A couple with Maryland roots decided to move back home from New York with their two children. The husband’s job – he is an international salt dealer – was the inspiration for the 4,860-square-foot house’s blocky form. The architects helped scout the suburban half-acre site for their clients, and then kept the footings and foundation of a previous house on the site intact. To maintain the low scale common to the neighborhood, they buried the first and second stories into a slope. The wood structure is clad in stucco, with long, linear windows that obscure the scale of the house.