build the house
home design / homesteading

build the house

A decade of effort and creativity condensed into one simple sentence: we built a home. We planned our house design years ago. And when I say ‘we’, I mean mostly my daughter and I, because my husband was less interested in the details of how big a room should be, or whether the kids should share a … Continue reading

sneak peek
home design / homesteading

sneak peek

I’ve been asked a few times: “Any chance you’re going to post those pics of the new house?” I am super thankful for the opportunity to create my own abode and recognize it as an opportunity of a lifetime. I’d rather have you for coffee, and some of the kids’ baking. But until you give … Continue reading

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the Not So Big House: a place of one’s own

“Our houses are getting bigger in part because we have no place to get away to, no place to be by ourselves. Creating a small area for each adult to make his or her own, just big enough for one, can solve the problem. It can be a place for writing, for painting, for meditating, … Continue reading

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the Not So Big House concept: shelter around activity

“Creating shelter around a specific activity is a concept that children instinctively understand when they make a cozy hideaway out of a cardboard box. As adults, we do much the same thing when we gravitate to the corner of a room or an alcove to sit. Walls wrap around us so we’re protected, but we … Continue reading

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the Not So Big House: diagonal views

“To increase the perceived size of a house, you can arrange a space so that you can look along the diagonal, from one corner to the opposite one, which makes the space feel larger than it actually is.”  Susan Susanka    A key design concept of Creating the Not So Big House is to be … Continue reading

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the Not So Big House: variety of ceiling heights

“High ceilings are often considered more desirable than low ones, but high ceilings are often more impressive than comfortable. What’s important is not the overall ceiling height; it’s the proportion of the ceiling height to the other dimensions of the room that makes it comfortable or not. By varying the ceiling height, spaces are enlivened … Continue reading