If you're not a priest or soldier, and sometimes even if you are, you live in your clanhouse. Only a very few wealthy eccentrics have private domiciles. Clanhouses vary from small adobe houses to enormous masonry palaces. Nearly all are walled, with a gated courtyard. Roofgardens and cellars are common. Middle and lower clans (and a few high clans) combine working and living space, so there may be workshops, barns, or storage attached to the clanhouse. Rural clanhouses work like farmsteads, plantations, or manors.
Inside a high status clanhouse are private suites for high lineage families, clan elders, and other important people, smaller rooms for married folk (sometimes shared), and dormitories for singles. There are bathing rooms, a formal reception/dining hall, an informal refectory, probably a small library, shrine, an office/meeting room of some kind for the council of elders (perhaps the center of clan business, with scribes at hand). There are no chairs, Tsolyani sit on mats on the floor, on low benches around the walls, or on daises. Personal status is reflected in one's height above the others. In the formal hall of every clanhouse is a copy of the Seal of the Imperium on the wall, and an empty dais above all for the Emperor.
The clanhouse and its members are ruled by a council of elders, who in turn are led by a chief elder. The method of choosing of elders and chief varies among clans, but they are persons of experience and influence. Each clanhouse is fairly independent of others within the clan, and may have its own customs. Only rarely do the elders of the the clan meet in a "Grand Council". Clan elders represent the clan in formal dealings with Imperial officials and other clans as well.
To the extent possible, every effort is made to throw business towards clan members. The Temple of Vimuhla or Karakan is frequently subcontracted to provide clan security/guards. Similar arrangements exist with different clans for warehouse work, portage and maintenance. These contracts are periodically renegotiated. Every effort is made to set one clan off against another to get the most favorable terms possible for your clan. For servant services, this can be subcontracted, though many higher clans prefer consciously not to.