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Not So Big Solutions for Your Home Paperback – October 1, 2002
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Top Customer Reviews
Bravo, keep on writing Sarah.
Eschewing the "bigger is better" model that drives the profits of developers and mass production builders, Sarah Susanka has introduced a new vocablary of user-centered design that focuses on the details that make for a pleaant living experience.
Her "smaller is better" philosophy is based on often overlooked details like window size, providing built-in spaces for daily activities, creating "comfort zones" by varying ceiling heights and room lighting, and a myriad of other simple-in-themselves, but major-in-their-impact details.
Not So Big Solutions for Your Home should be considered required reading for you if you're remodeling or building a house you want to be comfortable in.
If you are looking for lots of design ideas for problem areas, you may find a few relevant tips, but not enough to warrant purchasing of this book, so I would give it a 3-star rating.
I am giving this book a 4 star because it really does not cover "Not so Big Solutions for your Home". It should have been called Solutions and Practical Ideas for Constructing your Home. That title would have earned a 5 star.
In the beginning, she talks about site selection and designing the house to take advantage of and to fit in with the site. She also talks about window placement and roof lines to make sure the outside of the house looks "right."
The bulk of the book talks about things such as designing a mudroom, a mail-sorting place, where to place a tv - in other words, how to design real-life living spaces for real-life tasks and habits.
The book also includes thoughts about details, both aesthetic and practical - varying ceiling heights, skylight considerations, where to place outlets and light switches, and window placement.
The last part of the book talks about simple floor plan changes to existing homes, how to make an addition blend seamlessly into the exisiting struction, a smart solution on how to add a window seat, etc.
Where the Not So Big House dealt with the concept of smart design, this book give more specific applications of smart design. If you're in the planning stages of home-building, I highly recommend this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The title is deceiving. Subject matter of book was not what I was expecting.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
More solutions to help an owner or a buyer see the potential for a smaller home, to increase usability and to improve the feeling of comfort and hospitality. Read morePublished 13 months ago by K. Kinney
This book has wonderful information to know before picking a building site including legal constraints. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Mary F.
This book works whether you are building a small home or a huge home. Sarah discusses the touches that make a house a home. Read morePublished 22 months ago by P H F
I love these ideas. Its about time we became more responsible for our resources. It's not just building huge houses, but furnishing, heating, cooling and living the lifestyle... Read morePublished on May 20, 2014 by Jaynee