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Creating the Not So Big Houseby Sarah Susanka
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The Not So Big House created a movement that is changing the way people think about the American home. That groundbreaking book proposed a new blueprint for the American home: a house that values quality over quantity, with an emphasis on comfort and beauty, a high level of detail, and a floor plan designed for today's informal lifestyle.
Creating the Not So Big House is the blueprint in action. Focusing on key design strategies such as visual weight, layering, and framed openings, Sarah Susanka takes an up-close look at 25 houses designed according to Not So Big principles. The houses are from all over North America in a rich variety of styles — from a tiny New York apartment to a southwestern adobe, a traditional Minnesota farmhouse, and a cottage community in the Pacific Northwest. Whether new or remodeled, these one-of-a-kind homes provide all the inspiration you need to create your own Not So Big House.
"Susanka knows well that hough, moolah, isn't all plentiful and that big ain't even remotely better....If you're ever going to build or renovate, buy this book." Stephen Gordon, CEO Restoration Hardware
"Susanka's book, Creating the Not So Big House, shows how space can be small but beautiful and visually expansive....She has tapped into those principles that Frank Lloyd Wright used in his 'Usonian' Houses and has presented them in a very clear and beautifully illustrated format." Eric Lloyd Wright, architect
This sequel to "The Not So Big House" thoughtfully considers 20 new homes and five remodels that span a broad range of styles, climates, and landscape considerations to show how the not-so-big ideal can work in any setting. Photos. Illustrations.
In this sequel to The Not So Big House, Sarah Susanka shows readers how to create extraordinary "Not So Big" homes. She leads a personal tour through 25 of the most beautiful, well-designed homes in North America. More than 200 color photos, floor plans and design details illustrate this innovative philosophy.
About the Author
An advocate of "less is more" in residential architecture and interior design, Sarah Susanka has emerged as one of America's favorite home architects. As a result of the success of The Not So Big House and the new vision it holds for the American home, she was featured by U.S. News and World Report as one of 18 innovators in American culture. Susanka has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, the Charlie Rose Show, and numerous radio shows around the country. She is a former principle and founding partner of the firm chosen by Life magazine to design its 1999 Dream Home.
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