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Bigwood Lecture features 'Not So Big' author and architect
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Author of "Not So Big" book series speaks on Wright's inspiration
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Outside the Not So Big House: Creating the Landscape of Home
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Inside the Not So Big House: Creating the Landscape of Home
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Home By Design: Transforming your House into a Home
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Not So Big Solutions for Your Home
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Creating the Not So Big House
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Not So Big House
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Past Media Coverage


Downsize with style: Author Susanka calls for smaller, smarter homes
Orlando Sentinel - December 6, 2008

five books CREATING A HOME
Minneapolis StarTribune - December 5, 2008

Book review: 'The Not So Big House' 10th anniversary edition
The Oregonian - November 24, 2008

Architect marks 10 'Not So Big' years
Minneapolis StarTribune - October 21, 2008

Learn to Live the Not-So-Big Lifestyle
Mother Earth News - October 14, 2008

Catching up with Sarah Susanka
Accent Home & Garden - September 2008

Sensing Home
New Life Journal - September 2008

A Place of Her Own (Article starts on page 27.)
Flair - May 2008

A different tack for 'Not So Big' author? Not really.
The Dallas Morning News - May 9, 2008

Pardon Our Dust: Six Essentials for a Green Remodel
Los Angeles Times - April 2008

Prairie Perspective
Star Journal - April 6, 2008

Putting big style into small spaces
Chicago Tribune Redeye - March 26, 2008

Without the clutter, our homes could be smaller
Coloradoan.com - February 2008

Bigger Isn't Always Better
Metropolitan Home - February 2008

A planned housing project in Ashland will be a model of earth-friendly design
Mail Tribune - January 11, 2008

Finding Your Own Trend
Vancouver Sun - January 11, 2008


Two cottages, two storage styles: Built-ins a necessity in these Atkins Park homes
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - December 31, 2007

The Last Words
House Beautiful - December 2007

Sarah Susanka: architect and author, the Not So Big House series and The Not So Big Life
NewsReview.com - December 2007

The un-McMansion: Cozy, custom, still costly
The Seattle Times - December 8, 2007

Quality not quantity
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - November 24, 2007

Doing Double or Triple Duty
The New York Times - October 19, 2007

Cozying up a McMansion
The Kansas City Star - October 13, 2007

Singing Praise for Smallness: An Interview with Sarah Susanka
Around the House: KPLU Radio - October 1, 2007

Right-sizing your home and your life
Lincoln Journal Star - September 30, 2007

Size of New Homes Starts Shrinking As Builders Battle Housing Slump
Wall Street Journal Online - September 12, 2007

MAKING ROOM: Small, cozy, warm, inviting is better
Santa Barbara News-Press - September 1, 2007

More dining areas are getting other uses
The Washington Post - July 20, 2007

Living large in a smaller house
Architect Sarah Susanka shows how in series of books
Correction: The Not So Big House was published in 1998 by The Taunton Press. She received several awards following the successful release of her first book and others.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - May 22, 2007

New Sacred Space
Architecture Week - May 9, 2007

Smaller Houses Deemed Greener Houses
nbc4.com - April 23, 2007

Building Toward Less: Home Buyers' Focus Is Shifting From Size to Style
Washington Post - February 24, 2007

The 'Experience' of Great Design
Kitchen and Bath Design News - February 2007

One Room, Two Functions
HGTV - February 2007

Dual-Purpose Design
HGTV - February 2007

Downsizing's downside
USA Today - 1/30/2007

A divine design
Minneapolis Star Tribune - January 5, 2007

A Little Shelter
Town & Country - January 2007


Power On: The 50 most influential people in home building
Builder - December 2006

3 Steps to Clutter-Free Living
Natural Home - 12/06/2006

Evangelist beats drum for all things 'not so big'
Columbus Dispatch - 11/26/06

For many homeowners, less is so much more
MSN-Real Estate - November 2006

In a Smaller Home, More Room for Refinement
New York Times - 11/12/06

"Flaunting it: Mammoth mansions rise in Lincoln Park as Chicago's wealthiest parade their bankrolls"
Chicago Tribune - 10/7/06

"Cozy up to sustainability: Not-so-big homes offer high-quality materials, energy efficiency and simplicity"
Des Moines Register - 9/30/06

