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A house is a single-unit residential building, which may range in complexity from a rudimentary hut to a complex, structure of wood, masonry, concrete or other material, outfitted with plumbing, electrical, and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems. Houses use a range of different roofing systems to keep precipitation such as rain from getting into the dwelling space. Houses may have doors or locks to secure the dwelling space and protect its inhabitants and contents from burglars or other trespassers. Most conventional modern houses in Western cultures will contain one or more bedrooms and bathrooms, a kitchen or cooking area, and a living room. A house may have a separate dining room, or the eating area may be integrated into another room. Some large houses in North America have a recreation room. In traditional agriculture-oriented societies, domestic animals such as chickens or larger livestock (like cattle) may share part of the house with humans.

The social unit that lives in a house is known as a household. Most commonly, a household is a family unit of some kind, although households may also be other social groups, such as roommates or, in a rooming house, unconnected individuals. Some houses only have a dwelling space for one family or similar-sized group; larger houses called townhouses or row houses may contain numerous family dwellings in the same structure. A house may be accompanied by outbuildings, such as a garage for vehicles or a shed for gardening equipment and tools. A house may have a backyard or front yard, which serve as additional areas where inhabitants can relax or eat.

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Mountaineers and farmers trading mules and horses on "Jockey St.," near the Court House, Campton, Wolfe County, Ky.

Mountaineers and farmers trading mules and horses on "Jockey St.," nea...

Photograph shows Sign on building: Wolfe County Office WPA Project Superintendent; sign on car: Jesus saves.

Scarab of the Lady of the House, Nebtua

Scarab of the Lady of the House, Nebtua

From Egypt, Memphite Region, Lisht North, Cemetery, MMA excavations Middle Kingdom–Second Intermediate Period

Cuneiform tablet: fragment of a contract involving a house

Cuneiform tablet: fragment of a contract involving a house

Mesopotamia Neo-Babylonian or Achaemenid

Cuneiform tablet: purchase of a house

Cuneiform tablet: purchase of a house

Mesopotamia, probably from Babylon (modern Hillah) Neo-Babylonian

Cuneiform tablet: fragment of a contract for the purchase of a house
Facade of a House, Tomb of Djehutynefer

Facade of a House, Tomb of Djehutynefer

Charles K. Wilkinson From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes New Kingdom

Chinese House, Han Dynasty

Chinese House, Han Dynasty

Accession Number: 51.127.2a–f Han dynasty (206 B.C.–A.D. 220)

Model house Egypt

Model house Egypt

From Egypt First Intermediate Period–early Middle Kingdom

Situla with decoration in raised relief, names unreadable except for "born of Mistress of the House Tadiusir-pawenhatef"

Situla with decoration in raised relief, names unreadable except for "...

From Egypt, Memphite Region, North Saqqara, EES excavations 1969-71 Ptolemaic Period

Model of House with One Window

Model of House with One Window

Accession Number: 1994.605.77 Yuan dynasty (1271–1368)

Model of House with Three Windows

Model of House with Three Windows

Accession Number: 1994.605.76 Yuan dynasty (1271–1368)

Model of a house

Model of a house

Attributed to Iran

Model of a house

Model of a house

Attributed to Iran

House martins from BL Harley 4751, f. 37v

House martins from BL Harley 4751, f. 37v

Detail of a miniature of house martins diving for mud (although the birds depicted are coloured more like swallows). Image taken from f. 37v of Bestiary, with extracts from Giraldus Cambrensis on Irish birds. W... More

House from BL Royal 14 C VII, f. 121

House from BL Royal 14 C VII, f. 121

Marginal drawing of a house referring to the house for converted Jews in London. Image taken from f. 121 of Historia Anglorum, Chronica majora, Part III; Continuation of Chronica maiora. Written in Latin.

Royal House of France from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 25

Royal House of France from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 25

Miniature of the Tree of the Royal House of France, bearing the crowns of France, Jerusalem, Sicily, Navarre, and Hungary. Image taken from f. 25 of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the... More

House from BL Royal 14 C VII, f. 121

House from BL Royal 14 C VII, f. 121

Marginal drawing of a house referring to the house for converted Jews in London. Image taken from f. 121 of Historia Anglorum, Chronica majora, Part III; Continuation of Chronica maiora. Written in Latin.

