Among a sloped streetscape of traditionally styled houses, GTM and the owners of this custom home sought to subtly depart from the norm with a “distilled” traditional design. From the front, a modest two-story vernacular house form -rendered in stone, slate and steel, devoid of unnecessary ornament- presents itself to neighbors with and an understated appeal. As the sloped lot descends to the rear yard, however, the full four-story home is exposed as a dynamic expression of glass expanse, overlooking the wooded Archbold Park. A consistent theme of natural “contemporary” styling is evident throughout the exterior and interior spaces. Each room enjoys an interrupted sunlit view to the exterior, capitalizing on the wooded parkland vistas to the north. Further unifying interior features of this custom home include; an artful open stairwell with a tower of glass penetrating each floor level, and uniquely warm heartwood walnut plank flooring set against flush wall trim mouldings.