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

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  • 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 scores. 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.
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