Sarah Susanka of the “Not So Big House” series held a session as part of the AIA Convention last week. Her ongoing books have thus far been a great resource for distilling our ideas of a house into what truly makes a home. She has made a visually compelling case over and over again that “comfort has almost nothing to do with how big a space is.” Rather than relying on the size of a space, we should turn instead to the design of a space to fit the way we live.

Sarah was speaking on her latest book, entitled “The Not So Big Life: Making Room for what Really Matters.”

This latest edition goes further than our architectural environment and examines what is really necessary for us to distill our hectic daily lives into a simpler way of living. As clutter and over-consumption is often a problem in our homes, so it is in our lives as well.

If you are thinking of buying, building, designing a home – or redesigning your lifestyle, we truly encourage you to check out the Not So Big Series. What we appreciate above the great design tips that Sarah brings to the table is the inherent idea that smaller is more sustainable.

The “Not So Big House” website is a great resource if you would like more information on any of the books in the series. Additionally, you can find recommended readings, web links, and other sources of information on sustainable living, hiring an architect, Sarah’s Showhouses, and much more. As she mentioned during her session, “half the book is on the website,” so check it out!

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