The edges that shape the house occur from the literal to the figurative. The site for the house is the edge of a hill. The location at the end of a dead end street is on the edge of a neighborhood. The ridge upon which the house sits form the edge of the valley below and figuratively is a geographical edge of the City of Richmond. The house sits between the woods to the west and the formal yard and street to the east; the gridded orchard to the south and the wildflower garden to the north. A walkway around the base of the house leads from the formal presentation of the house to the street to the informal activities of the owners at the rear of the house on the edge of the hill. In creating a “moat” around the house, this walkway allows a small intimate house to also be monumental on its site.