Send me some pics, I'll send you some rooms I have seen. As for fiber, IMHO it is proper to drop it in innerduct everywhere. Usually when I get it to the rack, I throw some orange split loom around it (available from panduit) because it is smaller and easier to work with. Will fiber work without the innerduct? Sure, especially if it is the breakout type, that is each strand is in a 3 mm buffer tube so it is designed to be broken out and handled. This stuff is much larger overall, but I think more durable.
I guess the real question is what is right? That one is a challange no matter how you view it. You can weigh that clear from "if it works, it must be right" to following appropriate standards and making it much prettier and easier to deal with.
My suggestion is to get the EIA/TIA standards, and in fact a new one out that was agreed on by ANSI/NECA/BICSI which covers cabling in commercial buildings and let that be your guidline. Like any standard, they are something to strive for, but they aren't actually required to make things run.
I have some horror sites as well, hopefully over time the customer upgrades and decides to spend enough money to have them done right. Personnally I don't do them if they want it done substandard because I have to support and warranty it. Not worth it.
Daron J. Wilson
LH Morris Electric, Inc.