The home sits close to the river - so close, in fact, that in order to prepare for potential floods, the living spaces are lifted off the ground, stacking above concrete garages. These concrete plinths are marked with the high-water line of a historic 1996 flood, a subtle reminder of the power of nature and another connection point to the site and its history. Above, the home is divided into three volumes - a large family room and gathering space, a private bedroom wing, and a guest house, tethered to the rest by a suspended steel bridge. For the close-knit family, togetherness was a critical design driver, and so rather than creating several smaller activity spaces throughout the house, the home's only indoor gathering place is the great room. Large sliding doors and glass walls open the home out to the river, and the clerestory windows around the great room enhance the sense of connection to the nature that surrounds the home. A simple palette of durable materials completes the design - concrete, stucco, cedar, and steel. Interiors by Baines Design.