The cupola gives up an opportunity to practice the finishing details at a small scale; however, the cupola is also deceiving -- it's so cute, so charming, and only 8'x10', how much time could it consume? Plenty. We've chosen to complete the cupola before we continue the roof. It's much easier to stand on the 1x3 strapping than the slippery metal.
We're staining the wood on the ground for the most part, but demand got ahead of supply. The natural wood on the left is raw shiplap, and the grey on the right is the stain color we are using.