I have a dilemma about renovating our 1890 house. It was once a fine home. However, the city it skirted has grown, a freeway has been built right by it, and the neighborhood, while not bad, is not great either. Also, the school system is less than desirable (hooray for charter schools). However, the house is great. There are some additions that were done on the cheap, and some of the workmanship of the mid-century was not great, but the original structure, the original trim, the original wood floors, are fantastic. All this, plus the fact that my husband's job is okay, but he's not married to it, make it impossible for me to know whether we'll be here in ten years. Maybe a nicer neighborhood will win out, or maybe we'll settle in. If I had to guess, I'd say we'll be here. So, with all that background, here's my question: How do I make decisions as we renovate? Do I get the kitchen I want because I love cooking, even though high end appliances are probably not in high demand in my neighborhood? Do I add the tin ceilings that would look just perfect in this house, or do I just drywall? It seems we face this dilemma every time we start a new project. Do we do what we want with the home that we live in, or do we look at the house as an investment that must be managed for maximum roi? Any opinions?