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Trends in Not-so-big Design

Cabin owners lead the way

By Andy Bennett
Published: April 28, 2011
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More often than not, trends are something we follow. The clothes we wear, music we listen to and renovations we make to our houses are all inspired by the current ideas flowing from the imaginations of the trendsetters in those fields. However, one such leader in the field of home design says the credit lies with us, cabin owners, for starting one trend.
“When I first began talking about not-so-big house design, it was actually informed by seeing how happy people were in their cabins, their second homes,” says architect Sarah Susanka, author of The Not So Big House. “I realized that if people just designed primary homes as they live in their secondary homes, it would allow people to live a little more comfortably.”
“When people are designing their second home, it’s often very much related to the piece of property they are on,” she continues. “They aren’t using the same materials used in their city house. They’re more comfortable with things looking well-worn and lived-in.”
And that extends to things like modern conveniences and the comforts of our primary home.
“Just because we can make something more convenient doesn’t necessarily make it more of an enjoyable experience,” says Susanka.
So it would seem that, in the modern movement of designing and building to maximize usability and truly live in every corner of your home, cabin owners are true trendsetters.

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