This is our resulting main floor design. Notice the absence of a separate, formal dining room and the absence of a bathtub in our master bathroom. These were things we never use, and, while “traditional” in many homes, we were designing for the most efficient footprint so, with our much stronger desire to have a guest suite on the main level, they were expendable.
Also notice that, except for the garage side of the house, we take advantage of the many views our lot has to offer. Additionally, via the lanai and the covered porch, we have easy, ready access to the many outdoor amenities offered to us. Speaking of the lanai, its proximity to the kitchen allows us to use the lanai for entertaining and relaxing without having to have duplicated many of the kitchen appliance functions, thus saving cost in way of more appliances.
And a final note on the main level design. It all actually started with the heart of our lifestyle—a kitchen sized appropriately for us to entertain, but to also gather in nearby spaces yet feel connected to the activities in the kitchen. We will live and spend most of our (awake) time in the kitchen/dining/seating areas, with seasonal nod toward the lanai. The great room is also open to those spaces if the party gets really big!