Architect, cultural visionary and celebrated best selling author, Sarah Susanka has revolutionized residential architecture in the United States and around the world. Her "build better, not bigger" philosophy as described in her first best-selling book, "The Not So Big House" can be seen throughout all of her home designs in this collection.
Not So Big homes are not always small homes. Rather, they are open and inviting designs where every room is used every day. The cavernous, rarely used spaces and rooms of modern mass-produced homes are eliminated in favor of high quality intimate feeling ones. Each room places emphasis on the qualities of the space, light and order that are so important in the creation of a welcoming feeling of home.
Matthew Bialecki AIA Plan Collections
Matthew Bialecki AIA, specializes in "green" building designs inspired by America’s architectural history and natural environment. He has been honored with numerous AIA awards for his unique architectural designs and pioneering sustainable building technologies.
As the founder and principal architect of Matthew Bialecki Associates (MBA), Matthew Bialecki AIA has developed his architectural designs beyond their original historic precedents into a broader philosophy of site-specific, nature-based design. As a recognized leader in the study and interpretation of the American Arts & Crafts movement, Matt has developed an architectural language based on the direct expression of natural materials and forms. MBA has incorporated the Arts and Crafts philosophy of self-sufficiency and simplicity into contemporary designs that minimize energy usage, utilize natural materials and attempt, at all levels, to help maintain and improve the environment.
Plans By Matthew Bialecki AIA
Michaela Mahady Plan Collections
Michaela Mahady is the designer of one of our most popular homes: Maple Forest – which was featured on the PBS television series HomeTime. Michaela's designs favor cottage style roofs, and many Craftsman style details. Her striking woodsy exteriors work well in remote rural settings, but are equally at home in more suburban situations.
Within Michaela's collection you will find exposed wooden beams and the rich colors of natural wood trimwork which defines spaces and add elegance. Lowered curved ceiling soffits, custom cabinets and doors add beauty and individuality to her designs. All her homes feature open flowing interior spaces and abundant, well-placed windows.
Michaela teamed with architect Eric Odor to design two variations on her popular Maple Forest Home. Maple Forest 2 was drawn in the fall of 2004, and Maple Forest 3 in the spring of 2005.