The war's effect would've been better shown if the Station was shown battle-damaged and the Defiant being more battle scarred as well.
I actually quite like that idea, now you mention it. Maybe have one of those pylons broken off.
Still, I'd have liked to see Voyager get a bit more beaten and patched up. Would have done a lot for the atmosphere of the show, letting us know they have to trade and scavenge to survive, rather than being on a routine cruise. If day to day life is no different to any regular deep-space exploration mission, seems like half the point of the show is gone.