It's surprising how one delay in a project with many dependencies can throw off an entire schedule. We have materials supplier and a framer all picked out and they're scheduled to start on January 5th. Why a one month delay? There's a 4-week lead time for metal parts fabrication. The I-beams that are part of the core structure of the house won't be ready for delivery until near the end of the month, so it doesn't make sense to start framing until then.
It's a little disappointing to see nothing happening at the site for such a long period of time, but at the same time, it buys me more time to save money and research interior finishes.