Common Dreams: Buildings and Houses | Dream Sleep Symbols


My dreams are often set in a small decaying cellar. I always wake up feeling bad about life when this happens. What does this dream mean? – D J- Gloucester UK.


The cramped feeling of the cellar indicates frustration and a need to expand your activities or thinking. Decayed dirty or crumbling buildings indicate that your self-image has suffered. Get your hair done, buy a new outfit and treat yourself to a few activities that make you feel good about yourself.

Different parts of a house may symbolise different times. For example, modern rooms may represent the conscious mind whereas the oldest areas may represent the ancient mind- the unconscious. Also the condition of the building may express how you feel about yourself. In addition it can also represent your physical health. Sometimes decayed buildings are the prelude to the onset of an illness.


1. What aspect of me does the house represent? You mind, body or spirit? The house may represent how you see yourself. If you recognise the need for a psychological spring clean then get to work straight away.

2. Is the house symbolic of past circumstances? For example, your parental home may symbolise your childhood feelings. Ask yourself what personal associations the buildings of your dream have for you.

Mystical Meaning:

To dream of small buildings spells bad luck says superstition but if the building is big you will experience positive changes soon.


Some other interpretations for buildings in dreams:

A building in a dream may be your own home, a familiar place or an imaginary place. Ask yourself what kind of building it is and what purpose does it serve? Different buildings have various symbolic meanings and represent aspects of your life and personality:

Church Dream Meaning – Spirituality, beliefs, religion.
Post Office Dream Meaning – Communication,
Bank Dream Meaning- Money, opportunities, life values.
Grocery Shop Dream Meaning- Sustenance and the things that emotionally feed you.
Factory Dream Meaning- Work, Career, a mechanised routine way of life.
Railway Station Dream Meaning- Your direction, the direction of your life

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5 comments… add one
  • Alma Oct 1, 2017, 2:04 pm

    My dream is of my new home which has been laid on cinder blocks right on the beach. At first, it is beautiful. I see the beach waters which seem to be low tide, but then as time passes and I see the waters start to come in and begin to wash under my home. I begin to see the blocks under my home begin to erode. However, I awake before I see my house wash away.

  • SURESH GARODIA Jul 2, 2017, 3:23 am

    I want know the meaning of dream that I dreamed last night about falling down of my building. The big building was seven stories. Please let me know the meaning, Thanks

  • sharon Oct 7, 2016, 1:12 am

    I keep dreaming I’ve moved house and the ones I moved to am heartbroken I want to move back but there is people living in it am always dreaming this.

  • sharon Oct 7, 2016, 1:06 am

    Hi I love my home and family am happy but keep dreaming I’ve moved house but am heartbroken and want back to my home and don’t like any of the houses I live in my dream its happened a few times 🙂

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Dec 15, 2016, 3:59 pm

      You worry about some possible instability within the family. Something may be changing such as a child getting closer to growing up and leaving home.

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