We are starting to get there. The photo above is the entry hall, looking toward the front door. It’s hard to tell we did anything at all, which is just the point. In fact we had to extend the front wall — shorten the corridor, basically — to create a couple of utility chases. Then we had to recreate and reinstall the cornice. There is a little more trim work to do and obviously a lot more painting. When we are done it will look like nothing ever happened.
This is a rather unflattering shot of my plasterer standing at the other end of the entry, cleaning the wood trim. Somewhere I have a photo of this staircase before any work was done. It looks a lot like this. You have no clue the wall was insulated, the staircase stabilized and a lot of electrical wiring run beneath the steps. That is just how we want it.