we started the kitchen!!
What we've found so far:
Only 3 layers of floor - the top sheet vinyl, some type of ugly square something, very possibly asbestos based on the size, and the original wood floor with a big patch, possibly where a stud wall used to be. That would solve the question of why the bedroom closet protrudes into the kitchen - it didn't used to, they took a few feet from the bedroom for the kitchen. We are only removing the top layer of vinyl and laying down new sheet vinyl (yes, I'm sad about this, but that's the way it has to be).
The walls behind the paneling are shot (expected). They aren't totally crumbling though. We are going to drywall over them. Again, it's the way it has to be.
Venting for the hood runs through the soffit, so it stays :(
The floor under the leaky kitchen sink ISN'T rotted!!! Hooray!
A support stud (is that the right word? It's vertical, floor to ceiling) that has about a quarter of it resting on wood, the rest just kinda hanging in the air over a gap in the floor. I feel like I'm reading this old house ;)
What we thought might be a support wall doesn't seem to be :) though we will probably support that area just to be safe.
An oven mitt and some prescription pain killers up in the ceiling.
Pictures will hopefully be posted this week.
Here is a link that might be useful: old kitchen