The Meaning of Houses In Dreams

by mlennox on March 13, 2010

Houses in dreams are the symbolic representation of the dreamer’s sense of self.  No matter what other imagery or circumstances may present themselves in a dream, a house should be considered an unconscious expression of your sense of personal identity.  This also applies to any home-like dwelling, such as an apartment, hotel room, trailer, grass hut or any of the possibilities of “home” that exist in the imagination.

The perspective or view of the house takes on specific meaning.  The front of a house connects to the persona, the part of you that you show the world.  The back is what is private or hidden.  What you discover on the inside reflects various, compartmentalized aspects of yourself.  Side views or alternate angles may connect to presenting yourself in the world in a limited, partial or inaccurate fashion.

The size, style, condition and reflection of abundance levels will play a key role in interpreting this symbol in a dream.  You will need to consider both the feelings evoked by the house in the dream itself, as well as what comes up for you when comparing it to your actual, waking-life home.  Whatever shades of meaning you glean from your dream must be interpreted as reflecting an unconscious expression of self.

A mansion on a grand scale may indicate a sense of opening yourself up to greater levels of abundance.  This could also be revealing a level of inappropriate grandiosity, depending on your current levels of esteem.  Conversely, a moment in life that feels constraining and steeped in lack might evoke a dream image of a house that is more hovel than home.  Yet, this same image could be a symbolic representation of deeper levels of humility emerging within you.

A new house might mean a new sense of self is on the horizon, or needs to be.  An older, dilapidated model reflects feelings in sync with such a visual image.  Adding an extension indicates such an expansion may be occurring on a personal level.  A house on fire is expressing that powerful levels of transformation are afoot.  Whatever the Dreaming Lens is offering you about a house should be incorporated into an interpretation of your sense of self at the time of the dream.

If you dream of a specific home from an earlier time in your life, you are looking at the person you are today as a direct result of what was going on back then.  This can refer to occurrences in the environment associated with the home and the people in it, as well as developmental issues based on your age at the time, which brings us to our next concept.

Dr Michael Lennox

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lor August 15, 2011 at 5:06 am

i dreamt that i was trying to kill a snake in my mother’s house (the entry to the house, which is on the lower floor). i thought i had killed it but it kept coming for me, even though i had gone upstairs. i killed it again and thought i had killed it but again, it came for me, almost as if the snake was mocking me. there were others in the house at the time, possibly my mum but i am not sure. what does this mean?

mlennox August 16, 2011 at 1:02 pm

The most universal meaning of snakes connect to change and transformation (snakes shed their skins when they outgrow them). Killing a snake may be about trying to kill of something you desire to shift in your life as it relates to your sense of self (houses can relate to your sense of self). Since it is your mother’s house in the dream, we know that you are having thoughts of who you are today as a result of your relationship with your real life mother. That you feel the snake is somehow mocking you is key – what patterns of behavior are so much a part of you that your desire to change them may be met with a mocking insistence that you are powerless over them?

marie rose moubarak November 13, 2012 at 11:57 am

Dear mr.Lennox,
my dream was: ” finding myself in the house of my ex-belover, his house was very big, shiny, with white furniture, full of crystal, large dorms,and several wc .” i was afraid, don’t want to saw him inside.

mlennox November 13, 2012 at 2:21 pm

This house represents your sense of self as it relates to your ex. It is expressing the ambivolence between seeing the gifts and benefits of the relationship (the big, beautiful house) and the fear that connecting to what you can think of as the good parts of the relationship mixed with the fear of connecting with him and the relationship itself (fear that he will be inside). The dream indicates that the process of seperation is continuing well.

