A polarity between institution and home was hypothesized and 236 physical variables were proposed as descriptive measures for the two poles. It was predicted that housing would be evaluated as falling along a continuum between the two poles. In a study of 29 house settings, the applicability of the terms used to characterize the poles as well as their oppositional nature is explored, as is the assumed polarity of the terms. Also investigated is the validity of the proposed descriptive measure. Environment is the independent variable.