Do You Think More Space Equals More Comfort?
Sometimes bigger feels better.
Face it - when you've got a home or office space that has lots of space - you end up having lots of space to put your stuff.
But perhaps your preference is better over bigger? Granted, we all like a bit of elbow room. But we don't just want dull, boring additional square footage. We want the added space to work FOR us and the way we live and we want it to reflect our personal style.
Architect Sarah Susanka has some terrific suggestions and conepts in her series of books - "The Not So Big House".
She believes (and teaches) that "People who are attracted to architecturally designed houses also tend to seek out a higher level of detail. So a good architect will suggest reducing square footage to allow for more detail."
And that makes sense, doesn't it? You're already familiar with this concept when it comes to automobiles. "The quality and detail of a Mercedes, Lexus or Jaguar are far more important than the size of the car. More space does not equal more comfort. In fact, size has nothing to do with the appeal of these cars. If you want nothing but space, you can buy an equally expensive SUV" states Susanka.
And she's not advocating that everyone live in small houses. She's suggesting that "when you build or remodel a house, you evaluate what really makes you feel at home. In other words, concentrate on, and put more of your money toward, what you like rather than settling for sheer size and volume."
And if you'd like to see some great examples of ways to do this, as well as get some ideas to incorporate into your own home, visit Susanka's latest project in conjunction with School Street Development in Libertyville, Illinois. The two have joined forces, along with many other like-minded partners (including Closet Works) to build a model home and neighborhood development called School Street.