Kelly December 15, 2012 at 6:27 am

Dear Dr. Lennox,
I have recurring dreams of the inside of houses. There are several different houses that come up over and over. When I have the dream about one, I am living in it at the time and comfortable, but come across rooms that I forgot I had….in the dreams, I enjoy the rooms and want to spend more time in them–and am surprised that I forgot they were there and how much I enjoy them. In one house, there is a cozy family room with an atrium filled with neglected, but growing plants attached to it. In another there is a large and elegant bedroom, and in another there is a storage area and bathroom that I want to fix-up and remodel. I’ve always wondered about the significance of the rooms and how I could forget they were there when I enjoy them so much.
Thank you,

lt February 26, 2013 at 11:54 am

ivr dreamt of a house before..old..greyish..dilabidated 3 storey square large old house on a large was haunted..spirits appeared in different rooms…i think it is linked to a very early dream of when i was just a toddler..walkin into the old house and there was a witch sitting on a pile of books in a library like room and i couldnt escape the dream..i couldnt wake up it was horrifying..
my spouse and i have been together 13 years..a few years ago i dreamt of the 3 storey house..he then revealed he has dreamt a few times about the same house..he described details of it i never told him..last night he dreamt kf the house again..he sid the outside lookd nicer than he thought it would..stone work and gargoyles that talked and askdd who ownd this house…what does this mean??

Mars March 13, 2013 at 3:21 pm

Hey, Last night I dreamed that I was in a house with several other people ijncluding my two young-adult children. At some point, a female stranger put a bomb in one of the rooms and then slipped out. I did not see it, but I was aware of the impending explosion. I hid behind an open door in the little triangle it creates when pulled against the wall, to protect myself from the blast. When it went off, it was sort of like an earthquake. The upper floor was severaly damaged, and it sort of slumped down on top of the lower floor. The place was still standing, but it was obviously a goner. I remember specifically looking down the stairs from the upstairs landing to the front entry, and seeing the stairs blocked by debris so that I could not go down the stairs. I also remember trying to convince my children to pack up a few important things and to move outside for safety, and that we would have to leave the house. But they did not seem to understand or want to comply.


hanh tran May 21, 2013 at 3:27 am

Hi Dr Lennox,

I dreamt that I went to my new partner’s open plan studio/apartment, the door was unlocked, and upon entering I found my wallet which was lying on the bed. This place was not the place he lived in, it was like his second place..

The place was very clean, very quiet, very peaceful. A lot of windows all around 3 walls… (it was very early in the morning, perhaps before sunrise) which were covered by curtains. People were trying to peer inside and I felt protective to shield them from seeing inside.

On the desk, I found his a card with his name on it (appeared to be a license?) and then found one with my name on it as well.

Upon my way out, I was walking down the footpath and he drove past in the opposite direction to where I was walking (on the way to work- I assumed he also knew I was going to his apartment) He waved and I caught glimpse of myself in the mirror (didnt like what I saw but continued on)

I have had several dreams about this man.. .I am trying to explain what’s going on and if you can help that would be really helpful.

Thank you in advance, Hanh

Domenica July 24, 2013 at 3:16 am

Hi Dr L

I recently dreamt I was living in a house with an ex boyfriend whom I have not heard from in a couple of weeks. The house was located on the water (ocean) and surrounded by mansions/semi palaces (a neighborhood I know very well). The house itself was small and boxy, a pinkish salmon hue and had an arch doorway made of jewelry hues and precious stones In the dream I was showing a third person the view from the backyard and water (whom I felt was a realtor congratulating me on finding this little gem) . This person leaves and it’s the ex and I enjoying the sunset when I point to a Gatsby-ish house diagonal to us and I tell him I will be going to live there soon. He smiles and nods and says “I know” and we walk back inside arm in arm. We were very very happy. The house I pointed to was magnificent, white, well lit, and enormous. As we go back into our quaint little home I realize he had left the door unlocked and that strangers were inside the house. They were hiding in my closets, behind the shower curtains , they were filthy and drug users. I was so furious and I began yelling violently but as I’d force a group out I would find more of them inside the house. They wouldn’t leave so I had to.

azubuike timothy August 19, 2013 at 6:03 am

I dream when i won a car.i was given the of the car and the remote control.when i pressed the button on the remote,the door opened automatically.but wen i got inside it appeared to be a house that have a starecase but it just that the house is small.but inside the house i saw cooking stoves and yams packed inside the house at a coner.please what could this mean?

