As the schematic design phase of the project concludes, our new home is starting to take shape. The design we agreed to peruse was influenced by elements from all four concepts. Our decision to zero in on Plan C was made collaboratively by the entire design team. A simple, single structure footprint minimizes disturbance and is kinder to the environment and pocketbook. To simplify the design even more, we decided to eliminate the angle of the main wing, originally cranked to optimize the view of the valley below and work with a right angled structure only This decision not only simplifies our foundation, provide better landscaping options but will save significant money in construction costs. The dramatic views of the valley are now enhanced by the creation of a large corner window element in the Western facing great room.