Studies in housing satisfaction indicate that housewives see the social environment more important, while men tend to use functional criteria for evaluation of home environments. We wanted to verify whether these differences remain stable if groups in comparable life situations are tested. The subjects were asked to sketch a ground plan of an appartment according to their own housing whishes and to describe it verbally. The portions of functional, communicative, and private sectors of these plans were compared between woman and men, and with appartments which were offered in newspapers. The differences between the housing whishes of women and men were only small compared to the difference between the housing whishes of our sample and the offers of the housing market.