The interest in Feng Shui has been high in the last few years. Many books are available in the stores, articles in newspapers and journals are fairly common, workshops are available, and just about everyone in the movement has heard of it, and may be familiar with the basic concepts.
I have read and reviewed a few books on Feng Shui, heard a presentation or two, and have attempted to apply the basic concepts (as I understand them) to my design work. Basically, my feeling is that if the house works well in plan, that is, energy flows smoothly, with few trouble spots or annoyances to the artistic eye, I have done my job. As there are many schools of Feng Shui with many contradictions, once you have settled on a basic plan, you may want to take it to a Feng Shui "expert", who's values and perspective are similar to yours.
Below is an example of one basic Feng Shui principle I try to apply as I go.
- Power spot. For psychological security, sitting areas and beds are best located opposite the door with a clear view of those entering, adjacent to walls, not windows. Shift window locations to offer light and views from open areas away from desired secure areas.
Clearly, the discipline of Feng Shui, though interesting and exciting (based on public interest), is also complex and esoteric, requiring study and a personal perspective.
If you are an expert of Feng Shui (as it applies to the small house, and recognizing the many contradictions and compromises involved in the design of "sustainable", "energy efficient", "natural" housing), please submit something to me and I will place it here under your byline.