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© 1959, The Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska on behalf of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension. All rights reserved.


Many of our farm homes do not satisfactorily meet the needs of the family and its living patterns. Thirty to 50 years ago little thought was given to certain aspects of housing which are considered essential today. It is obvious, to even the casual observer, that improvements should be made in living space, work areas, utilities and appliances.

The 1959 survey of the two story square house parallels the multi-story tee house study (RB58-186 The Existing Space in Nebraska Multistory Tee Houses) as to area covered and type of data collected. One hundred and seven houses were included in this study. This publication discusses the objectives; method and procedure; description of sample; collection of data; summarization of data; orientation of the farmsite; characteristics of the house (age, structural condition, size, stairways, halls, openings, and ceiling heights); the family; modernization and storage.