Arc276...thank you for your thoughtful design. We liked many things about your option#1 design. We liked the large great room as you come up the stairs and how it blended naturally into the outdoor space. We liked the incorporation of plants on the outdoor deck and water cascades. We might choose to make some changes to the design... such as putting both bedrooms on the west side of the house to that we can expand the outdoor space and have moveable walls or accordion doors that could be opened to make the great room and outdoor space one contiguous flow when weather allows... which is often in Southern California. Nice job!