One of the things I most like about old house is the quality and beauty of everything, and this makes a huge difference in generating the gumption to get off my butt and restore the bits and pieces of an old house.
Conversely, spending any time restoring a 1980s hollow-core door, for example, is SO not enticing. No, my butt would much rather remain in a chair watching Downton Abbey, glass of wine nearby.
But restore a pair of 122-year-old oak doors glittering with beveled-glass jewels? Oh baby, I am itchin’ to get to work. And the results are incredibly satisfying.