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The Not So Big House by Sarah Susanka
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Oct 22, 11

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction
Read in October, 2011 , read count: 2-3

I browsed rather than read this updated edition. It has lots of photos & floor plans. There is a new new chapter of houses inspired by original edition. Her taste is not quite mine, but I find the basic idea inspiring. Concepts: build only space you will use; multi-use spaces; spend money on details not on sheer square-footage; public vs private spaces & cozy nooks; tricks to define spaces (lowering part of the ceiling, color differences) and make a space make feel bigger (long site lines, lots of natural light). It is not entirely clear how to deal with the kind of clutter we seem to accumulate (magazines or newspapers not yet read).

A house building is probably in my future but my husband wants a big house (he never cleans) modeled on a historic one so it may be a challenge to work some of these ideas in.
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