Yes, I'm still here. We sold our house, bought one, and are in the middle of a major renovation. In the meantime we are living in an apartment and all of the countertop making equipment is in storage. I will be placing countertops for the kitchen and will start making progress as soon as the cabinet bases are set. We are keeping the original steel cabinets and having them stripped and powder coated.
The house was built in 1950. It is an expanded shale, lightweight cmu with a 2 inch air gap to brick. That combined with some interior spray foam means we will be very energy efficient.
Have no fear, there will be plenty of future concrete projects.