The vast majority of American homes are sited on their lots without any thought to the views. This is because most American homes are built from stock plans that assume a flat site that has a street in front of it and a yard behind it. When you ram a simple rectangular box into a hill that flies off to one side, all kinds of weirdness can happen: Decks launch out into space, windows face hillsides, great views are unseen, and rainwater flows where it shouldn’t. There are ways to make your house connect better with the existing site’s topography, trees, views, and so on, but it takes a lot more effort than simply removing a wall or adding a bay window.
[referenced on page 25 in the book]