5. The House

The house is a structure built for the sheltering of an individual or many individuals. It is a place of refuge from the world—typically secured, reinforced, and difficult for an intruder to access. The house is to be lived in, though in some instances it is uninhabited for a period of time. This could be by choice, or by circumstance. So, then, suffice it to say we all have a house, and in instances when we do not, we are ‘houseless.’ Now I want to focus more of my attention on the characteristics of the house.

First, the house is built on a solid foundation of cement rock. If it is not, it is vulnerable to natural disasters, extreme winds, structural problems, and ongoing wear and tear.

Second, the house has, usually, multiple levels. (While I understand that some houses are one level only, this does not detract from the fact all houses may be built with many floors.) The levels are usually built in sequence and flow from the one below it. For example if the main floor holds the foyer, kitchen, and living room, the second floor would hold the room(s) in which live(s) the individual(s) doing the entering, eating, and living.

Third, the house has windows and doors so that things can enter and leave—things which, ultimately, change the atmosphere of the house. Otherwise it would collect dust and stale air, block sunlight, and inhibit growth of life.

Fourth, a house is located in a neighbourhood. This means it is designed to be in relative proximity to other houses, some of which share common characteristics such as street name or colour of its exterior.

The fifth characteristic of the house is its masterful creation based on a specific and purposeful design for the perfect glory of its intended use. For example a ranch-style house on five acres of land can facilitate equestrian riding whereas an 800-square-foot condo in the city cannot; a suburban house with a sizeable backyard may have a pool whereas a back-to-back New York City brownstone probably would not; and a house in Ottawa would probably be warmly insulated whereas a house in Tampa probably would not be.

So, then, one must know how big their house is, what it may accommodate, and which features it ought to have based on its design. When you own a house, you must know its intended purpose in order to maximize its potential and thus glorify its use. Otherwise, you'll have a lot of dead and wasted space.