At long last, here are the before and after pictures of our kitchen. Tiny detail work needs to be done (painting trim etc.), but it's pretty much done. It looks empty because we are moving.
The work was started by a friend (demo, framing & drywall, painting, some cabinet installation, some floors), and then finished to perfection by G Squared Building—possibly the most consciencious, kick-ass contractor on the planet— who did everything else. He fine tuned our kitchen like a Stradivarius to make our kitchen look immaculate.
I'm going to miss it.