I am not sure you ever get to a point where you say ‘it’s finished’. The last two months or so have been filled with finishing-off tasks: fitting or making doors and door frames, installing the kitchen, painting, installing lighting – nothing of particular interest from a straw building perspective but hugely time consuming non-the-less. I have estimated that the man hours dedicated to the windows (installing, painting, glazing) have probably equaled the time spent actually raising the walls.
In terms of passing on advice, I would say to not underestimate the amount of time required to do all this stuff.
However, today a sort of milestone was passed because it was the day I moved the tools out and put them back in the workshop. Up until this point I have had an OSB sheet set on trestles covered in tools, screws and bits and pieces as well as random bits of wood and board distributed about the place – so it very clearly looks like a work in progress rather than a nearly finished project. But now, while there are still a few things lying around, it looks closer to a space which is waiting for furniture (and also sanding the floor, which is the last big job that remains to be done). I feel I can now say that the project is almost finished – just some snagging jobs and, of course, the sanding and finishing of the floor. It will be done by Christmas.