The intent and aim of the research was to look at a particular house type i.e. a terraced house with four floors, which
is one of the popular designs commonly used in the last ten years in mass housing projects in Turkey. There are four
alternatives of the type related with the cross-sectional relationship with the ground floor level. Emphasis was placed
upon the "semi-cellar type" assuming that even though the level of residential satisfaction gradually increases with the
possibility of interpreting the use of the open-plan floor space, and by proposing new design elements to create more
adaptable and flexible spaces, the users may still experience dissatisfaction with designs where the space cannot be
revised. With the use of a questionnaire, participants judged their own house as a whole and evaluated its uses for different
functions and activities, complained in respect of changes required, and finally outlined their plans for the future.
Despite the high level of satisfaction with having a garden (a unique characteristic in apartment-saturated Ankara), the
aspect of dissatisfaction mostly referred to was the kitchen-garden relationship (or lack thereof). The residents, especially
the older ones, were generally dissatisfied with the multi-storey design of their house. They prefer to remain on
the backyard level without changing floors in different seasons. Besides, the users spending the longest time in the
house complained more than the others and the people spending variable time in the house stated that they preferred
to change the floors in different seasons. As compared to larger families, the smaller families were more likely to change
Keywords : Mass housing, Flexibility, Interior, User Intervention.
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