10 Feng Shui Tips for Remodeling Your Home
By Jenny Liu, M.A.

The famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright wisely said, “Man builds the house and the house builds the man.” What does your house mean to you? For most of us, our house is a place in which to settle down, feel safe and comfortable, and raise a family. For others, their house is a status symbol, a show room, or a place to display possessions to impress and entertain others. Then there are those who are rarely home, whose house is like a hotel that they merely sleep in.

Like a highly-trained detective, the feng shui master can analyze details of a house and literally tell you what the walls would say if they could talk. This analysis is based on the natural law of cause and effect. Since our house is an extension of our physical bodies, we can actually effect positive changes in different aspects of our life by changing corresponding areas of our home or office environment.

Though the condition of your home is one of many factors that affect your overall well-being, it is an important factor, making it worthwhile to remodel or decorate in a manner that will enhance your energy and not deplete it. Following are ten remodeling tips based in feng shui principles to help you create the life you want.

1) The house is an extension of your body and any alterations will have an impact on your well-being. The different orientations of the house are associated to different body parts, as well as different life aspects such as career, children or marriage. Depending on which part of the house is being remodeled, it can affect the associated areas of the body. The main door represents your mouth; the areas to the right and left of the main door are your lungs, the flow created by rooms and hallways in your house are replicated in your circulatory and digestive systems.

2) Do not live inside your house during a major remodel. Living within a house while it is undergoing a major remodel  exposes you to the unstable vibrations of demolition, harmful pollutants and the noise of construction. Absorbing these defeating energies can cause different negative occurrences, depending on the orientation of the house and the areas being remodeled. In most cases, your energies become erratic and you are prone to illness, accident, argument and financial instability.

3) Select the right time for remodeling. In the philosophy of feng shui everything is connected, so the timing in which the remodeling takes place affects your well-being. The universal energies the house will be exposed to depend on the orientation of the house and in which time period the remodeling takes place. Ideally, you should select a time that is favorable to you. In doing so, you will absorb positive energies to manifest positive change in your life.

4) Use promoting elements, colors and materials. Every color and material has its own frequency described as earth, metal, wood, water and fire frequencies. These elemental frequencies affect you subconsciously and physically as they interact with your personal energy. When selecting colors and materials, use those that promote you based on your birth chart.

5) Build out all the missing sectors of the house. Do not create missing sectors. As an example, let’s say you have an L-shaped house that is missing its west sector (associated to your wealth and respiratory system) and you find that you are having physical problems associated to these missing sectors. It can benefit you to extend the house so this area is no longer missing, making the house “whole.” 

Likewise, if your house is already a symmetrical square or rectangular shape, be careful not to create a wing that makes your house asymmetrical, thus creating missing sectors. You may be doing very well in your home and find that after the remodeling, a negative effect has been created.

6) Shift all aligning doors. Doors are the mouths of the house and the rooms within, so when two doors are aligned it is like two mouths opposing each other. When two bedroom or office doors are aligned, it can bring conflict between the occupants who use these rooms. This is especially true if the occupants have opposite energy patterns.

7) Minimize hallways. Hallways are usually narrow spaces that are dark and have stagnant energy. Whenever possible, it is a good idea to open up a hallway with mirrors, lights or bright colors.

8) Locate the stove to promote you. The kitchen stove should be in your negative direction and facing your positive direction. The stove represents your food — your basic means of survival — and relates to your income. It is also a source of fire hazard and pollution. Thus, on a safety level, it should not be located in the center of the house or in your positive (compatible) directions as these are the areas where you sleep and work.

However, on an energetic level, directing the fire energy to your positive orientation can bring you prosperity. So, if you are doing a kitchen remodel and the stove can be moved, it benefits you to move it to a good location. The stove should not be aligned with the sink, bathroom door, or be under a second story bedroom where the bed is located.

9) Locate toilets correctly. Toilets, in which our wastes are disposed, are considered a negative energy source. When remodeling or adding a bathroom, be sure that bathroom doors do not align with bedroom doors, beds, the main door or desks.

10) Create storage to minimize your clutter. One of the most common problems in our homes is clutter. Clutter blocks energy and makes the house’s energy stagnant. This is usually due to having too many unnecessary things and a lack of storage space. A cluttered house usually results in low energy and unfocused minds in its occupants. When remodeling, it is a good opportunity to get rid of those unnecessary things and create sufficient storage space.

Jenny Liu holds a Bachelors’ Degree in Environmental Design from UC Berkeley and a Masters Degree in Architecture from UCLA. She is an expert in the 8,000-year-old Chinese philosophy of Feng Shui who also shares her knowledge through seminars, workshops, periodicals and the Internet. Awarded for her Master’s Thesis on Feng Shui, Ms. Liu is a fourth-generation practitioner with her own consulting firm. For more information, visit: www.Liu-FengShui.com or call her at (626) 272-4901.

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