These are the types of projects that one often sees
on newer TOH or some HGTV remodels. Usually a young
couple with too much $$$ or a recently wed May-Dec
thing (with big $$$). I think the "Dream House" show
on HGTV (lately) is over the top (i.e "Brandon's Dream House").
The sad part is that there is usually no connection
between the people and the house. I feel differently
if they are restoring a once great looking place in
a(n) historic area or something like that.
Still, they are paying salaries and keeping the
economy going, so there is something to be said for
that (I guess).
Check out a magazine, Old House Journal, for those who appreciate older homes.
Most of them cost mroe than I can afford, but it is not over-the-top
"One of the common denominators I have found is that expectations rise above
that which is expected." George W. Bush