Our default mode today is to go for the bigger solution. More space must mean better space surely, but it’s just not so. More often than not, more is less: less quality, less character, less functionality. We are so convinced that more is better, in fact, that we have to repeatedly be shown the alternatives to convince our senses that bigger isn’t always better. But to make less into more, you have to spend time in the design and construction process to tailor the new space to fit both the existing house and the homeowner’s needs. This kitchen bump-out offers a simple example of right-sizing.
Adapted with permission from Not So Big Remodeling by Sarah Susanka, published by The Taunton Press (2009).