An extra support beam has been added underneath the stairs:
While my quest for a roof-top mounted sprinkler system isn't looking so good, an interior sprinkler system is still required by local code. IIRC, this is because we do not have adequate road access for a fire truck to reach our house and then have enough room to turn around and leave. Oh yeah, the fact that there's no public fire hydrants nearby doesn't help either.
Finally, our fiber-cement siding has been delivered:
Dawn and I spent a bunch of time yesterday looking at plumbing specs and styles, before finally settling down on a list. Originally we had planned to go with Kohler everywhere, but switched to Moen in the bathrooms due to style issues. This may end up saving us some money too.