Tody I am excited to introduce you to a very interesting and talented woman, architect and author, Sarah Susanka. A few years ago, I ran across Sarah’s book The Not So Big House in the library. The photos of cozy, sun-washed rooms sucked me in, but the information on how to make my own home more user friendly and beautiful is why I read the whole book. That first book was published in 1998 and since then, Sarah has published a whole string of books following the “Not So Big” philosophy. I had the pleasure of speaking to Sarah on the phone the other day and I wanted to share what I learned about this passionate and genuine designer.
To give you a little background, Sarah had been a very successful architect and principal in a firm in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area for 16 years. She loved practicing architecture but as time passed she found herself really looking forward to her speaking engagements more than anything else. This was a time when she could connect with real people and answer their questions about a topic that was near and dear to their hearts: Home Sweet Home!
So she started working on her series of books that show us all that it’s not the size of your home that matters, but rather how you use the space. Many people have their eye on their “dream home” but Sarah points out it’s quite possible they are already living in it! She says that many people live in their homes always thinking in terms of resale, yet they are not going anywhere anytime soon. If you don’t have a need for a formal dining room, then why do you have one? Make it a reading room or yoga room or whatever works for your family! We need to modify our existing homes to fit our lifestyle instead modifying our lifestyle to fit the home.
Just recently, Sarah published the book Not So Big Remodeling. Her timing is impeccable! When she started writing the book, she had no idea that many of us would be looking to improve our homes rather than move over the next few years. This book is a treasure trove for anyone looking to improve their home. It dedicates a chapter to each area of the home starting on the exterior, entry and foyer and moving to kitchens, bedrooms and basements. She also teaches us about the considerations when it comes to “green” remodeling. Whether you are doing a $1,000 renovation on your bathroom or a small addition, this book helps guides you through the process.
Today, Sarah is offering a free copy of “Not So Big Remodeling” to one of our lucky readers. And as a super deluxe bonus, you will also receive a copy of “The Not So Big” life, which I was tempted to keep for myself!
Would you like to win these Two Fantastic Books?
Simply Enter Here…
- Visit Sarah’s Website and have a look around.
- Leave me one comment below telling me what part of your home could use improvement and how this book would help you.
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One entry per person. You have until 11:59PM EST on Wednesday, April 22nd to enter. Two random winners will be chosen and announced soon after.
Win a $200 JCPenney Gift Card!