The wall has now been taken down and we have the beam in place to open up the rooms.
The above picture is before we started on the kitchen cabinets, but it gives you an idea on how much it opens up the rooms. The middle and upper left side will be completely open. The bottom left is where the kitchen cabinets are going (already in progress). The 6x6 post in the middle is a good support for the beam and will be wrapped in cypress wood, along with each side and the beam itself.