HOME BY DESIGN SHOWHOUSE 2004 454-5. This beautiful and uniquely
designed 3 bedroom/2.5 bath home was built to exemplify many of the Not
So BigÂ® principles featured in Sarah Susanka's book, Home By Design.
Luxurious in feel, the home includes abundant windows, terraces and an
expansive Sunroom, located beneath the home's iconic curved roof. The
plan provides for a crawlspace, but the plan can also be converted to a
full lower level, through integration of a basement stair case as seen
in 454-7. The exterior of the home, with its horizontal lines, modest
roof pitch, large overhangs, and centralized rectangular chimney, evokes
a Prairie Style feel, while the floor plan is ideal for today's more
This design provides for an open yet intimate feel in the center of the
home. Special use areas, such as the Away Room, Place of Your Own, and
the Sun Room, are physically separated from the rest of the main level
for privacy. The Master Bedroom boasts built-in corner window seats, a
spacious walk-in dressing area, and access to the covered terrace. The
upper part of the home contains two bedrooms, both with abundant windows
tucked below the home's projecting Prairie Style roofline.
The Sun Room, with its large windows, provides a seamless transition to
the outdoors. Unlike a screen porch, it is included in the square
footage totals of the home since it is part of the conditioned space.
The tile floor and curved ceiling continue outside onto the adjoining
terraces. Depending on your needs, this room is easily modified and
converted to a screen porch, similar to our Home By Design Showhouse
2004-V version of this design.
A special note about the room called A Place of Your Own: Since the
original version of this home was built on a crawlspace foundation,
Sarah very cleverly hid the home's mechanical system below the raised
floor of this room. This allows an otherwise wasted volume of space to
be used as a bonus room for meditation, a child's play room, storage
etc. If for any reason the mechanical systems are moved to another
location, the floor of this room is typically lowered, and the access
from the stairs is moved to the mudroom. Since the garage is easily
detached from the main home, locations for windows were provided.
PHOTOGRAPHS BY GREY CRAWFORD, CHARLES BICKFORD AND KEN GUTMAKER
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“'Not So Big®' puts the emphasis on quality rather than quantity and is designed to fit the way we really live today. It's a message that's being embraced now more than ever, and it's wonderful to see so many people come to the realization that a house doesn't have to be bigger to be better.”
Award-winning architect and best selling author Sarah Susanka is the J K Rowling of home design. She has brought her practical, less-can-be-more brand of magic to the world of architectural home plans. A member of the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects and a Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council, Sarah was born in Kent, England and lives in North Carolina. Hailed as an innovator by Fast Company, Newsweek, and US News and World Report, she received the Anne Morrow Lindbergh Award from the Lindbergh Foundation for outstanding individual achievement, and Builder Magazine honored Sarah as one of their 30 Top Innovators who have changed the face of residential construction.
Sarah Susanka's influential books include The Not So Big House (Taunton, 1999), Home By Design (Taunton, 2004), The Not So Big Life: Making Room for What Really Matters (Random House, 2007), and Not So Big Remodeling (Taunton, 2009). She has lectured widely and appeared on numerous television and radio programs including Oprah, Charlie Rose, and Diane Rehm. She is showing a new generation of homeowners, builders, and developers how to "build better not bigger."
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