Now that you know what the Feng Shui Bagua is, how do you get one for your home? First, you need to draw the floor plan of your structure. Whether a free-standing house, condo, town house, apartment, barn, garage, RV, yurt or any other rendition of a dwelling, the bird’s eye view of the layout of your space that a floor plan reveals can be analyzed 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.
If you are working with an architect on a new build or remodel you may have an architectural drawing or blueprint. Ask them to send you a rendition in a standard 8 ½” x 11” format so that you can print it and apply the Bagua. In my opinion, this is the most ideal time to place and analyze your Bagua as you can improve situations that may not be ideal now rather than needing to adjust any Feng Shui imbalances after the building is completed.
For those of you without an appraisal or blueprint drawing, here’s the simple, step-by-step approach I share with my clients on How to Draw a Floor Plan:
Start with a clean 8 ½” x 11” piece of graph paper or white paper and a pencil with a good eraser.
Choose a room in a far corner of the house and begin there. Measure the width and length of the room, drawing the shape in the same far corner of the paper. You may use a measuring tape if you like, but you may also measure by pacing out the space. If you think you are able to make fairly even steps, use steps. If not, pace placing your feet toe to heel and measure that way. The 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 is not a square or rectangle.
After completing the first room, move to the next adjoining room and repeat the procedure. Work around the structure until you’ve drawn all of the rooms.
Next add any outside features that are attached to the house such as a porch, deck, balcony, breezeway, garage or barn.
Be sure that all interior walls are indicated, including hallways, and all interior doors are drawn as well. It is useful to show whether the doors swing in or out of the room.
Note all exterior doors and windows. You can also include the outline of any skylights with a dashed line.
Draw in any stairs, chimneys and fireplaces, cathedral ceilings, closets or other special features such as built-in cabinets, kitchen islands or a sunken living room.
Finally, add the major plumbing and appliance components including sinks, tubs, showers, dishwasher, kitchen stove plus the washer and dryer if you have one. Label and date your plan for future reference.
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’ve created your home’s floor plan. I suggest you make 3-4 copies for future use and always keep a master copy in case you make changes to the structure or interior of your home.
You will become so much more aware of your home when you engage in this process. Some homes may have many additions, angles or other architectural oddities which are not covered above. If you need additional guidance, contact me directly, and I’ll be happy to work with you individually. Share your creations with us so we can all see the various ways the Bagua Map is applied to our floor plans.