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Chapter 4 Choosing a Place to Live. Housing Decisions By Evelyn Lewis & Carolyn Turner. Location. When choosing a place to live, you will need to carefully consider the following: Region or area of the world, country or state. Community-country, suburb, or city

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Chapter 4 choosing a place to live

Chapter 4Choosing a Place to Live

Housing Decisions

By Evelyn Lewis & Carolyn Turner

Chapter 4 choosing a place to live

Region consider the following:

  • A regionis a specific part of the world, country, or state in which your live.


Community consider the following:

  • A region is divided into communities.

  • A community may be a large city, small village, or rural area.

  • Cities are high-density areas where many people live together.

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Neighborhood low-density areas.

  • Regions = communities

  • Communities = neighborhood

  • A neighborhood consists of a group of houses and people.

  • The buildings in a neighborhood are normally similar in age, design, and cost.

Physical neighborhood
Physical Neighborhood low-density areas.

  • Physical neighborhood is determined by the way the land and building are used.

  • Some neighborhood are residential (houses), commercial (shopping, stores, businesses), industrial (factories, warehouses and plants).

Zoning regulations other
Zoning Regulations & Other low-density areas.

  • Zoning regulations control land use in certain areas.

  • Housing developers subdivide land and making improvements such as streets and street lighting before building structures. They set limits called restrictions.

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  • Planned neighborhood low-density usually in a zoned area with restrictions.

  • In a planned neighborhood, the size and layout of individual lots are determined before dwellings are built.

  • All houses must fit into the overall plan.

  • Construction & types of design are sometimes controlled.

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Planned Neighborhood low-density areas.

Population composition
Population Composition low-density areas.

  • Type of people in any neighborhood may be quite varied = heterogeneous.

  • If the residence are very similar to each other, the neighborhood is = homogeneous.

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Site low-density areas.

  • A location within a neighborhood is called a site, or lot.

  • A site is the piece of land on which the dwelling is built.

  • Each site has its own character (size, shape, contour, soil type).

Natural restraints
Natural Restraints low-density areas.

  • Natural restraints are those that come from nature.

  • Topography is the configuration of a surface including its natural and manufactured features showing their relative positions and elevations.

Topography low-density areas.

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  • Landscaping low-density areas. is altering the topography and adding decorative plantings to change the appearance of a site.

  • Orientation is placing a structure on a site in consideration of the location of the sun, prevailing winds, water sources, and scenic view.

Space planning zoning

Space Planning & Zoning low-density areas.


Public zone
Public Zone low-density areas.

Is the part of the site that can be seen from the street or road.

It is usually in front of the house.

Service zone
Service Zone low-density areas.

The part of the site that is used for necessary activities.

Like: sidewalks, driveways, and storage (trash cans, lawn equipment, firewood, & cars).

Many, have this area screened from view and should be directly connected to the indoor service areas (i.e.: kitchen /laundry area)

Private zone
Private Zone low-density areas.

This is the part of the site hidden from public view.

It has space for recreation and relaxation.

Can be separated by using shrubs, hedges, screens, fences and/or walls.

Types of housing

Types of Housing low-density areas.

Multifamily houses
Multifamily Houses low-density areas.

  • Multifamily house is a structure that provides housing for more than one household.

  • Examples:

    a. High rise apartments

    b. Low rise apartment

    c. Triplex apartment (3 households)

    d. Duplex apartment (2 households)

Rentals low-density areas.

  • Vary in number and type of facility.

  • Amenities (laundry, appliances, tennis, swimming).

  • Examples:

    a. Penthouse…top of apartment building

    b. Garden Apt… one story with landscape

    c. Efficiency Apt…one main room, kitchen, and bathroom

Condominium low-density areas.

  • Ownership where the buyer owns individual living space and also owns an undivided interest in the common areas and facilities of the multiunit project.

Single family home
Single Family Home low-density areas.

Designed to house one family. Can be rented or owned.

Townhomes row house

Have at least two floors. low-density areas.

Attached by a common wall.

Townhomes / Row House

Freestanding house

Not connected to another unit. low-density areas.

Freestanding House

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  • Contractor low-density areas. is a person who contracts, or agrees, to supply certain materials or do certain work for a special fee.

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  • Get rid of items you don’t need/want.

  • Have a garage sale, recycle, or donate to a charity (good for tax deduction).

  • Use the moving checklist.

Moving yourself
Moving Yourself other life situations also cause people to move.

  • There are many good reasons for tackling the job yourself.

  • First the cost is about one-third that of a professional mover.

  • Second, you can move on your own schedule.

  • Third, you & your goods arrive at the same time.

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  • Plan ahead. other life situations also cause people to move.

  • Estimate the amount of items to be moved. This helps choose the correct truck.

  • Have on hand, furniture pads, dollies or moving cartons.

Hiring a moving company
Hiring a Moving Company other life situations also cause people to move.

  • Choose only licensed movers and obtain at least three written estimates to compare.

  • Ask them about insurance. Read the fine print. Ask about additional cost.

  • Ask about discount moves and nonpeak moving time.

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  • How much packing will you do, if any. other life situations also cause people to move.

  • Cost of packing boxes and the service of packing & unpacking are not included in the actual moving expenses.

  • Make sure the dwelling is clean and ready for occupancy.

  • Decide how you want the furniture to be arranged & supervise.

  • Check for damages.

  • Bill of landing, the receipt of goods shipped.

Assignments other life situations also cause people to move.

  • Chapter Notes

  • Flash Cards for Types of Houses

  • SAG: Activity E “Choices”, pg. 35

    Homework Due: ___________________________

  • SAG: Activity B “Evaluating a Place to Live”, pg. 31