Dream Meaning and Symbol of House or Home

House or home is such a common symbol in dreams. It could be your current house, a house you use to live in signifying the past and to see what part of the past when did you live in that house, a house that in the dream you live in but you don’t recognize, or something I have had throughout my life…a dream house, a house I have been in so many times throughout my life.

House or home signifies self or soul. The rooms of the house represent part of yourself. Then there are other things like hallways, furniture, bathrooms, attic etc that also play a part in seeing what is going on with you based on what the dream shows you.

When in your house it is very important to notice as much detail as you can. Colors of the wall, the floors, the state of the house and whether it is in need of repair or is damaged, whether lights are on in rooms or your turning lights on or off, which way doors open in or out.

Just being in a house and seeing what is going on with it may require a lot of translating…all those various pieces. So a short dream with a house in it could take you a while to translate just to get an understanding of just the symbols in the house.

One thing about a house symbol is that key to determining if it is about someone else is if in the dream you recognize it as someone else’s house. Then it is a dream about that other person and not you. There will be symbols that give you hints as to who this person is to you. Usually things and people within the house will clue you into the description and characteristics of the person it is referring to.

From http://www.dreammoods.com

To see a house in your dream, represents your own soul and self. Specific rooms in the house indicate a specific aspect of your psyche. In general, the attic represents your intellect, the basement represents the unconscious, etc. If the house is empty, then it indicates feelings of insecurity.If the house is shifting, then it suggests that you are going through some personal changes and changing your belief system. To dream that a house has no walls, represents a lack of privacy. You feel that everyone is looking over your shoulder or up in your business. If you live with others in your walking life, but dream that you are living alone, suggests that you need to take new steps toward independence. You need to accept responsibilities and be more self-reliant. If you are locked out of the house, then it represents rejection and insecurity. You feel you are being left behind.

To dream that you are cleaning your house, signifies your need to clear out your thoughts and get rid of old ways. You are seeking self-improvement. To see a new house in your dream, indicates that you are entering into a new phase or new area in your life. You are becoming more emotionally mature. If you are locked out of the house, then it represents rejection and insecurity. You feel you are being left behind.

To dream that your house is broken into, suggests that you are feeling violated. It may refer to a particular relationship or current situation in your life. Alternatively, it indicates that some unconscious material is attempting to make itself known. There are some aspects of yourself that you have denied. To dream that a house has disappeared, indicates that you are not feeling grounded. You feel uprooted by a particular circumstance or relationship in your life.

To see an old, run-down house in your dream, represents your old beliefs, attitudes and how you used to think or feel. A situation in your current life may be bringing about those same old attitudes and feelings. Alternatively, the old house may symbolize your need to update you mode of thinking. To dream that your house is damaged, indicates your waking concerns about the condition of your house.


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  1. Eldon says:

    Hi Sherry my name is Eldon and I’m 23 years oldm I’ve been having the same dream randomly on and off for many years now – I want to say since the age of 8? It’s about this very big house thats seen better days. There are always a few different chsracters in the dream usually family but that always seem to be in the background. The house has about 3 levels and lots of nooks and cranies – feels like it was once a grand mansionish type of house. But i only ever go to 4 places. The spiral staircase, the rpom right at the bottom with big windows that are always falling away from the house and this time the whole window frame fell away. The bedroom just next to this room where the light switches are for the bright yellow lights for outside and the lights in those two rooms respectively. I always feel safe and prouf when i turn the lights on.. And the last place i always go to is this weird little room. It feels like a childs little hangout space? Its 2 levels has a piano i think and the stairs to get to the second level as well as the floor boards are very run down. This time the syaircase fell away from the wall. I havnt had this dream or any other notable dream for yeeeears. Can u help me interpret it please.

  2. Karla Strohm says:

    Thank you Sherry for your feedback. I recently had a psychic reading from someone I found to be very gifted. She said a new shift of awareness is here for me though yet, unfocused. That I was reclusive at this time doing a lot of spiritual work to feed my soul and have purged almost every relationship because I didn’t know how to do “easy” or have relationships that were not burdensome, but I was going to “arrive” over the next 2 to 2 1/2 years. She said that I would learn how to be my authentic self and follow the flow of spirit, to surrender, and learn how to walk away from things and situations with a simple, “NO” that needs no explanation. That if I divulge my truth in every conversation, or situation, even though it might “offend” someone is in “reality” a gift to someone, by honoring them with my truth. However, it would take some effort, and when I fail to live this new life, that I must simply tell myself that it is “OK” and I would only be more determined to do it better next time. To be patient and know I’m birthing into a new self and in 2-2 1/2 years it will become second nature to me. When that time arrives I will meet a whole new set of people in every department, but I have to get acquainted with… and get in relationship with myself. God will send many little things, sometimes BIG things, to help me release. So, I thought the bedroom being cluttered with so much furniture represented this purging. Interestingly, there was no door to this bedroom and people were permitted to just walk in and out of the room. I have spent a life analyzing and judging EVERYTHING in an effort to keep safe. I always thought that my child self would take a QUANTUM LEAP if I could only “find her” and tell her everything I thought she should know, but I was SO wrong. When I looked into her face, there was absolutely no judgement within her and “I GOT IT”.

