Originally Posted by jonnyenglish
OK, latest update is that I amended the house plans to give the builders a clearer idea of what I am looking for... they are currently modifying their plans accordingly. Due to meet up in a couple of days and finalise the plans, and also we should then be talking about options for roofing material and costs for the build. I have an idea in mind for costs, but at this point I am holding my cards close to my chest to see what figure the builders come up with.
My amended and annotated versions of their plans:
The view is great, and the layout sensible, but I personally like the idea of a Japanese-style genkan or some kind of porch or "airlock" between the main reception area and the outside (and maybe some partition between the cooking area and the lounging area to keep food smells contained.