Almost all the tear-out is done. The green and white tile will come up later exposing the original fir flooring. This will get covered with 1/4 inch plywood to make a smooth surface for new linoleum. The ceiling lathe and plaster is staying, but will be covered with sheetrock. With 9 foot ceilings, losing a 1/2 inch won't be noticeable.
The few electrical changes are all but done. I still have to route the wire for the second oven, and later install a couple of new breakers and tie in the wires to the breaker panel. This picture shows the backside of the original circuit-panel / fuse box. You're looking at the north wall of the breakfast nook. The panel is in the entryway to the side of the back door to the porch. The new panel is in the basement (under where the dishwasher will go). The old panel is still used as a junction box to tie some of the new breakers and wires to the original wiring. About 1/2 or 2/3 of the house is still original wiring.
Here I'm getting started on the insulation of the exterior walls. This is a shot into the breakfast nook. It'll no longer be a breakfast nook so I'm going to have to call it something else. To the right will be a baking center (mixers and maple cutting board countertop), but to the left will be the fridge, microwave, toaster, and second oven.
Here's what I'm thinking for countertops. It's a Corian style solid-surface material. I can buy it over the internet for $400 a sheet (30" x 120", 1/2" thickness). Beth is thinking some sort of light green wall color, and we're thinking a medium grey stone tile look for the flooring sheet vinyl. (basically the same floor we have in the upstairs bath).