fireplace. A bank of doors folding into each other provides an open wall allowing nature inside.

“While resale value should take second place to creating a home that works for your current needs, it's always something to keep in mind, as we never know where life will lead us,” Marcia says. “The kiss of death for resale is an outdated trendy home. My best advice is to invest in classic features and use trends sparingly.”

"My best advice is to invest in classic features and use trends sparingly."

  • Barrel Room / Karen Palmer Photography
  • Sunroom / Karen Palmer Photography
  • Multi use room / Suzy Gorman Photography
  • Kitchen / Michael Jacob Photography
  • Bath / Karen Palmer Photography
  • Lower Level / Karen Palmer Photography
  • Marcia Moore