While I did Drew Duty my fabulous husband removed the wall... he loves anything to do with demolition:
AJ took down the existing beams and put up a stronger support beam that is actually an exterior beam. We wanted something thick and substantial because this is a supporting wall.
AJ is (obviously) still working on this... we need to figure out how we want to put up the railing and the spindles.
And I'm just putting this next photo in because I loved how the light was coming in while I was taking these photos... and because this is the last photo you'll see of us microwave-less. Well, at least, good-looking microwave-less! I'm ordering us one today!