A supposedly impossible site was the perfect plot for Hale (pictured) and Edmonds, who were searching for some sort of break that would afford them the chance to build their own home. Stilting the house over the steep hill gives them direct access to nature while still being located just a ten-minute drive from downtown Seattle.  Photo 4 of 10 in 11 Hillside Homes That Feature a Balancing Act With Nature from A New Slant