- Series: Susanka
- Paperback: 258 pages
- Publisher: Taunton Press; Later prt. edition (February 1, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1561586056
- ISBN-13: 978-1561586059
- Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.7 x 9.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 94 customer reviews
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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 & 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 & Partners, Inc., the firm chosen by LIFE magazine to design its 1999 Dream House.
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Throughout the book she shows us examples in which the space is artfully designed to enhance comfort and function. Sometimes it is about increased vertical height in a part of the house, but in one house she actually inserted a ceiling/floor and created a room on top of a formerly two-story high room. This struck me as especially brilliant. The new ceiling-floor has a crescent shaped cut-out to allow the existing two story windows to provide light and views for both the existing and new second-level rooms.
I am certain that the more I read and re-read this book, the more my eyes will be opened to the ways that inventive architecture can enhance the form and feeling of the spaces. Truly an eye-opening book! The only thing that bothered me a little was to see that many of these "not so big" houses were well north of 2000 square feet. (There were truly many lovely little houses and bungalows included).
Although there is some information here relevant to 2017, the photos are, of course, extremely dated and feature closed in fussy and overly decorated spaces that are really not relatable.