Progress (2.5 days in; 1 more to go)!
Here are some pictures of the progress so far. A huge difference already and an amazing amount of storage I don't even think I could fill.
(Contractor still needs to finish the backsplash, trimming out the cabinets (the walls and floor were a nightmare for him), crown moulding, replacing the window, door and baseboard moulding, knobs/pulls, painting and touch up, and the warming drawer (which I've decided to relocate the make use of the blind cabinet next to the dishwasher with the drawer accessible from the "hallway" area)).
Stay tuned until Thursday night.