The liquor cabinet is in! The door frame is solid, and the countertop plywood and hardibacker is level and secure. (3/4 inch ply with thin-setted 1/4 hardi Karl). I'm not sure yet how I'll build the door, whether it will go inside the hole, or outside and cover it all.
We started around the east side! This is the first batch on the east of the front door. We've been working mostly on the west so as to bring all the walls up at the same time to the same level. Finally, we've reached high enough to justify going over to the east side.