"Great progress on The Kitchen! Have you made choices on back splashes, flooring, etc.? I wonder how you make decisions with these type of things -- primarily with what YOU like in mind, or what is the most liked by OTHERS (e.g. people who might buy or rent from you)?
Do you like what I design?
See, early on, I decided that I would only purchase properties and put together spaces that I myself would live in. Even though I've sold more than a few, I do not consider myself a person who flips houses. I think of myself as an architect with an ever expanding playground. I believe that decoration never trumps good design which, to me, means functional spaces that communicate a language woven together by a set of principles. Those principles are defined by things like budget, community, and purpose.
That's how I approach every project. I do not design based on what I believe will be most marketable. Still, there have been a few ideas that I've wanted to experiment with but have not, because I know that they will certainly hinder the resale of particular properties. So I'm saving them for when I find the right spaces.
The fact that I've had some type of success, supports my suspicion that most people would rather eat concrete than live in a decorated or staged home. While not everyone will always agree on every specific design decision, I think it's easy for most people to choose thoughtful aesthetics.
It's almost like they're starving for them.