Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The difference between a house and a home

Have you ever thought about the difference between a house and a home?. I did not. After doing some search, these are the things I got;

A home is not a mere transient shelter: its essence lies in the personalities of the people who live in it. -- H. L. Mencken


A house is a structure as the other poster put it, but a home is the people who live in the house and make it a safe and pleasant place to be. You've heard quotes such as "Keep the home fires burning" (during the wars years) and the oldie but goodie "Home is where the heart is." You can live in a beautiful home, but if you have no one to love and share it with, then it's just a plain house no matter how fancy it is. Poor or rich, no children or a dozen children, adults have the control to make any place a good home. A home can be anywhere you live -- your home may be a mobile home, or a motor home, or an igloo. For some, home can be an abandoned warehouse on Main Street in Anywhere, USA. You can call an apartment your home. As they say, "Home is where the heart is." But a house is a physical structure with walls and a roof and a door. An apartment would not be considered your "house", etc.


Real estate agents are trained to minimize emotional involvement by calling it a house when you sell it, and maximize emotional involvement by calling it a home when you buy it. A "home" is where you live your life. A "house" is where you pose waiting for the photographers to show up.

Now, I have to decide on whether I should construct another house or a home. House is only a subset of the home. A home is much larger than a house, because by home, we do not mean just the concrete structure alone, it is beyond it. An engineer along with masons, carpenters and plumbers can build a house. I am taking a pause here......Who are all required to build a home?....