Demolition of a house from BL Royal 17 F IV, f. 152v

Demolition of a house from BL Royal 17 F IV, f. 152v

Detail of a miniature of Valerius Publicola demolishing his house, with a foliate initial 'T'(ransgrediar), at the beginning of book 4. Image taken from f. 152v of Facta et Dicta Memorabilia (Le livre de Valeri... More

Rioters pillaging a house in Paris from BL Royal 20 C VII, f. 41v

Rioters pillaging a house in Paris from BL Royal 20 C VII, f. 41v

Detail of a miniature of rioters pillaging a house in Paris. Image taken from f. 41v of Chroniques de France ou de St Denis (from 1270 to 1380). Written in French.

Gevelsteen met afbeelding van een aker en het opschrift: D AKER

Gevelsteen met afbeelding van een aker en het opschrift: D AKER

Gevelsteen waarop een aker is afgebeeld met onderschrift D AKER. Afkomstig van een huis hoek Damrak en Kapelsteeg.

Console voor een lijstversiering

Console voor een lijstversiering

Een gesneden grenenhouten console voor de lijstversiering van een huis.

Fragment van een baksteen, gedeeltelijk verglaasd

Fragment van een baksteen, gedeeltelijk verglaasd

Afkomstig van een huis te Merwede.

Console voor een lijstversiering

Console voor een lijstversiering

Een gesneden grenenhouten console voor de lijstversiering van een huis.

Console voor een lijstversiering

Console voor een lijstversiering

Een gesneden grenenhouten console voor de lijstversiering van een huis.

Fries gedecoreerd met gesneden rozet (fragment)

Fries gedecoreerd met gesneden rozet (fragment)

Fragment van een grenenhouten fries met gesneden rozet, afkomstig van het huis aan de Herengracht bij de Drie Koningenstraat nr. 187 te Amsterdam.

House of the Sun; trees of the sun, moon, and Phoenix from BL Royal 15 E VI, f. 18v

House of the Sun; trees of the sun, moon, and Phoenix from BL Royal 15...

Detail of a miniature of the House of the Sun; miniature of the trees of the sun, moon, and Phoenix. Image taken from f. 18v of Poems and Romances (the 'Talbot Shrewsbury book'). Written in French.

House of the Sun; trees of the sun, moon, and Phoenix from BL Royal 15 E VI, f. 18v

House of the Sun; trees of the sun, moon, and Phoenix from BL Royal 15...

Miniature of miniature of the House of the Sun; miniature of the trees of the sun, moon, and Phoenix. Image taken from f. 18v of Poems and Romances (the 'Talbot Shrewsbury book'). Written in French.

Gebeeldhouwde console van eikenhout, afkomstig uit het z.g. Huis van Alva, Warmoestraat te Amsterdam

Gebeeldhouwde console van eikenhout, afkomstig uit het z.g. Huis van A...

Gebeeldhouwde eikenhouten console, afkomstig uit het z.g. Huis van Alva, Warmoestraat te Amsterdam. In totaal gaat het om twee consoles, drie brede en drie smalle stijlen (BK-KOG-755-A t/m E, G t/m H). Zie teve... More

Een model van het huis de Pauw bij 's-Gravenhage

Een model van het huis de Pauw bij 's-Gravenhage

Een model van papier in chenille, onder glas op een mahoniehouten tafel, van het huis de Pauw bij 's-Gravenhage.

The Bath House, Albrecht Dürer, relief print

The Bath House, Albrecht Dürer, relief print

Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

Johannes Huibert Prins - Paard en wagen voor een huis

Johannes Huibert Prins - Paard en wagen voor een huis

Voor een huis rijdt een koets over een weg met daarin enkele reizigers die dekens omgeslagen hebben. Op de weg spelen twee kinderen 'handstand'.

Hanging Scroll - Landschap

Hanging Scroll - Landschap

Landschapschildering met het stempel van Shubun, zwarte inkt, met rechts op de voorgrond aan het water, rotsen, bomen en een huis, waarvan men een deel van het interieur kan zien en twee personen. Enkele person... More

Gedeelte van een gebeeldhouwde stijl van eikenhout, afkomstig uit het z.g. Huis van Alva, Warmoestraat te Amsterdam

Gedeelte van een gebeeldhouwde stijl van eikenhout, afkomstig uit het ...

