Facing height and view restriction, we approached the project from below, creating a master suite in the unused understructure space. This also optimizes grading with minimal foundation work. The living room and kitchen are extended to north, while a large open terrace on top of the new lower floor visually and functionally adds living space to the main floor and seamlessly integrates the exterior. With truly extraordinary vistas, every room in the house is reconfigured to maximize view integration, as fenestration becomes a living canvas during day and night. Functionally, the split level, which has to remain untouched and conforming to old regulations is reconfigured to two bedrooms with ample bathroom and closet space, the lower split level den becomes a guest | maid's room and open circulation is the key to natural airflow and easy passage between floors. The living room roof becomes a single plane with extended overhangs, creating not only visual dynamics, but also large shadows for better temperature balance of exterior space. An exterior fire pit adds warm atmosphere and bridge to the outdoors. Revisiting midcentury century design is always fun - here the warm modern not only reshapes the classic design to a dynamic, yet elegant expression, but also function is elevated to a new level at par with demands of busy present-day living.