Not So Big Remodeling: A Better House for the Way You Really Live

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More big ideas from Sarah Susanka including hundreds of 'Not So Big ideas' that can beautifully and affordably transform any home. Sometimes small changes can have a big impact. But many homeowners looking for more living space still insist on building expensive additions or completely rebuilding their home. In the latest groundbreaking step in the Not So Big revolution, Sarah Susanka and Marc Vassallo demonstrate how carefully chosen tweaks and simple additions can make a home seem much larger and more inviting....

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More big ideas from Sarah Susanka including hundreds of 'Not So Big ideas' that can beautifully and affordably transform any home. Sometimes small changes can have a big impact. But many homeowners looking for more living space still insist on building expensive additions or completely rebuilding their home. In the latest groundbreaking step in the Not So Big revolution, Sarah Susanka and Marc Vassallo demonstrate how carefully chosen tweaks and simple additions can make a home seem much larger and more inviting. They avoid high-end architectural solutions, focusing instead on how Not So Big ideas can dramatically improve even the most modest home. The authors show readers how to think like an architect, so they can accurately assess their homes shortcomings, apply Not So Big principles to their remodeling plan, and phase in their project incrementally over time.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781561588275
  • Publisher: Taunton Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/1/2009
  • Series: Sarah Susanka Series
  • Pages: 330
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.40 (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 January 5, 2010

    Make it "better", not "bigger"

    This book is especially pertinent in today's economic climate. Ms. Susanka continues her series of "not so big" houses. In this book, she advocates smaller remodels, rather than adding rooms/extensions or completely gutting a room. Simple ideas can make visually dramatic changes. Many of these ideas could also be incorporated in new construction. Sometimes books and magazine articles picture entire houses - this can be overwhelming. Focusing on smaller areas of the home will make challenges less intimidating.

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  • Posted July 25, 2009

    Another awesome title by Susanka!

    My husband is a contractor and we have purchased several of her books. She offers thousands of practical ideas that we have used to turn our home and homes he has worked on into beautiful, practical places without an expensive add-on. This is perfect for anyone who owns a modest home.

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  • Posted March 24, 2009

    I Can Do This

    I ordered my copy of Not So Big Remodeling long before the release date. As soon as it arrived I flipped through every page. Then I began a thorough reading. Each floor plan prompted a good hour of study and comparison. As I revisit a particular passage for further understanding, there are more tidbits to be gleaned. Sarah Susanka and Mark Vassallo have done an amazing job of pulling together the aesthetic, the practical, and the economical aspects of transforming an existing house into one Not So Big.

    Sarah has invited us into her own personal spaces. By imagining her processes of living, working, creating, being in the settings pictured and described in the new book, she inspires images of our own Not So Big lives. I think of Sarah Susanka's collection of books as one story printed in several volumes. Maybe the collective title would be Solutions for Creating a Not So Big Life by Design Inside and Outside a Not So Big House.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2009

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    Terrific!

    As a designer, I like to read books on home and garden design and remodeling. Not So Big Remodeling, by Sarah Susanka and Marc Vessallo was wonderful.

    This book is weighty, and beautifully laid out. It has tons of photographs, diagrams, and floor plans. And, it is simply loaded with information.

    In the introduction, Susanka writes: "It is my fervent hope that you'll discover that the house of your dreams is actually hiding right where you live today." That's what this book is all about--customizing your home so that it fits your needs exactly. You may still need the help of experts, but this book teaches you to ask the right questions, to figure out your needs and then address them.

    The book begins with the remodeling jobs Susanka did in her home.

    The book covers remodeling jobs for every room in the house. I like the "Questions to ask yourself," found throughout the book, and the many useful bulleted lists.

    The chapter on green remodeling was a great addition. Here again, Susanka shares what eco-friendly upgrades she has done in her home.

    I highly recommend this book before you do any remodeling. Even if you have a large home, you will find many useful suggestions in the book.

    If you are interested in this topic, you may also like a book on improving and greening the interior design of your home--HARMONIOUS ENVIRONMENT: BEAUTIFY, DETOXIFY & ENERGIZE YOUR LIFE, YOUR HOME & YOUR PLANET is great for that. For the outside, I recommend both Susanka's OUTSIDE THE NOT SO BIG HOUSE and COMPLETE HOME LANDSCAPING gives practical advice for the property.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2009

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    Excellent!

    This book provides a unique and comprehensive understanding of how to approach remodeling or renovation of your home in an informed, incremental process. It shows you how to plan and budget practically for the best project that will bring you the maximum quality results. Another excellent, and beautiful, educational tool from Sarah Susanka - a new favorite for my library!

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