The most intensely used rooms in the house depend on good plumbing, ventilation, and electrical systems, and contain the highest number of fixtures per square foot—all of which makes renovating them expensive.
The husband-and-wife architecture team Halpert & Ruiz know that if a house’s face is pretty from the outside and views are good from within, as a landlord you will have an easier time finding good tenants.
"I'm used to spending time on boats," says New York based architect and interior designer Page Goolrick, who has been sailing competitively for 15 years. "It's influenced my design. Sailing vessels are beautifully designed, flexible, made for performance, but also attractive.