The Meaning of Houses In Dreams

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


82 Responses to The Meaning of Houses In Dreams

  1. Cindy February 16, 2016 at 4:25 am #

    Hi, I have been dreaming the same dream for a couple of days now about 3 days could be more where I struggle to get into my own house. There is barbed wire fence security- it’s nearly impossible to get in. But I always get back through the neighbor who stays next door. I go through his house to get into my garden and he knows this route I need to take so he lets me. He understands that it’s difficult for me to get into my house. But every time I find myself outside I am running up a steep hill and then I struggle to get back in again

  2. Francis nahamya February 20, 2016 at 12:40 pm #

    Could this mean that you are being exploited by someone close to you?

  3. Karli March 5, 2016 at 12:00 pm #

    I have been having nightmares about my grandmother’s house. It is almost always about someone breaking in the house.

  4. palesa bodutu March 11, 2016 at 7:33 am #

    Hi,I have been having the same dream for 3 years. I live in a double storey mansion. I’m very unhappy and lonely with 2 kids that are not mine but these kids never leave their rooms,and anyone entering the house die the same year or few years later

  5. Mel March 23, 2016 at 3:13 am #

    I have had 2 dreams of a house I wanna buy, in the dream anyways. It’s a huge beautiful mansion. Very different layout but has a bit of leftover junk inside. Older flooring. I remember thinking it was a fixer upper but feeling excited about it and seeing it’s beauty. Is that me? ..,, am I a fixer upper? Doesn’t really sound positive 🙁

  6. Gabrielle April 10, 2016 at 3:21 pm #

    Great thoughts on this. I often times dream of a large house with a beautiful garden and a gazebo. Presently I am self employed and struggling to make ends meet so perhaps it’s an escape on a subconscious level. Any thoughts?

  7. David Tuttle April 24, 2016 at 6:22 pm #

    Over the last 10 years or so I have had almost the same dream every few months or so . Each time that I have this dream a lil something changes each time . There is a trailer sitting in a grassy yard with a hillside of trees on each side . On the back side of the trailer the hill goes downward and in front it is up hill . I have walked up the hill and there’s 2 old house . One to the right and another up to the left a lil way . Well I’ve been in the trailer and looked around a bunch of times and there was never anyone there until last night . Last night there was a young lady there and we talked but I can’t remember every word we said . But near the end of the dream she told me that she loved me and spoke of us getting married . I have no idea where this trailer is or who the young lady is . Shall I ever find out ? Can anyone tell me why I have had these dreams and what they may mean ? Thanks !

  8. Winfield May 10, 2016 at 12:06 pm #

    I had a dream of a nice big house. I was in the back of the house I was so happy my friends was there but they was at a distance Congratulate me. Then at one point I was in the house looking out the window at the but still happy. Then I was back in The yard looking at the pool I washed my hands in the pool and dirty went down into the pool then I woke up

  9. Dbates June 1, 2016 at 8:43 pm #

    I never post to any site but I am having a recurring house dream and cannot understand the significance of this dream. Even after reading other sites with house dreams i just can’t figure it out.
    Anyhow, I continue to dream regularly about a house I lived in years ago. The dream always brings me back to this house. I don’t own the house any longer but I tell everyone I do in my dream. I let all my family and friends stay and always, the people that own the house come home. They are very nice and just tell me to leave. Each dream is the same theme – I pretend I live there and tell everyone that until the real owners come home???

  10. Jill Scott June 5, 2016 at 11:12 am #

    I had a dream that my mother, who currently lives in her deceased parents home, lost the home. The didn’t tell me how. So, she could’ve moved out. But, her ‘suppose it’ brother’s daughter moved into the house. I was really hurt that someone outside the family was permitted to move in. In, the dream I never verbally spoke to my mom about the situation. Weirdly,before this dream, I had a dream that a mole on my left cheek turned into a hole, and I kept picking at it. Like teens pick at their acne.

  11. Click June 12, 2016 at 6:24 am #

    Ive been having the same dream twice now. Im in a house i go into a kids room there is a secret door that leads to a room.When i go into the attic of the house it opens up into more space which looks like an office setting with a gym in it.

    Strange dream which ive had twice now not sure what it means though.

  12. Click June 12, 2016 at 6:29 am #

    The house it outdated a little on the inside until i go to the attic and enter the office area which is brand new.

