Feng Shui Concepts 
By Jenny Liu 

Be Careful In Remodeling 


After attending a feng shui seminar I gave about two weeks ago, Allan (name changed for privacy) immediately made an appointment for me to see his home. He tells me things have not been well in his home and would like me to come and check the feng shui. When I arrived at his home, I calculated Allanís, his wife and sonís birth dates and they all belong to the Western Direction Pattern.  I asked Allan how long he had lived in his current home and if he had done any remodeling.  Allan explained they have lived there for about seventeen years and about ten years ago, they added a larger master bedroom suite to the back. 

Looking at the floor plan, I point out to Allan that prior to the add-on, the house was much more regular in shape.  It was fairly rectangular and balanced in form. The house sits northeast and faces southwest.  This orientation is actually very positive for Allan and his family. The original master bedroom was located in the northwest corner of the house and promotes Allan and his wife. The main door was located in the southwest facing northwest which also brings them positive energy. The kitchen was also located correctly in the southeast direction for them. I asked Allan if he and his family fared better before they made the add on.  Allan agreed that it was because things were going so well that they had the money to expand and remodel their home.  However, thinking back, Allan admits that things have gone downhill since the remodel. 

The house was remodeled rather precariously and not designed according to feng shui principles.  The master bedroom suite was only added to one side of the house in the back which made the house form shaped like a gun.  The new master bedroom was simply attached to the old master bedroom by a door.  The only way to access the new master bedroom was to go through the old master bedroom which was now a bedroom for their son.  The sonís bedroom door is aligned with the master bedroom door which is aligned with the back patio door.  To top it off, their sonís room is at the end of a very dark hallway. 

Because the house is shaped like a gun, this alignment of hallway and doorways straight through the bedrooms is like the path where the bullet travels. This path carries very unstable and negative energy that is very defeating to them as it traveled right through the rooms. It places them in line with danger and can make them prone to illness and accident.  During this time, their son was sleeping with his bed placed so that his head was right in the path of this negative alignment. This can make him particularly vulnerable to injury especially in the head area as the room was located in the northwest which is associated to the head, shoulder and lungs.

 Allan nearly turned white as he looked into my eyes with amazement. He tells me that during the first year after the remodel when their son slept in his room, he had a terrible accident where a BB gun caught him in the eye. His son is now blind in one eye.  His son also has asthma and allergies.  Furthermore, Allan tells me he, himself has also gotten into a accident in his own backyard as he was backing his car, he crashed into his neighborís garage. In the past two years, his whole family is constantly having one car accident after another.  He knew something was not right. 

All around his house and even inside, there is clutter everywhere. These old, unnecessary items and junk only serve to create stagnant energy and disrupt the energy flow around the house. Having all the clutter can cause chaos and the residents to lack energy, feeling lazy and never getting around to clearing up the house to improve the energy.  This creates a perpetual downward spiral where the clutter continues to build and the familyís energy continues to become weaker and more vulnerable to problems. 

It was imperative that Allan take time to clean up and remove all the unnecessary things in and around his house.  If possible, he needed to build out the rest of the house so that it was not so irregularly shaped like a gun. Awkward house forms can disrupt our bodyís need for balanced energy.  In the meantime, he needed to make the adjustments I recommended such as moving back to the original master bedroom and closing off the add-on to avoid the direct alignment.  The add-on should only be accessed from the outside to serve as a recreational room or studio for his son. This will serve to make the house more whole and stable again.  His son should move to the front west bedroom. Allan could not believe how simply adding on a room to his house caused so many devastating things to happen to him and his family.  He had to learn the hard way to make sure the feng shui is correct the next time that he remodels. 

Jenny Liu holds a Bachelorís Degree in Environmental Design from UC Berkeley and a Masterís 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. Ms. Liu is a fourth-generation practitioner with her own consulting firm. For more information see www.liu-fengshui.com  or call her at (909) 860-0633.

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