- The purpose of this study was to investigate the home remodeling
being done during a period of varying economic conditions. A
population of owner-occupants who had purchased building permits to
spend $100 or more remodeling between 1965 - 1970 was collected
from the files of the Building Inspector's Office, Department of Public
Works, City of Corvallis. The Corvallis city directories for the
years 1965 1970 were used to check if the remodeled houses were
owner-occupied as well as who occupied them at the time of remodeling,
and in 1970. This list was further checked with the most recent
Corvallis telephone directory for spelling of names and addresses. A
questionnaire developed for the study was mailed to 320 households.
Of these, 121 usable questionnaires were returned.
The responses to the questions were coded, tabulated, and
summarized by the researcher. The following hypotheses were
1. There is no relationship between the annual rate of interest
charged for money borrowed and the total amount spent on
2. There is no relationship between the monetary value of the
house and the amount of money spent in the remodeling of it.
3. There is no relationship between the stage in the family life
cycle and the type of remodeling done to the house.
On the basis of the chi- square test results none of the hypotheses
could be rejected.
Families were classified and placed in one of the following six
stages of the family life cycle: young couple, founding, expanding,
contracting, contracted, and other families. Of the 121 households
returning the questionnaire, 55 percent were in the expanding stage,
14 percent were in the contracted stage, 10 percent were in the other
stage, nine percent were in the founding stage, eight percent were
in the contracting stage, and one percent was in the young couple
stage. Data on three percent of the population were not sufficient to
classify by stage in the family life cycle.
The United States Department of Labor's Dictionary of Occupational
Titles was used to classify the occupations of the respondents.
Sixty-six percent of the 114 men and 49 percent of the 53 employed
women were in professions.
The average age of the women was 44 years, and the average age of the men was 47 years. The average age of the sons and of the
daughters was 12 years. The average size of the household was 4.07.
Sixty-three percent of the households remained the same size from
the time of their remodeling through the time of the study. Seventeen
percent of the households increased in size, and 20 percent of the
households decreased in size from the time of their remodeling to the
time of the study.
Most of the families financed their remodeling with their current
income and/or savings. The first remodeling was usually an addition
to the home, and was more expensive than the second or third remodeling.
The second remodeling was usually an alteration. A building
contractor did most of the first remodeling, but family labor was also
used. The husband and other family members contributed more
assistance to the second and third remodelings. The average market
value of the houses at the time of remodeling was $17, 784. The
houses most often remodeled were built between 1957 and 1961, and
had been occupied for about nine years by the families who remodeled
them between the fifth and ninth years of occupancy.
Families who remodeled felt that it was important that their
present home provided privacy for family members and storage
space. They wanted to improve their homes by remodeling the space
for leisure-time and work activities, storage space, and privacy.
Families were limited in their remodeling by the amount of space
available and money they wanted to spend or borrow.
Only 53 of the 121 families borrowed money to remodel. They
paid an average interest rate of 6.47 percent per annum. A Federal
Housing Administration insured mortgage from a bank was the most
often used source of borrowed money.