  13. Victoria Brooke July 1, 2016 at 1:10 am #

    I have had the same dream every night, for what seems like forever. I dream of my grandmothers house, in every dream. typically it is a nightmare that I have but that doesn’t make any sense because I have nothing but great times and memories with my grandparents. I did stay there often as a child and my grandparents are still alive, however, in these dreams I’m constantly locking doors, throughout the whole house. I lock and lock and lock. They just won’t stay locked. So over and over in these dreams I’m just continuously locking doors, from people trying to get in or for myself to feel safe. I don’t understand, But I’ve literally had this dream EVERY night for the past year. I need some understanding!!

  14. Leslie Mooore July 3, 2016 at 11:27 am #

    I had a dream I haven’t remembered my dreams in forever, I mean like middle school and I am 36. My dad passed about 4 yrs ago. But last night I dreamt we moved in a house I remember it was a pretty big house. The front half was his I never seen an image of him in the dream but I remember giving someone a tour and saying this is my daddy’s part. Then in the middle was my daughter’s room and bathroom and I was so excited to get to my end of the house I remember it had a living kitchen and on the table was as one type of dessert from my cousin that basically congratulated me (since my daddy passed I don’t really talk to them, no hard feelings or anything I just don’t make an effort) then of course I woke up. Keep in mind I am in the process of trying to get a home just started and before I went to sheet I was looking at some renovation pictures before and after. What does this mean because like I said I haven’t remembered a dream in forever am I y this dream to remember or am I just and don’t know it?

  15. Shelley July 7, 2016 at 10:52 pm #

    Hi everyone,
    I had a dream that my partner bought a mansion – much like that from the Great Gatsby. When I asked him how much it was, he lied and said $1mil. We enjoyed the place a little, had intimacy in the bathroom. After I was still unsure about the price of the place so I asked again. He said okay. It’s $2mil. We didn’t really fight in the dream but I didn’t believe him so I ask him to tell me the really price which was $3.5mil. I said, we can’t afford this so we must sell it.
    We’re currently applying for houses together to rent and it will be the first time we live together.

  16. Hope July 14, 2016 at 9:13 am #

    I dreamt cleaning my ex-boyfriend’s house and baby sitting his sister child while his girlfriend who he dated before me was around they all give me a bad attitude it was really bad and I was unappreciated but in my waking life I want nothing to do with them or him..what might this dream mean?

  17. Sheetal July 21, 2016 at 9:16 am #

    6 year before we were having a flat Bt after my brothers death we left that home and sold that home. We all gets the dream about a flat that we have purchase that again we all get this dream in every 2-3 month once we are disturb and don’t know what does this dream means. Please help us.

  18. Sherry July 27, 2016 at 12:22 pm #

    I was dreaming that many people were going into a house and my family and I were not allowed to go in. What could that mean

  19. jennifer July 27, 2016 at 4:19 pm #

    I keep having the same dream over and over except it changes a little….its always a mobile home but its always the same thing happening but in different places….like once I was in a mobile home on the water and I couldn’t get it to balance! I just kept running back and forth trying to keep it from going underwater….and last night same thin expect it was in space lol not really worried about the meaning of where it is so much as the house being unbalanced…. I keep running back and forth trying to keep the house balanced and every time I do it starts tilting again and I freak out…what does this mean????

  20. Kat August 20, 2016 at 5:20 am #

    I’ve been having a same sort of dream where I go to a old, but beautiful house that is massive, when I go in it feels like home and I always bring a guest (a lot of times it’s a guy that saved me from dying in my first nightmare in 1st grade, he’s not real). When we get inside, we go to the kitchen where a motherly figure is making food and there are a lot of people bustling about. Normally I have panic attacks in real life around a lot of people, but it’s nice and welcoming, the people greet us and give us bites of food. Then my guest and I go to the living room. It’s absolutely gorgeous and has a 1920s feel. We talk for a while with another guest who is and older proper man with a pipe. Then the man leaves and we go to a panel on the wall no one knows is there and open it to climb inside. We appear in a big dusty attic where we move a box on the floor to reveal a trap door and we go in. Finally we are in a huge white room with one wall made of glass showing the beautiful view outside. In the room we can fly until I have to wake up. What does any of this mean?

  21. Pete August 20, 2016 at 3:03 pm #

    I’d have 2 dreams me and the same friend walking in to a building/house and then running and hiding because people came to look for Us, the secend dream was me a and my friend walked in this really Nice house and we just looked a round a lil bit and then some alarm starting to ring so we ran out of the house and starting to run and hide
    The first dream was quite the same but it was more a building and i’d had to hide in the building i dont understand the dreams

  22. Noemi Tovar September 21, 2016 at 1:30 pm #

    Hi,I’ve dreamed this more than 5 or 6 times already that all of a sudden I have bought a new house but it’s focuses in bigger rooms and unique shapes inside and that I’m happy and surprised not knowing how i got that blessing!

