Sarah Susanka, the bestselling author of
The Not So Big House
series of books, uses the phrase "Build better, not bigger" to help us think about smart house design. Her philosophy has reached millions and has had much to do with the anti-McMansion movement over the last ten years.
As you’ll read in this collection of articles from Fine Homebuilding, a smaller house makes good sense; you can afford a higher quality home that’s not so big, and one that treads more lightly on the earth. While a Not-so-big house won’t necessarily cost less, because the house is smaller, you’ll be able to build a higher quality home.