In Yosemite, the home directory seems to be tied to an hybrid view which I personnaly don't like. Is there a way to get back to the normal finder view?
There are four view selections found under the View menu of the Finder Toolbar. These also have short cuts.
⌘1 - as Icons
⌘2 - as List
⌘3 - as Columns
⌘4 - as Cover Flow
Besides being able to readily switch between views a folder will retain it's last view, that information is stored in a hidden file named
.DS_Store in each folder.
There are other viewing options you can explore under the View menu affecting how the finder window itself is displayed.
In addition to the 4 key commands to quickly change view, you can more finely-hone what you wish to see by selecting any Finder window & then Cmd ⌘ J or View menu > Show View Options…
There are also a couple of good introductory guides in the Finder Help Menu -
"Get to know your Mac" &
"What's new in OS X Yosemite"