Get to know the site. "Before we started construction, we studied the way sun and shadow fell on the land," says Vandervort.
Patio paving is used indoors to create a hearth and blur the distinction between inside and outside.
Loft windows are 2 feet from the floor. They make it easy to see outside from the sleeping platform and give the low-ceilinged space a feeling of roominess.
A simplified materials palette - fir for the floor, the cabinetry, and the trim; black sink and appliances, and cream-colored walls - contributes to the unified and restful look.