According to Carl Jung’s version of dream analysis, a house often symbolizes one’s psyche or self. The layout and condition of the house are analogue for the condition of one’s identity. What is the state of your house in your dream? It is a brand new, shiny, well-kept, modern house? Or is it or old and dilapidated? If your house represents you, how you see the house in your dream describes how you see yourself.
A house needs attention. It must be adequately maintained and kept in order for it to function well. A house that falls into disrepair is usually one that doesn’t get the attention necessary or is abused by its inhabitants. There is a house in every town that has been abandoned. Because of the lack of attention, it begins to disintegrate. The life has left the house, so to speak. It is interesting, because other houses in the same area may have had not much more maintenance on them than the abandoned house. But, because no one is living there or paying attention to it, it begins to break down very rapidly. In our dreams, a house that is abandoned symbolizes that we feel lost and unimportant.
All manner of problems in a house indicate issues related to our feelings of well-being. The colors of the house tend to amplify or diminish this. In theory, a house should be our solace, our safe place, the place where we feel at home. When the house is not welcoming or warm, this directly impacts our emotions. A leaky roof would indicate depression. Water running off the roof signifies tears or crying. A house with holes in the walls would indicate a lack of self-esteem. A house whose structure is unsound or damaged throughout could indicate exposure to abuse of some sort, either physical or emotional. Neglect is also a type of abuse. Depending on whether or not you dream of your childhood home or your current house, this would represent whether the mistreatment is in the past or present.
When you dream of a house, standing alone with nothing else around it, this indicates feelings of isolation. A house with no electricity or where the water has been turned off indicates of feelings of helplessness. A house where the pipes are clogged indicates difficulties in expressing feelings and emotions. A house on fire would indicate internal anger. A cold and drafty house would indicate loneliness or the feeling of not being accepted by others.
A small or cramped house indicates that you are uncomfortable in your current life. A large spacious house means that you feel free and are satisfied emotionally. A messy or cluttered house represents that you have many unresolved issues that need to be dealt with or symbolically cleaned out. To dream you are cleaning means you are working on issues. To dream that you are making a mess tells that you are creating problems for yourself that will need your attention. A clean house indicates you face your problems head on and are well balanced emotionally.
The house in which we live depends on many things, proximity to a job, what we can afford, our likes and dislikes. The idea of a dream house speaks to our ideal state of being. To dream of finding your dream house means that you are happy with yourself and with your life. To dream that you are searching for your dream home means you are trying to build the life you want.