HOMInG’s seminar 52_21, next April 23 at 11 am CET, will be with Stefania Yapo. Her presentation invites us to unravel the practical and emotional functions of migrant houses, both in countries of origin and residence, as a key aspect of the transnational migration research agenda. Moving from an ethnographic case study of a family house in Cuenca, Ecuador, my presentation explores how a particular building managed to retain an imagined familiar atmosphere of the past by almost abandoning its private dimension to become a bed and breakfast (B&B). To what extent can a house inhabited mainly by strangers reproduce a sense of “home”? Through the narratives of three family members living across two continents, the paper uncovers the interrelated functions and meanings of a house: as a place of remittances, a place of business, a local place and a place of relations. The focus on the house as a relational place in uneven transnational social fields contributes to the debate on home and migration in two respects: it deepens the relation between spatial distance and social processes, as well as the relation between materiality and the social reproduction of memory.