Weekend Edition
Living Small
"Defying trend, some homeowners make more of less square footage"
Market Watch - 9/22/06

"Bigger isn't always better"
Toronto Star, August 12, 2006

Size Matters: Living large in a smaller home
Angie's List, August 2006

"The Not So Big Interview"
Upstate House, August 2006

"what I saw at the evolution"
Residential Architect, June 2006

"Property Buzz"
HGTV - 5/28/06

"Harmonic Emergence; Authors Celebrate Dynamic Landscapes Uniting Indoors and Out in a 'Not So Big' Way"
Washington Post - 5/18/06

"Small Home Concepts May Translate to Great Outdoors"
Chicago Tribune - 4/1/06

"Best on the Shelf: Bestseller lists compiled weekly from 230 independent Canadian booksellers"
Regina, Saskatchewan Leader-Post - 3/18/06

"Connecting to the garden: How the outdoors can improve one's living experience"
Vancouver Sun - 3/3/06

"Link design inside and outside home"
Toronto Star - 3/2/06

"Thinking outside the house"
Raleigh, NC News and Observer - 2/28/06

(ho min gard' n) n. a place where boundaries between a house and the surrounding landscape have been blurred, creating something greater than the sum of its parts ['You have a beautiful homangarden.']"
Chicago Tribune - 2/26/06

Dig into spring with annual garden show at fairgrounds
Tennessean, 2/25/06

"Big Ideas, Smaller Landscapes"
The Capital Times (Madison, WI), 2/25/06


"Only the Ideas Are Big
Author Sarah Susanka emphasizes detail and character over size."
Los Angeles Times - 12/15/2005

"Guru of the 'Not So Big' Movement Gets Down to the Particulars"
Raleigh News & Observer - 12/06/2005

"Small Spaces"
Good Housekeeping - November 2005

Woman's Day Home Remodeling - November 2005

"In the Latest Not So Big Book, We Learn to Build Character"
Seattle Times Sunday Magazine - 10/16/2005

"Buyers Told to Seek Better, Not Bigger"
The Guardian (Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island) - 10/13/2005

"Cozy vs. Colassal: Is McMansion's Day Over?"
Hartford Courant - 10/14/2005

"Builder Notes; Not So Big House series turns inward with interior design tips"
Minneapolis Star Tribune - 10/01/2005

"Review: Inside The Not So Big House"
Boston Globe Magazine - 10/06/2005

"Details Can Make a World of Difference in Your Interior Design"
The Vancouver Sun (British Columbia) - 10/01/2005

"Twelve Ways to Go Green"
Inspired House Magazine - September/October 2005

"Orlando Home of the Year"
Orlando Leisure Magazine - August 2005

Manageable Mansion
St. Petersburg Times (Florida) - 8/06/2005

Home of the Month; Rural Retreat
Minneapolis Star Tribune - 8/06/2005

Americans dream of ever-grander homes
Christian Science Monitor - 8/03/2005

Design tricks to make small spaces look larger
San Jose Mercury News - 07/28/2005

Architect's big idea is for homes that aren't.
Orlando Sentinel - 7/17/2005

New Urbanism trend
The Patriot Ledger (Quincy, MA) - 7/02/2005

"When a Smaller Home is Smarter"
MONEY Magazine - June 2005

Builders and buyers are trending toward smaller homes
The San Diego Union-Tribune - 6/19/2005

Figure out ways to make adjustments when downsizing
Chicago Tribune - 5/28/2005

Design Dispatch; Homes that age gracefully.
Los Angeles Times - 5/26/2005

Door to the past.
Ottawa Citizen - 5/14/2005

Downsizing Your Living Space Can Have an Upside, if It's Done Properly
The Washington Post - 5/07/2005

"Building Character"
REALTOR Magazine - 05/01/2005

Steeped in green: developing the PCBC's Pacific Heights Showhouse.
Environmental Design & Construction - 5/01/2005

DECORATING; How to tame the supersized.
Los Angeles Times - 4/28/2005

The Interior Landscape: Space; A look at the shifting footprint of today's home.
Los Angeles Times - 04/28/2005

Ask The Post
Washingtonpost.com - 4/20/2005

Make an entrance; Scarlett O'Hara stairs aren't the wow factor anymore.
Hamilton Spectator (Ontario, Canada) - 4/19/2005