Kimme December 20, 2013 at 5:18 am

I dreamed I was in a 3 story hous no staires it was like a slip and slid me and my brother used to get to second floor he wanted go to 3 I wanted to see out a window it was dark it was like a screan in porch that was dark but I openedit was bright and sunny never made too the 3 floor please help explain

Coretta March 6, 2014 at 3:41 am

I had a dream that a crew of people showed up to my house and did some type of extreme makeover to my home. I’m not sure if they tore it down and started from scratch, but when they were don’t I had a huge mansion type house that was fully decorated as well as paid in full. I was also given a new car as well

cathyboo March 31, 2014 at 8:44 pm

Hi there I often get similar dreams about a flat I used o live in 8years ago but I only lived there 6 months I am curious to why this previous home keeps appearing in my dreams at first there was me travelling up the stairs but it was a struggle and then the stairs kept on changing or id even get lost on my way but now ive actually entered the flat and even living there again . inside is completely different its always very dark and dinghy With blue and red furniture.

Kelly April 20, 2014 at 3:35 am

I have a recurring dream about the inside of my friend’s house from when I was about age 8-14. Several times a week for a while now.

Ashley May 1, 2014 at 9:00 pm

Hi! I have dreamed of the same house. The first few times it was in my dream, it belonged to an old friend’s mother and it was huge, old and nice upstairs. I got lost and ended up in a basement area that was haunted and I couldn’t figure out how to get back upstairs. Last night, I dreamed of the same house and my boyfriend and I were contemplating renting it. I knew the house in my deeam and I kept thinking he and I would need to take the basement and our kids room upstairs because I knew it was haunted but I didn’t say anything and I thought I would be ok to be down there if he were with me. Any thoughts?

Keneilwe June 18, 2014 at 1:40 pm

Hi Dr Lennox
In my dream I saw a White House with a bank logo on it (nedbank homes), I saw the house from it’s side. It looked clean, immaculate grounds and in good condition, also looked like it was in an estate type of residential area with plush houses, however, within the dream a little boys whom I couldn’t see, but hear asked his mother “how much is it going to cost” the mom, whom I also couldn’t see, but hear, says ” it’ll cost R 250 000 to fix” what does this dream mean?


Alexis June 21, 2014 at 4:27 am

I constantly have dreams about houses and they’re all almost the same. It starts out with me and my family about to move into a new house- so we start looking through it. They’re always big houses, beautiful on the outside. And I’m in my late teens in these dreams. Sometimes me and my little brother stray from my parents and wander around. Sometimes it’s just me wandering around. There’s all these twists and turns, secret pathways, and rooms where you’d think there’d be nothing- it’s a very complex infrastructure. I always seem to end up in the basement – or on my way to it but the closer I approach the more scared I feel. My heart starts pounding unbearably and I feel like I’m about to happen upon something I really don’t want to see- something that could scar me for life. At that point I wake up. I always feel scared, sad, or worried after waking up.

Linda Davis June 29, 2014 at 4:27 pm

As early as I can remember I have dreamed about a large old house. I sneak into the kitchen . Climb up into the top of one of the large old cabinets there is a trap door there. I go up into the attic . There are people in the house living there , but it is my house though I have not lived in the house for a long time. I can see the people though cracks in the ceiling. I can not let them see me. The attic has very many rooms filled with wonderful old things that are mine. Sometime it ends there other times I find my self wondering through an Old victorian cemetery iu is huge and the graves are covered with large markers, Angels, large crosses and willow trees. It is very large and I wander through it for hours searching for a certain grave but don’t know who it belongs to. I am very tired but have to keep wandering. I am 71 and have had this dream since I was a toddler. Sometimes it comes frequently than sometime it may be a year or more.

Shay July 1, 2014 at 10:20 am

Dear doctor,
In my dream I am in a big house that is full of people I know. I feel like my family just moved in the dream but I don’t see them. I am upset and can’t find my room and everytime I get close it’s blocked.

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