andy, there is a logo to go in there, but I still haven't finalised it yet, still in illy with loads of mess. I am uming and ahing over the specifics, so it does look a little empty, but it won't. As to the scroll distance, it's not that bad, once it goes live, and it is pretty short compared to some of the spaces I've seen.
Chris at the moment it is duplicated, but I was thinking it was a bit dark, I think it was my big concern, i think it needs to change.
Levi, the ad is never the same, so there is no way you can factor that in, some days its well designed and clean, other days its a mess. The menu was more holding space really, I think it will probably change once I finish the logo.
For me, I think the background is fine once you've sorted the duplication, you'll just have to be very careful about the content.
But at the end of the day if you're not happy with it then it does it really matter what others think?
Try and get 95% happy with the piece yourself first then when you think you're nearly there as for a bit of assistance, that's the way I tend to work anyway.