5 thoughts on “Not So Big House

  1. This book should really be titled “The EXPENSIVE Not So Big House”.

    This is not an idea book for those contemplating an inexpensive small starter home. Rather, the author advocates downsizing the square-footage of a house in order to spend more money on the details that make a home feel comfortable.

    Another peeve: In recommending the perfect “not so big house”, the author makes sweeping assumptions about the lifestyles of others (i.e. people rarely use a dining room, people usually enter their hom

  2. This is a terrible book. The houses in this book are more than twice the size of my house! I already mentioned like 150 times that we bought a house and it’s fairly small and we’re trying to adjust our lifestyles to use our space better. And actually, our house is 1100 square feet, which is not *really* small. Basically, this book is for people who are rich beyond my lived experience and have some novel desire for a smaller house, and a desire to spend as much on it as middle America spends on t

  3. When I read a book on not-so-big houses, this is not what I’m expecting:

    The wealth of the homeowners here is beyond anything I will ever experience in my life. I don’t know who the “we” are in the phrase “a blueprint for the way we really live,” but it’s not me, baby.

    I love that the problem with using “non-renewable . . .giant hardwoods from old-growth forests” for elaborate trim is that it’s expensive. *nods*. Yeah. That.

  4. Occasionally described as the JK Rowling of architecture, Sarah Susanka’s books all follow a similar theme– smaller, exceptionally designed homes with personal details are much more pleasant to live in than impersional McMansions.

    In the next six or seven months, we’ll be going through the process of buying a new home. When we bought our last two houses, our MO was simple– buy the biggest house we could afford (and it probably still wouldn’t be big enough). This time, it’s a different situation

  5. I really enjoyed the basic premise of this book: that we should focus more on the quality of our homes than on the quantity (i.e. square footage), and that we ought to build (or remodel) homes that reflect our actual lifestyles. I also particularly enjoyed her assertion that we should think about the ways that we use space–where do we spend most of our time? What activities do we do in those spaces?–and compose our homes inline with that thinking. In other words, we may find it worthwhile to s

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