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Architect Sarah Susanka was one of the first to articulate the concept of a smaller house that is tailored to a resident's lifestyle. Her successful book, The Not So Big House, offers language to define the feeling created by a cozy and well-designed house. Susanka says remodelers and designers need to start by looking at what is not functioning in an existing space. "Homeowners think they need to add a 12-foot-wide addition across the back of the house. But they end up living in the addition, and the old space is unusable," she says. The not-so-big house has more practical living space. "It's more tailored to the way you live and has a more human scale," Susanka explains.

Remodeler Tom Moore is encouraging his customers to follow the same basic design principles. He believes so strongly in the idea that he built a concept home so his customers can see and feel a small, detailed space. The model, in Underhill Center, Vt., has built-in armoires, storage systems, coffered ceilings, raised paneled walls, parquet floors, and archways - all of which showcase the detailed work of the Tom Moore Company.

Tom Moore in the News

  • It's Beautiful Being GreenThe moment came to him in a moment of inspiration, an epiphany, two years ago. Today, it is reality. - Vermont B/A
  • Insulating with Closed Cell Spray FoamClosed-cell foam acts as air-sealing, insulation, and secondary drainage plane in this unique home - Journal of Light Construction
  • A Renovation Well Worth the WaitNot only was the home updated with beautiful finishes throughout, the space now functions more efficiently and comfortably for this family's busy life. - HomeStyle Magazine
  • Local Home Wins Environmental Award"We'll go all over the east coast if it's a good project," he said. "Our company has about 15 awards of excellence in building and remodeling." - Press Republican
  • Senior Renovations Often Make SenseTom Moore - Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist. - Champlain Business Journal
  • Small WondersTom Moore uses every design trick in the book to eke all the available space out of little, detailed rooms. - Remodeling Magazine
  • When Less Is MooreBuilder Tom Moore takes efficiency to the next level. - Efficiency Vermont Builder News
  • Modern ConveniencesThe details make the kitchen. - HomeStyle Magazine
  • The Secret's in the DetailsBeauty and efficiency are the bywords for this builder and woodworker. - Business People Magazine
  • Built to LastHow "green" architects and developers are constructing Vermont's sustainable future - Seven Days