Her ideas for interior as well as exterior views, airy stairways, diagonal views, and framed openings translate well in an array of different houses appropriate to childless couples and large families, as well as hot climes in Texas and cooler regions in Vermont. There are traditional designs to fit in with Massachusetts styling and contemporary designs to adapt to California cliffs, and they range from country spaces to suburban homes to city apartments.
Susanka selected house plans that are available for sale, because her purpose is to make affordable quality housing accessible to the general public, but they're also presented as catalysts for your own designs, because the house that worked for one person might inspire the plan that would work best for you. Whether you're in the market for a new house, want pragmatic renovation ideas, or are interested in the concept of space-saving abodes from a city-planning, philosophical perspective, Susanka's book is an eye-opener and a mind-expander, providing conceptual and practical tools to assist you in planning your own livable home. --Stephanie Gold
In fact, I would suggest that you skip the first book altogether.
I incorporated some of Ms. Susanka's ideas from her first book in the last house which I built and they were great ideas - but very expensive to achieve.
There, in its pages, the reader will be able to imagine just what a lovely home life can look like.
I own all of Sarah Susanka's books and dearly love them. This book in particular has inspired my use of space in the home we have and in the ideas for a future home. Read morePublished 1 month ago by K. Ann Seeton
I just could not get into this book. I was looking for design ideas and didn't find any. And I wasn't inspired by it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Grace Catledge
The take away from this books, for me, was that we can make much better use of space, and enjoy and feel more comfortable in our space if we consciously attend to not only the with... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jane
Thought this book might be a great inspiration during our planning for addition to house, and to maximize the remaining spaces. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Carole Kastler Camelot Design
This book came to me in almost new condition. Though a paperback, it is very sturdy, and the information and photos provided make a wonderful statement on living in NOT so huge... Read morePublished 9 months ago by mzm
I really like Sarah's books. I am a fan of the not so big house! I hope to be able to include some ideas in my kitchen remodel.Published 13 months ago by Don Larsen
For fans of home decor options, this book has many good ideas for you. Ideas i will include in a new building plan.Published 14 months ago by T McG
My husband and I are both carpenters, and friends and family are always coming to us for building solutions and suggestions. Read morePublished 14 months ago by E Diane Luoma
It's a re-hash of the original book, which was fresh and innovative. Wish I had not bought it. Don't waste your money.Published 15 months ago by christy