The wooded hillsides and decomposed granite outcroppings that define Pasadena’s western border with Los Angeles are a playground for architect Stephen Hans Nuetzel. His contemporary work is informed by the distinct hillside topography, expansive views and rich architectural heritage of the area. According to Mr. Nuetzel, this Modernist structure is a revision and expansion of the mid century house that occupied the beautiful down sloping hillside lot. The new design includes a state-of-the-art deep pile foundation expanding the existing lower level, a revamped floor plan with walls of glass, laminated beam ceilings and expansive decks. The modern kitchen opens to the living room and incorporates a fireplace and unique window placements. At the upper level, a long laminated ridge beam starts at one corner of the garage and rises to the opposite corner, sending the master bedroom ceiling soaring and directing one’s gaze to the mountain panorama beyond. Public and private spaces alike are unadorned allowing materials of the highest quality to take a supporting role without interrupting the Poppy Peak Historic District views. A fully finished two-car garage and large street-to-street lot add value and utility to the equation.