Creating the Not So Big House: Insights and Ideas for the New American Home by Sarah SusankaI really love this book, but what I dont love is reading it cover to cover. I have only read it that way once before. Its so much better to choose the home styles that appeal to me and focus on those; or to just browse the pictures, then read the portions that are useful. One thing that really annoys me about this book is that the size of some of the houses are still really big! Really, a 1900 sqft 1-bedroom or a 2300 sqft 2 bedroom... those are big! Yes, they have attended to some details that apply to Not So Big Houses, but really, you couldnt shrink the floor plan just a little more?
I have always been into home design. In my spare time from age 10-20 (and some beyond), I designed houses for fun. I grew up in a home with a rarely used dining and living room, and it just seemed like such a waste to me. This book spoke to that part of me. A homes livability is in the details. I doubt I will ever be able to build my own home, but I tried to find a house that incorporates principles of the Not So Big House. Yes, it is a more quickly slapped together house in the suburbs, but the bones are good. (It even has an away room which currently serves as library, office and guest room.) The house is currently 12 years old, and as we look down the road, we know we have some remodeling in our future, and I hope to employ as many details as possible to have my home be an even better picture of a Not So Big House.
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The Not So Big Bungalow is my response to that request. Like the Craftsman Bungalows and Sears Kit Homes of a hundred years ago , this "Not So Big" bungalow is built better rather than bigger, but it's also designed for today's informal lifestyles, and it's filled with personality and the small details that can turn a house into Home. Many of these details you'll recognize from that first prototype , in fact. Add to that all the energy efficiency features that the SIPs construction process allows , and you have a home that minimizes carbon footprint while providing an inspiring platform for everyday living. Although I've had the opportunity to design many homes for families and couples wanting to build based on the principles I write about, most of these homes have still tended to be over 2, square feet in size. But today, in the post-recession economy, with a new awareness of what it costs to heat, cool, and clean a lot of rarely used square footage, many people are seeking a house that's more compact but still sporting the same quality and character that my books encourage. The bungalows from the early 20th Century do this, but although these charming older homes are the perfect size for singles, for couples without children, and for empty-nesters, sadly, they just aren't designed for today's lifestyles.
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For a while there, people wanted large houses—big kitchens, big vaults, big bedrooms. But now, with a greater social awareness and rapid population comes the thought that there might be a limit to A delightful book of interior design ideas, pictures, inspiration. You ask yourself, is your house meeting the needs of your present style of living? What extra spaces do we have that we do not use Sarah Susanka is one of the leading residential architects in the United States. Kira Obolensky has written for print, film, and stage.