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The Not So Big House: A Blueprint for the Way We Really Live Hardcover – 1998
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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
From Library Journal
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.
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The one downside is the text tends to be redundant. The points Susanka makes are inspiring, well thought out, and grounded in her real-life experiences. But there is only so many ways you can say "quality over quantity". However, it is still well worth the read to get at all the great ideas.
We got this book when we were in the planning stages for a new house at the beach, a house where we may someday live 50% of the time. We used many of Susanka's ideas for the new house, mainly the storage ideas and the multiple uses of certain areas. It was most helpful to have this resource. Our builder enjoyed it as well.
While there is one beautiful home under 1000 square feet, and a photo of a truly tiny, beautiful, and functional kitchen, many examples are for additions to homes that appear to be originally quite large. Although no square footage is given for most, they appear to be in the 2,500 - 4,000 sq ft range.
A decade later, our ideas of what we want in our dream house have changed to reflect our increasing awareness of global resources, but the concept of putting your money into quality instead of quantity is still valid. Even if your idea of not-so-big is 1,000 sq ft --or less! -- there are still inspirational ideas in this book.
Just realize that in this ten year-old book, 'Not So Big" does not mean "small." Energy and materials efficiency are outside the scope of this book, which is about high quality design and finish "for the way we really live."