Here's the new dining room with furniture in place. Notice the copper pipe curtain rods my DH made for the room. We love the "soft industrial" look and will like it even more as the copper tarnishes to a darker color.See the new half wall on the right side? The old kitchen steps used to be as wide as the opening, 5 feet at least. After cutting them down both in length and width we had a drop off that needed closing. Larry built us a half wall to match the other side of the opening. We will likely put some kind of post up but aren't in love with the one on the other side so we'll wait to find other options.