Check out this house from Sydney Australia. Designed by Architect Christopher Polley, this house has clearly been updated yet still retains many of its previous qualities, including the general shape. More information about the project can be found on the Architect's website (http://www.christopherpolly.com/).
Similar to Vancouver Specials, this house is long and narrow, so this is a great example of what can be accomplished if the main floor is cleared of most walls to build an open concept space encompassing most of the social rooms in the property.
Architects Website: http://www.christopherpolly.com/
From the Contemporist.