The Not So Big House: A Blueprint for the Way We Really Live

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Taunton Press, 1998 - Architecture - 199 pages
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This best-seller was met with an extraordinary response when it was published in 1998. In it, visionary architect Sarah Susanka embraced the notion of smaller, simpler shelters that better meet the needs of the way we live today. The book created a groundswell of interest among homeowners, architects, and builders. More than 200 photographs bring the spirit of the "Not So Big" house alive.

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I thought her prose was quite readable and convincing. - LibraryThing
And I love the details in the pictures. - Goodreads
Susanka is an architect, not a writer. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Erika RS - Goodreads

This book belongs on the "to read" list of anyone buying or building a home. I had avoided reading the book because of Susanka's popularity, but the book contains quality content. When the book was ... Read full review

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User Review  - Annika - Goodreads

Thought provoking view of small space living. Yes suggestions are think of different ways to accomplish this. Sailboats and motor homes also worthy for borrowing ideas. Susanka's use ... Read full review

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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.

Kira Obolensky has written for print, film, and stage. She co-authored Sarah Susanka's national bestseller, "The Not So Big House. Kira's book, "Garage, was published in 2001. She has received a number of writing awards and fellowships, including the Kesselring Prize and a Guggenheim fellowship. She lives in Minneapolis.

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