The words “house” and “home” have similar definitions, with both of them referring to a place where you live. While the literal definitions may be the same, the connotation and meaning each of these words carry separate them from one another. In this article, we’ll examine some of the key differences between finding a house and finding a home.
House vs. Home
When you’re searching for a place to live, there are some main things you always look for, but what are some of the factors that differentiate between finding a house and finding a home?
- A house often refers to any physical structure—whether it’s a “single-detached” house, a condo, an apartment, etc.—that you live in. While it’s important to have shelter, finding a home involves more than simply having a roof over your head. A home is somewhere where you feel like you have everything you need, such as a place to eat, sleep, enjoy your hobbies, decorate the way you like, and more.
- Another thing that factors into whether a space is a house or a home is how comfortable you feel and the things you are able to do there. You wouldn’t necessarily think of somewhere as your home if you only used it for sleeping and avoided doing anything else there. A home is a place where you feel comfortable and free to be yourself, enjoy the things you like, and destress from the outside world.
- Sharing the space with others also separates a home from a house, since homes are often where people gather together to enjoy one another’s company. The idea of home often carries an emotional connotation since a home is where you build memories, spend time with your loved ones, and feel love. A home is a place you feel a sense of belonging and like you are part of a community, whether it’s with your family, friends, or other people who support you.
At Thompson-Markward Hall (TMH), we’re a nonprofit organization with a mission to promote the academic and professional success of young women. TMH is in the heart of DC and offers safe, affordable, and convenient housing for women who are working, attending school, or interning in our nation’s capital. We also have home-cooked, delicious food provided for our residents.We are now requiring all residents to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to make our community as safe as possible. Visit our website to learn more about our accommodations or fill out an application so you can start enjoying all of the benefits of co-living in DC and find your new home today!