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Home by Design: Transforming Your House into Home (Susanka)

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Sarah Susanka's first three books have launched a revolution in residential architecture with the message that it's not the size of the house that matters, but the quality of its design and details. Her books strike a chord in homeowners, who are finding that bigger doesn't necessarily mean better. Now, in "Home by Design, Susanka presents 30 design concepts that can trans
Hardcover, 250 pages
Published March 11th 2004 by Taunton Press
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Jul 08, 2012 Erika RS rated it really liked it
Unlike Susanka's "Not So Big" books, this book looks at the fundamental principles of good home design without taking a particular angle such as "Not So Big". This is both a strength and a weakness.

It is a strength because you get the principles in distilled form. This makes it a lot easier to go back to the book when you want to remember what Susanka said about something like "light". In the "Not So Big" books, these principles tended to be more scattered. However, it's also a weakness because
Feb 05, 2012 Pam rated it really liked it
I absolutely love Sarah Susanka for her focus on creating a house that will meet our needs not necessarily a huge house. I highly recommend her books to anyone looking to better utilize their existing home or looking to buy or build a new home. One negative of Susanka's books is that she shows a strong preference to Craftsman style woodwork in every book and that architectural style becomes a bit repetitive, however all of her books are full of great ideas.

This book focuses on the design concep
Sep 02, 2012 Celia rated it it was amazing
I got interested in Christopher Alexander's Pattern Language as working in the spatial science I was always interested and how the arrangement of spaces and especially public spaces effects your feeling for certain places and also how spatial arrangement can influences how you behave and inter personal relationships between people such as the importance of public spaces in building community. Though I never really got his houses part. Sarah Susanka is heavily influenced by Christopher Alexander' ...more
Apr 05, 2010 Candy rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: interior design enthusiasts and artsy types
Recommended to Candy by: read others of hers
Shelves: house-and-yard
I was tickled to learn that I have a "4th dimension" in my house. I didn't have a name for it, but now I do!
I have read other books by Sarah Susanka, and loved them. What I especially liked about this one is the organization of features that make a house a home, and the photo examples of each principle.
You could just read about the pictures and get the idea, but the text fleshes out what the pictures illustrate.
Jan Deelstra
Oct 07, 2013 Jan Deelstra rated it really liked it
Susanka's got a deserving "Coffee Table" edition with this one! Not just a collection of pretty photographs, this is actually a volume that boasts a lot of decorating instruction in easy to follow format. It's a nice addition to the toolbox of decorators and simply those who enjoy the decorator's touch.
Jan 02, 2009 Jennifer rated it really liked it
I love all Susanka's design books. This book was more narrative than most of her books and kind of a review of previously discussed principles. It's a good compact summary of her philosophy. I wish there were more examples of her ideas. She seems to recycle the same pictures from the same houses in each book.
Apr 09, 2010 Kathy rated it liked it
Have enjoyed reading this and learning about design, but wish she could apply these principles to many styles. Most of the pictures seem to be a variation on one or two themes. There must be similar principles of good design in other styles of architecture.
Feb 11, 2012 g-na rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-faves
A great book outlining design elements found in architecture, and exactly how design works and why those elements are good. After reading this I was able to go into houses and realize why a house was designed well (or poorly). Highly recommended.
carl  theaker
May 11, 2010 carl theaker rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: artsy

Ideas about what to do where in the house. Great pics, makes you think,
and then think, mmm maybe I need another house?

Feb 18, 2008 Teeni rated it liked it
Mweh. think it might be a good book if it weren't so technical? I might have just Susanka'd myself right out by the time I read this book, too.
Lisa Murray
May 26, 2012 Lisa Murray rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Some of the concepts in here were important to think about. The images that showed what she meant were fantastic!
Jul 26, 2011 Holly rated it really liked it
This book is essentially a summary of all the points in more detail in other books. If you're looking for one Susanka book to rule them all, this is it.
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Shelves: read-in-2009
Excellent. If I could pick a person to design a home for me, Sarah Susanka would be it!
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Sarah Susanka is a bestselling author, architect, and cultural visionary. Her "build better, not bigger" approach to residential architecture has been embraced across the country, and her "Not So Big" philosophy has sparked an international dialogue, evolving beyond our houses and into how we inhabit our lives. In addition to sharing her insights with Oprah Winfrey and Charlie Rose, Susanka has be ...more
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