How are new flats used and appreciated? Variations in dwelling habits and values are analysed with reference to household type and housing design qualities. The starting point is a survey of 820 households in a random sample of flats built in 1993. The image of everyday life emerging from the answers is compared with that of earlier surveys of dwelling habits and other studies on more limited aspects such as eating and cooking habits. Part of the questionnaire concerns home-based work, which could be paid or unpaid, desk work or other kinds of work, but not typical housework. These questions are supplemented with telephone interviews in some 40 households, most of them to some extent having reported home based work.