The form of the Shugar Hill House is simple. Its shape is formed by two basic boxes that are skewed at a slight angle to each other. This allowed three of the existing trees to be saved. A deck between the boxes frames the mountain view. Both boxes are linked by the entry. The exterior uses vernacular materials including shingles, corrugated metal and board and batten siding. Inside, the warmth of the exposed wood and the direct connection to the outdoors encourage a feeling of connection both to the environment and the house.
The main living spaces are all open to each other; the kitchen flows through the dining area and down a couple of steps into the living room. The deck adjacent to the dining and living area adds to the living space in good weather. All of these spaces provide views to the surrounding mountains. Upstairs a loft area, designed with built-in bookcases, functions as a play area for the kids. Adjacent to the loft are the two children’s rooms that are separated by a pocket door making it easy to open the rooms to one another and increase the playing space.