Now in paperback, "The Not So Big House" proposes clear guidelines for creating homes that serve spiritual needs as well as material requirements. Topics include designing for specific lifestyles, budgeting, building a home from scratch, and using energy-efficient construction. 200 color photos. Floor plans.Now in paperback, "The Not So Big House" proposes clear guidelines for creating homes that serve spiritual needs as well as material requirements. Topics include designing for specific lifestyles, budgeting, building a home from scratch, and using energy-efficient construction. 200 color photos. Floor plans.Read Less
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This book has been used by others looking for ways to reduce size, yet have the needed space in a dwelling. I have been interested in mini housing and believe it has a future for singles or couples starting out. This was what I was looking for in this publication, but this is not what this book was written for. It consists of what a family would need, what they would want to have in their home with a style which would make the area comfortable for them and their purposes. I was dissapointed as it was not what I wanted when I purchased the book, yet it has some very good features concerning building for a family. It has many plusses for a book, such as photos showing various views of the rooms, etc. However, what they call a small house, is many times twice the size my home is. So you can see, what they are calling keeping size down would never apply to me.
Feb 1, 2008
Didn't find the book overly inspiring. Quite ordinary designs.
May 9, 2007
Planning on living in a house some day?
Excellent book! Ended up reading it twice and taking notes. I only intended to read it for "architectural study" but found it was a great "general information" read as well. If you plan to build, remodel, purchase or already own a home, this is definately worth a look (I almost deducted one rating star for it being too short). Like any business, when building, buying or remodeling a home, the contractor wants to sell you as much product as you are willing to pay for. Often this results in purchasing square footage in homes we'll never use, or worse, was designed by someone who doesn't even know us or share our tastes. In simple, everyday language and appropriate illustrations, Susanka outlines ways we can examine what what we need in a home and how a well or poorly planned/designed home environment effects us. I've never eaten anything "formally", so why do I have a formal dining room? A grand, open floor plan may seem attractive, but where can we get away from each other at the times we need a little private time in such a house? Susanka points out that reducing square footage is not the foremost goal, (nor does it always mean saving money), but rather how trading in the cost of that unnecessary space for nicer details or more personalized spaces result in a more pleasing and comfortble home environment. Even if you're not planning a build or remodel, the book is a good read to give a homeowner or homeowner-to-be a some good food for thought.
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