The main hold up with getting the new counters in was a problem with gapping around the back corner behind the sink. Since most of the delicate cuts for that piece of stone could be edited, that piece was taken and trimmed to be more flush with the wall, and the joining section of counter (above the little strip of white for the dishwasher) was completely recut and installed. The installation turned out beautifully, and the single small seam between pieces is almost impossible to see.
The new faucet is one of my favorite parts of the kitchen. I love that the spout is set at the base facing the front: I've been caught in the past turning the water on with my left hand on a spout to the right - which is fairly typical placement - and having my arm soaked. My mom and I are both lefties, so this kitchen is set up a bit more for either someone dominantly left or right handed. The central placement wasn't a hard decision at all, but definitely makes the whole kitchen flow better no matter how you'd want to use it.
The spray for the faucet is also integrated into the spout: it pulls out and with the flip of a switch, it switches to a wider spray. There is also a "pause" feature that turns the water on and off directly from the sprayer. It's really an amazing piece. The retraction is made differently from a normal retracting hose: it is weighted to help pull the hose back into the rest of the assembly and locks in, so even after prolonged use, it is designed not to fall out and hang down. The weight system is also adjustable in case there is ever a problem.
I'm definitely excited to see how the rest of this kitchen comes together! Next up: installing the backsplash. Then the last step is a very large painting project: what hasn't really been shown is how large this kitchen/entry/dining area actually is, so the new paint is really going to take over a large area. It's been a long process, and a long time coming for this kitchen, and I am very glad to see it start winding down! We're past the functional parts, and the rest is all for fun!