Located on a corner lot, this home represents careful efforts to balance the building massing with specific features of the site. With an L-shaped plan, one wing of the house starts with a one-story volume, stepping up to its maximum height at the corner. This strategy works well to allow the lower portion of the house to tuck under the canopy of a beautiful oak tree in the front yard. Turning the corner, the house presents a classic, symmetrical face to the street. Careful attention to detail both inside and out helped create a clean, classic interpretation of the Spanish-style architecture commonly found in Palo Alto.