Some more detail that's hopefully easier to understand
If we're looking at the modern home, everything that doesn't use a motor can easily run on DC, and in the case of home electronics of any kind, internally does. So it makes sense to mass-rectify from the grid and feed our devices from the rectified DC. But to be most efficient, they all need to use the same voltage. As I look through my cordless tools and such, I see 12VDC, 18VDC, 24VDC, and 48VDC. So clearly we have a standards problem here. Too many standards to choose from!
I mentionned the exception being motors. There is no such thing as a truly brushless true-DC motor while there is such a thing as a brushless AC motor. Likewise, you can have a brushless AC generator but not a brushless DC generator. Electricity is created by moving a magnetic field over a wire, or moving a wire through a magnetic field. If you create a coil and place a magnet in it, the magnet rotates thus pushing electrons first with the north pole and then with the south pole. This reversal of magnetic polarity causes a reversal of voltage thus producing AC. A motor is the same contraption but in reverse. To use a DC motor or DC generator, you need brushes and commutators to rectify the AC into DC. A universal motor also uses brushes and commutators, but will run on both AC and DC. New car alternators use the same contraption in reverse to generate electricity, but they require a bit of electricity running through their spinning coil to generate the magnetic field for them to work. But make no mistake, they use brushes to do so. Thus motors and generators are inherently AC devices.
The classic workhorse electric motor is called a "squirrel cage motor". (If you take one apart, you'll see why.) In North America, these run at 60 cycles per second, the same frequency as the AC current. If you want to change the speed, you adjust the frequency. These motors are brushless which makes them ideal for industrial uses because they don't need much maintenance. Many appliances including refrigerators, air conditioners, furnace fans, washing machines, and so forth, use these squirrel cage motors for just this reason.
So if you're running a house on DC, and you have a refrigerator, or a water pump, you classically need to "invert" the DC to AC or you need to replace the brushes and clean the commutators regularly. Modern inverters are quite efficient in doing this, but it's not easy and not perfect. Rectifying DC (through a bridge rectifier with a filtering capacitor and inductor) is much easier and more efficient. Until recently, most home appliances ran on motors. So that's why we have AC in our homes.
Back in high school (some 30 years ago), for a science fair, I built a linear motor. It consisted of a series of electro-magnets all set in a line. You turn them on and off in series to drive a ball bearing down the track. At a local museum, they had much the same thing, but made into an oval. Theirs would move a pure aluminium puck around their oval track. Stretch that oval out into a circle and you have what is called a multi-phase brushless motor. The minimum number of phases for a reliable motor of this type is 3. My brand new off-the-shelf furnace fan uses a 24-phase brushless motor running at 240VDC and my washing machine uses a 15-phase brushless motor running at 120VDC. So the days of the squirrel cage motor are clearly numbered and the ability to make motorized appliances that can and do run on DC are clearly here. And the circuit for these is very cheap and very robust. Mine, made from a 555-timer, TTL D-type flip-flops, and relays still works today [and can still bury a ball-bearing into a piece of pine]. Today, CMOS and power-FETs are the more cost-effective and much more efficient way to go, but the design is the same, and just as cheap, and even more robust.
So the only thing that is holding us back from moving to houses with integral DC wiring and circuitry is the understanding that it is easily feasible, and the will.