Inside the Not So Big House: Discovering the Details that Bring a Home to Life

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Taunton Press, 2005 - Design - 210 pages
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In her latest book, best-selling author of The Not So Big House Sarah Susanka teams up with architectural design writer Marc Vassallo to expand upon the message that has resonated with over a million homeowners and builders across the country: opting for personalized, well-crafted, thoughtfully designed spaces over superfluous square footage results in a home that comforts and nourishes those who live there.
In Inside The Not So Big House, Susanka and Vassallo focus their lens on the tangible and sometimes intangible details that bring an otherwise ordinary home to life. Incorporating such details as dropped ceilings, built-in shelves, pocket doors, window seats, and well-placed alcoves infuses a home with the character of its owners and conveys a uniqueness that's mising in many homes built or remodeled today. From Rhode Island to San Diego, the 23 homes featured here illustrate exceptional attention to detail. Each offers inspiration for those building or remodeling to transform their home into an expression of all that is important to them. "Detail is everything in design. Sarah Susanka proves it again with this, her latest book."
--John Wheatman, author, Meditations on Design and A Good House Is Never Done
 

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A good book of ideas on design elements to make your space look nicer, but not a good source of ideas on maximizing your space. Read full review

Contents

Curves and Color Bring
19
Serenity on a Budget
27
Reinventing the Family Home
35
Classic Cottage Simplicity
43
A Jewel
51
Texas Tuscan
61
Order in the Details
69
A Spare House that Sparkles
77
A Houseboat Full
85
and Storagein 650 sq ft
159
Defining Space with Light 92
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Author, architect, and cultural visionary Sarah Susanka has emerged as the leader of a movement that continues to shape the future of the American home. With her first book, The Not So Big House (1998), she launched a revolution in residential architecture and changed the way we think about our homes. The Not So Big House and her next three books, Creating the Not So Big House (2000), Not So Big Solutions for Your Home (2002), and Home By Design (2003) have inspired over one million readers and continue to receive international media attention. Fast Company named Susanka to their debut list of "Fast 50" innovators whose achievements have helped change society, an honor preceded by her selection as a Newsweek top newsmaker in 2000 and a U.S. News&World Report innovator in American culture in 1998.
Marc Vassallo received a degree in architecture from Cornell University, interned at a small architectural office in Colorado, and designed and built his own energy-conserving house in Virginia before turning his attention fully to words. He has since published numerous magazine features and short stories, and was awarded an NEA fellowship for his fiction.

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