Few architecture books have had the staying power of Sarah Susanka, FAIA's The Not So Big House: A Blueprint for the Way We Really Live. Ten years (and several sequels) later, the book's core message about the value of thoughtful, personalized design continues to resonate with an ever-expanding range of homeowners, giving them the tools to recognize good design and the language to express their design needs. “What I wanted to do was create a much more vivid language that allowed all of us to start talking together about the qualities and not quantities of home,” Susanka says.
That ideal is as relevant today as it was in 1998, so it's fitting that The Taunton Press is releasing a second edition of The Not So Big House. Debuting Sept. 23, the new edition includes a fresh introduction by Susanka, who reflects on the past decade, and an additional chapter that explores three “Not So Big” projects inspired by her books.
Many of Susanka's peers acknowledge that the “Not So Big” movement has had a profound impact on the way average homeowners perceive and understand the home. “Sarah's books and other related books from Taunton are part of a shift in our culture, in our society, to higher-quality, more intelligent, more resource-efficient, and more energy-efficient homes,” says Ross Chapin, AIA, principal of Ross Chapin Architects in Langley, Wash. Undoubtedly, with the release of a 10th anniversary edition, The Not So Big House will continue to influence the American perception of “home.”