Susan Susanka is one of my favorite Architects. She is famous for creating the Not So Big House. She has many books on her ideas and designs, this is how I happened upon her. Susan's idea is that there is too many homes today that are built to be a huge mansion and they lack the personality and comfort feeling that most people want in a home. "Build better, not bigger" is her motto and it is reflected in her designs.
I really like this family room. You can tell it in a smaller room but yet very comfortable. There is lots of seating for watching TV or for a casual conversation. Every space is well used, she designs lots of places for Books and other decorations to be displayed.
In this Master bedroom, she uses some of the same architectural elements like the built in book cases, that make use of every space. Also, I love window seats. I think that a window seat is a simple way to bring seating in to a room with out taking up to much of the floor space. It just seems to relaxing to sit right by the window and read a book.
Susan has so many ideas that anyone can add into their own home to give it that personal touch with out going for bigger living spaces. You can learn more of her ideas at Not So Big House.
Photos from http://www.notsobighouse.com/index.asp.