Bungalows are the most sought after type of housing in England, according to research carried out by the MORI Social Research Institute for CABE (the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment).
People were asked to choose where they would most like to live from a selection of images of houses. These ranged from a bungalow, a traditional village house, a 1930s semi and a Victorian terrace to a modern Wimpey style semi, a loft apartment and a tower block. The two most desirable housing types overall were the bungalow (30%) and the village house (29%), followed by the Victorian terrace (16%) and the modern semi (14%).
Only two per cent of people -- just one in 50 -- chose a modern loft style apartment and no one at all selected the tower block. Young people, aged 16 to 24, were most likely to choose the modern buildings, with around one in six (17%) selecting one of the modern developments compared to only one in a hundred (1%) of older people.
The survey went on to ask people about their views on the design of housing.
When asked to list two or three things which they considered were important in the design of new houses, over half the respondents (59%) said security against crime was a key factor. 56% said that new homes should be built to last; 45% said they should be designed to be safe from accidents and fires; 41% mentioned ease of maintenance; and 35% thought energy efficiency was important.
When it came to the value of homes, many felt design was important. Nearly three quarters of people (72%) thought that well designed houses will increase in value quicker than average, with only one in ten (9%) disagreeing with this statement.
A face-to-face in-home survey was conducted with the English public aged 16+ between Tuesday 19 March and Monday 15 April 2002. MORI Social Research Institute carefully surveyed a controlled representative sample of 1,018 respondents across 100 sampling points. At the analysis stage, the data were weighted by age, sex, working status and ethnicity to ensure that findings are representative of the population of England.