Feldman's father had fallen in love with this area — particularly this plot of land that they owned. Of course, this specific plot was as challenging to work with as it was beautiful. "My father's environmental requirements actually ended up shaping the most important part of the house," says Feldman. The site was on a very steep hill covered with oaks. Feldman's father wanted to keep all the trees and create a structure that felt like part of the land rather than dominating it.