In chapter three the research on the relationship between people and their houses and homes is reviewed. It is clear that our homes mean much to us and are an important symbol of our identity and enable us to live our preferred lifestyle. However, there is a distinction in thinking about homes between the social and the physical dimensions. Homes do carry important meanings for us, but they are also the physical locale of many of our daily activities. The chapter puts forward a perspective based on the concept of ‘affordances’ to provide a holistic analysis that includes both the physical and meaning elements of a house.
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