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Not So Big Solutions for Your Home (eBook)

Not So Big Solutions for Your Home (eBook)
by Sarah Susanka
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Sarah Susanka has done it again. Following in the footsteps of her first two influential works, Not So Big Solutions for Your Home provides over 30 design solutions originally featured in Tauntons Fine Homebuilding magazine. Ranging from selecting the site for a new home to figuring out where to put the afternoon mail, Susankas new book helps you find practical, hands-on solutions to transform your living space -- regardless of your skill level or budget.

The book includes details on:
  • Site selection: avoiding the pitfalls
  • Designing a gracious entry
  • The kitchen/family room relationship
  • A porch for all seasons
  • Designing a pantry
  • Using tile to personalize a kitchen or bathroom
  • How to use skylights for maximum effect
  • Making the most of your remodeling budget
  • The art of adding on
Over 30 color photographs, along with over 150 drawings from Sarah Susankas own sketchbook, illustrate practical home-design ideas for everyday living. Youll be able to transform any house into a great house that looks, works, and feels right for you.

'Susanka has tapped into those principles which Frank Lloyd Wright used in his Usonian Houses and has presented them in a very clear and beautifully illustrated format. These principles are timeless and go all through the history of humankind.'

--- Eric Lloyd Wright

'Detail, care, the attention only thought, love, and passion can bring. These are the hallmarks of a house that has the promise of becoming a cherished home. Susanka knows well that dough, moolah, isnt all plentiful and that big aint even remotely better...'

-- Stephen Gordon, CEO, Restoration Hardware

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Sarah Susanka has done it again. Following in the footsteps of her first two influential works, Not So Big Solutions for Your Home provides over 30 design solutions originally featured in Tauntons Fine Homebuilding magazine. Ranging from selecting the site for a new home to figuring out where to put the afternoon mail, Susankas new book helps you find practical, hands-on solutions to transform your living space -- regardless of your skill level or budget.

The book includes details on:
  • Site selection: avoiding the pitfalls
  • Designing a gracious entry
  • The kitchen/family room relationship
  • A porch for all seasons
  • Designing a pantry
  • Using tile to personalize a kitchen or bathroom
  • How to use skylights for maximum effect
  • Making the most of your remodeling budget
  • The art of adding on
Over 30 color photographs, along with over 150 drawings from Sarah Susankas own sketchbook, illustrate practical home-design ideas for everyday living. Youll be able to transform any house into a great house that looks, works, and feels right for you.

'Susanka has tapped into those principles which Frank Lloyd Wright used in his Usonian Houses and has presented them in a very clear and beautifully illustrated format. These principles are timeless and go all through the history of humankind.'

--- Eric Lloyd Wright

'Detail, care, the attention only thought, love, and passion can bring. These are the hallmarks of a house that has the promise of becoming a cherished home. Susanka knows well that dough, moolah, isnt all plentiful and that big aint even remotely better...'

-- Stephen Gordon, CEO, Restoration Hardware

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Table Of Contents Foreword

Introduction


The House on Its Site
Site Selection: Avoiding the Pitfalls
Selecting a Site for a New Home
Composing the Exterior of the House
How Roofs -- and Now Roof Trusses -- Influence the Look of a House
The Garage/House Connection

Rethinking Living Spaces
Designing a Gracious Entry
Mudroom Design
The Kitchen/Family Room Relationship
Designing a Family Room That Works
Designing with Furnishings in Mind
Putting the TV in Its Place(s)

New Places for Not So New Things
A Porch for All Seasons
Designing a Mail-Sorting Place
Home Office Design: Where to Put One
Making a Place of Your Own
Designing a Pantry
Planning Makes Recycling Easy

Attention to Detail
Understanding the Effects of Ceiling Height
Using Tile to Personalize a Kitchen or Bathroom
Designing a Window Seat

Lighting That Works
Window Placement
How to Use Skylights for Maximum Effect
What to Expect from Light Fixtures
Locating Switches and Outlets

