The contractors were only here two days this week before finishing up until the cabinets come in (about 10 days from now). They gave us a big window to get the painting started. We elected to do the painting ourselves and save about 10K. Not even kidding. I don't love painting, but I do like saving money to use for things I want more (like more expensive backsplash), so it was a good trade off.
The contractors laid all the floor in the pantry and where the cabinets will go. They covered it and let us have the run of the downstairs. The temporary wall came down which was GREAT - now we can see the whole downstairs for what it will look like.
The flooring begins! Against the wall on the left will be where the cabinets will be going