This design by Garret Cord Werner represents a high quality of new construction on a modest budget. The home was built for $290 per sq/ft in 2011. Over 20-foot-high concrete walls frame the dramatic entry into the home that features a floating open riser staircase. The home was designed to maximize light and to make one feel as much a part of the forest surrounding the home as possible. Oversized sliding glass doors and clerestory windows are used to reinforce this inside-out relationship to the garden. Upstairs, a signature feature of our work is what we call a sky garden. This is an exterior garden that is enclosed and open to the sky. It does not count in our floor area calculations, and provides a private green space and a wonderful light- filled experience not expected on an upper floor.