There is a lot of satisfaction in seeing your own design come to life. After a year in, it's still neat when I notice a nice little design feature that I figured up, and am reminded of how well that idea worked out. Like deciding to inset a couple of doors between closets so when you looked down the main hall it wasn't door-door-door down either side of the hallway. I now know why every spec house, and lots of customs, you go in are either white or agreeable gray everywhere inside. We have something like 12+ different rooms, and every one is a different color. Me lugging my "box of rocks" in and out of stores all over the state -- a milk crate (later, two) filled with samples of paint, tile, granite, flooring, etc. Hours and hours spent looking at paint chips (or more aptly, waiting for my wife to look at paint chips). Many of them almost but not quite the same color. Mushroom/moss/fungi/fungus/etc/etc to no end. Hours and hours and hours. Working families and builders don't have the time, so it's just spray it white or gray and be done.