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



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.


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.


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.


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.



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


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.



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