Well, I had hoped to be a lot farther along by now, but que sera sera, as they say in the Army. The demolition of the wall was fun (click on the picture for a better view), but the finishing off is the longest part. I've still got two more coats of plaster to go on that wall before it's done.
I now really understand why cell phone reception in this house is so poor. Nearly every corner seems to be wrapped in wire mesh. I've added to the metallic content of the house because most of the top of this wall is meshed in, with a bit of lumber as support.
In addition to the knee wall, the solid wall along the staircase still needs in-fill, but that should be pretty straightforward, although it looks like the kitchen wall might come farther inside than the dining room wall.
The hard part, after the finishing of the two walls, is finishing the overhanging beam on the dining room side. Not really sure how I'm going to do that yet, but it'll have to wait: I return to work on Monday.
I think we're far enough along now to start looking at the cabinets that will go in front of this wall, and the bar-top that will go on top of the wall into the dining area.