Off the comments, Mark and eb, and as a finish carpenter, I have some thoughts. As a remodel carpenter, two entirely different fields, I have some thoughts.
As a remodeler, the best way to get to envision the space and capacity of a project is to strip it to the "bent boards".
There are items that should not be moved, like toilet and tub plumbing, newer electrical, HVAC, and dry insulation and so on.
These non movable items in the abuse recovery project could be likened to the personalities and behaviors that do not need attention, or need some small updating, but nothing "structural".
Then there are the items that need to be "R&R'd", remove and replace. Dry rot, studs bowed into a room causing an irregularity in the wall, old wiring, termite damage, and the like.
This I would put into recovery as the abuse training, grooming and rational, from the abuse itself and the perspective of the victim. These need to be removed, and new thinking, and behaviors need to be installed.
Finally, when the structural is finished, new wiring, new studs, shimmed and leveled, new openings for windows and doors, and cabinet supports are installed, it is time for the wall covering, drywall, wood paneling, or FRP, This is the advanced recovery, in my opinion, when the major renovation is behind the victim, now a survivor.
The wood trim, the floor covering, paint, wood putty, stone and tile so neatly decorate this project, to the delight of the owner.
The owner, that is us, me, you, and y'all. We are the ones who live in what we have decided to remodel, what we have decided to tear down and revamp, to our satisfaction.
Crown molding can be used to hide drywall's unfinished edges, electrical mistakes, and a movement in the structure of a house with a poor foundation. So, like a coping mechanism, a vice, our house can either have crown molding to that end, or it can be used to delight the owner.
I prefer the latter, personally.
Self-knowledge, acceptance and the love of beauty is no crime.
Yes indeed, Mark, these are the foundation of a house well built and supported. No need for quick fixes here.
Earl, tear down what you feel is not appealing in your house, and repair the cracks, or redesign those areas that are covered by the molding so that they are a joy to you.
Ultimately, you are the owner and proprietor of the establishment, and you may not have hit your stride in this recovery and remodeling, but there is no foreclose sign on the from lawn, either, imho.