Seeking to enrich lives and the living experience by placing daily, family interaction at the center of design decision making and envisioning a next-generation home that is classically stylish in disposition and forward-thinking in environmental embrace. The ideal property was acquired in a mid-century modern neighborhood, consisting of 124 similarly-designed homes themselves originally conceived as contemporary, affordable, family-centric housing. The design begins with the intention of creating a heart of the home, an epicenter from which all activity and interaction spirals outward into the yard and flows to other smaller, private spaces. Eliminating the overbearing sense of compartmentalization was imperative and opening the home’s potential meant creating a large airy volume of central living space by extending the kitchen up and out and including floor-to-ceiling windows. Today, front-to-back sightlines across the core of the home impart a sense of connectivity from the first step through the door. Strategic placement of the added square footage divided into two angular segments built-out to side yard setback lines preserves the backyard’s full volume while leveraging the sun’s southern arch across the property in pursuit of a net-zero footprint. Achieving a home that holds continual interaction as a core value of healthy family living.