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House design scores of forty Corvallis, Oregon, residences related to homemakers' expressed satisfaction and ranking of values

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Title House design scores of forty Corvallis, Oregon, residences related to homemakers' expressed satisfaction and ranking of values
Names Teitzel, Freda Anne (creator)
Wells, Helen L. (advisor)
Date Issued 1966-05-03 (iso8601)
Note Graduation date: 1966
Abstract The purpose of this study was to gain information regarding
interrelationships among homemakers' expressed satisfaction with
their houses, their expressed hierarchy of values and house design
The sample consisted of 40 homemakers who lived in owner-occupied residences located in Corvallis, Oregon, constructed since
1955, and ranging in size from 1200 to 1700 square feet. Cooperators
were limited to persons who had not employed an architect or designed
their own house.
Data were collected by interviews with homemakers and included:
(1) general information about the homemaker, her family and
their house, (2) an expressed satisfaction score based on principles
developed by the American Public Health Association, (3) the hierarchy
of nine values determined by previous research as having
relevance in housing, and (4) a house design score using plan-evaluation check lists.
The families ranged in size from two to seven persons with the
median being four. One-half of the homemakers were tinder 35 and
82.5 percent were high school graduates. Approximately 62 percent
of the families were in the expanding stage of the family life cycle.
Forty percent of the families were in social position IV as determined
by Hollingshead's Two Factor Index of Social Position.
The median size of the houses was in the 1300 to 1399 square
feet category; the median price range fell into the $17,000 to $17,999
category. Over three-fifths of the homemakers had made no changes
in the original floor plan of the house they selected. Fifty percent of
the families had lived in their present house fewer than three years.
The majority of homemakers interviewed seemed satisfied with
their houses, especially in regard to wiring, daylight illumination,
facilities for cleanliness, and protection against contagion and accidents.
Storage and adequate space for guests, privacy, and individual
interests of family members as well as noise were found unsatisfactory
by a number of homemakers.
Many homemakers mentioned they would, in buying another
house, desire family rooms, more than one bathroom, larger bedrooms,
and a front entry. Nearly five-eighths of the homemakers
wanted some part of their houses enlarged. In general homemakers with smaller families including those
without children or with children over 18 expressed the most satisfaction
with the type of house included in the study. Homemakers
who were not high school graduates and those over 40 years old expressed
greater satisfaction with their houses than other respondents.
If the plans were selected prior to building the house, the homemakers
expressed more satisfaction with their houses than if the
houses were completely built when purchased. Homemakers who had
lived in their houses fewer than two years were more satisfied than
the other respondents. Homemakers living in more expensive houses
expressed greater satisfaction than those in less expensive houses.
A correlation coefficient of .52 between the design of the house
as rated on house plan-evaluation check lists and the homemakers'
expressed satisfaction with the house was significant at the 1% level
of probability. Significant correlation coefficients were found between
expressed satisfaction and three of the specific topics of the
check lists: landscape (.40), circulation (.42) and kitchens (.56).
The correlation coefficient of -37 between the ranking of the
value aesthetics and the expressed satisfaction score was significant
at the 2% level of probability.
House design scores and values were found to have no correlation
in this study.
Genre Thesis/Dissertation
Topic Architecture, Domestic -- Designs and plans

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