In the town of Eberstadt in the German state of Baden-Württemberg, a young family has fulfilled its dream of rural life. The home they have created is exemplary – both in terms of energy consumption and acoustics. Eberstadt lies nestled between vine-covered hillsides and forests, around 12 kilometres from Heilbronn. In this tranquil town of just over 3,000 inhabitants, one young family has fulfilled its dream of designing a new home. The two-storey residence, which was built by building contractor K.B.-Wohnbau, faces southward with expansive windows, so views over the garden and surrounding area are guaranteed. The connection to the garden plays a significant role for the residents. Since both parents work, the kitchen and dining area are particularly important as a social hub. As they form the heart of the home, this zone has been kept spacious and is designed as a bright, open continuum of space. From here, the sliding glazed doors permit easy access to the large terrace, which becomes a “second living room” during the summer. Nevertheless, the lush green of the garden is always visible from the dining table and the centrally positioned kitchen island, so the gaze can rove as far as the tree-lined peak of the hill opposite.