Now that you know what feng shui bagua is, how do you get one for your home? First, you need to draw the floor plan of your structure. Whether it’s a detached home, condo, townhome, apartment, barn, garage, RV, yurt, or any other version of a dwelling, the bird’s-eye view of your space layout that reveals a floor plan can be parsed with the bagua .
As a Feng Shui Practitioner, I ask my clients to draw their own floor plans. The process of investigating and deciphering one’s space can be revealing in itself. However, if you’ve had a recent appraisal it is likely to contain a rendition of the floor plan somewhere within its pages. The drawing is often quite small on the page so I recommend that you use a copier with a feature that will allow you to increase its size. Try to get it to fill as much of a standard sheet of paper as possible. This will make it much easier to see and work with.
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If you’re working with an architect on new construction or remodeling, you may have an architectural plan or blueprint. ask them to send you an interpretation in a standard 8 ½” x 11” format so you can print it out and apply the bagua. In my opinion, this is the most ideal time to place and analyze your bagua, as it can improve situations that may not be ideal now rather than having to adjust any feng shui imbalances after the building is complete.
For those of you who don’t have an appraisal or floor plan, here’s the simple step-by-step approach I share with my clients on how to draw a floor plan:
Start with clean 8 ½” x 11″ graph paper or white paper and a pencil with a good eraser.
Pick a room in a far corner of the house and start there. Measure the width and length of the room, drawing the shape on the same far corner of the paper. you can use a tape measure if you like, but you can also measure by marking the space. if you think you can do fairly even steps, use steps. if not, place your feet end to end and measure that way. Measurements don’t have to be exact, but try to keep the dimensions of the room in proportion. be sure to note any angles or changes in the shape of the room if it’s not a square or rectangle.
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after completing the first room, go to the next adjoining room and repeat the procedure. work around the structure until you have drawn all the rooms.
Next, add any exterior features that are attached to the house, such as a porch, deck, balcony, walkway, garage, or barn.
make sure all interior walls are indicated, including hallways, and all interior doors are also drawn. it is useful to show if the doors open or open the room.
Consider all exterior doors and windows. you can also include the outline of skylights with a dashed line.
draw any stairs, fireplaces and fireplaces, cathedral ceilings, closets, or other special features, such as built-in cabinets, kitchen islands, or a sunken family room.
Finally, add major plumbing and appliance components, including sinks, tubs, showers, dishwashers, ranges, and washers and dryers, if you have one. label and date your plan for future reference.
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To get the most complete Feng Shui analysis from your Bagua, it is essential that you prepare a floor plan for each level of your home. Repeat the process above for a second story, loft, usable attic, basement or other floor. They need not be the total area of the first floor’s plan but should be in the same proportions so if they were to visually “sit” on top of each other their dimensions would be similar to the original structure.
congratulations! You have created the floor plan of your house. I suggest you make 3 or 4 copies for future use and always keep a master copy in case you make changes to the structure or interior of your home.
You can get my FREE Feng Shui Bagua Map Download here so that you will be ready to when I explain how to place the Bagua on your floor plan drawing.
You will be much more aware of your home when you participate in this process. Some houses may have many additions, angles, or other architectural oddities that are not covered above. If you need additional guidance, please contact me directly and I’d be happy to work with you one-on-one. Share your creations with us so we can all see the various ways the bagua map is applied to our floor plans.
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