Synopses & Reviews
Readers simply cannot get enough of Sarah Susanka. Homeowners are certain to embrace this new collection of articles by the best-selling author and visionary residential architect who sparked a movement toward “better, not bigger” homes. Practical solutions abound in this creative reference - everything from how to use color and unify an interior with trim to finding space for an “away room” and designing a laundry room that works. Susanka poses - and clearly answers - such questions as “How much space do you really need?” and “Where does the garage belong?” Written in her engaging conversational style and illustrated with her own inviting sketches, this collection of attainable home improvements is a valuable addition to any smart and thoughtful homeowners library.
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.
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
1 By Design
How Much Space Do You Really Need? Designing for Our Human Scale What Is an Open Plan and Why Does It Work? Let There Be Light Where Does the Garage Belong? 2 Room by Room
Rethinking the Formal Living Room and Dining Room Designing a Comfortable Guest Room Rethinking the Informal Eating Area Squeezing in a Half-Bath Designing a Front Porch 3 Attention to Detail
When a Room is Too Tall Column Proportion: Bigger is Usually Better Locating Smoke Alarms and Security-System Sensors Zero-Clearance Fireplaces: How to Make One Look Like a Million Bucks Unify an Interior with Horizontal Trim 4 Make It Personal
How to Pick and Use Color Designing an Away Room Designing a Breakfast Nook Make Your House an Expression of Yourself Designing a Welcoming Entry 5 Practical Matters
Getting Creative with the Bathtub and Shower Designing a Laundry Room That Works Where to Put the TV Designing a Kitchen Island 6 Living in the Real World
Make Room for Privacy Make Your House More Energy Efficient Living with Extended Family Good Additions Make Good Neighbors The New Heart of the Home