This second story addition to an existing 1930’s residence features a ’layered wall’ with variously sized windows, openings and recesses which respond to particular interior conditions and frame views of the garden and ascending landscaped hill beyond. For functional and aesthetic reasons, a generous rainwater downspout channel is virtually ’carved’ into the wall to empty into a proposed cistern. The second floor provides sheltered areas for semi–enclosed first floor ’exterior rooms’, transitioning between the property’s garden and interior living spaces. The children’s bedrooms integrate naturally–lit high spaces with intimately scaled cabinetry which were conceived as ’little buildings’. The simple maple plywood cabinet faces are cut away to reveal colorful door pulls and shelves, adding a sense of depth and playfulness to otherwise functional built–in furniture.