Some new photos from our contractor. The Master Bedroom floor has been installed. I am glad it is in, but I am a little hesitant to say I like it because I am seeing some dark shadows along the seams and I hope that doesn't mean it is uneven - ugh. I will see it this weekend and report back.
This, below, is some hardwood we got from BIG a couple years ago. We have enough for the entry landing and the landing outside the main room. I gave the contractor a piece of it and he sanded it and finished it and it looks nice. We'll probably use it for those two landings - maybe - possibly.
And here is the kitchen, all cleaned up - by which I mean there is no longer a massive stack of hardwood flooring in it since it all got installed upstairs - maybe not all, but a lot of it.
And here is another photo of the staircase in progress.
I am feeling that we could have done things better if we had planned better or had someone working for us whose creative vision and abilities we trusted more. As things stand, I don't think anyone who has worked on this house shares or even understands our vision at all. It makes me pretty sad that I keep discovering this at every little step where I trust someone to make a minor creative decision on their own and they blow it horribly (e.g., gloss varnish on the staircase). Anyway, I just want it done and we'll go back and fix it in post, as they say.