No more need for a placeholder. Although it's still not moving as quickly as we'd like, there has been some more progress on our house. Last month, they managed to paint the exterior and install insulation. Golly these guys are fast - an example of efficiency. We've been told that the house should be done by August 15th, or by the end of August, or Mid-September depending on who we talk to. At any rate, things have improved and the house is moving along.
Even though it's not stained yet, they also managed to finish the cedar trim in the upstairs balcony:
What's next? Drywall. We may be in this thing by mid to late August or maybe September or whenever after all.