Not sure how this will look as it's a whole lot of drawing to fit onto a limited space, it'll work better if you click on it.
Anyway, here's how the ground floor will look (sort of). Something I really loved that the architect suggested was ditching the 'return' at the bottom of the stairs. Making the stairs finish in a straight line is a subtle but effective way of immediately updating the style of the house. And fortunately the architect isn't fond of the banisters either. Hubby suggested having a 70s style straight rail running horizontally at the mid point, I'm thinking two rows of highly polished teak would look superb. If anyone has any solutions for funking up stairs I'm all ears.