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The Not So Big House: A Blueprint for the Way We Really Liveby Sarah Susanka
Synopses & Reviews
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 Large structures inspired by outdated patterns tend to result in houses that just don?t work.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.
"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
"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
"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
Book News Annotation:
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 c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Author Susan Susanska, "LIFE" magazine Architect of the Year, offers thoughtful guidelines for designing homes that more accurately reflect our lifestyles and personalities. 200 color photos.
Why are we drawn more to smaller, more personal spaces than to larger, more expansive ones? At parties, why do we spend more time in the kitchen and family rooms than we do in the formal living and dining rooms? What makes the sunny, intimate breakfast nook more inviting than the vaulted spaciousness of a cathedral-ceiling great room?
Includes bibliographical references (p. ) and index.
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
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
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