Sarah Susanka’s best selling ‘Not so Big House’ book series

The Not So Big House books by Sarah Susanka bring to light a new way of thinking about what makes a place feel like home—characteristics that many people desire of their homes and their lives, but haven’t known how to verbalize.

How big is Not So Big? Not So Big doesn’t mean small. It means not as big as you thought you needed. But as a rule of thumb, a Not So Big House is approximately a third smaller than your original goal but about the same price as your original budget. The magic is that although the house is smaller in square footage, it actually feels much bigger.

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More from Sarah Susanka in a 2016 interview with   Some great reminders about paying attention to how spaces make us feel and working with architects to create what feels best for us. Check it out at:

‘The Accessible Home’ By Deborah Pierce

The Accessible Home goes beyond ramps and grab-bars to help aging boomers, or those faced with disabilities, accomplish home accessibility on a deeper level. Architect Deborah Pierce leads readers through the steps of universal design—from hiring the right architect to creating a pleasing space with the final details. Plus, an insider’s look at 25 case studies shows that the best design is built in, not tacked on, and that “accessible” can be both beautiful and functional. The Accessible Home empowers people of all ages and challenges them to create homes that restore independence and the grace of daily living.

Building Science Corporation Information Publications

Information for understanding the interaction of air, water vapor and liquid water with  building systems, from basic concepts to highly technical topics.

Building Science Information provides objective, high-quality information about commercial and residential buildings. This resource combines building physics, systems design concepts, and an awareness of sustainability to promote the design and construction of buildings that are more durable, healthier, more sustainable and more economical than most buildings built today.

A good place to start are the Information Sheets , short descriptions of basic building science topics.

American Institute of Architects Residential Case Study

Watch an experienced AIA Architect and her client talk about the design and construction process of the client’s new house here.  Also find links to other useful information from the AIA about finding and working with your architect.

Universal Design, Design-for-All, or Lifespan design

Universal Design is a framework for the design of places, things, information, communication and policy to be usable by the widest range of people operating in the widest range of situations without special or separate design. Most simply, Universal Design is human-centered design of everything with everyone in mind.

Some of my architectural and building industry colleagues

Royer Architects
Marshall McLean Architect

Theodore & Company

Other partners in the artistic and business communities

Susan Demchak