The design of this 5,300 square foot Vancouver home utilizes the sloped landscape of the existing site to create an “elevated ranch” experience. To fulfill the client’s wish for added privacy, the entrance is located on the lower level, while all the living spaces are on the main level. The entry sequence is a grand procession through the eight feet wide lower hallway, up a sunlit stairwell, and into a great room consisting of kitchen, living, and dining areas. The dining area has sliding doors that open out onto a deck and swimming pool overlooking the street. This allows the interior to engage with the exterior, while also creating a separation between private and public space. A uniform material palette was created by using cedar on the exterior siding, interior ceiling, and interior hallway. Floor-to-ceiling windows in the main hallway reinforce the illusion that the exterior cedar siding is slipping past the glass and into the house, creating a seamless transition between interior and exterior.