In her new book "Right-Sizing Your Home," author Gale Stevens puts our homeowning notion of "bigger is better" under the microscope, challenging readers to answer honestly when asked how much of their home they actually use. Central to Stevens' book is what she calls the "Art of 'RE'" -- reinvent, reclaim, redesign, rearrange, repurpose, recycle and reduce.
Relocating is not an option. We are not, after all, hermit crabs.
The basic idea? Find ways to more efficiently and effectively use the space you are in.
I like the timing of this book, as it might inject some sense into homeowners and potential homebuyers at a time when the housing market is nursing itself back to health. Perhaps Realtors should hand this out as required reading lest we fall victim again to the consequences of living beyond our means (and needs).
I've been itching to get this book since I first heard about it and I have to say it was worth the wait. Not only is it beautiful to look at, but it's filled with tons of inspiration, solid advice, and a really great resource section that's worth a million on its own. I particularly like Steve's approach to working with what you have based on your living style. Simple, but ingenious really! Highly recommended.
Ms. Steves has opened our eyes to understanding there is another option to the changes in lifestyle we have as children come and go. Now we can truly reinvent our environment instead of going through all the costs and headaches of moving and relocating. A more affordable alternative. Hooray to your insight and planning.
what a great idea...I have been trying to come up with a term that describes my change of lifestyle. I am not down-sizing, but right-sizing. That is, making changes in my house that fits the way my family lives, like reinventing the dining room into another home office, and moving eating closer to the kitchen, where we hang out. What a difference it has made for us.
This book is filled with ideas that will help make other relevant improvements.