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

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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. Susanka and Vassallo focus their lens on the tangible and sometimes intangible details that bring an otherwise ordinary home ...

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Overview

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. 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.

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Sarah Susanka's Not So Big House books have caused a revolution in residential architecture and convinced thousands of homeowners to personalize their home with well-crafted details, not oversize scale. Her phrase "Attention to the small gives character to the whole" has become a national motto. In Inside the Not So Big House, Susanka explains how even remodeled homes can be transformed by focusing on design elements. A great resource for new or prospective homeowners.
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"Sarah Susanka has teamed up with design writer Marc Vassallo to help her readers incorporate the details of not-so-big living into their decorating schemes...As the 25 homes featured in the book demonstrate, such additions combine good looks with function to unify and enhance interior spaces."- Boston Globe"
"Susanka has become the poster girl for an architectural movement that worships scale and simplicity. Here she and Vassallo go inside 23 not-so-big houses to illustrate the details — built-in storage, diverse ceiling heights and materials, color, simplicity, tricks of the eye — that not only give a house personality but also make it more livable."
- Lynette Evans, "San Francisco Chronicle"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561589845
  • Publisher: Taunton Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/2/2007
  • Series: Sarah Susanka Series
  • Pages: 210
  • Sales rank: 242,688
  • Product dimensions: 9.92 (w) x 10.02 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet 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.

Marc Vassallo is one of today's top writers in home design. With formal education in architecture and creative writing, Vassallo understands and clearly articulates home design trends and ideas. He is co-author with acclaimed architect and author Sarah Susanka of "Inside the Not So Big House: Discovering the Details that Bring a Home to Life "(2005)," "the best-selling book about crafting quality and character in a home through architectural details. Vassallo writes for "Cottage Living," "Cooking Light," "Saveur," and other national magazines, and is a frequent speaker at home design and future trends conferences.

Sarah Susanka is known far and wide as the leader of a movement that has redefined the American home. She has shared her insights in many best-selling books, including The Not So Big House, the revolutionary title that started it all. Susanka has been invited to share her insights on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Charlie Rose, and HGTV; she is regularly profiled in leading shelter magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2008

    I love it

    This was the first book I read out of Susanka's and I fell in love with it. I've had it out of the library for a month and I keep going back to read it. I love the way she changes how we look at houses not more space, but more intricacy and value. Definitely recommend to anyone who likes to look at houses, wants to find a better, more functional and organized way to live, or who just appreciate well-planned-out houses.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2005

    Love the Not So Big House

    Ok, so maybe a star rating does not make any sense as I have not read this book. But, I had to come up with one to post this 'review'. I have been a fan of Sarah Susanka since my husband brought home the Not So Big House book several years ago. I found Susanka to be thoughtful and insightful. Her philosophy about creating useful space is very compelling to me. We recently bought a 'new' house for us which is 80+ years. I was thrilled to stumble upon this book as we have many projects ahead of us and definitely could use a guide.

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