An engineer, his wife and two teenage children, needed a home where the kids could stay on after finishing school and while at varsity, (and maybe even longer). They purchased a steep and relatively small site before appointing us as architects. There are beautiful views, over the roofs of the neighbors across the street, from the upper part of the site. Building lines are tight so the other three neighboring houses are right up against the boundaries. The family wanted three garages at street level, an open plan living area walking out on a North garden with pool, and family bedrooms high up where they could feel secluded, private and safe. The house needed to be fairly maintenance free and ‘future proof’ by catching rainwater and generate its own power.