They started putting up walls yesterday... walled in the new laundry/bathroom with the storage closet in it. We decided against using the extra soffit area for storage -- at least against having them do it as there's no guarantee that the inspectors will like it. There's really nothing to stop me from going in and changing it later. It wouldn't be that hard.
The room will be small, just big enough --- except for the cat litter box, which must go in there (because it's not going anywhere else). I think we may have the door open out into the hallway, then the litter box can fit where the door would open if it opened into the room. Not an ideal solution... but neither is having the litter box in any other room in the house. We'll have to put a cat door in the door so that we can leave it closed.
They measured the door areas and made sure that when the new doorframes are in the washer & dryer will fit out both of them.... very important.
Vicki's giddy about it. I think it's pretty cool, but I'll probably get more excited after the new water heater's in and all the drywall is up so we have a good idea of what it's REALLY going to look like.