By today's excitement, I mean having plumbing and gas lines installed in the future kitchen, yay!!
From the get-go, we had (probably unrealistically) hoped that we could remodel without getting a loan. We would save for particular goals, then do it when the target amount was reached. Since we were going to be living in the house, we thought renovating somewhat room-by-room rather than a whole floor at a time would work. I definitely see the advantages of being able to gut and redo large areas now.
At least my emotional breakdown was a productive one.... As of now, the plan is to continue with the new kitchen, demo the old one and move an exterior wall out from the dining area, then get a loan to redo the entire exterior (to include cement fiberboard siding and windows).
We were given this floor plan drawing when we bought the house, and, very unfortunately, it doesn't show all the interior walls - so just use your imagination for now! The edits show our future plans.
How are the other remodelers out there able to keep a steady pace of progress? At what point do you say, "This task is too much, I need outside (professional) help"?