Drywalling has started. Ceilings first, which gives a sense of ceiling heights and plane changes throughout. Here’s how the corner came out, with a new storage alcove to the right of the dining room window & still plenty of room before the basement stairs.
The dining room’s practical usable space (on a daily basis) is 12’ and the light fixture is hung at 6’ from the window. This will allow for probably a 9’ (or 108") table, which should seat 10 comfortably.