After a great deal of consideration we decided to stain the north and south wood facade a light grey. This subdues the wood a bit so that it fits in better with the neighborhood (something we feel is very important) while complimenting the window trim and siding.
Many of the exterior details are finished: the polycarb skylights and "screens" at the front and back porch are installed.
The drywall for the project arrived late on Friday. It should go up pretty quickly and be textured by the weeks end.