More land is good?
When looking for a home with extra adjacent land, there are several Vasthu principles that you should follow.
HOUSE buyers often look for properties that have extra land on the sides of their house so that they can have a spacious garden or compound to conduct their outdoor activities.
However, they should be selective when choosing designs with extra space, which is normally found in the corner or end lots or semi-detached properties. One key element is the plot must be square or rectangular in shape and free from “cuts”.
During my recent Vasthu Sastra talk at The Star Property Fair in Penang, several participants wanted to know the good and bad in investing in a semi-detached property which comes with a piece of land attached to it.
Well, it all depends on the location of the additional space.
For a semi-detached unit facing north, ideally, the house that has land in the eastern and northern sides should be chosen rather than the other unit attached to it, which has open space in the western and southern sides.
Having land in the east, north, north-east and north-west will allow the occupants in the property to enjoy more subtle energies because the sun’s rays will be able to shine into their space freely without any obstacles.
Dwellers should open the terrace located in the east to allow more early morning sunshine into the home to flush out negative and stale energies.
In the case of a north-facing property with land space in the west or south, the plot is deemed unfavourable.
Dwellers staying in a property having land in the west will experience financial problems and the occupants will not enjoy peace of mind.
According to Vasthu, the western and southern sides of a property should not have (or minimal) land space.
Having open spaces in these areas will free the energy that is supposed to be stored in the enclosures, thus affecting the wellbeing of the dwellers.
Vasthu checks have revealed that women staying in a property with more space in the south will face health issues.
To remedy the situation, those who are staying in plots having more space in the south or west should extend their physical building structure to fill the empty space.
Another option will be to have tall structures like trees placed in the area, or create a rock garden without a water feature in the south-west corner.
When choosing a semi-detached unit, buyers are urged to give priority to the two cardinal points of north- or south-facing properties because there will be less rearrangement of amenities.
This is based on the many designs and floor plans of readymade semi-detached properties I have seen. Properties that face the west and south may face orientation challenges and the more difficult ones are those facing northeast, south-east, north-west and south-west.
For properties facing these directions, the owners of such units may have to do a major overhaul to their layout to meet Vasthu requirements.
Also avoid plots that are uneven or raised in the eastern and northern areas because such contours are inauspicious in the two quadrants.
Once you have selected the Vasthu compliant semi-detached plot, check the location of the main door, which must not be placed in the south-west.
Following this view, the kitchen which should be in the south-east or north-west quadrants.
Bathroom and toilet facilities must not be located in the southwest and north-east quadrants. All other quadrants are fine.
Bedrooms should be in the south-west, south and west quadrants for the breadwinner and spouse to occupy.
The east, north, north-west and south-east quadrants are ideal for children to occupy.
T. Selva is the author of the Vasthu Sastra Guide and is the first disciple of 7th generation Vasthu Sastra master Yuvaraj Sowma from Chennai, India. You can follow him on twitter at @tselvas and write to him at email@example.com. This column appears on the last Sunday of every month.
A favourable layout for a semi-detached house, according to Vasthu.