    I even got to thinking about the part of the dream where I told my cousin that she would one day, earn a Bachelors of Science in Nursing and work in a neonatal unit. I too, am a nurse, but have been wanting to reinvent my career and turn towards Holistic Modalities. I just don’t know my path yet. I’ve always thought I had arrested development in the arena of emotional and spiritual intelligence, but perhaps I’m just “incubating”. The psychic told me that I would eventually turn towards Holistic and was here to “renovate” people. I hope this part of the dream is symbolic of that.

    Also, the psychic had me read a book, “God on a Harley” by Joan Brady that discussed the spiritual tenent of rather than “taking down your walls” that you have built to protect yourself, learn to “ascend” them. Either way, it seems rather daunting. However, I remembered that within my dream when my ancestors were walking straight up the side of a bricked building, that when they got half-way up, the wall tipped forward from a vertical to a horizontal. So perhaps they were even telling me that it’s really not even THAT hard, you just will the wall to move beneath your feet…and just GO! I would have probably missed that if your blog didn’t teach to look at SO many details. How FUN!

    I have been blessed by my dream, but I have also been blessed by YOU, a virtual stranger. I read, google, and explore constantly….just scouring for spiritual truths. I am very very very spiritually hungry. Your website is a huge cut above the rest. I am so happy that you touched me. I am so thankful that you jumped into my flow and left your blessing upon me. So THANK YOU for your validation. Nobody can see me……yet.

    My DEEPEST Gratitude,

    Sniff sniff…..

  3. Sherry says:

    I forgot to mention…the upstairs bedroom represents…bedroom implies a sense of privacy and upstairs a higher level of the self…your higher self. The privacy part may be because this connection to your higher self is something you are keeping close to you and not fully letting come out and through you to the point where others see it yet. Thanks a lot for sharing…that was awesome! Sherry XOXO

  4. Sherry says:

    Very good! :-) Your child self…She is what you were and she is what you need to become again to ascend. Sherry

  5. Karla Strohm says:

    Awesome Blog! Just had a bizzare dream about flying over my hometown and noticing people from a past generation in a parking lot behind an old brick walled building. As I landed the people looked at me and some were deceased relatives. They all started walking up the brick wall while continuing to look at me. I meandered through the streets and a crowd of people that somehow shifted and bottle necked into the living room of my childhood home. I went upstairs to my old bedroom, but it did not look like the bedroom of my childhood. It looked more like the upper loft of another home I lived in my thirties when my former spouse died of an alcohol related accident and was a very turbulent time for me. It was cluttered with furniture. I saw my twin sister there and she was a very young child and she did not speak. Then I eventually met my own child self! When I introduced myself to myself, as my “future self” her eyes popped open in wide amazement! She was SO happy, bright, innocent, and glad to see me. She had no problems with the concept. I have often thought about how COOL it would be to go back into the past and warn my child self of mistakes, regrets, etc. to heal a past before it ever got started. Then a boy comes up the stairs and starts digging a huge bottle of booze out of the wall that has been hidden. He works with my dad and informs me that my dad has issues that I’m unaware of. A cousin does appear at some point asking me about the future and I tell her that she will earn a bachelors in nursing and work in a neo natal unit. My twin and myself never speak to me in words. The dream ends. My parents never really emotionally connected to me as parents. They had many social engagements with friends and left us with babysitters a lot. I am currently estranged from my twin and mother. My dad was always a workaholic and admits he never took up alcohol because he knows that he does NOTHING in moderation so he abstained. My mother did not drink either, but I did marry an alcoholic. After reading your blog I’m thinking that my ancestors climbed the boundary or veil and assisted me in finding my child within. I get the feeling that I was kept in an “ivory tower” of sorts and energetically exposed to boundriless people in my youth. No family core. However, I do feel like telling my child self anything about the probable trajectories of my life was not permitted. I feel it was actually backwards….upside down….inceptionistic. That she was so glad I found her because just her pure, simple, loving, innocent energy was meant to project forward to my future. Because perhaps the nightmares, chaos, and decisions I have made with my life have kept her locked there in isolation in a cluttered environment with the invasion of virtual strangers you can never possibly know (including her parents). That she was abandoned in a weird reality that makes no sense. Where illusions take place that seem so very real. That my world is infusing into hers and how could I, the adult, think I have any better answers for her?! That adults are stupid crazy makers infusing nightmares into the life of children and now that I had finally come to meet her that she could show me how to STOP this crazy ride. Just because she “is”. Sherry, I really had a moment to be enchanted with my own “self”. I was very beautiful. I hope I’m on track, but my own anlyses of this, if I am on track, would only be made possible by your fabulous blog! THANK YOU SHERRY! I assume the ancestors of a previous generation are assisting as guides or even helping me in my quest to break multi-generational patterning of dysfunction. I also hope the “upstairs bedroom” represents an ascension or higher awareness!

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