We really enjoy entertaining and bemoan our lack of deck and yard every year when spring comes around. That grousing and this house:
is what led Tai to play around with a dogtrot style. We're not totally sure that this will work in Utah, but it's been a really fun concept to consider.
If we pursued this type of design, we would probably put a home office in the back portion of the first floor, to separate it a bit from the rest of the house.