These interior pictures of the house are pretty much the same as the ones that appeared on MocoLoco, but larger and with additional captions.
Aside from from the ceiling and some minor pieces of trim the front part of the house is finished, or at least as finished as it is going to be for the forseeable future. The ceiling is a whole other matter. Right now it is nothing more than vapour barrier over insulation.
There are a variety of options available and the debate revolves around the inevitable nexus of cost, appearance and trouble. The normal, obvious choice is sheetrock (drywall), but I hate drywall, I'm not adept enough at mudding to do it over my head, and even professionals are going to make an unholy mess when it comes to that stage. One problem with open concept is that it is very hard to contain dust. Once it's up it needs to be painted, which is also a pain. Basically we would need to hire professionals for the whole process.
The next option is tongue and groove (T&G) plywood. Pre-finished T&G isn't that expensive, with a lift and a nail gun isn't that hard to install (similar to drywall). The cost is about $60.00 per sheet and we'd need 75 sheets, which comes out to: $4500.00, more than I'd like but not outrageous. We've seen lots of pictures of houses with this done and they all look very nice.
But not great, and whatever we do we're going to be looking at this for a long time. The best looking option would be T&G wood, and we're fortunate enough to have a great deal of wood available to us. BUT, we don't have nearly enough cut yet, and certainly not enough of any given species. So, we could cut down a whole bunch more stock, but the only species we have that is plentiful enough for the ceiling is cedar and I already have most of that earmarked for decks. One idea that is interesting involves taking all the various species and mixing them, creating a patchwork effect. None of this would be ready for a year or so though since the wood needs to be cut, dried (which can take a year or more without a kiln) and routed. The cost though is pretty minimal, the sawyer costs should be around $1500.00 for that much wood, and if get it kiln dried that will add another $1000.00.
We could buy T&G wood but that's quite expensive, 2400sq/ft at $4.00sq/ft is $9600.00, and far more than I want to spend on this.
One option that we've explored is Strawboard, but unfortunately it doesn't come in T&G or a pre-finished form. Either job is bad, but having to do both is a deal killer for me.
Regardless we're going to be staring at vapour barrier for the rest of the summer.