I love the little bits of architect gossip that you hear on public house tours. Once, I was visiting a very large, very modern Houston home that was designed by an architect for his parents. The story I heard was that the architect son loved the look of no upper cabinets in the kitchen, but mom wasn't on board. The architect stuck to his guns, until a conversation with mom, where tears might have been involved, forced him to change his plans. Clearly, people have strong feelings on this issue.