  23. beth ferris October 2, 2016 at 8:26 pm #

    I’ve had the same dream many times. i feel anxious when the people come home. sometimes i try to get out fast. i’m disappointed that its not my home anymore. its not a pleasant dream. maybe its just a part of us that had some significant homey feelings there when we were kids? and maybe we want it again but of course its not possible. beth

  24. Alex Alexander October 9, 2016 at 2:56 am #

    My friend told me, he dreamt of me shouting and laughing telling him that i would move to a new house. But in the dream he said he could not see the house i was telling him about. What does this mean? Can anyone clarify?

  25. romana November 15, 2016 at 8:08 am #

    i keep having a recurring dream of a weird mansion like house . how i get to the house is always different i dont actually remember the dream leading up to it the first time but this time i was at a random party kinda gathering with heaps of people i don’t recognise as well as my x boyfriend and his current gf which haven’t been in this dream before it shocked me as this was out of place i remember he and i having a conversation and then he leaned in and kissed me im not sure why but he did then he vanished from the dream the landscape changed while still being at the party then two other girls and i went on an adventure through a kind of factory/rooftop landscape i think i was avoiding seeing my x and they were helping we rounded one corner and found ourself on a dirt road in front of a burnt out mansion it looked decayed from the outside and when we went in it was a combination of burnt down and intact almost exactly half was all blackened timbers that had fallen and distroyed furniture while the other half was lavish and blue purple pale pink lots of flower prints instead of your typical red carpet leading up the untouched stairs it was purple .

    i dont know why i keep dreaming of this place

  26. Cassandra November 17, 2016 at 5:40 am #

    I have been having a recurring dream for the past 10 years. I’m always inside a big house, and I’m always alone. I just wander around the house from room to room. Every time I dream this dream its a different house, but its always a big house. I do the same thing in every dream, I’m just looking around. I really wish I knew why I have been dreaming this for so long. Maybe when I find what I’m looking for the dream will go away??? LoL

  27. Sara Martinez November 24, 2016 at 8:33 am #

    I had recurring dreams of different huge houses that were in motion as I was walking through the many rooms. In one dream the huge house was on a train and next to it was another house on another train with my sister and her family. The child were playing in the backyard. Another huge house was built at the summit of a mountain and all my siblings flew in for a party and there were rjust enough spaces for their private planes. I have 8 siblings. I felt great sadness in all my house dreams.

  28. Jenna November 26, 2016 at 12:41 am #

    I’ve been having a dream about a really weird house for a couple of weeks now. Each time I have the dream, the ‘story’ changes a bit. One time it was a house we were looking at to rent, one time it was a random house me and a couple of friends decided to sneak into, and once it was just a house me and some family were in. Every time though, everybody disappears and I’m left alone. Then a person I’ve never seen before in dark clothing comes out of nowhere and starts to chase me. I run into a room and lock the door, but then I find another door. I lock that one too, but then I keep finding hallways and other rooms that connect to this room and I keep going through them and locking all the doors until I eventually find a hallway that leads to a kitchen and has no door. RIght before the person catches me, I wake up.

  29. heather November 30, 2016 at 1:11 pm #

    David Tuttle described me and where I lived. How strange ?

  30. julia December 4, 2016 at 2:31 pm #


    I think that the person in black, might be a facet of your character that is trying to get your acknowledgement. Do you feel able to be yourself around your family members? Do they accept you, as you are?

  31. julia December 5, 2016 at 12:34 am #

    To; Kat


    Interesting dream, I like the part about the 1920’s feel of the house, and the glass wall that enabled you to see the view outside of the house, and the flying bit too. Oh and also the secret panels. I’ve always wanted to dwell in a house with secret panels, rooms, stairs and suchlike.

  32. Cynthia Salazar December 6, 2016 at 10:46 pm #

    No I have a story months of same dream like my past life in house grew up mother in law’s house me n my x house n it’s muddy dark lots off tunnels I fly like Superman n a shadow w me n it’s all ways empty but but some times not people drugs my one daughter n son big then babies especially w one daughter my ex husband x boyfriend now boy friend allway’s trying g to get away n like doing drugs my mouth fills thick n very high n low now finally I see a big white House clean n empty what dose it mean in have life long dreams for 3 straight months