House looks great! Very interesting to a builder nerd from Australia.
The difference in construction between Australia and the states is crazy. There is no way Australians want sidings or cladding, everything has to be clay bricks or they don't want it. We obviously don't have the same thermal/insulating issues.
I am in the states to check out builders Seattle and Dallas next month, hope it gets a bit warmer for me though, I am a soft Aussie!