The lingering question still has to do with the fireplace-to-wall transition. We decided to go ahead and have the wall set as far back as we could get it, but that leaves us with about an inch of the edge of the fireplace showing. So now we have to figure out how to finish that off--some type of stone finish? Quarter round? What to do, what to do? The top edge also presents a learning lesson--just grout?
Of course mudding will give us lots of time to think about that--suggestions appreciated. (We are also figuring that Uncle A might have a little time to cipher on this while he recuperates--get well brother!)
Below are a few boring photos of drywall for history's sake and a few close ups of the fireplace edge so you get the picture.