The Hi-Hat house was conceived as a modular factory-built structure, intended to be shipped on flatbeds across the country and craned into place in one day. Well the trucks took a detour, and the house is under construction today as a site-built structure. The form and layout offer distinct clues as to the concept, however, and we’re excited at the outcome. Nestled at the foot of Settler’s Park in Boulder, Colorado, the house is oriented south and southwest towards the Flatirons. Constrained by harsh height limits, we set the home into its hillside, with the lower level featuring walk-out patios and eastern sunrise light. A simple and small house of fiberboard panels and brick designed to resist fires, we attempted to strike a modest yet self-assured stance and expression at the entry.