October 2011
You're Invited!  Join Sarah for the
Not So Big Showhouse Grand Opening 

Dear Friends,


The Not So Big Showhouse
The Not So Big Showhouse

As you may know, for the past year, I have been working with StreetScape Development in Libertyville, IL (about 30 minutes North of Chicago) to design and build a Not So Big Showhouse that illustrates many of the Not So Big design principles I describe in my books. The Showhouse is one of 26 new bungalow style homes and 15 lofts in a New Urban Front Porch Community called SchoolStreet, that's located just off Libertyville's main street.  It has already received some excellent media coverage, including a feature on MarketWatch and a segment on PBS Nightly News. And there's a lot more in the works.    


Not So Big Showhouse interior rendering
Rendering of an interior view in the Not So Big Showhouse

I'm excited to tell you that, in less than a month, on November 19th, the Not So Big Showhouse will have its Grand Opening, and for six months thereafter will be open each weekend for public tours. It's all very well to see photos and read books about the concept, but the best way to see what I'm talking about is for people to be able to tour a house and feel it for themselves.  So if you've always wanted to experience a Not So Big house in person, this is your opportunity to do so.

If you live in the area, or are able to travel to attend, there are two events during Opening Week that I'd like to invite you to: 

 1. A public program and book signing at Libertyville High School.


Sarah Susanka Presents the  

Not So Big Showhouse in Libertyville    

Thursday, November 17th, 2011 at 6pm 
Libertyville High School Auditorium
708 West Park Avenue
Libertyville, IL  60048 



2. The Grand Opening - the first time the home will be open to the public.  Everyone is welcome, and I will be there too, to answer questions and to discuss the design.


The Not So Big Showhouse Grand Opening 
Saturday, November 19th, 2011
Open House from 9am to 4pm

138 School Street
Libertyville, Illinois

For more information about the Not So Big Showhouse, please visit the Showhouse website.  


Not So Big Showhouse interior rendering
Rendering of an interior view in the Not So Big Showhouse

If you're not able to attend the Grand Opening, but would like to tour the house at another time, The Not So Big Showhouse will be open for touring on weekends until May 20th, 2012.    


Here are the hours:


Not So Big Showhouse Open House Weekends  

Beginning November 19th, 2011 

Saturdays, 9am - 4pm

Sundays, 1pm - 4pm

(closed Christmas and New Years) 

Last weekend will be May 19th and 20th, 2011


I really hope you'll be able to take advantage of this opportunity to see what a Not So Big House looks and feels like in person.  If you do go, please write and let me know what you think.  You can reach me on my Facebook page or on the Not So Big House Community Bulletin Board.  

All the best, and I look forward to hearing from you.





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The Not So Big House 10th Anniversary Edition
The Not So Big House
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Home By Design
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Not So Big Remodeling 
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