Vacation homes are typically used for short periods of time and not for months on end. This means that the way the home is used is a bit different from primary residences. I have three vacation rentals and most of my client projects are for vacation homes. So I have a good overview of how the needs are a bit different.
Some projects entail upgrading the aesthetic of a space, not the function. For this project I was hired to redesign the master bathroom, which I did to my client's liking. However, I did point out that they could enhance the look of the builder grade stair design by replacing the carpet with wood treads and adding a decorative railing. So they chose to have that done. The result is beautiful.