A couple with adult children who frequently visited, required individual yet connected areas for family gathering on a slopped wooded lot. The home was conceived around a central kitchen and courtyard, with the vertical circulation defining the private and social areas of the program. The solution required sensitivity to the landscape and views. Component elements step down to hillside providing attachment to the active, open areas while offering seclusion to more intimate spaces. The resulting forms represent smaller, more manageable areas for the couple when visitors are not present.