While it is true that most homes can be adapted to Feng Shui principles of balance and completion, it is equally true that there are some houses that are way more work than they are worth. Even when I am not consulting on an individual client’s home, I am always observing and mentally correcting the Feng Shui imbalances that I see around me, and it is my observation that some houses have so many Feng Shui issues that even a Feng Shui consultant couldn’t love them. Here a short list of my top 5 least lovable house designs:
- Sometimes a house is just fine, but there is something around it that is causing a problem. One thing that comes to mind involves things like giant electricity transformers and huge city water towers. These type of structures have a very ominous energy about them, and they can cast a sha-chi or poison arrow shadow onto a home which has a cutting effect. When we see this type of issue, it can be helpful to notice what part of the home receives the shadow being cast or where the structure is located within the property’s bagua by focusing on the area of your life is receiving the disruptive spike of energy from the sha-chi.
- A house with a yard that slopes down in the back, and due to city ordinances involving water drainage, cannot be corrected by adding dirt to level it. This is a biggie! When you consider that the back of a yard encompasses the Big 3 sections of a bagua, including Wealth, Fame and Relationships, these are some of the key areas of life that need stability and balance.
- A house with a major freeway on the other side of the fence is a Feng Shui nightmare. I have actually seen an example of this in person. I’m not sure which came first, the massive toll road or the subdivision that had a row of houses backing up to it, but I know that no number of wind chimes could alleviate the noise or disruption created by this type of structure, and thus, it belongs on this list without a doubt.
- A house shaped so that either Abundance or Relationships is excluded under the original roofline requires a lot of mental and physical shifting and changes. While it is possible to activate missing areas by creating living areas such as a covered deck or garden when a home’s original design left these areas out, it would not be my first choice for a new home.
- And finally, we have the classic Feng Shui no-no’s such as waterfall stairs in line with a front or back door, front and back doors that are directly aligned and opposite one another or all of the above with a road pointing at it as well. Why go there? With the number of houses that do not have these structural imperfections, there is only reason that someone would chose a home like this. They simply don’t know any better, or they don’t believe it will matter. If you fall into that last category, let me know how that goes for you. The fact is, some things are true whether you believe in them or not.
Logynn B. Northrhip is a Professional Feng Shui Consultant in Austin, TX offering local and remote consultations. She can be reached at http://www.fengshuidesignconcepts.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 512/496-9232.