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America?s leading residential architect goes beyond The Not So Big House

Home by Design is the book I?ve always wanted to write. About 10 years ago, I started work on a book about principles of design that I hoped would enable homeowners, builders, interior designers, and architects to start talking with one another about what makes a house a ?home.? But along the way, I became fascinated with the state of residential architecture in this country, and out of this fascination was born my first book, The Not So Big House.

The Not So Big House offered a different vision of home, one that values quality over quantity, and the book produced a groundswell of enthusiastic believers. Not So Big was even dubbed a movement. Creating the Not So Big House and Not So Big Solutions for Your Home followed, fleshing out the message and helping to explain how to tailor a house to fit the lives lived within its walls.

And now, finally, it?s time for the book whose principles are embedded in each of the previous three. It?s time for the book I dreamed of all those years ago — Home by Design. Organized into three sections, Space, Light, and Order, the chapters of the book take on one design principle at a time, explaining what it is, how and why it works, and how it can be incorporated into your home. So, for example, in the chapter on Alignments, the applications are Perfect Symmetry; Partial Symmetry; Asymmetry; Right or Left Justified; When in Doubt, Line It Up; Half a Bubble Off; and View along a Main Axis. All of these terms are part of the architect?s toolbox, but no one has ever illustrated them, explained them in jargon-free language, and made them accessible to a wide audience.

Good architectural design is every bit as important as good nutrition. Both are good medicine for our physical and spiritual well-being, and a lack of either one can cause myriad unnecessary maladies. You?ll find that there is a rhyme and a reason to what you feel about the place you call home, and this book will help you understand how to craft your own surroundings into a better place to live.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781561586189
Author:
Susanka, Sarah
Publisher:
Taunton Press
Author:
Susanka, Sarah
Location:
Newtown, CT
Subject:
Design & Construction
Subject:
Architecture
Subject:
Architecture, domestic
Subject:
HOUSE & HOME / Design & Construction
Subject:
Architcture
Subject:
History
Subject:
Architecture, Domestic -- United States.
Subject:
Home Construction-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover, Jacketed, Sewn
Series Volume:
no. 131
Publication Date:
March 11, 2004
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
250
Dimensions:
11.80x9.48x.89 in. 3.17 lbs.

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Whether you're designing a house from the ground up, renovating an existing home, or simply trying to get the most out of your living space, consider Home by Design an indispensable guide. The underlying principles of residential architecture — organized into sections dealing with space, light, and order — come to life with color photographs and lucid advice. If you only buy one of Sarah Susanka's books (the whole Not So Big House series is worth exploring), Home by Design is the place to start.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Acclaimed architect Susanka, who spawned a virtual cottage industry of home books favoring quality over quantity (The Not So Big House; Not So Big Solutions for Your Home; etc.), now turns her eye to 30 key design principles that produce a home. Seeking to capture the 'elusive quality of home,' Susanka uses beautiful photographs and helpful floor plans to discuss how 'the interrelationships between spaces, walls and ceilings, and windows... shape our experience.' It isn't the external architecture that matters, she says, but the interior. All homes provide shelter and footage; the goal is to enhance the quality of living. To do that, Susanka employs important tricks of her trade, explaining the rationale behind everything from window positioning and reflective ceilings to achieving symmetry, keeping in mind the overarching themes of space, light and order. Blessedly free of complex jargon, the book stresses that size doesn't matter, but construction does. Susanka's philosophy is simple: good architectural design is as important as good nutrition, and a savvy understanding of your surroundings lets you craft a better place to live. To illustrate her points, the author cites 28 of the best-designed homes in the U.S., from a tiny California cottage to a lavish Minnesota manse and a remodeled Kansas City abode. Susanka's generosity with tips (e.g., a bold use of color can add depth and solidity; aligning a doorway with a window directly across brightens the area) will be a boon to readers, who will wind up getting an architectural education in the process. 60 b&w line drawings. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "It would be hard to think of a more important thinker in residential design than Sarah Susanka. She has thought carefully about what makes you feel good about being in a well-designed house. Armed with her insights you march more confidently into building or remodeling your home."
"Review" by , "Read [Susanka's] words carefully, because she teaches how to think about what you really want in a home, the difference between wishes and needs, and how to articulate what you want when talking to architects and builders."
"Review" by , "Think a bigger house would make everything perfect? Don't bet on it. [Sarah Susanka's] rearranging and 're-imagining' strategies are brilliant, simple, and beautiful."
"Review" by , "Sarah Susanka not only created a best-selling book but literally revolutionized the way we look at our homes. Susanka communicated her expertise in a way that's easily understood and not only offers the 'do's and don'ts' but the 'whys and how-tos.'"
"Review" by , "We featured Sarah Susanka on two seasons of The Christopher Lowell Show. Hundreds of requests flooded in. Sarah obviously understands that living better is not about living large. Homes with bigger footprints aren't better homes, they're just bigger. Sarah makes that point clearly."
"Synopsis" by , Susanka presents 30 design concepts that can transform any house into a welcoming home filled with character, beauty, and comfort. Opening readers' eyes to what's possible, she makes spatial design accessible to the layperson.
"Synopsis" by , Transforming a House into Your Home. In this groundbreaking book, the author looks at the key design concepts behind all well-designed homes.
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