Well, the adventure has begun. We'll post pictures (not much narrative) to show the changes as we go from "falling apart" to wonderful new addition.
We signed the contract on December 13, one week before leaving for New Zealand and Australia. Demolition started before we left with removal of the old siding and most of the deck. With 20" of snow on the ground, we didn't expect much change when we returned -- and that's what we got.
Finally, the last week in January, we've seen big changes. The old addition was gutted last week and the framing began and moved quickly. We now have a floor and walls - complete with a carpet of 6" of snow!