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A look inside Sarah Susanka's "Not So Big" showhouse, featuring Integrity Windows


Sarah Susanka is one of today’s most luminous architects and designers. The creator of the “Not So Big” books and philosophy recently designed a house in Libertyville, Ill. It is a showcase designed with the principles of good, usable design and walkability within the neighborhood. According to the project description:

The Showhouse features all the hallmarks of Not So Big: quality and character, comfort and beauty, energy efficiency and sustainability. Gone are the unused formal rooms in favor of spaces that offer double-duty function, tailored to fit today’s more informal lifestyles.

The Showhouse features many of the principles of Not So Big design as described in Susanka’s eight residential architecture books including: Ceiling Height Variety, Light to Walk Toward, Reflecting Surfaces, Visual Weight and Interior Views. It is designed to meet the new, stricter proposed standards of Energy Star 3.0 and Indoor Air Plus by minimizing the energy required to heat and cool the house, while maximizing the efficiency of the heating and cooling system. The house is also prewired for the addition of photovoltaic solar panels and other renewable energy generation.

Oh, and did we mention it contains beautiful, energy efficient Integrity products? The home’s grand opening event — if you happen to be in the Libertyville, Ill., area — is Saturday, Nov. 19. Be sure to check it out!

You can read more about the house at and make sure to watch this video about the house!