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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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U.S. Custom House, Boston, Massachusetts, Traverse Section of Winning Design

U.S. Custom House, Boston, Massachusetts, Traverse Section of Winning ...

The Boston Custom House, constructed 1837-1847, is among the earliest federal buildings erected outside the nation's capital. After Congress authorized a new custom house for the city of Boston, a local board o... more

House Island -- Maine

House Island -- Maine

Caption: House Island Light Station, Portland Harbor, Maine. Date: 1911 District: 1 State: ME Maine -- House Island

House, O W - State: [Blank] - Year: [Blank]
House, George W - State: [Blank] - Year: [Blank]
House, William - State: [Blank] - Year: [Blank]
House, W H - State: [Blank] - Year: [Blank]
House, James A - State: [Blank] - Year: [Blank]
House, B C - State: [Blank] - Year: [Blank]
House, M A - State: [Blank] - Year: [Blank]
House, C H - State: [Blank] - Year: [Blank]
Hindman, House - State: [Blank] - Year: [Blank]
House, John S - State: [Blank] - Year: [Blank]
House, Peter - Age [Blank], Year: 1864 - 14th US Colored Heavy Artillery, Wi-Y AND Misc Cards - United States Colored Troops: Artillery Organizations

House, Peter - Age [Blank], Year: 1864 - 14th US Colored Heavy Artille...

Carded Records Showing Military Service of Soldiers Who Fought in Volunteer Organizations During the American Civil War

House, William A - State: Illinois - Year: 1864
House, John C - State: Virginia - Year: 1865
House, Joseph B - State: Virginia - Year: 1865
House, Charles W - State: Virginia - Year: 1865
Laboratory and Fish Hatching House, Woods Hole, Massachusetts

Laboratory and Fish Hatching House, Woods Hole, Massachusetts

This encased photograph depicts an early version of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. Original caption: Laboratory and Fish House, U.S.F. Commission. Woods Hole. Scrapbooks, Logbooks, Photographs, and Co... more

White House Dining Room, Washington, DC

White House Dining Room, Washington, DC

Photographs of Franklin D. Roosevelt

Presentation drawing of the Jackson, MS Court House and Post Office

Presentation drawing of the Jackson, MS Court House and Post Office

This map has a front elevation. Architectural Drawings for Court House and Post Office Building in Jackson, Mississippi

Loud 14, Dr. Hereford (second from left), G. Dallas Hanna (right), and two other men in front of Doctor's house with St. Paul Church of Saints Peter and Paul in background, ca. 1886

Loud 14, Dr. Hereford (second from left), G. Dallas Hanna (right), and...

Photographs and Charts of Treasury Agent Abial P. Loud

Loud 1, Salt House on Salt Lagoon with meat drying on racks in foreground. St. Paul Island, c

Loud 1, Salt House on Salt Lagoon with meat drying on racks in foregro...

Photographs and Charts of Treasury Agent Abial P. Loud

Loud 12, Captain A. P. Loud and Mrs. Loud with doctor, probably Dr. Hareford, inside Government House, St. Paul Island, 1886. Photograph by Gray & Hereford

Loud 12, Captain A. P. Loud and Mrs. Loud with doctor, probably Dr. Ha...

Photographs and Charts of Treasury Agent Abial P. Loud

Loud 2, Company House on St. Paul Island, c. 1880s, Cyanotype

Loud 2, Company House on St. Paul Island, c. 1880s, Cyanotype

Photographs and Charts of Treasury Agent Abial P. Loud

Loud 9, Boundry House, store, and 2 company houses, Ounalaska [Unalaska] c. 1886. Photograph by M. Lorenz

Loud 9, Boundry House, store, and 2 company houses, Ounalaska [Unalask...

Photographs and Charts of Treasury Agent Abial P. Loud

Drawing for a Collapsible Toy House

Drawing for a Collapsible Toy House

This is the printed patent drawing for a collapsible toy house invented by Joseph P. Buckingham. Patent Case Files

Presentation Drawings of the El Paso TX Court House and Post Office

Presentation Drawings of the El Paso TX Court House and Post Office

Architectural Drawings for Court House and Post Office Building in El Paso, Texas

Presentation drawing of te Statesville NC Court House and Post Office

Presentation drawing of te Statesville NC Court House and Post Office

Elevation on Main street. Architectural Drawings for Court House and Post Office Building in Statesville, North Carolina

The Twin-Turreted Apex Building (Now Sears House) on 7th and Pennsylvania Avenue

The Twin-Turreted Apex Building (Now Sears House) on 7th and Pennsylva...

Photographs of Pennsylvania Ave. Development Corp. Sites and Activities

House, Erwin F - Age [Blank], Year: [Blank] - Eleventh Infantry - West Virginia

House, Erwin F - Age [Blank], Year: [Blank] - Eleventh Infantry - West...

Carded Records Showing Military Service of Soldiers Who Fought in Volunteer Organizations During the American Civil War

Kentucky River Lock Number Six Upper Lock House

Kentucky River Lock Number Six Upper Lock House

Original Caption: Lock No. 6 Upper lock house. Taken Monday May 7th 1894 Historical Photographs

The Performance Begins Today

The Performance Begins Today

This illustration entitled "The Performance Begins Today", by cartoonist Clifford Berryman, which appeared in the Washington Post on January 1, 1898, shows Speaker of the House Thomas Brackett Reed of Maine att... more

Ambition

Ambition

This illustration entitled, "Ambition", by cartoonist Clifford Berryman, which appeared in the Washington Post on November 23, 1899, depicts how empty the bid by New York Representative William Sulzer to become... more

Lee St. Pierre House
Henry Scisson's House
Percy Kock Chicken House
Presentation Drawing of Beaumont TX Court House and Post Office

Presentation Drawing of Beaumont TX Court House and Post Office

This map has Front Elevations Architectural Drawings for Court House and Post Office Building in Beaumont, Texas

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