This romantic, nature-inspired, Craftsman-Modern getaway home evokes images of relaxing country vacations and joyful family reunions. Architect Tina Govan and Not So Big House author/architect Sarah Susanka collaborated on the design. The house can be built with main and upper levels only — the upper level converted to house extra bedrooms. The original commission was for a lakeside site. Primary goals were to capture water views, embody the sense of peace and serenity that derives from a rural setting, and make the home work as well for just a few people as for a large extended family. In essence, says, Sarah: "It needed to function as two houses in one." Sarah explains: "A series of connected buildings, with wide eaves, generous porch and breezeway, and many outdoor spaces, offers the opportunity to move effortlessly from inside to out. A series of movable screens allows the house to be completely opened to the outdoors when the weather is appropriate, as well as to open the center breezeway to the terrace and view beyond." The breezeway and roof deck are key features. With folding glass doors on either side, the breezeway walls disappear, seamlessly connecting both sides of the site and framing vistas through the house. From the front patio, you can walk straight out to the roof deck with expansive views on all sides. This outdoor living room-with-fireplace is embedded in the body of the house and is accessible from the major rooms.
Note the beautiful interior woodwork. The floor plan has interesting combined spaces deftly handled: Rec. Room/ TV Area / Office, Kitchen / Living / Dining. The roof deck brckons. The Master bedroom has wonderful windows and accesses the main deck rather than a “vestigial” master deck that does not get used.
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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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