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - 4/17/2005

"Small Can Be Spacious"
International Herald Tribune - April 15, 2005

Smaller homes can be better if built well
The Guardian (Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island) - 4/07/2005

House that's not so big may not be all that cheap
Chicago Tribune - 4/02/2005

Forget the McMansion; Small Is The New Big
The Boston Globe - 3/31/2005

Space guru urges building quality over quantity
National Post (f/k/a The Financial Post) (Canada) - 3/31/2005

Sarah Susanka's latest book considers the small stuff that makes big impact
National Post (f/k/a The Financial Post) (Canada) - 3/31/2005

Not so big: Smaller can be better if built well, says architect
The Standard (St. Catharines, Ontario) - 3/26/2005

Creating a Smoother Transition
The Washington Post - 3/19/2005

It's All in the Entrance; The New Foyers Dispense With Grandeur and Stress Sightlines, Warmth, Function
The Washington Post - 3/19/2005
Architecture Magazine - March 15, 2005

Living Large As Oregon Home Balloon To An Average 2,200 Square Feet.
The Oregonian - 3/14/2005

Small fills the bill; Buyers reject supersized homes for the sake of simplicity and find that they have few regrets.
Chicago Tribune - 3/13/2005

Susanka's Signatures and Surprises Fill Demo Home in Orlando
The Washington Post - 3/12/2005

Survey of neighborhood home prices bursts bubble talk
Chicago Sun-Times - 3/06/2005

The Wright Design; Visiting architect tours the Darwin Martin house and share what she has learned about planning personalized modern homes.
Buffalo News (New York) - 3/05/2005

Starter mansions on small lots may be on way out.
Charleston Gazette (West Virginia) - 2/27/2005

Homes built for living, not for show: Architectural guru slowly turning developers into innovators and away from builders of McMansions and bland housing.
Edmonton Journal (Alberta) - 2/26/2005

CUT THE CLUTTER; Contrary to popular belief, more is not better, says organizing guru
Buffalo News (New York) - 2/25/2005

Oh, Susanka! Don't you cry for McMansions
Times Colonist (Victoria, British Columbia) - 2/19/2005

It's not the size of the house, it's the quality of living: DESIGN I
The Vancouver Sun (British Columbia) - 2/19/2005

Better, Not Bigger
The Virginian-Pilot - 2/19/2005

Not-So-Big is Beautiful
The Standard (St. Catharines, Ontario) - 2/17/2005

Demo homes give builders a look at what's on the horizon
Copley News Service - 02/14/2005

Oh, Susanka! Unassuming general takes aim at bland housing and McMansions
Ottawa Citizen - February 12, 2005

Reinventing the house
Ottawa Citizen - 2/05/2005

Orlando Sentinel - 1/30/2005

Showstoppers; Demonstration homes give builders a look at what's new and what's on the horizon
The San Diego Union-Tribune - 1/30/2005

The word on the street; Your guide to the latest new home lingo
Hamilton Spectator (Ontario, Canada) - 01/29/2005

Minneapolis Star Tribune- 1/29/2005

More storage space; Little House
Ventura County Star - 1/27/2005

Don't just decorate - enhance your life
The Courier-Journal - 1/22/2005

In one year, out the other;biggest home trends of 2005
Des Moines Register - 1/22/2005

Your guide to the latest new home lingo
The Toronto Star - 1/22/2005

Japanese wabi-sabi traditional aesthetic gains western admirers
Tulsa World (Oklahoma) - 1/22/2005

East mystique; Design philosophies from the Far East are attracting a growing number of Westerners
Minneapolis Star Tribune - 1/19/2005

Showoffs you can visit; Be prepared to see the latest innovations for the home.
Orlando Sentinel - 01/16/2005

Less is now more for homebuyers
Contra Costa Times (California) - 1/15/2005

Architect is Redefining the American Home
Roanoke Times & World News - 1/14/2005

C2C Exhibit Showcases Futuristic Homes
Roanoke Times & World News - 1/12/2005

Living Large in a Smaller Dwelling
Charlotte Observer - 1/08/2005

Going Green, Starting Over; Down-to-earth dream house
Los Angeles Times - 1/06/2005

