A nice compromise, IMHO. Inexpensive build, low carbon footprint, energy efficient, very flexible floor plan, open and very livable home... It could even be painted a bright yellow! ahem...!
A platform elevates the kitchen and dining space and adds more tiers to the room. Upstairs you can see there is a home office with built-in shelving. The windows are the highlight and the natural light is expanded by the whiteness of the walls