I am getting ready to build a custom home and would like to incorporate Feng Shui into its design. Should I find a feng shui consultant to work with my architect or should bring them in after the house is constructed?
I spoke with Simona Mainini, a Feng Shui consultant and owner of Feng Shui Architecture. Here is what she advised:
"In my experience, bringing in a feng shui consultant to work with your architect gives your project a much higher potential of success with definitely much lower costs."
"Because of what is involved in planning a new building, my suggestion is always to work with a feng shui consultant that also has a background in architecture. This way you can effectively communicate with your architect, and the feng shui consultant can propose realistic solutions that still respect your wishes and your architect's creativity.
"The process of customizing a house with feng shui principles can be applied to any style of building and to any ethnicity. In fact, this ancient science takes more into account the quantum changes of the 'life force' of our planet according to location and time than religious or folkloristic belief. Some cultures may have their own personal take on it (Chinese may be different than Vietnamese or Japanese), but the core principles work the same for everyone.
"While a feng shui consultant can intervene in a project at any stage, the best time is anytime between the purchasing of the lot and the design development of the building. When the consultant reviews the lot, she or he can advise you on which lot will allow you to build a building with the highest potential for both well being and financial prosperity.
"Then, from there (or if you already have a lot picked out) your consultant can provide you and the architect with guidelines to develop the floor plan or review the conceptual plan and suggest changes to it. In both cases this is an easier process because all the changes take place on paper.
"With a customized home the desired results are easier to achieve and nearer to perfection. Also, the cost you'll incur is limited to the consultation and, perhaps, an architectural fee. When working on an existing building, the advice that the consultant can offer is generally a little more limited, thus the cost is generally less. However, applying the recommended alterations can be more expensive.
"I recently worked on a project with the Newport Beach architectural firm Dawson Hannouche Pate. A building's internal energy patterns are defined by the time during which it is built and by its physical orientation. In this case, the building was going to be built in 2002, so the most appropriate orientation was 7 degrees diagonal to the property line. The orientation was mathematically applied on the site plan by the civil engineer so that the ground leveling, driveway and landscape could be planned accordingly. The orientation that I chose is based on the date of birth of the occupants and the energy distribution patterns.
"Inside the building there are nine power areas: some have excellent supportive energy, and some much less favorable. The challenge that the architect encountered in applying the feng shui guidelines was to locate the main areas, where the occupants spend most of their time, in the best power areas, then to design the house around them. For instance, the bedrooms are located in favorable areas so that proper sleeping for 8 hours will allow the body to rejuvenate and energize itself. The home office is situated in a direction that highly supports financial and career achievements. The entrances to the house are all open to receive the Chi, or life force energy, from the most favorable directions for the building.
"As capable and skilled architects, DHP Architects applied these principles in their solution, creating a final design that is architecturally striking and fulfills all of my requirements."
Simona Mainini is an Italian licensed architect, holds a Doctor in Architecture degree from the Politecnico of Milan, Italy and is a senior instructor from the American Feng Shui Institute. She also teaches extension courses on Feng Shui at UCLA. You can reach her at (310) 860-8989 or e-mail her.
Our Feng Shui Consultants offer consultations on Feng Shui house and Feng Shui office to create a great Feng Shui zone by applying the Feng Shui Numbers, Feng Shui colors, Feng Shui elements and Feng Shui water to any Feng Shui house; including how to Feng Shui kitchen, Feng Shui bedroom layout and Feng Shui bed position, Feng Shui living room, Feng Shui bathroom, Feng Shui front door; Feng Shui office and Feng Shui garden. In addition we offer Feng Shui consultant services on Feng Shui Interior Design, Feng Shui Real Estate Investments, Feng Shui Real Estate Developments Industrial, Commercial and Residential and for any kind of Feng Shui Architecture projects.
Simona F. Mainini, Dr. Arch., Feng Shui Master
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"Thank you for your responding so quickly and for you patience in trying to relay the data to a novice. I don't fully understand the workings of feng shui but believe in the concept and am excited to apply your suggestions. I appreciate your help."
- Catherine C., Construction Company CEO, Lake Village, AR
"There was a great rapport with Dr. Mainini due to her training as an architect and her great ability to listen and interpret our concerns We immediately honed in on the issues attributing to the perception of comfort in response to our light-deficient environment. Her input and dialogue with us during the design process were instrumental in both finalizing decision as well as inspiring alternative design ideas.
Most importantly, what Simona gave us was a way of looking at space and energy perceived by the body: this we believe contributes to a more comprehensive way of arriving at design for our built environment"
- Annie Chu, AIA - Principal, Chu+Goodings Architects, Los Angeles, CA
"Thank you so much for all your help with our new house. Not only it is beautiful, comfortable and we very much enjoy spending time in it and in our backyard, it has brought us so many career opportunities, most of which we never dreamed of! My Husband business has tripled its venue, both my children have achieved their highest academic results ever, and we are in demenads in their sports team. Not only we are happy as a family, we are also very successful and accomplished in all other aspects of our life. Thank you again Dr. Mainini."
- G. & J. Y., Newport Beach, CA
"Dear Dr. Mainini… My family and I just moved into our new house. Given the great results we experienced after you consulted for us on our previous house, we decided to now have you consult for us once again on this new one. To be honest, we shopped around for other Feng Shui consultants too, but none of them worked out as successfully as you did for us in our previous house, so please, please, please come and work with us again in this new house."
- S. & K. H., Burbank, CA
"My firm had always been successful until we moved to our new location. About the same time we started losing clients. We consulted Feng Shui Architecture and, after harmonizing the flow of energy in the office, our employees keep increasing their productivity , our firm has been further promoted and we have had many important commission among which are the Boston Court House and the Mc Carren Airport in Las Vegas."
- T.J. De Ganyar - Principal, ASI-Advance Structures Inc., Santa Monica, CA