Sarah Susanka's "Not So Big" message has become a launch pad for a new dimension of understanding - not just about how we inhabit our homes, but also about how we inhabit our planet and even our day-to-day lives. As a cultural visionary with an incredible ability to understand the underlying structure of the American lifestyle, Susanka is providing the language and tools that are redefining how we live.
Thought leader, inspirational keynote speaker and acclaimed architect, Susanka is the acclaimed author of nine best-selling books including The Not So Big House (Taunton, 1998), The Not So Big Life (Random House, 2007), Not So Big Remodeling (Taunton, 2009), and most recently, More Not So Big Solutions for Your Home (Taunton, 2010). Her books have sold well over 1.2 million copies.
Susanka put Not So Big house design principles into action with her Not So Big Showhouse at SchoolStreet in Libertyville, Illinois. The Showhouse and SchoolStreet development powerfully combine Not So Big house design and a walkable community, showing how "better, not bigger" design, a well-thought out neighborhood, and a vibrant existing community create housing success.
Through her Not So Big House presentations and book series, Susanka has helped readers understand that the sense of "home" they're seeking has almost nothing to do with quantity and everything to do with quality. She points out that we feel "at home" in our houses when where we live reflects who we are in our hearts. In her book and presentations about The Not So Big Life, she uses this same set of notions to explain that we can feel "at home" in our lives only when what we do reflects who we truly are. Susanka unveils a process for changing the way we live by fully inhabiting each moment of our lives, and by showing up completely in whatever it is we are doing.