Architect turns tiny homes into real estate masterpieces

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Don't let the title "Inside the Not So Big House," by Sarah Susanka with Marc Vassalo, fool you. It is not about just one house. It is about 23 modest-size homes, located throughout the nation, emphasizing the features and details famous home architect Sarah Susanka likes best in each residence. This is one of those beautiful coffee table-type books (with gorgeous photos by Ken Gutmaker) where the readers can point to the photo of something they want in their next home or in a remodel of their current home. Many of the homes shown are remodels of very old homes. The results show what can be done with small spaces. Purchase Bob Bruss reports online. Susanka's goal is to make a not-so-big-home feel "homey," for lack of a better word. Her "top secret formula" is to cut floor space by up to one-third to pay for the cost of the extraordinary details. These are clearly one-of-a-kind houses, but many of the features are easy to duplicate. Along the way, the author shares many "tricks" used by...