FSS Ideal Home

FSS Ideal Home

At the last Feng Shui Society consultants meeting we explored the ingredients for the ideal feng shui home and garden.

These are our recommendations.

Homes

That the house design allows for choices, autonomy and individual identity. This could include a choice of colours materials but also of layout in terms of internal walls so that the home could be more open plan or with more rooms.

That generally in the UK and northern countries the home faces south to maximise exposure to sunlight. This is especially significant in the winter when the sun is low in the sky and has a greater influence on the warmth and lighting of rooms.

Good lighting requires care in creating a design and footprint that takes into account the surrounding features and exposure to light. For example trees and taller features would be to the north where they will have little impact on exposure to sunlight. The use of skylights can help bring sunlight to more central areas on the top floor or in a single story dwelling. Ideally, the bathrooms and toilets will have window to provide exposure to natural light and fresh air. Larger glass areas will increase exposure to natural light, sunshine and warmth.

The the home is made from sustainable materials. Less concrete and more wood and other eco friendly materials. Ensure good thermal insulation to reduce energy consumption. Materials and paints would minimise exposure to airborne toxic particles. At the same time good ventilation is helpful to reduce CO2 levels.

The rooms are well proportioned and have good access to natural light. Ideally these would be rectangles with proportions that are, for example close to the Golden Mean of 1.6, so not too narrow, L shaped or irregular.

Generally the southern higher energy rooms will be dedicated to the living area, kitchen, home office , whilst the calmer northern rooms used as bedrooms and bathrooms.

Create a sense of space by allowing for open areas in the centre of rooms and if possible at the centre of the house.

Include efficient storage options so that the home can remain clutter free.

Ensure that there are maximum choices for the placement of the beds and chairs to suit individual preferences. This would include the option to sit with a wall behind and a good view of the room, windows and doors in front.

Use acoustically insulating materials for windows, doors and walls. Consider a balance of reflective surfaces to enhance light and textured surfaces, including fabrics, to absorb sounds.

Route electrical wiring so it is furthest from places occupants might be spending more time to reduce exposure to EMF. If using underfloor heating consider a water based system rather than electric wires that may increase exposure to EMF.