SDG has been privileged to be located in the community of Civano, with multiple projects sprinkled throughout the neighborhood. One project is a second floor guest casita built on an existing garage. The objective was to make this space feel as open and loft like as possible, given the site and zoning restrictions. It also needed to comply with the specific design and environmental requirements within Civano including solar orientation, energy efficiency, water usage, and sense of engagement with the local buildings. One design element which allowed for the openers and better solar orientation was to use a shed roof that both collected rainwater more efficiently, but also allowed the living space to have much higher ceilings. Other elements included barn doors, overhangs over key windows, a tankless water heater and photovoltaic power from the existing main house.