To sum it up in a word: Demolition.
To rewind and reaccustom yourself, you might want to go back and read THIS POST when we did the walk through of #3... go ahead, it will open another window... I'll wait.
See... ok to continue here's the kitchen as seen before:
Such a major bummer...can't do a countertop island with pipes in the middle...
So here's a view of the old bookcase:
Back to the kitchen... demoed the far wall and now looks 1,000x better like this:
and, yet another sad view of the pipes on the opposite wall, because, ugh... le sigh...