The site’s footprint and skewed topography presented a challenge or, as Gekas likes to think of it, an opportunity. His design simultaneously anchors and embeds one end of the house into the hillside while projecting and suspending the other end outward and above the site into an exclamation point. “Approaching it this way also allowed for a kinder and gentler impact on the site,” he says. The triangle-shaped covered terrace off the bedroom provides a protected area for morning coffee or outdoor computer work in the shade (not to mention, an overhang protects the wood stack below). Somewhat unexpectedly, this area has become much favored—even on rainy days.