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Not So Big Home Plans for Sale

Plans Designed by Sarah Susanka

Sarah Susanka has made available for sale online all of the plans for her showhouses, in addition to several of the houses that she designed that are featured in The Not So Big House. All of the plans below are designed by Sarah Susanka.

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The Not So Big Bungalow
Like its 20th Century precursor, The Not So Big Bungalow is built better rather than bigger. Designed for today's informal lifestyles, it's filled with personality and the small details that can turn a house into Home. The Not So Big Bungalow is designed to be built with energy efficient SIPs panels.
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The Original Not So Big House
Sarah Susanka designed and built her own home as a Not So Big House prototype. The plans for this famous house contain most of the concepts described in the Not So Big books. It can be built either as a two story home without basement, or as shown in both books, with a lower level.
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Libertyville Not So Big Showhouse
This home was built originally in Libertyville, IL, as a showhouse to exemplify Sarah's Not So Big design principles. An ideal choice for a long, narrow lot (the lot in Libertyville was just 29' wide), this house is designed to be highly energy efficient, to encourage a sense of community, and to allow its owners to age in place.
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A Good Neighbor
This 3 bed 2.5 bath home utilizes a combination of open spaces, varied ceiling heights and well-placed windows and lighting to simultaneously give the home both a spacious and cozy feeling. "A Good Neighbor" was showcased in an episode of the television show This Old House, and is featured in Sarah's fourth book, Home By Design.
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Not So Big Showhouse 2005
The design for The Not So Big Showhouse 2005 is a reverse plan of "A Good Neighbor," above. It was featured on the HGTV International Builders Show television special.
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Home By Design Original
This elegant architecturally-designed home by Sarah Susanka embodies the principles of Not So Big. It is a model for key principles related to the use of Space, Light and Order as outlined in Sarah's fourth book, Home By Design, and is also featured in Outside the Not So Big House.
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Home By Design Showhouse 2004
The design of the Home By Design Showhouse 2004 is based on the Home By Design Original plan, above. The showhouse was first built on the parking lot of the Stardust Hotel for the 2004 International Builders Show in Las Vegas. Home By Design Showhouse website.
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Prairie Ingenuity/The Economical House
Seen in The Not So Big House on page 47 and 138-146, the Prairie Ingenuity home illustrates how a few simple design decisions can lower cost without sacrificing space and details.
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Breezeway
This prairie style home features voluminous light filled spaces and rich exposed beam woodwork that draw you in, while letting you glimpse into one area from another at all times. A private four-season porch/sunroom with sliding doors can be opened to create a breezeway.
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Prairie House
Featured on pages 164 and 172 of The Not So Big House, the design for the Prairie House was inspired by traditional Japanese Architecture, the same source that informed the work of Frank Lloyd Wright and the Arts & Crafts Movement of the early 20th Century.
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Big Island Prairie House
This house, which was first featured in the annual Houses issue of Fine Homebuilding in 1994, and which also appears on pages 134 and 160 of The Not So Big House, is a slightly larger and more highly detailed version of the Prairie House, above. The ultimate expression of Sarah's use of continuous trim bands, this house is one of the best examples of her meticulous attention to detail.
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