Design implications for multi-owned properties from a household survey

Jeeva Sajan (University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia)

International Journal of Housing Markets and Analysis

ISSN: 1753-8270

Publication date: 5 October 2015

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to highlight the pertinent design issues that could impact upon satisfaction with apartment living. Till date, the literature review identifies “design inadequacies”, along with a range of other factors, in embracing apartments as a permanent housing option.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper presents findings from a face-to-face household survey undertaken in a medium-density apartment housing in Fairfield, Sydney, using a mixed method.

Findings

First, the paper states the four predictors of overall living satisfaction derived through a logistic regression analysis. Second, the top five variables that commanded high dissatisfaction and the two most negative aspects of apartment living for the open-response question are identified. Further, it discusses the possible influence of dwelling floor on residential satisfaction. The coherent narratives of the residents substantiate the design inadequacies from the aforementioned empirical analysis.

Originality/value

The paper reflects upon ideal design suggestions from a face-to-face household survey, the first of its kind in more than 30 years in Sydney.

Keywords

Acknowledgements

The author would like to thank Prof Peter Phibbs (Thesis supervisor) for his valuable comments and guidance with the research project.

Citation

Sajan, J. (2015), "Design implications for multi-owned properties from a household survey", International Journal of Housing Markets and Analysis, Vol. 8 No. 4, pp. 502-518. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJHMA-02-2015-0009

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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