10 Feng Shui Tips for Remodeling Your Home
By Jenny T. Liu



1) The house is an extension of our body and any alterations will have an impact on your well being. The orientation of the house is associated with different body parts, as well as different life aspects such as our career, children or marriage. Depending on which part of the house is being remodeled, it can affect the associated areas.

2) Do not live inside your house during a major remodel. Living within a house while it is undergoing a major remodel will expose you to unstable vibrations of demolition, harmful pollutants and the noise of construction. Absorbing these defeating energies can cause negative occurrences depending on the orientation of the house and the areas being remodeled. In most cases, when our energies become erratic we 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 even the timing in which the remodeling takes place affects our well-being. Depending on the orientation of the house, and when the remodeling takes place will cause the house to be exposed to certain universal energies. Ideally, we are able to select the time that is favorable to us. In doing so, we absorb positive energies which manifest positive change in our lives.

4) Use promoting elements, colors and materials. When selecting colors and materials, we must understand that every color and material has its own frequency and affects us subconsciously and physically. Ideally, we use the colors and materials that promote us, based on our birth chart.

5) Build out the missing sectors of the house. Do not create missing sectors. For instance, if you have an L-shaped house that is missing its west sector, which is associated with your wealth and respiratory system, and find you are having problems associated with these missing sectors, it can benefit you to extend the house so it becomes whole and this area is no longer missing. Likewise, if your house is already a symmetrical square or rectangular shape, be careful not to create a wing that makes your house irregular, thus creating missing sectors. You may be doing very well in your home, but create a negative effect after the remodeling.

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

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

8) Locate the stove to promote you. Kitchen stoves should be in your negative direction facing your positive direction. The stove represents our food, our 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 nor in our positive or compatible directions as these are the areas where we sleep and work. However, on an energetic level, directing the fire energy to our positive orientation can bring us 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 bedroom where the bed is located.

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

10) Create storage to minimize clutter. One of the most common problems in our homes is clutter. Clutter blocks energy and makes the houseís energy stagnant. This is usually due to having too many unnecessary things and lack of storage. A cluttered house usually results in low energy and unfocused minds for its occupants. So, when remodeling, it is a good opportunity to get rid of unnecessary things and make sure to create sufficient storage space. Please join us the last Saturday of every month for Feng Shui Teatime and have all your questions answered! Contact: Julie (626) 862-1788.

Jenny Liu holds a Bachelorís 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 Masterís Thesis on Feng Shui, Ms. Liu is a fourth-generation practitioner with her own consulting firm. For more information, see www.liu-fengshui.com 

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