the Not So Big House: how big is not so big?…a confessional

Once upon a time, when I had four children living with me (which wasn’t long ago, since one of them is playing at my feet and the others are at youth group…), I imagined myself stealing away from the world in a desolate North American, off-grid location with all four homeschooled kiddos and hospital-working husband living in…

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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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