Adjustments in open space and storage space divisions expressed by twenty homemakers who live in speculative built houses

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Carolyn Jane Davis (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Clara Ridder

Abstract: With the increasing cost of housing and the decreasing size of the house, it is possible that some necessary spaces in small houses have either been made very small or omitted. The lack of convenient housing divisions may be reflected in limitations of some family activities. With the mushrooming of the small speculative housing developments, it is possible that some of the family housing needs are being overlooked. These common observations were pointed up in Life Magazine: Between 1929 and 1952 the proportions of the family income for housing has decreased 25 percent. Meanwhile, the cost of a square foot of the house has increased by 250 percent. ...By the immutable laws of building economics-- modern families are living in houses in which ceiling heights have been lowered, the walls have closed in the storage space has dwindled drastically, the grounds have shrunk and everything that makes for liability has been squeezed to a minimum. The space is inadequate and poorly divided.

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Language: English
Date: 1962
Storage in the home
Small houses $v Designs and plans
Housing development

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