"This floor plan benefits from a number of cozy nooks and built-ins that are in tune with the kind of spaces people crave." - Fine Homebuilding Magazine Introducing the Not So Big® Bungalow by award-winning architect and best-selling author Sarah Susanka: it updates the Craftsman bungalow idea for modern living. The neighborly 2 bedroom, 2 bath 1,605 sq. ft plan is packed with thoughtful features that make it feel larger than it is. Built-ins abound, from the wide window seat in the hall (call it a "media passage" since there's room for a flat screen TV on the wall opposite the window seat) to the desk alcove in the living room and the L-shaped banquette in the breakfast area. The ground floor master bedroom also includes a built-in desk. For alfresco dining there’s a porch and deck off the living room at the rear of the house. The upstairs bedroom is a flexible space thanks to the Murphy bed in one wall and a wide work counter running under the dormer windows. This space opens to a flexible TV room/home office. A storage loft over the master bedroom can easily be converted into a third bedroom. The design deftly expresses Sarah's philosophy that you don't have to build bigger to build better. These plans are designed to be built with a super efficient and eco-friendly SIPs (structural insulated panel) kit package, and can also be built with conventional wood framing. The SIPs Kit is available through Extreme Panel -- see link here: http://sipsmart.com/bungalow.html. For more, see Sarah's Yahoo article on the plan, and the recent Yahoo Homes article on Sarah and this plan -- links below. The house is full of wonderful nooks and crannies. All of the spaces are compact, but still big enough and well enough laid out to work properly. Energy-efficient by virtue of it’s size as well as the SIPs construction, this house does not compromise to achieve its cost and energy savings.
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Full Specs & Features
Main Floor : 960 sq/ft
Porch : 240 sq/ft
*Total Square Footage only includes conditioned space and does not include garages, porches, bonus rooms, or decks.
Main Ceiling : 8'
Upper Ceiling Ft : 8'
Main Floor Master Bedroom
Additional Room Features
Den Office Study Computer
Covered Front Porch
Covered Rear Porch
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Exterior Elevations: A blueprint picture of all four sides showing exterior materials and measurements.
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Cross Section: A vertical cutaway view of the house from roof to foundation showing details of framing, construction, flooring and roofing.
Interior Elevations: Detailed drawings of kitchen cabinet elevations and other elements as required.
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“'Not So Big®' puts the emphasis on quality rather than quantity and is designed to fit the way we really live today. It's a message that's being embraced now more than ever, and it's wonderful to see so many people come to the realization that a house doesn't have to be bigger to be better.” Award-winning architect and best selling author Sarah Susanka is the J K Rowling of home design. She has brought her practical, less-can-be-more brand of magic to the world of architectural home plans. A member of the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects and a Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council, Sarah was born in Kent, England and lives in North Carolina. Hailed as an innovator by Fast Company, Newsweek, and US News and World Report, she received the Anne Morrow Lindbergh Award from the Lindbergh Foundation for outstanding individual achievement, and Builder Magazine honored Sarah as one of their 30 Top Innovators who have changed the face of residential construction. Sarah Susanka's influential books include The Not So Big House (Taunton, 1999), Home By Design (Taunton, 2004), The Not So Big Life: Making Room for What Really Matters (Random House, 2007), and Not So Big Remodeling (Taunton, 2009). She has lectured widely and appeared on numerous television and radio programs including Oprah, Charlie Rose, and Diane Rehm. She is showing a new generation of homeowners, builders, and developers how to "build better not bigger."