That whole "The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence" thing?
Totally applies to a house remodel.
What the designers and architects and magazines and builders and showrooms don't tell you, however, is how things will look and work day to day.
Take stainless steel appliances, for example. Wow, they look great on the showroom floor. They look AMAZING in the pictures.
They look like ass with little kid and big kid and small adult and large adult handprints all over them. And those thing are a pain to keep polished sparkling clean, and who would want to keep them that clean anyway?
And that sink? That stainless steel, double sink with the deep bowl on one side? As far as sinks go, those are gorgeous. I love them. I want one in every house I own.
And you know what?
They are impossible to keep clean.
That deep bowl? Try washing a full sink full of dishes. Leaning over into the deep sink puts a strain on the lower back. Oh, boy, after a day of cooking, I'll be happy for the "I cook, you clean" rule for all the non-dishwasher pots and pans I might use.
Which is not to say, I don't totally love the stainless sink I have in the house. I totally do. It's lovely and beautiful and great given it's only me in the house so I have few dishes to wash. The water splotches and general non-perfect surfaces tell me I'm using the sink. It's being used for its purpose and, you know what, I *get* to use this lovely sink. I think that's awesome.
So, while the grass is greener where you water it, the stainless steel is perfect where you use it, even when it has smudges on it.