Anne's House of Dreams tells the story of Anne and Gilbert's marriage and early married life. In previous books, the two became friends and fell in love with one another. In this book, they get married and move into their first home. Anne adored her first home:
The first glimpse of her new home was a delight to eye and spirit—It looked so like a big, creamy seashell stranded on the harbour shore. (ch. 5)
She did not just love the home. She also loved the nature surrounding their first house, including its "tall Lombardy poplar" trees and the gardens. After their wedding, Gilbert and Anne cross over the threshold (or entryway) into their new residence.
"Welcome home," he [Gilbert] whispered, and hand in hand they stepped over the threshold of their house of dreams. (ch. 5)
Symbolically, this serves as a reminder that they are stepping into a new season of life. They are becoming husband and wife; additionally, they will soon take on responsibilities as parents.
After they move into their new home, Anne and Gilbert develop relationships with many new neighbors (such as Captain Jim, Leslie Moore, and Miss Cornelia Bryant). These smaller stories, following the lives of minor characters, have plot developments, conflicts, climaxes, and resolutions.
However, the novel's primary climax occurs when Gilbert suggests to Anne that they sell their first home, meaning, their "house of dreams," and move into a new, larger home to raise their growing family in. The climax occurs when Gilbert asks Anne,
Suppose we buy it [the old Morgan place up at the Glen], Anne? (ch. 40).
Anne initially rebuffs the idea, reminding Gilbert how much they love their current home:
And leave this darling spot—our house of dreams? ... Oh Gilbert, it's—it's unthinkable! (ch.40)
She continues to support her argument, giving her reasoning for wanting to stay in their home.
Oh, but not so soon, Gilbert - not just yet. ... this has all seemed to come up so suddenly, Gilbert. I'm dizzy. ... And if we leave this place who will get it? It is out-of-the-way, so it's likely some poor, shiftless, wandering family will rent it—and overrun it ... It would hurt me so horribly.
This climax comes to a resolution when Anne and Gilbert agree that it will be best for their growing family to move into the old Morgan house. Anne knows, internally, that moving to the new house is a wise choice even before she admits this to Gilbert:
And now she must leave it [her house of dreams]. She knew that, even while she had contended against the idea to Gilbert. (ch. 40)
The climax occurs when Gilbert and Anne have to make a decision about whether or not they want to move away from their first dream home into a new house. The resolution happens when they decide to leave their home, the place that they had already established so many new friends and memories in, and move to a new house.