Without seeing more examples, I like the original method offering more choices. Easier to mix into the story without having a redraw.
Sorry about your father's health.
I really like the variety allowed by adding in some 4+2 layouts. I wouldn't switch to that exclusively, but mixing some in (maybe 1/3 of each deck) would be really nice.
Excellent that is funded but really sorry to hear about your dad, hope all turns out well Chris.