Doing Double Duty
Although all of the principles in my books play a part in making a house Not So Big, there is one in particular that is more fundamental than all the others to making Not So Big house design work -- Doing Double Duty. If you don't allow some spaces to do double duty, there's no way to reduce the size of the average American house without making it feel smaller in the process. For example, if you have two dining spaces, consider turning the more formal one into something else -- an in-home office, an extra sitting space, or a hobby room -- and make the more informal eating area more inviting, by investing in a better table, or dressing up your existing one. This is where you spend quite a bit of time. Make it a place you love, and your guests will love it too.