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

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The typical American neighborhood is impersonal, made up of large houses on large lots, with large garages whose remote openers provide residents instant access inside. There’s never any need to see or be seen! The good news is that a growing number of homeowners are saying they want more. Pocket neighborhoods are alternative living arrangements that provide shelter and security, convenience, comfort, and meaning. In a typical pocket neighborhood, parking is intentionally separated from houses, which surround a landscaped common area. Homeowners walk to their doors, past the neighbors they might otherwise never know. This book by architect and author Ross Chapin describes existing pocket neighborhoods and co-housing communities — and provides inspiration for creating new ones.

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Now available in paperback, the expanded 10th anniversary edition of Sarah Susanka's The Not So Big House is ready to inspire a whole new generation of homeowners and builders. Though a decade has passed, her deceptively simple message remains as powerful as ever: when it comes to our homes, quality should always come before quantity. With comforting guidance and clear language, America's favorite home architect shows how to create a house that emphasizes comfort, beauty, and a high level of detail. This anniversary edition of a contemporary classic features a new introduction by Susanka and 32 bonus pages that explore three additional Not So Big houses.

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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.

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Ten years ago, Sarah Susanka started a revolution in home design with a deceptively simple message: quality should always come before quantity. Now, the book that celebrated that bold declaration is back in a special anniversary edition. In this landmark home design book, America's superstar residential architect provides homeowners the guidance and language to get what they want: a house that is better not bigger and one that emphasizes comfort, beauty, and a high level of detail no matter how small it is. Featuring a new package and introduction by Susanka as well as 16 additional pages that explore three new Not So Big Houses, this 10th anniversary edition is very big news.

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.Kira Obolensky has written for print, film, and stage. She co-authored Sarah Susanka's national bestseller, "The Not So Big House. Kira's book, "Garage, was published in 2001. She has received a number of writing awards and fellowships, including the Kesselring Prize and a Guggenheim fellowship. She lives in Minneapolis.

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.

Table of Contents

Contemporary Pocket Neighborhoods featured in the book:

Conover Commons, Redmond, WA
Danielson Grove, Kirkland, WA
Third Street Cottages, Langley, WA
Greenwood Avenue, Shoreline, WA
Groom Lane, Seattle
Barrio Santa Rosa, Tucson, AZ
Cota Street, Santa Barbara, CA
Village Homes, Davis, CA
N Street, Davis, CA
Temescal Creek, North Oakland, CA
Houseboat community, Sausalito, CA
Berkeley Cohousing, Berkeley, CA
Doyle Street, Emeryville, CA
Swan’s Market, Oakland, CA
Cheesecake Consortium, northern CA
Poplar neighborhood, Boulder, CO
Silver Sage, Boulder, CO
Portland, OR
Cambridge, MA
Island Cohousing, Martha’s Vineyard, MA
Elder Cohousing, Abington, VA
Christie Walk, Adelaide, AUSTRALIA
EarthSong, NEW ZEALAND
 
Historic Precedents
Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard, MA
Forest Hills, NY
Sunnyside Gardens, NY
Radburn, NJ
Pine Street, Seattle
Bungalow Courts, southern CA

Foreword, by Sarah Susanka

Introduction: What Is a Pocket Neighborhood?

Part One Precedents: Historic Pocket Neighborhoods

Chapter 1 Setting Up Camp

Chapter 2 Gardens of Compassion

Chapter 3 Visions of Garden Cities

Chapter 4 The Bungalow Courts of California

Chapter 5 Cottage Living

Part Two Contemporary Pocket Neighborhoods

Chapter 6 A New Cottage Court

Chapter 7 A Neighborhood within a Neighborhood

Chapter 8 A Pocket Neighborhood on a Challenging Site

Chapter 9 The Neighborhood the Neighbors Built

Chapter 10 Floating Communities

Chapter 11 Lanes, Woonerfs, and Mental Speed Bumps

Chapter 12 Back House, Front House, Lane

Chapter 13 New Urban Pocket Neighborhoods

Chapter 14 Lines of Enticement

Chapter 15 Pocket Neighborhoods within a Village

Part Three CoHousing Communities

Chapter 16 Danish Origins

Chapter 17 CoHousing in America

Chapter 18 Greening the Neighborhood

Chapter 19 Saging Communities

Part Four Creating Pocket Neighborhoods in Existing Communities

Chapter 20 Infill in a First-Ring Suburb

Chapter 21 Urban Homesteads

Chapter 22 Taking Down the Fences

Chapter 23 Taking Back the Alley

Chapter 24 Taking Back the Street

Afterword: A Tapestry of Pocket Neighborhoods

Resources

Index

 

Product Details

ISBN:
9781600851506
Author:
Susanka, Sarah
Publisher:
Taunton Press
With:
Obolensky, Kira
Author:
Susanka, Sarah
Author:
Susanka Studios
Author:
Obolensky, Kira
Author:
Chapin, Ross
Subject:
Design & Construction
Subject:
Space (Architecture)
Subject:
Architecture, domestic
Subject:
Home Construction-General
Subject:
General Architecture
Edition Description:
Expanded ed.
Publication Date:
20090931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
9.50 x 9.00 in

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"Synopsis" by ,
Now available in paperback, the expanded 10th anniversary edition of Sarah Susanka's The Not So Big House is ready to inspire a whole new generation of homeowners and builders. Though a decade has passed, her deceptively simple message remains as powerful as ever: when it comes to our homes, quality should always come before quantity. With comforting guidance and clear language, America's favorite home architect shows how to create a house that emphasizes comfort, beauty, and a high level of detail. This anniversary edition of a contemporary classic features a new introduction by Susanka and 32 bonus pages that explore three additional Not So Big houses.
"Synopsis" by , 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 , Ten years ago, Sarah Susanka started a revolution in home design with a deceptively simple message: quality should always come before quantity. Now, the book that celebrated that bold declaration is back in a special anniversary edition. In this landmark home design book, America's superstar residential architect provides homeowners the guidance and language to get what they want: a house that is better not bigger and one that emphasizes comfort, beauty, and a high level of detail no matter how small it is. Featuring a new package and introduction by Susanka as well as 16 additional pages that explore three new Not So Big Houses, this 10th anniversary edition is very big news.
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