Terraced house modification has been a trend in recent years. It has been done excessively either with or without consent from the local authorities. However, there are no proper steps taken to overcome this problem. The reason is that terraced house modification has become a necessity for the resident to cater for the growing number of household. Therefore, a research is done in studying the level of modification and the household’s preference in terms of economy, comfortability, necessity, psychology and aesthetic. The site of study is selected in Melaka Tengah. The reason for choosing Melaka Tengah as site of study is because no research on terraced house modification had been done in the area before. The data collection technique includes observation, questionnaire surveys and unstructured interview. The site of study includes Taman Sungai Udang, Taman Seri Jati, Taman Seri Cempaka, Taman Paya Rumput Utama, Taman Merbok, Taman Desa Duyung, Taman Cheng Jaya, Taman Bukit Rambai, Taman Aman and Taman Alai Perdana. The data is analysed using descriptive statistical analysis to obtain the demographic profile of the respondents. Chi-Square tests are used to analyse reasons for modification and its relationship with the respondent’s profile. Result from the study shows the reason for modification is influenced by number of household, income, race, number of years residing, number of bedrooms, floor plan status awareness, and house position. From the result of the analysis, the researcher suggested a flexible housing design among others as a step to minimise modification.
Nurdalila Saji, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia
Stream: Social Sciences
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