Outside the Not So Big House: Creating the Landscape of Home

Overview

Expanding home to include your outdoor spaces.

This book is not about landscaping or gardening. It’s about the transitions and connections between the inside of a house and the outside, and about the journeys and the places that can be made to extend the experience of home to the outside. Just as the inside of a house is a sequence of places for the experiences of daily life, so the outside continues this sequence. And the paths and places along the way, whether inside, ...

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Overview

Expanding home to include your outdoor spaces.

This book is not about landscaping or gardening. It’s about the transitions and connections between the inside of a house and the outside, and about the journeys and the places that can be made to extend the experience of home to the outside. Just as the inside of a house is a sequence of places for the experiences of daily life, so the outside continues this sequence. And the paths and places along the way, whether inside, outside, or in the in-between zone, are together what we call Home. Whatever the size of your property, the ideas contained herein will help to make your house and garden two parts of a singular whole.

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Editorial Reviews

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There are gardening books that tell us what to plant and where. And there are architectural design books that tell us how our homes should look. But never the twain seem to meet. At least not until recently, when the two spaces — home and garden — wed harmoniously in the new book, "Outside the Not So Big House" by Sarah Susanka and Julie Moir Messervy.
— NINA A. KOZIOL, The Chicago Tribune

This beautiful book combines the best qualities of coffee-table attractiveness and excellent advice. It pairs Susanka - author of previous "Not So Big House" books, which emphasize the trend toward smaller homes - and noted landscape and garden designer Julie Moir Messervy. They label their landscaping concept "opening up the relationship of indoors and out," and encourage readers to make the most of each.
—JUDY LOWE, Christian Science Monitor

"Outside the Not So Big House" by Julie Moir Messervy and Sarah Susanka deals with landscaping, planting and hard-scaping everything from entrances to pathways, arbors, patios and streetscapes to make the most of tight spaces. Planting sketches, lush photographs and specific problem-solving advice make it a handy reference, complete with plant names and diagrams. It's a pretty coffee-table topper, too.
—JOY CRAFT, Cincinnati Enquirer

The premise of this book is that home landscaping should be special to bring out the residence's best features (or hide its drawbacks). On my scale of one to 10, this outstanding new book rates a solid 10.
—ROBERT J. BRUSS, Miami Herald

With its plentiful photos and plans, this beautiful book is a useful tool for learning to look at the familiar in new ways.
- JARRETT SMITH Minneapolis Star Tribune

In 'Outside the Not So Big House, ' the authors describe many ways, both large and small, of connecting a house intimately to its land.
—ANNE RAVER, The New York Times
"This perfect collaboration between the talented and articulate Julie Moir Messervy and Sarah Susanka proves what a huge pleasure the landscape of a 'not so big' house can be. A must read..."
—Tom Christopher, columnist, "House & Garden "magazine
"Sarah Susanka and Julie Moir Messervy's clearly written text offers practical advice for designing indoor-outdoor spaces that respond to modern lifestyles. They reveal secrets for achieving the ideal combination of architecture and nature in the home and in the garden."
—James A. van Sweden, Fellow, American Society of Landscape Architects and author of "Architecture in the Garden"

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561587346
  • Publisher: Taunton Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/7/2006
  • Pages: 210
  • Sales rank: 763,341
  • Product dimensions: 10.28 (w) x 10.22 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Julie Moir Messervy is a noted landscape and garden designer, author, lecturer, and principal of Julie Moir Messervy Associates in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Messervy designed the Toronto Music Garden in collaboration with cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and gardens for the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Kansas City Art Institute in Kansas City, Missouri, and the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Garden, Columbus, Ohio. She is a columnist for "Fine Gardening "magazine and author of three previous books.
She received her BA from Wellesley College and attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's School of Architecture, where she received her Master of Architecture and Master in City Planning degrees. She trained with the eminent Japanese garden master Kinsaku Nakane in Kyoto, Japan.
Sarah Susanka has become one of the best known and most highly regarded architects in the United States, and is a leading advocate for the popularization of residential architecture. Her first book, "The Not So Big House," topped best-seller charts across the country

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.

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.

Crawford is a photographer whose work has appeared in every major national and international architecture magazine as well as in several books on architecture and design.

Crawford is a photographer whose work has appeared in every major national and international architecture magazine as well as in several books on architecture and design.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Landscape of Home

Site: Embracing The Habitat of Home
Playing Up the Corners
Borrowing the Landscape
The Attraction of Opposites
A Stream of One's Own
Shelter and Embrace

Flow: Composing Journeys
Variations on a Theme
Japanese Journey
Parallel Paths
The Territory of Home
The World Behind the Walls

Frames: Linking the Inside With the Out
Living Lightly on the Land
Easy Living
A Landscape of Stone
Good Fences
Rooms Inside and Out

Details: Crafting the Elements of Nature
Garden of Earthly Delights
Three Cabins in a Forest
At Home on the Range
Terraces of Grass
A Cottage in the City

Architects & Landscape Designers

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2008

    A good gardening ideas book for both design professionals and ordinary gardeners

    A house and its garden are different parts of the same overall design. Bestselling author Sarah Susanka and acclaimed landscape designer and award-winning writer Julie Moir Messervy understand this concept. They describe it as 'opening up the relationship of indoors and out' and demonstrate it with actual case studies in ¿Outside the Not So Big House: Creating the Landscape of Home.¿ ¿Outside the Not So Big House: Creating the Landscape of Home¿ covers the landscape of home, embracing the habit of home (playing up the corners, borrowing the landscape, the attraction of opposites, a stream of one¿s own, shelter and embrace), composing journeys (variations on a theme, Japanese journey, parallel paths, the territory of home, the world behind the walls), linking the inside with the out (living lightly on the land, easy living, a landscape of stone, good fences, rooms inside and out), and crafting the elements of nature (gardens of earthly delight, three cabins in a forest, at home on the range, terraces of grass, a cottage in the city). This book does show the influence of Julie Moir Messervy¿s training with the well-known Japanese garden master Kinsaku Nakane as a Henry Luce Scholar. ¿Outside the Not So Big House: Creating the Landscape of Home¿ has 216 pages and many dazzling color interior photos and plans. It is a good gardening ideas book for both design professionals and ordinary gardeners.

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