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Gallery: Sarah Susanka's Secrets to a House That Fits You Perfectly (Even If It's Not So Big)

This is the Not So Big House Prototype, a house that I designed and built to illustrate all of the following design principles. This photo and the next five -- through slide 6 -- are of the Not So Big House Prototype. You can see more images in "The Not So Big House," the book that started the whole Not So Big movement. (Architect: Sarah Susanka, FAIA/Photo: Grey Crawford)

Gallery: Sarah Susanka's Secrets to a House That Fits You Perfectly (Even If It's Not So Big)

January 31, 2014

By Sarah Susanka, Special to Yahoo Homes

How can you get the most out of the spaces in your own home, whether you're building new, remodeling or simply rearranging the furniture?

These images will show you. They're what I call "Not So Big" houses: homes designed for the way we really live, built better rather than bigger, with every square foot in use every day. Dollars go to quality and character, not to rarely used square footage. Gone are the formal rooms; informal spaces do double duty for both everyday living and entertaining.

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