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Not so big solutions for your home
Susanka, Sarah.
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Publication Information:
Newtown, CT : Taunton Press : Distributed by Publishers Group West, [2002]

Physical Description:
155 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
General Note:
Contains articles originally written for "Fine homebuilding" magazine's "Drawing board" column.
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Fine homebuilding.
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NA7115 .S87 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
NA7115 .S87 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
NA7115 .S87 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
NA7115 .S87 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
NA7115 .S87 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
NA7115 .S87 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Sarah Susanka's Not So Big Solutions for Your Home explores practical design ideas that can transform any house into a great house that looks, works and feels right for the owner.

Sarah Susanka, whose previous best-selling books showed homeowners how to appreciate and create a house that is beautiful, visually expansive and reflective of how families really live, now offers readers practical, everyday design ideas on everything from selecting a site for a new home to designing a mail-sorting space. Photographs, along with over 150 drawings from Sarah Susanka's own sketchbook, illustrate practical home design ideas for everyday living.

Not So Big Solutions for Your Home is a compilation of over 30 columns written by Sarah Susanka for Fine Homebuilding magazine.
-- Makes architecture and design accessible to people who are not trained in the field
-- Provides a wide variety of practical, accessible, everyday solutions

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Library Journal Review

Dubbed "America's Favorite Home Architect" by Fine Homebuilding magazine, where her "Drawing Board" column appears, Susanka here presents a small compilation of 31 essays from the column that offer a number of solutions to household design problems both big and small. Throughout, she stresses the importance of practical designs that increase a home's aesthetic appeal and allow homeowners to use their houses in the most efficient way. Susanka offers an eclectic mix: tips on site selection, mud room design, planning to fit specific furniture, creating a family room that works, personalizing with tile, and planning window seats, pantries, TV placement, and floor plan changes. Most of the projects are major undertakings, but several could be done inexpensively. Certainly, most homeowners could find something in this title to increase their enjoyment of their home. Susanka's previous two books have sold over half a million copies, so there's sure to be reader interest in this title. Recommended for most public libraries. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. 3
Introductionp. 4
1 The House on Its Sitep. 6
Site Selection: Avoiding the Pitfallsp. 8
Selecting a Site for a New Homep. 12
Composing the Exterior of the Housep. 16
How Roofs--and Now Roof Trusses--Influence the Look of a Housep. 20
The Garage/House Connectionp. 24
2 Rethinking Living Spacesp. 28
Designing a Gracious Entryp. 30
Mudroom Designp. 34
The Kitchen/Family Room Relationshipp. 39
Designing a Family Room That Worksp. 44
Designing with Furnishings in Mindp. 48
Putting the TV in Its Place(s)p. 53
3 New Places for Not So New Thingsp. 58
A Porch for All Seasonsp. 60
Designing a Mail-Sorting Placep. 65
Home Office Design: Where to Put Onep. 70
Making a Place of Your Ownp. 74
Designing a Pantryp. 78
Planning Makes Recycling Easyp. 82
4 Attention to Detailp. 86
Understanding the Effects of Ceiling Heightp. 88
Using Tile to Personalize a Kitchen or Bathroomp. 93
Designing a Window Seatp. 99
5 Lighting That Worksp. 104
Window Placementp. 106
How to Use Skylights for Maximum Effectp. 111
What to Expect from Light Fixturesp. 115
Locating Switches and Outletsp. 120
6 Remodeling and Adding Onp. 124
Simple Floor-Plan Changes Can Revitalize an Older Homep. 126
Making the Most of Your Remodeling Budgetp. 131
Getting the Most from a Ranch without Adding Onp. 136
Expanding a Ranch: Adding Up or Adding Out?p. 141
The Art of Adding Onp. 145
When Adding On, Let the Roof Be Your Guidep. 150
Afterwordp. 155