Not So Big Remodeling: Tailoring Your Home for the Way You Really Live by Susan Saranka aims to show that not every remodeling project has to be big and expensive. If the right changes are implemented in the right ways, a homeowner can express their own sensibilities in their home’s decoration without completely gutting it and without completely emptying their bank account. The book’s main principle is that small changes can go a long way when it comes to home remodeling.
The author mentions her own home decorating experience after purchasing her present home in Raleigh, North Carolina. She points out that the ideas that work for small-scale home remodeling are not necessarily the best in terms of architecture; rather, they should be geared at providing whatever the homeowner needs. The point is to create a home that serves the purposes of the people who live in it.
Saranka points out that the way to make the most of a limited budget is not only to keep the improvements simple, but also to keep them within the home’s existing footprint. She states that there are many potential improvements to a home that can be made without adding on or altering the basic floor plan. Adding on should only be done if absolutely necessary as it will usually cost considerably more than working within the interior of the home.
With her own Raleigh home, Saranka has made a series of changes that she categorizes as:
· Changes to improve the home’s livability for her and her husband.
· Changes to improve existing aspects of the home.
· Changes made to the home because of changes in her and her husband’s lives.
Overall, Not So Big Remodeling: Tailoring Your Home for the Way You Really Live is perfect for new homeowners who want to make their home personal and suitable for their lifestyles without spending a lot of money.