The team quickly demolished the new wall, and then the inspector returned. He approved everything in the basement. I was worried that passing inspections would take forever, based on our experience getting the permits in the first place. It's great that this moved as quickly as it did. Not sure what to do about the storage issue, but we'll think of something.
the wall is up
the wall is gone
lots of storage space under the stairs that we want to keep
Now that we've passed inspections, they can start putting up sheetrock. While the sheets will go up super quick, it'll take some time for the mud to smooth out the seems. Since it's a basement and we have a ridiculous humidity level, so it takes forever for things to dry. Also hoping that the windows will go in soon.