Landscape Feng Shui
Designing a Period of 8 NORTH Facing House
by Chris Yeo
Shui architect CHRIS YEO shares with us the basis of designing a house
while taking into account feng shui and Flying Stars. He maintains that
it is possible to design the perfect feng shui house, which also fits
in well with aesthetics and functionality, if feng shui is incorporated
into the design process from the start.
In designing a North 1 facing house, (between 337.5° - 352.5° from
North), it is important to first identify two aspects of floor plan
layout design process
1)Identify which areas are suitable and ideal for use as main areas in the house.
2)Create a workable and functional flow of travel through the residence.
Identify the ideal areas in a house in relation to the Flying Stars
The diagram here shows a floor plan of a house designed to
accommodate the North 1 facing direction of the land. Since the land is
oriented North, the Flying Star natal chart of the house would follow a
N1 chart, because facing direction in Flying Star feng shui is based on
the direction of the whole building, not just of the front door. And
because we assume this house would only be completed after Feb 4th
2004, we base our analysis on Period of 8 feng shui.
Having superimposed a N1 chart onto the land, we find that three
areas are highlighted to be ideal for family and social interaction.
These are the North, Northeast and East sectors. Since these areas are
deemed the lucky zone within the house according to the flying stars,
they must be designed to accommodate the most used areas of the home
(i.e. the living, dining and sitting areas of the home)
Given how the stars are charted, the main conceptual idea was to
create a three-hall approach to the entire house plan, which also
symbolizes the three levels of privacy. The reception (or living room)
is a public domain, an area of entertainment and family social
gathering, thus should be located in the luckiest sector of the house.
By placing a much-used room in a lucky sector, the auspicious stars in
that location get activated every time the room is used.
Since the double 8 stars are in the North sector at the front of
the house, the reception area has been designed as a bid open room, in
order that the incredible luck of the double 8 combination of stars may
flood to the entire reception area and not be locked up in a small
The second level of separation is the semi-private spaces (or
dining room and staircase). These areas are more intimate in nature, a
place for family and friends to socialize over a meal. In the East
sector, the third lucky sector is identified and thus this is where the
dining area has been located. The East sector houses the lucky 1,6
combination, which brings not just scholastic and monetary success, it
is also a Ho Tu combination, bringing harmony luck. By dining here
regularly, family members will get closer to one another and there will
be much harmony in the home.
The final hall is the utilities and service areas (kitchen and
maid’s quarters). Stars at the back of the house are deemed as
undesirable and thus the ideal location for the kitchen and utilitarian
storerooms. The kitchen has been placed in the SW corner to introduce
fire energy as a means of exhausting the 9,7 stars.
A toilet has been located at the back of the house to trap the 7,9
stars, while the laundry room has been placed at the SE corner to trap
the 2,5 calamity stars.
By identifying which areas of the house are beneficial and deemed
auspicious, we can start to organize the spaces we live in to make the
fens shui work for us.
Creating a functional flow of travel through the residence
Once the initial zoning has been determined, you may wish to
separate the public areas from the more private areas. Upon entry into
the house, you should progress from very public areas
(reception and living areas), to semi-public areas
(dining room and staircase) and eventually to the private areas of the house (kitchen and bedrooms).
Separation of the very public to the semi-public areas can be done
with frosted glass of half-walls, to create the feeling of a visual
partition, but to at the same time maintain the feeling of an open
expense and space. By avoiding floor to ceiling walls, you create the
impression that the house is bigger than it actually is.
However, separation of the very public to the private area of the
house can be more solid, using floor to ceiling walls, as you do not
necessarily want your guests to view these parts of the house.
When designing a flow that works in a home, it is always useful to
use the concept of zones, where one moves from public, to semi-public
to private, and when your guests become close friends, they can
graduate from zone 1 to zone and eventually zone 3 of the house. The
public areas of the house also generally work better at the front of
the house, whereas kitchens and wash areas work better at the back of
It is thus useful to look for a feng shui Flying Star natal chart
where the auspicious zones occur at the front of the house, but thus
can usually be done by changing the facing direction of the building by
a few degrees. It is therefore imperative to use a compass of good
when using feng shui in the design of a house.
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