The Byers family came to us with a clear idea of what they wanted their home to be. They wanted an interior layout that brought their family together comfortably, with an open floor plan and plenty of natural light. They wanted quality outdoor space, both communal and protected from the elements, and they wanted a view of our famous midwestern thunderclouds. Their living room faces west, with spectacular views of the storms that roll in across the Missouri sky. While the site slopes down, the roof slopes up, making the vista even more dramatic. A clerestory at nearly every room brings in ample light. Outside, foot-thick 2×8 walls slide past the gently sloping roof.