The future of homes and housing
Christian Science Monitor - 1/05/2005

Not So Big Showhouse: learning the principles of design and sustainable construction at the International Builders show.
Environmental Design & Construction - 01/01/2005

Designing affordable sustainable housing
Natural Life - 1/01/2005

Surrounded by nature; CamWest Development shows the possibilities available to create a better 'not big' house.
Professional Builder - 1/01/2005


Architect tells how to get exactly what you want without busting your budget
Detroit Free Press - 12/26/2004

Home-design gathering features creative friction
The San Diego Union-Tribune - 12/19/2004

HOME / books: Spark creativity with these reads
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 12/17/2004

Dreaming of a World of Not So Big Houses
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - December 5, 2004

The Not So Stupid Showhouse
Fine Homebuilding Magazine - December 2004

No room to grow? Transform
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - September 24, 2004

Fewer Rooms With A View
Hagerstown Morning Herald - September 12, 2004

Every Room A Living Room
TwinCities Pioneer Press - August 29, 2004

At Home
Home Design: Carve Out an Oasis In Your Home
USA Today - September 2, 2004

Big home ideas abound in environment contest
The Roanoke Times - August 4, 2004

KUOW Radio Interview
Puget Sound Public Radio - July 8, 2004

Great Big Green Monster Mansions
Salon.com - July 7, 2004

Where Size Matters
U.S. News and World Report - June 28, 2004

The queen of space: Hold that conservatory
Financial Times - June 19, 2004

Wall Street Week with Fortune - June 4, 2004
Television interview with Karen Gibbs
More of the interview can be found in the out-takes

Quality Space: Fewer square feet hold super-size potential...
Atlanta Journal Constitution - May 18, 2004

How Not So Big Got So Big
The Washington Post - May 13, 2004

Home Designer Guided by Space, Light, Order
Pittsburgh Post Gazette - May 8, 2004

"Home By Design' Is Guru's Thesis On Architectural Design"
Reality Times - April 27, 2004

"Books are big help in wise space use"
Desert Morning News - April 15, 2004

"Susanka's new book opens the architect's toolbox"
April 14, 2004 - Star Tribune Minneapolis St. Paul

"The 3 Elements of Home Design"
Detroit Free Press - April 4, 2004

"Finally, you; After 300 years of imitating, the spirit of individuality at home is catching on"
Chicago Tribune - April 4, 2004

"Houses Keep Getting Bigger, But That Doesn't Necessarily Mean Better"
"Size Isn't All When It Comes To Homes"
The San Diego Union-Tribune - March 28, 2004

"The Little House That Could; Latest book picks up author's less-is-more philosophy"
The Boston Globe - March 7, 2004

"Interior Design: Making a House a Home"
Seattle Post-Intelligencer - March 6, 2004

"Big Kids, Small House"
San Francisco Chronicle - March 3, 2004

"Evolving Toward Better, Not Bigger"
Philadelphia Inquirer - February 29, 2004

"Author Gives Words To Dreams"
The Associated Press - Feburary 14, 2004

"Not-So-Big Author's New Book Explains How A House Can Make A Heart Sing"
Seattle Times - February 8, 2004

2000 - 2003 "No Place Like Home"
Susan Stamberg interviews Sarah Susanka for National Public Radio's Morning Edition - December 9, 2003

"McMansion Passion is Diminishing"
USA Today - May 16, 2003

"Sarah Susanka Included in Fast Company's Fast 50 Global Trendsetters of 2002"
Fast Company Magazine - February 2003

"If you plan to build a new home or remodel your existing residence, first spend time studying Sarah Susanka's Not So Big Solutions for Your Home. On my scale of 1 to 10, this outstanding new book rates a solid 10."
   ~Robert J. Bruss, The Los Angeles Times - November 10, 2002

"The bottom line is: If you do residential, read Not So Big Solutions for Your Home. Your clients will. Together you might get some great ideas; at very least, it will give you something fun to talk about."
   ~Stephanie Stubbs, Managing Editor, AIArchitect - October 2002

"Big Ideas from the 'Not So Big House' Author"
Portland Business Journal - April 13, 2001

"Small Houses, Big Ideas"
Seattle Times - February 11, 2001

"Home Is Where The Heart Is: Best seller Sarah Susanka bucks the 'big house' trend"
Newsweek Magazine - October 16, 2000

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