Remodeling and Adding On
Simple Floor-Plan Changes Can Revitalize an Older Home
Making the Most of Your Remodeling Budget
Getting the Most from a Ranch without Adding On
Expanding a Ranch: Adding Up or Adding Out?
The Art of Adding On
When Adding On, Let the Roof Be Your Guide

Afterword
Intro Our homes have a lot more to them than meets the eye. Because we all live in them, we assume that we understand them, that we know how to design one, and that we know how to make it just right for ourselves and our loved ones. But our homes are, in fact, pretty complicated places, and it generally requires significant expertise to transform an idea into a workable reality, be it a small touch up or a full-fledged overhaul.

The following pages will help you understand your dwelling place in a completely new way. This book is a training manual for those who want to learn how to tailor their homes to fit their lifestyles. The insights and explanations come from many years of experience as a residential architect, working with normal, everyday folks, with normal everyday house problems...a bathroom where the door hits the toilet when opened all the way; an isolated, cramped kitchen; a house with no peaceful, quiet places to escape the noise and distraction of TVs, stereos, and computer games. These are real problems encountered daily by households across the globe, but they can all be easily solved if we simply rethink the way we approach space and function in our homes.

Each of these essays originally appeared in Fine Homebuilding magazine, where, for nearly five years, my column 'Drawing Board' has appeared. In each essay, I've offered readers the opportunity to share in the know-how that comes from working on these everyday house headaches for a couple of decades. Your home's shortcomings almost certainly have characteristics and cures that are similar to someone else's. By sharing the solutions and the thought processes behind them, my hope is that we will gradually improve our housing stock, both existing and new.

It's exciting that these columns are now all collected into one volume, where they're more accessible to a larger audience. Since they appeared in a magazine initially, I wrote them one at a time, each a couple of months apart. It wasn't until I reread them in preparation for this book that I realized just how much useful and easy-to-implement advice they contain. Whatever your budget, there are ideas here that will help you make your home support rather than obstruct your daily routine.

I actually began the 'Drawing Board' column just after I had completed my first book, The Not So Big House: A Blueprint for the Way We Really Live. Little did I know at the time that the book would strike such a chord with readers. Since its publication, a veritable movement has taken hold, comprising people who are tired of big, amorphous houses with little or no soul. The book explains in simple language what my architectural clients have been requesting for years--a house that's not so big but ultimately better. Better because it's a carefully crafted form of the inhabitants' personal expression and better because it's designed for today's lifestyle rather than that of a century ago. Its sequel, Creating the Not So Big House: Insights and Ideas for the New American Home, demonstrates how these concepts have been translated into actual homes.

As I traveled the country explaining the concepts behind building Not So Big, I realized there was a vast audience for this rather simple message--that we can do more with less space and actually have houses that feel bigger and work far better in the process. The Fine Homebuilding articles have given me an opportunity to elaborate on the topics in the books and help make them applicable for anyone trying to fine-tune their home to their way of life.

It's important to point out that none of the ideas that encompass this Not So Big approach to design is particularly new or revolutionary. Architects have been working with them since Frank Lloyd Wright introduced the concept of the Usonian House -- a house for every man -- in the mid-1930s. But what hasn't been available until now is a language with which homeowners, builders, realtors, interior designers, and architects can talk to each other about what makes a home work today and about what makes it sing. This collection of essays offers simple concepts that will help further this goal.

I firmly believe that if we can simply explain to each other what we really want in and from our dwellings, we'll find answers that are less resource consumptive and far more satisfying to the soul. Our homes willingly reveal the secret to their metamorphis, but we have to learn how to pay attention and listen. Read on, and find out how to listen to your own dwelling place and how to transform it, regardless of its size, shape, or character, into the home of your dreams.
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Author Sarah Susanka
ISBN 978-1-60085-656-3
Publication Year 2002
Pages 160
Photo color photos
Drawings and drawings
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Other Formats 70683
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