Here's where we are...
There was a narrow wall to the left of the door, which we removed so that we could extend the cabinets all the way to the side light next to the door. The light switch and power outlet were in the wall, so they had to be moved to the outer wall. A couple of outlets had to be repositioned on the other kitchen wall, as well as new wiring for new lighting. My electrical engineer husband helped with the wiring for lights and power.
Since the sink is in the island, that's where the water line runs. The refrigerator will go to the left of the window, so Nephew put a box and water line hookup for the ice maker there. The water line for that runs under the floor to the island.
After I scraped the ceiling, Nephew smoothed it out and lightly retextured it, then I painted it. It's so nice to see a clean fresh coat of paint. The old kitchen had only one light fixture in the middle of the room. Now it has three can lights. There will be two pendant lights above the island. The light boxes and wiring are ready for those.
The new supports are freshly sheet rocked and primed. As it usually goes with renovations, one thing leads to another. I had no intention of extending my efforts beyond the kitchen and dining area, but when the beams were torn out, the corner of that far wall (the white one) had to be torn up. There was a built in book case there that had to be taken out and there was a hole in the sheetrock behind that. Nephew had to patch it all and I couldn't just leave big unpainted patches, so while priming the dining room wall, I just continued on into the living area since I had enough primer.
The green and blue patches scattered about are the colors I'm testing out. They actually look darker in the pictures than they do in real life.
Look here for before pictures .