Houses and Hills
I have always been a fan of the concepts around incorporating your house with the surrounding environment. For those of us in Portland Oregon, the downtown side of the ‘West Hills’ is a good place to think about this.
Instead of a house on a hill (using stilts more than anything else), how about a house built into the hill? All you can see from the outside is the huge glass windows and maybe a deck or two.
Even in more rural and suburban areas this can be accomplished easily enough. Build down, instead of up and everyone can have a nice sized yard instead of a grassy border around a giant structure.
Some day, this may become a familiar phrase…’Sure, we can go out as soon as I finish mowing my roof’