[Note: I started this post a while back but got side tracked, as is so often the case these days... there is much more to come some day]
Well. After all the trauma, the plumbing and wall-restoration is essentially complete. A few minor details -- finding some tiles to replace the ones broken in the bathroom, some escutcheons for the pipes under the sinks, etc. -- and that part's done.
For the time being, the Floors are on hold, carpets and rugs will do just fine to cover a multitude of horrors.
Things have settled down to a more or less acceptable routine, the inspectors are satisfied, and breath can be caught. For now, anyway.