Gedeelte van gebeeldhouwde eikenhouten stijl (behorend bij BK-KOG-754-6), afkomstig uit het z.g. Huis van Alva, Warmoestraat te Amsterdam. In totaal gaat het om zes beschilderde stijlen (zie BK-KOG-754-1 t/m 6... More

Mural at Amargosa Opera House, a remarkable image from what is largely a ghost town: Death Valley Junction, just outside Death Valley National Park in Inyo County, California

Mural at Amargosa Opera House, a remarkable image from what is largely...

Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer. The community, once a dusty mining, railroad, and mill town, was known as Amargosa, after the desert valley that surrounds it. A recreation hall at the no... More

Mural at Amargosa Opera House, a remarkable image from what is largely a ghost town: Death Valley Junction, just outside Death Valley National Park in Inyo County, California

Mural at Amargosa Opera House, a remarkable image from what is largely...

Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer. The community, once a dusty mining, railroad, and mill town, was known as Amargosa, after the desert valley that surrounds it. A recreation hall at the no... More

Mural at Amargosa Opera House, a remarkable image from what is largely a ghost town: Death Valley Junction, just outside Death Valley National Park in Inyo County, California

Mural at Amargosa Opera House, a remarkable image from what is largely...

Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer. The community, once a dusty mining, railroad, and mill town, was known as Amargosa, after the desert valley that surrounds it. A recreation hall at the no... More

Mural at Amargosa Opera House, a remarkable image from what is largely a ghost town: Death Valley Junction, just outside Death Valley National Park in Inyo County, California

Mural at Amargosa Opera House, a remarkable image from what is largely...

Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer. The community, once a dusty mining, railroad, and mill town, was known as Amargosa, after the desert valley that surrounds it. A recreation hall at the no... More

The Bath House, Albrecht Dürer, relief print

The Bath House, Albrecht Dürer, relief print

Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

Gebeeldhouwde console van eikenhout, afkomstig uit het z.g. Huis van Alva, Warmoestraat te Amsterdam

Gebeeldhouwde console van eikenhout, afkomstig uit het z.g. Huis van A...

Gebeeldhouwde eikenhouten console, afkomstig uit het z.g. Huis van Alva, Warmoestraat te Amsterdam. In totaal gaat het om twee consoles, drie brede en drie smalle stijlen (BK-KOG-755-A t/m F, H). Zie tevens BK-... More

Mural at Amargos Opera House, a remarkable image from what is largely a ghost town: Death Valley Junction, just outside Death Valley National Park in Inyo County, California

Mural at Amargos Opera House, a remarkable image from what is largely ...

Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer. The community, once a dusty mining, railroad, and mill town, was known as Amargosa, after the desert valley that surrounds it. A recreation hall at the no... More

Christ in the House of Mary

Christ in the House of Mary

Gerard de Jode (Netherlandish, 1509/17–1591)

The Regent Showcase theater, an art deco former movie house on La Brea Avenue in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles, California

The Regent Showcase theater, an art deco former movie house on La Brea...

Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer. The community, once a dusty mining, railroad, and mill town, was known as Amargosa, after the desert valley that surrounds it. A recreation hall at the no... More

Mural at Amargosa Opera House, a remarkable image from what is largely a ghost town: Death Valley Junction, just outside Death Valley National Park in Inyo County, California

Mural at Amargosa Opera House, a remarkable image from what is largely...

Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer. The community, once a dusty mining, railroad, and mill town, was known as Amargosa, after the desert valley that surrounds it. A recreation hall at the no... More

Mural at Amargos Opera House, a remarkable image from what is largely a ghost town: Death Valley Junction, just outside Death Valley National Park in Inyo County, California

Mural at Amargos Opera House, a remarkable image from what is largely ...

Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer. The community, once a dusty mining, railroad, and mill town, was known as Amargosa, after the desert valley that surrounds it. A recreation hall at the no... More

Mural at Amargosa Opera House, a remarkable image from what is largely a ghost town: Death Valley Junction, just outside Death Valley National Park in Inyo County, California

Mural at Amargosa Opera House, a remarkable image from what is largely...

Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer. The community, once a dusty mining, railroad, and mill town, was known as Amargosa, after the desert valley that surrounds it. A recreation hall at the no... More

The Bath House (copy), Albrecht Dürer, relief print

The Bath House (copy), Albrecht Dürer, relief print

After Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

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