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The Not So Big House: A Blueprint for the Way We Really Live

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Publisher Comments:

Sarah Susanka contends that people are naturally drawn to intimate spaces. Large structures inspired by outdated patterns tend to result in houses that just don?t work. In The Not So Big House, she proposes clear guidelines for creating homes that serve spiritual needs as well as material requirements. Topics covered include designing for specific lifestyles, budgeting, building a home from scratch, and using energy-efficient construction. With more than 200 color photographs as well as floor plans, the book is perfect for homeowners ready to rethink their space.

Review:

"Susanka says to evaluate what makes you feel at home and let your activities define your rooms. You'll end up with cozy areas you like and use rather than oversize formal rooms you never enter. The rooms pictured in the book are both practical and lovely." San Francisco Chronicle

Review:

"Insightful...[The Not So Big House] provides a much-needed alternative to all the new construction sprouting up that either wastes spaces or uses floor plans that are irrelevant to the way families live." Philadelphia Inquirer

Review:

"Think small: In an age of McMansions and exponentially expanding square footage, The Not So Big House is a welcome call for a reordering of priorities. Sarah Susanka outlines numerous strategies that help small spaces think big." Good Housekeeping

Book News Annotation:

This is a paperbound reprint of a 1998 book. Susanka designs houses for living: comfortable, compact, uncrowded space for, often, multiple functions. Contrast her inviting, manageable houses with the vulgar, wasteful, show-off monuments to consumption containing specialized rooms that are rarely used (often because they are icy, sterile, forbidding). Taunton's usual splendid photography is evident in some 200 color plates. Floor plans show how traffic and life will flow. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Now in paperback, "The Not So Big House" proposes clear guidelines for creating homes that serve spiritual needs as well as material requirements. Topics include designing for specific lifestyles, budgeting, building a home from scratch, and using energy-efficient construction. 200 color photos. Floor plans.

Synopsis:

Provides a review of social trends and their effect on architecture and design.

Synopsis:

This best-seller was met with an extraordinary response when it was published in 1998. In it, visionary architect Sarah Susanka embraced the notion of smaller, simpler shelters that better meet the needs of the way we live today. The book created a groundswell of interest among homeowners, architects, and builders. More than 200 photographs bring the spirit of the "Not So Big" house alive.

About the Author

As an advocate of "less is more" in residential architecture and interior design, Fine Homebuilding contributing editor Sarah Susanka has emerged as one of America's favorite home architects. Her books Creating the Not So Big House and The Not So Big House offer a new vision for the American home: houses about a third smaller than what you thought you needed — but better suited to your lifestyle. In short, quality over quantity.

Sarah has been featured by U.S. News and World Report as one of 18 innovators in American culture, and she had a featured article in USA Weekend's 5th Annual Home and Garden Issue for Spring 2001. She has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, the Charlie Rose Show, and numerous radio shows around the country. She is a former principal and founding partner of the firm chosen by LIFE magazine to design its 1999 Dream Home.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Bigger Isn't Better
Rethinking the House
Making Not So Big Work
Lifestyles of the Not So Rich and Famous
Dreams, Details, and Dollars
The House of the Future
Afterword
Bibliography
Credits
Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781561583768
Author:
Susanka, Sarah
Publisher:
Taunton Press
With:
Obolensky, Kira
Author:
Susanka Studios
Author:
Susanka, Sarah
Author:
Sarah
Author:
Obolensky, Kira
Author:
, Kira
Location:
Newtown, CT
Subject:
General
Subject:
Design & Construction
Subject:
Architecture, domestic
Subject:
Interior architecture
Subject:
Space (Architecture)
Subject:
Space
Subject:
Cleaning & Caretaking - General
Subject:
Interior Design - General
Subject:
Home Construction-General
Subject:
General Architecture
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Series Volume:
book 2
Publication Date:
20010431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
10.01x9.96x.58 in. 1.82 lbs.

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Product details 208 pages Taunton Press - English 9781561583768 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Susanka says to evaluate what makes you feel at home and let your activities define your rooms. You'll end up with cozy areas you like and use rather than oversize formal rooms you never enter. The rooms pictured in the book are both practical and lovely."
"Review" by , "Insightful...[The Not So Big House] provides a much-needed alternative to all the new construction sprouting up that either wastes spaces or uses floor plans that are irrelevant to the way families live."
"Review" by , "Think small: In an age of McMansions and exponentially expanding square footage, The Not So Big House is a welcome call for a reordering of priorities. Sarah Susanka outlines numerous strategies that help small spaces think big."
"Synopsis" by , Now in paperback, "The Not So Big House" proposes clear guidelines for creating homes that serve spiritual needs as well as material requirements. Topics include designing for specific lifestyles, budgeting, building a home from scratch, and using energy-efficient construction. 200 color photos. Floor plans.
"Synopsis" by , Provides a review of social trends and their effect on architecture and design.
"Synopsis" by , This best-seller was met with an extraordinary response when it was published in 1998. In it, visionary architect Sarah Susanka embraced the notion of smaller, simpler shelters that better meet the needs of the way we live today. The book created a groundswell of interest among homeowners, architects, and builders. More than 200 photographs bring the spirit of the "Not So Big" house alive.
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