Work on this space has pretty much halted. Last month we finally put up some insulation - the el cheapo stuff. We tried to make a reasonable argument to use denim, but cost-wise we couldn't justify the extra bucks. Plus we hate the Earth, anyway.
Nate also whipped together a temporary railing. But I rather like the aesthetic. So we may go with something that looks similar when we build the permanent structure.
Clearly, we have a little more insulation to finish. Before we put up gypsum, we are looking at different ways to treat the ceiling. This is the existing roof/ceiling structure and looks exactly as it did before we started this repair. There was no insulation originally and the joists aren't deep enough to insulate it the "right way." So we are trying to decide if insufficient insulation is better than none.
And to bore you a little further, the kitchen door swings into this space and causes more trouble. The door will hit the ceiling if we were to install a ceiling along the bottom of the joists (like a normal ceiling). So that won't work. We can't reverse the swing into the kitchen without loosing at least two inches on a 28" opening. Not happening. Pocket door? We are actually considering it, only because we hate ourselves more than we hate the Earth.