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Not So Big Remodelingby Sarah Susanka and Marc Vassallo
Sarah Susanka is a design savant. Described as "the J. K. Rowling of home design books," Susanka has indeed created a media empire that champions small, well-built houses instead of ostentatious McMansions. Her previous books explain how to build new houses to fit your life within a small footprint. But not many of us can afford to build new houses; we already live in small places that we like, but that need improvements. Susanka's latest book, Not So Big Remodeling, fills that need perfectly. Packed with color photos and illustrations, she illustrates many of the architectural "patterns" that Christopher Alexander's A Pattern Language made famous 25 years ago. No wonder her books sell like hotcakes.
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More Big Ideas from Sarah Susanka including hundreds of Not So Big ideas that can beautifully and affordably transform any home. Sometimes small changes can have a big impact. But many homeowners looking for more living space still insist on building expensive additions or completely rebuilding their home. In the latest groundbreaking step in the Not So Big revolution, Sarah Susanka and Marc Vassallo demonstrate how carefully chosen tweaks and simple additions can make a home seem much larger and more inviting. They avoid high-end architectural solutions, focusing instead on how Not So Big ideas can dramatically improve even the most modest home. The authors show readers how to think like an architect, so they can accurately assess their homes shortcomings, apply Not So Big principles to their remodeling plan, and phase in their project incrementally over time.
Book News Annotation:
Architect Susanka's Not So Big home remodeling philosophy, familiar from national television shows and magazines, puts emphasis on quality rather quantity, green materials, and livability. Here, she teams with co-author Vassallo to show how to employ smaller and less expensive approaches (if building an addition is your idea of less expensive) for turning an average house into a home. Susanka illustrates steps she took for remodeling her own home, then applies Not So Big principles to frequent problems with exteriors and entrances, kitchens and gathering spaces, baths, and personal spaces, with illustrated case studies of real homes. Susanka is a member of the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects. Vassallo trained as an architect, and co-authored Inside the Not So Big House with Susanka. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Sarah Susanka is one of the leading residential architects in the United States. Her first book, "The Not So Big House," topped best-seller charts in Home and Garden categories in its first year of publication. Susanka has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, the Charlie Rose Show, and NPR's Diane Rehm Show. She is a former principal and founding partner of Mulfinger, Susanka, Mahady and Partners, Inc., the firm chosen by LIFE magazine to design its 1999 Dream House.Marc Vassallo is one of today's top writers in home design. With formal education in architecture and creative writing, Vassallo understands and clearly articulates home design trends and ideas. He is co-author with acclaimed architect and author Sarah Susanka of "Inside the Not So Big House: Discovering the Details that Bring a Home to Life "(2005)," "the best-selling book about crafting quality and character in a home through architectural details. Vassallo writes for "Cottage Living," "Cooking Light," "Saveur," and other national magazines, and is a frequent speaker at home design and future trends conferences.
Sarah Susanka is known far and wide as the leader of a movement that has redefined the American home. She has shared her insights in many best-selling books, including The Not So Big House, the revolutionary title that started it all. Susanka has been invited to share her insights on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Charlie Rose, and HGTV; she is regularly profiled in leading shelter magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.
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