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"The new twist that wasn't there a year or two ago is the investment value of remodeling," says Warren.

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"We put $200,000 worth of improvements into them, then see them appraise for more than $1 million--all because of the location." Staying Close to Clients Most of their clients' homes are within 10 minutes of each other, and all of those are a short drive from the Vaughans' home-based office on West Wesley Road."I had seen some of my friends' projects where the architect and the contractor sometimes pointed fingers at each other, saying, 'You designed it wrong,' and 'No, you just can't build what I designed,' " says Jaime."I thought, 'Well, these two are married, so they're going to have to work it out!I think that's what clients find valuable--achieving the look they want but controlling costs." Investing in Each Other Clients come calling after seeing Amy and Warren's work, loving it, and hearing positive feedback about the couple."I really like Amy's sense of scale and proportion," says Jaime Davenport, who with her husband, Jim, had renovation in mind when they bought a Buckhead ranch-style house. After practicing architecture for nine years in Manhattan, focusing on commercial work and public housing, Amy came home to Atlanta to renovate her mother's ranch-style house and contemplate the next step in her career. "I liked redesigning my mom's house, and I thought, 'I'm on to something with these ranch-style houses, so I think I'll just stay,' " she says.

Nearly 10 years later, examples of Amy's thoughtful reinventions dot the rolling hills of Valley Brook, Garden Hills, and Buckhead, where her reputation continues to grow by word of mouth from one happy homeowner to the next.

It also helped that our kids were younger then--the mess didn't bother them so much." "Updating the Ranch-Style Home" is from the October 2003 issue of Southern Living.

$268,900 MLS# 517391 There’s a lot of potential in this 1950s brick rancher.

People are pulling some of their money out of the stock market and looking for another direction to go with it.

Right now, there's no better choice than home improvements." Renovating proves particularly wise for Atlantans who want more living space but not a longer commute, Amy says.

The backseat of Amy's car, splashed with milk stains by the couple's 2-year-old son, Austin, reveals her working-mother status.