Not So Big... Big Ideas

Not So Big... Big Ideas

Jonathan B.
Dec 13, 2007

When architect and "cultural visionary" Sarah Susanka speaks, we listen. And when she writes, we read, whether it's The Not So Big Life, the latest in her Not So Big... series, or this excerpt from Creating The Not So Big House that ran in Fine Homebuilding Magazine, where she's a contributing editor.

The article showcases the ability of built-in furniture to both save space and help a space feel more cozy... read on for a few highlights.

  • On saving space with built-ins: "Pushing standard furniture tight against a wall tends to suggest that a room is too small, as if the furniture had to be shoe-horned in. Built-in furniture lets you use a reduced amount of space but gives the opposite effect, making a room look more finished."
  • On choosing materials: "It's a common fear that choosing a lower grade for one material will ruin the whole effect of the house, but this is seldom the case. By spending more of your budget on highly visible features like the cabinetry and doing some creative compromising elsewhere, the quality of the whole house increases."
  • On what makes a small house feel big: "When a house is small, it's important to have at least one area that gives a sense of spaciousness, and in this house the common room serves that function."

Click over to Fine Homebuilding for the full article in PDF, along with lots of beautiful photos.

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