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In my 'B' post I suggested that buildings in dreams were mostly set pieces with no specific symbolic value other than representing mood, mindset, memory, or mind. This is not so for houses in dreams. When I dream of a house I am dreaming of a specific local that has personal meaning to me and plays a significant part in the dream.
The houses in my dreams are typically amalgams of real houses in my present, in my past, and in my imagination. These dream houses may have features that are specific to real places, but almost always have added rooms and are much bigger than any of the real life houses.
At times in a dream I may be in a readily recognizable part of a house, but either see or enter areas that would be unfamiliar to me in waking life and in some cases are strange and unfamiliar to me in the dream. For example, there may be a basement in a house that in real life has no basement or hallways will extend much further than the real hallways do. Sometimes I may be in one house, such as my mother's house, and then as I proceed I will find myself in another house or my own house.
In other dreams I will be in a place that I accept as being my or another person's house, but it is not anything like their actual house. I don't usually question the surroundings but I do get a sensation of unfamiliarity and strangeness.
I think in all cases the houses represent whatever state of mind I have been in waking life or who I have been thinking about. If I dream about my mother's house then I have usually been thinking about going there or about events that might be happening where she lives.
House dreams are usually comforting because of the surroundings represented, but a bit unsettling because there are events of uncertainty happening or a sense of having lost something and having to look for it. These house dreams are not particularly bad dreams, but they often leave me perplexed when I wake up. This state of confusion is possibly because of the differences of the dream houses and the waking life houses.
Whose houses do you typically dream about? If you have a dream about being in a house, is it usually a good dream or a bad dream? Do you either see houses in dreams or find yourself inside them? Or are houses even a dream factor for you?