"Well-being and satisfaction of residents are generally accepted as important criteria for successful housing design. On the other hand, it has often been pointed out that such concepts are quite complex and multi-layered. It should, therefore, be worthwhile to identify and investigate those design elements and appropriations that actually make a difference for the wellbeing of occupants. - Using a multivariate facet approach, architects and owners of innovative single-family housing projects are questioned just before moving in, and again six months with respect to 48 aspects of living in the new home. Presumed and actual significance of residents' goals and activities, as associated with dwelling, will be compared. The importance of dwelling relative to several other areas of life-quality serves as an "anchor"."