About maybe 2 or 3 hours ago, I came to a realization. It was a delayed reaction to when I had been looking at our "during" pictures of the kitchen remodel trying to figure out what he did with the electrical. It's like my head needed time to process the information or something, but, perhaps we can do some minor surgery to remediate our "too high" countertop situation where the contractor made the seating area 36" when it should have been 34". Look at the top of this photo:
Are you seeing what I'm seeing? Two 2x4's on top of each other. It's like he did it right and then must have thought we didn't know what we were doing because it should be 36" and tacked on another 2x4. If we take off the drywall and then use a trusty saws-all (reciprocating saw) to take the top layer off in pieces and re-assemble and patch the drywall, we should be closer to where we need to be on the counter height. Then we'll just have to add a layer of plywood to get to the proper level of the other cabinets. It's going to be a pain the royal ass, but I think it needs to be done.