This new 3,800 sf house is a direct result of two animating factors—a steeply sloping lot on Lake Keowee and the client’s desire that the house easily accommodate both large and small family gatherings. The footprint is a long narrow one, bending around the existing topography of the site. The result is a plan that is largely a single room deep, allowing lake views from each room and minimizing the extent of site disturbance. The client’s desire to shrink or expand the volume of the house according to the number of guests encouraged a breaking down of the structure into three distinct volumes. The product is a series of discrete “cottages” linked by low pitched linking elements, whose bridging qualities reinforce the notion of linked structures. Stained cedar shingles, local sourced natural stone and white painted trim combine to lend an air of casual living by the lake.