Home improvements in Durham, North Carolina, during years 1959-68

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Ketki Babubhai Shah (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Jane H. Crow

Abstract: The objectives were to determine the forms of improvement made to exciting single dwelling structures, to identify the extent to which each form of improvement was utilized, to develop a cost classification, and to identify trends in home improvement in Durham, North Carolina, during the years 1959-1968. Data were collected from a 50% systematic sample of building permits issued by the Inspection Division of the city. Types of home improvement were classified as repairs, replacement, additions, alterations, conversion, and relocation. Findings of the study showed that on an average, 648 permits were issued per year. The largest amount of money was spent for alterations; the average home improvement cost per permit was $1,172. Cost classification indicated that as the amount of money spent increased, the number of permits issued for each type of improvement decreased. The greatest number of home improvements, regardless of type, were for general improvements and changes in porches. The greatest number of permits were issued for the downtown area of the city, whereas, the largest amount of money was spent in the southwest section.

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Language: English
Date: 1969

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