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Some basic principles of Feng Shui are easily illustrated. This isn't necessarily rocket science, and many people have instictively understood many of these principles. As they have understood these things, they have been able to create living spaces that work well. Observing these people and their homes was part of what encouraged me to do environmental consulting.

Too often, meetings between designers and clients look a bit like this:

It doesn't have to be like that. Common sense should prevail. Some buildings are in trouble before construction starts:

Now this building doesn't look too bad, but it was reportedly a big money loser before it was even occupied. What could possibly be wrong? Let's go around back and see if there's anything...

This brings up one important principle known to ancient Feng Shui practitioners: DON'T BUILD IN A SWAMP! In the United States, we have a huge government bureaucracy dedicated only to this purpose. It costs a lot of money, and would be unecessary if most people simply would consider this idea.

The opposite of water is fire. This isn't considered so much, but it can be just as bad for daily life. One particular building shape which is sometimes used, and considered attractive, can subconsciously pervade people with a sense of instability. Due to the necessity for confidentiality, no real details can be given, but keep in mind that this business did not do well, and the life of its owner was terribly chaotic:

Imagine that every car puts forward an energy that affects anything in its path. This is something seen too often -- a building where cars point at it every day. It doesn't seem to matter how many cars are involved, whether it's an urban, rural, or suburban location, or how nice the cars pointing at the building might be:

There are few good cures for a situation like this. Experience has shown that placing a metal sculpture or a mirror in front of the building will help. Organic materials such as trees or bushes won't stand up against this type of abuse.

Mobile homes cause problems of their own. Contact us privately for a special essay on this subject. The photo is an exaggeration, but we couldn't resist including it anyway:

Getting into a little more detail, the entrance to any building is important. It sets the tone for the whole building. Of course the entrance should be on a human scale -- garage doors communicate to us that cars are more important than people. If an entrance is somehow blocked, the people who have to live or work there will never get the idea that good things can come to them.

If you simply clear away bushes, branches, trash or any other obstruction, you will get immediate results.

Here's a pleasant image to leave you with. This house is not perfect, and we have not met the occupants, but it sure is nice to have something like this in your neighborhood, isn't it?

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