With the fireplace demo behind us, Adam's been busy covering up all evidence that a fireplace ever existed in the family room. Drywall's gone up, and a couple of layers of plywood have been screwed into the ground to make the base flush with the rest of the room. The first coat of plaster was shmeared on, and we're into the final phase of the finishing work: installing hardwood floors and plastering/sanding/painting.
The good news is that we don't have to do a perfect job on the plastering/sanding, because the back wall will be completely hidden by IKEA built-ins that we will be installing. Yahooooo to extra storage!