the not so big house concept: doing double duty

“Our homes have grown larger in part to accommodate all the activities we engage in (along with their related furnishings). Rather than building a room for each function, the Not So Big House proposes that we think about ways spaces can be shared. Allowing areas in a house to “moonlight”–making one space serve more than one…

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the Not So Big House: variety of ceiling heights

I’ve once lived in a home that had a Great Room with a cathedral ceiling, windows twenty feet high. It was a small space. Maybe 12 feet long and 10 feet wide. Somehow they fit a glass, two-sided fireplace comfortably between that room and the kitchen. Without that cathedral ceiling, the room would have been…

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Creating the Not So Big House

    Sarah Susanka, in her book, Creating the Not So Big House, writes that she’ll delve deep into the task of identifying the spatial qualities and concepts that affect us. How do we want to live in our home space? How do we want to feel? When building our first home eleven years ago, I…

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