Kitchen went in yesterday and stairs started yesterday and finished today. Thought the carpenter was due back today, but he must be on the job tomorrow. Talked to our SS today who confirmed the slab rectification works will be complete "well before Christmas". Let's wait and see.
Apparently it takes 4 days (Fri, Mon, Tues, Wed) for plasterers to patch and sand, which we find very surprising since they hung the plaster for the entire house (ground and first floor and ceiling) in a day! We still feel the painting should at least be started before Christmas. In fact, there was actually enough time to finish the painting before Christmas!
The stairs look really good and they'll look fantastic when stained. The kitchen also looks good. Plenty of space. It will look great when fitted off with the benchtops, sinks, taps and appliances.