If I haven't mentioned it before, we're doing two, count 'em, two kitchen renovations. One in WA and one in AZ.
The Washington one was planned; the Arizona one, not.
The Washington kitchen was charming, but old, decrepit and worn out.
The Arizona one was a whole-house disaster caused by a broken reverse osmosis water system that flooded the house. All the walls had to have the drywall removed, the framework treated for mold and the carpets ripped up. Built-in cabinets de-laminated and had to be removed. Thankfully, we have a very good insurance company that is replacing and repairing all the damage, but we are of necessity doing kitchens in stereo.
We're down to the studs in Washington. And when the ceiling got ripped out this Friday, look what we found!
A Great set of rafters. Unfortunately, we won't be able to raise the ceiling to the apex of the roof--support beams will have to be added and it will flatten the top somewhat, but hey, anything's better than it was before.
We also found a pristine wood floor under the top layers of parquet flooring and linoleum.