The Nicholson residence remodel and addition started with a 1970’s single story ranch style house which was then dissected by a new 2 story contemporary addition. The new addition faced due south to capitalize on solar gain for passive solar heating and natural day lighting. The new second floor housed a master suite with a walk in closet that connected the bedroom to the master bathroom. This configuration allowed for an early riser to wake, shower, dress and depart without waking a sleeping partner. The new ground floor area allowed for an expanded open plan kitchen, dining and living room.