3. Interior Design
Let's not pretend we have problems. Some people do, but most of us just have choices and challenges. Sometimes we don't like to admit it. We like to pretend that we are victims of circumstance, when most of the time our choices lead us to these circumstances. I personally live with every choice I have made. Some of them were based on some questionable values, especially early on, and the reverberation isn't all that pleasant. Interior design is like that. I often see evidence of homeowners and builders making choices based on questionable values.
Bad design costs you time and money. These choices steal value from a design in the present and future and create unnecessary challenges for the use of a space. How many master baths in developments full of mc-mansions are clogged by behemoth drop-in whirlpool tubs set in massive tiled boxes? Nobody uses that tub except the house sitter, who finds it a novel place to make out and probably doesn't even put water in it. Short doors, low ceilings, narrow passageways all portend a complete lack of forethought. I encourage you who are considering making changes to engage with yourselves and inquire within about your own values. Then hire a contractor who works with a designer, both of whom share your values. Your home should be a reflection of these.
What I value has evolved throughout my career. I value humility, because with humility I am able to learn what I do not know. I value responsibility because fixing mistakes is the best way to avoid making them. I value compassion, because it is the only truth which serves us all. I look around at all the results of hasty, arrogant, and careless changes and note that the effort required to arrive at those results needed only to be amplified or slowed down by say ten percent to give the project the direction it needed to arrive at a truly valuable result. The last thing I have to say I value is a challenge, because showing up and making improvements is all about accepting and cherishing the challenges life gives us.
We live with our choices, or we sell them to other people. Let's commit to not buying anybody else's changes based on questionable values, and to building strong values into the changes we make moving forward. I guarantee, they will be much easier to live with.