When describing a favorite room in the house, do you find yourself using terms such as "expansive," "formal," and "spacious"--a marble foyer or a formal dining room perhaps? Or do the words "cozy," "intimate," and "warm" come to mind--a cheery little breakfast nook or a window seat complete with plenty of pillows and a breathtaking view? More than likely, you--like thousands of other homeowners--are drawn to the more personal spaces in your home, where comfort, beauty, and efficiency meet. In The Not So Big House, respected architect Sarah Susanka and coauthor Kira Obolensky address our affinity for the "smaller, more personal spaces" and propose "clear, workable guidelines for creating homes that serve both our spiritual needs and our material requirements." The heart of the not-so-big house--which is not "just a small house ... [but] a smaller house," that uses "less space to give greater quality of life," and is designed to not only "accommodate the lifestyles of its occupants" but also to express "our values and our personalities," is discussed in chapter 1, entitled "Bigger Isn't Better." Susanka's urging for homeowners to get creative with their space as well as loads of ideas to encourage that creativity are covered in "Rethinking the House" and "Making Not So Big Work." Discussions of specific needs, such as a home for one and designing for kids, can be found in "Lifestyles of the Not So Rich and Famous," while "Dreams, Details, and Dollars" gets down to the nuts and bolts of the operation, looking at quality versus quantity, budgeting, and what "low end," "middle ground," and "high end" really mean in home design and construction. Lastly, the authors look at the home of the future, which involves simplifying, recycling, reducing waste, and using energy-efficient construction. With more than 200 color photographs, as well as floor plans and Susanka and Obolensky's intelligent and lively dialogue, The Not So Big House is perfect for homeowners ready to rethink their space. --Stefanie Hargreaves --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Architect Susanka believes that the large homes being built today place too much emphasis on square footage rather than on current lifestyles. Here she shows how homes can be designed to feature "adaptable spaces open to one another, designed for everyday use." She describes how to examine occupants' lifestyles, how to incorporate the kitchen as the focal point of the home, how to give the illusion of space, and how, with storage, lighting, and furniture arrangement, a smaller home can be comfortably livable. Photographs of contemporary homes as well as those by Frank Lloyd Wright and other modern architects illustrate Susanka's ideas and show the timelessness of the style she advocates. This thought-provoking book will be a good addition to architectural and interior design collections.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
This is a great book and has very good design ideas. I love how it describes exactly what I think about design, houses are too big and the use of space in today's design can be... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Angela Acker
Each of the Sarah Susanka books adds to my file of great design and renovation ideas. Thinking small, beautiful and organised is the way to go !Published on Jan. 28 2013 by Kathryn Dunphy
For "not so big" the images contained in this book depict houses that by my standard are enormous. My entire house could fit into the livingroom shown on the cover of Susanka's... Read morePublished on July 16 2009 by JP
Let's see....2000 square feet is considered "not so big." And working one's way up -- oops, I mean down! Read morePublished on March 8 2004 by Reginleif II
My husband and I are preparing our 5-year old, sterile house for sale with the intention of buying an older bungalow. Read morePublished on Feb. 13 2004 by "ninaradio"
I just finished this book and I found it informative. Susanka plainly writes about the way most houses are typically built and the waste in their construction as well as the lack... Read morePublished on May 30 2003 by Kimmer
This book is chock full of good ideas about how to maximize space in a house. It also makes you really think about how you spend time--i.e. live--in a house. Read morePublished on Dec 28 2002 by S. Coveney
This book seemed to me to mainly be an essay on how to hire an architect to create a trendy, uncomfortable home. Read morePublished on Dec 4 2002 by E. Johnson
For everyone who has stood in a model home, seen the beautiful decor, and realized that Harry Potter had a more livable space beneath his uncle's stair, this book is a must. Read morePublished on Nov. 26 2002 by Eclectic Polymath