Dreaming About a House

Always thinking about the future.

Anna Burgess Yang
3 min readNov 3, 2019


Pop art illustration of a room in a house sorely in need of repairs
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For many months — perhaps even a year — I have had the same dream. I am in a house, either our current home, or the house I grew up in, or some other familiar place.

In the dream, I discover some type of secret “new room.” Perhaps it was a door in the basement that I open to reveal several new rooms. Or stairs lead to an attic discovery that is larger than I thought possible in the size of the space.

A recent variation was in the home of my grandparents in Milwaukee. In the dream, my grandparents were moving out of the home — as they did in real life, many years ago, to move to an assisted living facility. I was walking through the house with some relatives when I found a little room off to the side of the house. It was narrow, with large windows and a desk that stretched the entire length of the room. Looking out the window, I could see an endless stretch of rolling hills, which hardly mirrored real life, where the actual house was in a Milwaukee suburb, surrounded by other homes. But in my dream and finding that room, I suddenly wanted to keep the house and turn that space into my own.

I thought that perhaps my dreams of “finding new spaces in a house” were a result of the addition we recently put on our own home. It has been a project that we had discussed ever since we bought the house six years ago and finally completed this year.

I mentioned this to my husband and he told me that he has had similar dreams of secret rooms in houses. But his are distant in frequency compared to his dreams of a zombie apocalypse, falling, and being late to class.

I turned to Google for an interpretation of what my dreams might mean and the following was the first result that popped up:

When you dream of finding a new room in your house, it is your subconscious telling you that there is an undiscovered (or new) part of yourself that you need to work on. Houses in dreams represent “the self” so finding a new room means that you are finding a new part of yourself, it’s a dream of self-discovery.

Personal self-discovery wasn’t what I was expecting.

But in a way, it made sense.



Anna Burgess Yang

Productivity geek + solopreneur with niche expertise. #5amwritersclub frequent flyer. • https://start.annabyang.com/