Everyone needs a home, to provide comfort and shelter from the weather. It usually takes the form of a permanent house, although some people live in temporary structures such as tents. What is the difference between the words houses and homes?

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 goodies “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 any place.

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. Winston Churchil once said “We shape our buildings, thereafter they shape us”. Going by the words of the great man our house, our bedroom, our kitchen all have played an important role in shaping our thought, behavior and in short making us what we are.

Our room can tell a lot about us, a person living in a small room maybe more organised than a person living in larger one. The former needs to arrange things so well that everything fits in his room while for the latter it is a choice. A large room can bring much clarity to your thoughts, get you out from stress and make you relaxed. No matter how large is our home, we all seek the need for maximizing space to make our homes feel spacious and welcoming. 

Further if you observe the houses that were being built in different times they reveals the attitude of that generation. Earlier the houses used to have many doors and windows. There used be cross ventilation so that the breeze could flow freely through the house and the rooms were so placed that light would fall on every room. This simply shows that they were more social and their lifestyle aligned with the nature.

The houses we built now have minimum doors and windows and are mostly closed. It turns to be an oven on a hot day. This just shows how we want to isolate us from the rest. Keeping everything aside a home is much more than a house. A house becomes a home when you cook your food in the kitchen.

A house becomes a home when the whole family dine around a table and crack jokes.

A house become a home when you sit together and watch soap operas. A house is built of brick and iron while a home is built of love and sacrifice. That is a house becomes a home when you start living in it.

Overall, a place does not necessarily have to be an apartment, house, or a dorm room to be a home. A home is any place where you are comfortable, and feel as if you can be yourself. A home is a place where you just feed off of positive energy and feel free. It does not matter whether your home is outside in nature or in an apartment, as long as your heart is there.

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