Well after waffling around a bit with a few builders who were all great (have to say Petersen and Paddy Burgin were really responsive and nice guys...will order for them when I have more funds one day) finally decided to go with Jack Spira. Originally was going to go for a dola, but decided to go for the full deal and get a OM/Zouk.
I'm getting a full body OM/Zouk with some special features. I'm doing a three piece back with Blackwood and Vic Ash down the middle. So the Vic Ash will be coming down the center as if it's continuing from the neck. More wood, natural binding types. Spruce top. Probably do a matte finish as I'm not a glossy fan. And will be augmenting the soundhole and fretboard a bit so it doesn't look so "guitarish" with the big round sound hole.
He's really been so laid back and easy to deal with. I don't know if there's one thing I haven't asked to change and he's rolled with it all to see what we can do. I'm hoping to have it in time for Zouk fest as I'll be back in the states then and would love to be able to play along with all you way more skilled folks and see my old school.