Ugh. This project has been consuming my life. I've been itching to build or finish a cabinet but all of my free time goes towards painting or landscaping or furniture shopping, etc. I honestly think it will be next summer at the earliest where we will be finished and able to work on some personal projects.
Anyway, small update... construction is 95% finished. My contractor skipped town at the end of June. Well, he moved his family to SC without finishing up. He owes some of the subs money and they are threatening liens on my property, etc. We withheld on the final payment and we are using that money to have some built-ins installed this week and then a guy out to fix the fence in my backyard. I still have to paint the interior (wow did I underestimate the amount of work involved in this) as well as hire someone to paint the exterior and hire some professional landscapers (my yard is a disaster). All of that nonsense aside I'm happy (mostly) with how everything has come out and the house seems absolutely huge now (it is probably "average" in the grand scheme of things though).
One awesome thing is that I ordered a 65" plasma TV for my new living room which will be installed on Sept. 15. This will be my first new TV in almost 10 years - I can't wait!