I'm back. I'll try to recap the work done after move-in.
About a week after moving in, we had the exterior painting done. I'd kept putting it off mostly because I still wasn't sure which color to do. Here's evidence of my indecisiveness:
In the end, I chose BM Kentucky Haze, which is the bottom left-most swatch, a grayish blue with some green hints that come out depending on the lighting.
We also had our handyman, Mr. Xu, install the cupola and weathervane: