Humans have lived in homes for at least 10,000 years.
While hunter-gatherers had to travel to find food, the development of farming allowed them to begin building permanent homes and communities.
Simpler circular structures were used by hunter-gatherers as they traveled over a million years ago.
Clearly, the concept of “home” has been important to humans for a long time! Homes provide security, a sense of belonging, and privacy, serving as the centers of our lives.
Below, we have the list of words to describe a home.
Scroll past the list for an activity to help you understand these words and get to know your own home better!
describes a single-family home that shares no walls with neighbors
located in a city
shares its building with other units, such as a condo, townhome, or apartment
located in a smaller community near a large city
tidy and well cared for
optimized with features like solar power or low-energy appliances
located in a sparsely-populated area
If you’re a full-time traveler or want to name your “home away from home,” check out our list of the best names for an RV, camper, or motorhome.
Activity: Your Home’s Characteristics
Many of the words to describe a home as seen on our list above contradict each other. A home can’t be both spacious and small, for example.
To explore these words and better understand which ones suit your home, we’ve compiled a list of word pairs.
Print this list or copy it into a document and highlight the word from each pair that suits your home best!
Once you’ve selected your words, use them to write a paragraph that describes your home.
- Cluttered vs. Tidy
Is your home minimal and organized or packed full of stuff?
- Spacious vs. Small
Does your home have many rooms or few?
- Classic vs. Modern
Does your home have historic features like porch columns, or is it sleek and geometric?
- Sunny vs. Dark
Is your home full of large windows that let light in, or do you prefer to keep the curtains shut?
- Noisy vs. Quiet
Is your house full of songs, stomping feet, and conversations, or is it so calm you could hear a pin drop?
- Timeless vs. Eclectic
Do you have classic, antique furnishings or a quirky mix of decor styles?
- Historic vs. New
Was your home built many decades ago or built within the last few years?
- Crowded vs. Uncrowded
Do several people live in your home or just a few?