HOME BY DESIGN ORIGINAL 454-7. This beautiful and uniquely designed 3 bedroom/2.5 bath home was built to exemplify many of the Not So BigÂ® principles featured in Sarah Susanka's book, Home By Design. Luxurious in feel, the home includes abundant windows, terraces and an expansive screened-in porch for virtual integration with the outdoors. The plan provides for either an unfinished storage basement and crawlspace, or conversion to a full lower level. The exterior of the home, with its horizontal lines, modest roof pitch, large overhangs, and centralized rectangular chimney, evokes a Prairie Style feel, while the floor plan is ideal for today's more informal lifestyle. The straight lines of the roof are broken with an eyebrow curve above the screen porch. This curve is a theme throughout the home, and is repeated in strategically placed windows, and curved ceiling lines. This gives the home an integrated and complete feel. This design provides for an open yet intimate feel in the center of the home. Special use areas, such as the parlor, are physically separated from the rest of the main level for privacy. The Master Bedroom boasts built-in window seats, a spacious walk-in dressing area, and access to a covered terrace. The upper part of the home contains two bedrooms, both with abundant windows tucked below the home's projecting Prairie Style roofline. The large screened porch, with its floor to ceiling window frames, provides a seamless transition to the outdoors. Depending on your needs, the climate, and the orientation of the home on the lot, the screens may simply be replaced with glass windows, forming a large Sun Room. The tile floor and curved ceiling continue outside onto the adjoining terraces. As drawn, the plan includes an unfinished storage basement below the livingroom/parlor end of the home, with crawlspace below the dining room/master bedroom. Conversion to a full basement is so easy and common that most homes built from customers purchasing these plans (including the home in the photos) have built on full basements. With this home, Sarah Susanka demonstrates that beautiful unique architecture and sound environmental design and construction can all easily and affordably be achieved. The incredibly detailed plans for the original 2004-V home were drawn in 1997, and then significantly updated in 2005. More interior photos of this home can be found in Sarah's book Inside the Not So Big House, and a mix of interior and exterior photos are available in Outside the Not So Big House. Both books offer extensive descriptions of the architecture and design features.
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Full Specs & Features
Basement : 1039 sq/ft
Main Floor : 2155 sq/ft
Porch : 320 sq/ft
Upper Floor : 800 sq/ft
*Total Square Footage only includes conditioned space and does not include garages, porches, bonus rooms, or decks.
Ceiling Details : Main level ceiling height varies: 8' - 9'
Main Ceiling : 8'
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Foundation Plan: Drawn to 1/4" scale, this page shows all necessary notations and dimensions including support columns, walls and excavated and unexcavated areas.
Exterior Elevations: A blueprint picture of all four sides showing exterior materials and measurements.
Floor Plan(s): Detailed plans, drawn to 1/4" scale for each level showing room dimensions, wall partitions, windows, etc. as well as the location of electrical outlets and switches.
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."