We began with a modest ranch house on a secluded mountain site. The interior was gutted to create an open loft area, with the dining area roof tilted upward to catch the light. A shoji partition built of cherry and antique glass encloses the stair, defining one side of the foyer. The stainless steel & colored glass kitchen is from Italy, as are many of the lighting fixtures and furniture. The wood flooring is dark walnut, with thick stone tiles set flush for the kitchen and foyer floors. True French casement windows swing to the inside. The view-through gas fireplace is set within a sandstone clad wall. Cantilevered decks clad in Ipe and trimmed with stainless steel railings are set on hidden beams anchored to helical metal piers that minimize disruption to the site. Vertical cedar siding and the galvalume standing seam roofing complete the exterior skin. The house is an exercise in the strategy of less is more, and the blending of eclectic inspirations through meticulous attention to detail. Much credit for the ensemble and execution goes to the owners and builder.