Over the years the sprawl of the suburbs has been heavily criticised and many solutions and alternatives have been proposed. However in spite of the apparent problems, the image of the single family detached home has been idealized and is aspired to in our culture. This thesis proposes that the suburbs have remained the primary form of housing in North America because ofthe psychological fulfillment that we draw from the ownership of a house in the suburbs. This ideal image of ownership is not tied to the suburban house, but to the underlying psychological satisfaction that we draw from certain elements of the detached suburban home. By deconstructing and reinterpreting the psychological functions that the suburban home performs, it is possible to design an alternative to the detached suburban home which can satisfy our desire to own in the same way as the ideal suburban image of ownership.