This design epitomizes the Prairie style, employing legitimate details, joinery, and logic throughout. Smartly done. - Fine Homebuilding Magazine 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 Sarah Susankaâ€™s first book, The Not So Big House, is a slightly larger and more highly detailed version of her Prairie House plan #454-8. There's a wonderful story about its development. Shortly after the original version of this house appeared in a magazine (also Fine Homebuilding as it turns out), Sarah received a call from a builder in Hawaii who was working with a business partner to find a house plan to build on a beautiful piece of property on the Big Island. "I saw your Prairie House," he told Sarah, "and just knew this was the house plan we needed." Then he added, "Would you be able to come for a site visit." This question was delivered to Sarah in the middle of the long Minnesota winter. The answer was an unequivocal, and the result of that visit is the house you see here. It's redesigned in many ways, but with a similar living/dining/kitchen arrangement that is truly stunning for any site offering spectacular panoramic views. See Further Description Below in Designer Comments section. All Photographs by Kevin Ireton This plan is also featured in our Editor's Blog, EYE ON DESIGN. Sarah Susanka, Hip Roofs, and Prairie Style DNA
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Floor Plan - Main Floor
Floor Plan - Upper Floor
Full Specs & Features
Main Floor : 2950 sq/ft
Upper Floor : 650 sq/ft
*Total Square Footage only includes conditioned space and does not include garages, porches, bonus rooms, or decks.
Ceiling Details : Main floor is mostly 9', but decreases to 7' in utility areas
Main Ceiling : 9'
Primary Pitch : 4:12
Roof Framing : truss/stick
Main Floor Master Bedroom
Additional Room Features
Great Room Living Room
Main Floor Laundry
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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."