The main difference between this plan and the original is the corridor that runs between the bedrooms and the terrace has been removed which a) allows for bigger bedrooms and b) increases the width of the terrace. I've now managed to find a way to fit two single beds into one of the kids' rooms, so no need for bunks, YIPEE.
And this is the second scheme:
Here we have 2 x kid's bedrooms, both much larger (two children to a room). However as you can see, this scheme provides for a wonderfully large terrace which incorporates some outdoor banquette seating which would be great for entertaining. When you enter the house through the front door, you have a vista straight through to the outdoor fireplace on the terrace which would look amazing while fully ablaze during our cooler nights - no need for those gas patio heaters, and I'm sure the boys will have fun cooking marshmallows here.
|This image (while not correct) gives you an idea what the terrace will look like|
Both plans still allow access to the backyard via a rear stairwell behind the kids' rooms without them having to run through the house to get outside. The other nice thing I like about all these plans is that you can be standing in the kitchen and have a view straight out into the street as well as long views right to the rear boundary - it gives that feeling of spaciousness which is very important to a relatively small house on a small lot.
There you have it - all three designs have their pros and cons, it's just a matter of choosing which one is the best for our family.