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Home Library: Inside the Not So Big House

My fiancé and I share a house that's under 1,000 square feet. It's a great size for us, and even if we do sell this home and move into a larger one, I can't imagine going much bigger. Having a small home helps with everything from organizing to cleaning to culling unnecessary belongings. It shouldn't come as much of a surprise, then, that I'm a big fan of architect Sarah Susanka's Not So Big House series of books.

While Susanka's other books go over more of the architectural and structural issues related to living in smaller homes, her book Inside the Not So Big House takes a look at the interiors of these homes. For this book, she writes in tandem with Mark Vassallo, an architectural and interior design writer. The book details ways that residents of small homes can maximize style and design in their small pads. The shots of furniture, built-ins, and thoughtful storage space shows how homeowners from 23 homes across the United States have worked within their limited square feet to create truly unique and lovely homes. If you're looking for remodeling inspiration, or just new ways to deal with small spaces, definitely pick this book up.

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kylahbritton kylahbritton 8 years
My parents actually built the 1999 Life Magazine Dream House, that she worked on. They changed it a little bit but it is amazing, the house just flows so well.
beingtazim beingtazim 8 years
her designs are so cozy and practical, yet really beautiful! i love the changes in ceiling height which is why i love her work and also Frank Lloyd Wright's designs as well.
beingtazim beingtazim 8 years
i LOVE her books! i have them all. :) they are so "green" too because she teaches you how to make the most of small spaces so that bigger isn't always better/doesn't always make more sense.
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