The clients wanted a small contemporary home to fit on a tight lot with a southwestern view down the Checheesee Creek. A huge, 75” diameter, live oak occupies the center of the site on a bluff above the tidal creek. The community guidelines dictated a cottage design “that takes its direction from regional historic examples…” The design utilizes board and batten cypress siding, standing seam metal roofing, porches orientated to the south west, and a detached garage/ guesthouse to satisfy the architectural review board. The first floor is an open plan that centers on the large fireplace. Maple with walnut accents gives the interior trim a clean sharp feeling. Stone floors cover the interior and flow out onto the porches and walks. A glass staircase and stainless fittings removes the burden of “historic” once inside. Lots of glass and a two-story living space open up to the view and put the owner next to the tree. The architecture and native landscape mix in the garden and create private outdoor living spaces on this small lot.