Describing rooms and parts of the house in Spanish (adjectives & HAY)

LA CASA is how we say the house in Spanish and a house usually has several habitaciones or rooms in Spanish. The question ¿Cómo es tu casa? often used to ask what your house is like in Spanish. It is always good to know how to describe rooms in Spanish and why not some parts of the house, even if it is not your own house (casa). In this lesson you will learn the most common Spanish adjectives and expressions we use to describe rooms and parts of a house in Spanish, as well as how to use HAY (there is/ there are in Spanish) to talk about the things in a specific place.

Common rooms and parts of the house in Spanish: pictures, sentences and video *

We will begin the lesson by learning some vocabulary. The picture below shows some basic rooms and parts of the house in Spanish. The words in pink are ADJETIVOS or adjective phrases like DE TEJAS (made with tiles). Notice how we use a different Spanish article (la, las, los…) depending on the gender of the noun we are referring to, for example: LA SALA and EL CUARTO.

The house in Spanish

If you watched the picture, then the vocabulary in this video will be easier to understand. Apart from the vocabulary for the house in Spanish, the video also includes some important Spanish notes, expressions and questions you will not find in the rest of the lesson so try to stick until the end of the video. Please activate the English captions (cc) below if you need them.

It’s time to see the vocabulary for the house in Spanish in use in some sentences. Try to identify the rooms and parts of the house we have presented and how Spanish adjectives and definite articles are used and placed. The three main verbs in these examples will be HABER in its form HAY (there is/there are in Spanish), TENER (to have) and SER/ESTAR (to be). SER is the basic verb we use to describe things or people in Spanish. Press PLAY to listen to the examples.

Examples of sentences in Spanish about the house
Yo tengo una casa grande.
I have a big house
Extraño mi hogar.
I miss home
Esta casa tiene varias habitaciones.
This house has many rooms
La sala es muy espaciosa
The living room is very spacious
La habitación es grande.
The bedroom is big
El (cuarto de) baño está junto al cuarto.
The bathroom is next to the bedroom
El garaje es pequeño.
The garage is small
La cocina es de color verde.
The kitchen is green
El comedor está en el piso de abajo.
The dining room is on the floor below this one
El patio es espacioso.
The yard is spacious
La casa tiene un jardín bonito.
The house has a beautiful garden
Hay tres puertas en la casa.
There are three doors in the house
Hay una ventana en la sala.
There is a window in the living room
Las escaleras son incomodas.
The stairs are comfortable
Hay juguetes sobre el piso.
There are some toys on the floor
Las paredes de esta habitación son rosadas.
The walls of this room are pink
El cielo raso de esta casa es blanco.
The ceiling of this house is white
Hay un sótano en la casa.
There is basement in the house
El techo es de buena calidad.
The roof is of good quality.
Hay habitaciones en el segundo piso.
There are rooms on the second floor (use PRIMER PISO for first floor)
El pasillo es angosto.
The hallway is narrow.

How to use Hay (there is/there are) and Spanish adjectives to describe houses *

Let’s start with the basic way to describe a room in Spanish or any part of a house. Adjectives are always useful for this task. In real conversations, it is common to use Spanish adjectives like GRANDE (big), PEQUEÑO (small), ANGOSTO (narrow), CÓMODO (comfortable), INCÓMODO (uncomfortable), ESPACIOSO (spacious), FRESCO (fresh), CALIENTE (hot) y HELADO (cold). One of the main differences between English and Spanish adjectives is that we usually use adjectives after the noun we are describing, not before. For example, to say “I have a big house”, the right sentence is Yo tengo una casa grande not Yo tengo una grande casa. Another way to describe a room in Spanish is using the verb SER and the structure [Subject + verb + adjective] like in the sentence MI CASA ES GRANDE. Remember that using the right verb conjugation for each verb is very important to talk about rooms or any other objects in Spanish.

You may be wondering, what’s that HAY word at the beginning of some of the examples? Well, that’s how we say THERE IS and THERE ARE in Spanish. This word comes from the irregular verb HABER in Spanish. We could use HAY to refer to one object, Hay una puerta, or more than one object, Hay varias ventanas. It is commonly used with an indefinite article in Spanish (un, una, unas…) so make sure you can use these articles correctly in Spanish, but in the plural form we could use it with Spanish quantifiers like varios (several), muchos (many) and so on. If we want to describe just one object, we use the structure [Hay + un/una + object + preposition + el/la/las/los + room in Spanish] like in Hay una ventana en la sala. If we are talking in plural, we use the structure [Hay + objects + preposition + el/la/las/los + room] like in the sentences Hay ventanas en la sala.

Telling if we like or dislike a room Spanish as well as using the right prepositions are very important things too. Assuming that you already know that the basic structure to say I like in Spanish is ME GUSTA, we will only mention that you can use this structure to ask or say things like ¿Te gusta la casa? (Do you like the house), Me gustan las habitaciones (I like the rooms) and No me gusta el color (I don’t like the color). Spanish prepositions are also important to indicate what’s in or out a room in Spanish, as well as the position of UNA HABITACIÓN in relation to another, for example: La sala está junto a la cocina (The living room is next to the kitchen) and El baño está en medio de las habitaciones (The bathroom is between the rooms). Remember to use the verb ESTAR not SER for locations.

Conversation in Spanish: Do you like the house? – ¿Le gusta la casa? *

Listen to a conversation between a realtor and a woman about a house in Spanish. Take notes of the most important details so you can solve the Spanish interactive quiz about the conversation.

Useful Expressions:

  1. “¿Qué le/te parece?” means “What do you think about it?”
  2. “¡Eso me gusta!” means “I like that!”

¡Comprando una casa! -> Buying a house in Spanish

Here are several questions related to the content of the conversation about rooms and parts of the house in Spanish you just listened to. Each time you find a right answer, you will get a useful tip telling you why that is the right answer. Press “START” to begin the Spanish listening comprehension quiz.

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See conversation script

Spanish Practice: Completing a house description in Spanish *

A quiz about houses in Spanish -> “Describiendo las casas de América Latina”

The following sentences are part of a text describing the main features of the old houses in Latin America. Complete each sentence with the right phrase in Spanish, applying the rules we learned in this Spanish lesson.
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Write a paragraph describing your own house in Spanish and say what you like and dislike about it.

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