Vastu Guidelines For Compound Wall | An Architect Explains

The Compound wall protects the site from animals, thieves, etc and serves to demarcate the boundary of the property. 

Here, I have explained the Vastu Guidelines for Construction of the Compound Wall, and the possible scientific reasons and logic on which they were based, so that you an decide what you want to follow and what you don’t.



Compound Wall construction: The third thing to be constructed  after the Water Well and the Storage Shed is the Compound Wall. This should be built just before the construction of the House begins. The Reasoning РThe purpose of the Compound wall is to protect the site and the material stored in the Storage shed, from the outside environment, from thieves, etc. However, if there are buildings all around the site, the Compound wall can be done after the construction.
Begin Compound Wall construction in South-East: Construction should begin on an auspicious day. The Reasoning РSince the Compound wall is meant to protect from the elements ans thieves etc,  psychologically the owner will feel that he will be protected if the construction is done at an auspicious time.
Northern part of Compound Wall to be built last: The Reasoning The Northern and Eastern sides are to be left open to allow Sunlight into the House, and the building is to be built in the South-West corner. Therefore, it is advisable to build the North Compound wall later as it is easier to dump building materials in the Northern open space.
Compound Wall should not be higher than the House: The Reasoning – If the Compound wall is higher than the house, it will cut off light to the House.

Compound wall should not be higher than the house

Compound Wall should be higher and thicker in the South and West sides : The Compound walls on the North and East sides should be a foot (12 inches) shorter than on the West and South sides. If this is not possible, then the North and East sides should be a minimum of (3 inches) shorter. The Reasoning – The higher and thicker Compound wall on the South-West, prevents the hot evening Sun rays from heating up the house and the lower compound on the North-East allows the useful morning Sunlight into the House.

Compound Wall should be two-thirds the height of the main door: The Reasoning The Compound wall should not be taller than the house but should be tall enough to give the inmates a sense of privacy.

Two gates are preferable: The Reasoning – It makes sense to have a big gate for the car to enter and a smaller gate which is easier to handle near the entrance.

Two gates are preferable

Avoid gates in the extreme corners: The Reasoning It is inconvenient to open and close a gate that is fixed to the corners of the wall.

Main gate and the entrance door should face the same direction: The Reasoning For visitors entering through the gate, it is easier for them to notice the main door if the door is also facing the same direction as the gate.

Avoid a gate in the South side: The Reasoning The South is not considered auspicious for an entrance, but obviously if your Site is a South facing one, the gate has to be in the South side.

Gates should open clockwise: The ReasoningSince the majority of the population is right-handed, it is easier to push open a door or gate in the clockwise direction.

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61 thoughts on “Vastu Guidelines For Compound Wall | An Architect Explains

  • April 6, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    Dear sir,
    What is the remidie to overcome from the neighbours compound wall hieght problems to my house
    Hi Vishwanath Rao,
    I am not sure if you have a high or a low neighbouring, compound wall. If it is low and you want privacy, grow some hedges. But if it is high, there is nothing you can do as you cannot lower it. But the light to your house could be reduced and so, you could paint the wall on your side white, so that light can be reflected. Avoid putting plants that could reduce the light.

  • April 27, 2016 at 2:49 am

    our house is in south west corner plot with main door facing West. Stair case was built on westsouth corner,leaving 2 feet from south side. staircase was built on west compound wall. Is this allowed as per vastu ?? if not, how to rectify without removing staircase and compound wall ?? Pl advise me. thanks
    Hi Srinivasa Sai,
    Ideally, no part of the house including staircase should touch the boundary wall. But what has been done, let it be.

  • June 8, 2016 at 7:39 am

    Our house is in 30×80 feet plot facing north direction.Can we have three gates. One 3 feet at northeast for tenent passage , one 8 feet gate with slope ramp for car parking which is 4.5 feet from northeast corner and other gate 4 feet for our passage use adjecent to car parking gate ie is at about12.5 feet from north east corner.whether three gates may be provided or the tenant passage may be left with out gate as open passage in the north east corner since it is having one inner gate for their safety.
    Hi Kalaimani,
    Better to have the three gates.

  • August 7, 2016 at 7:04 am

    Hello Sir,
    Thank you for these guidelines. We have a combined compound wall to the East side and our neighbor wants to increase its height as he says that half the thickness of the wall belongs to him. He wants to increase the height by building it in half the thickness of the wall. Please suggest a remedy.
    Hi Raju,
    Well, he has a right to do that. But according to some rules, the height of the compound wall must be restricted to 5′ You will have to check with the rules in your area.

  • August 23, 2016 at 1:02 am


    I want to construct a new house facing north ,prior to it I would like to complete compound wall. Is it right?
    Hi Subba Rao,
    Yes you can do the compound wall first. But if you are planning to construct the house in the near future, for practical purposes, it is better not to do the front compound wall. Finish it after the construction is complete.

  • August 28, 2016 at 1:52 am

    Hello sir,
    My factory is south facing. I want to know that my plot is bigger in south then my neighbour which is situated in east. Should i make south boundry wall straight with neighbours boundry wall or may make upword to his boundry wall. Pl suggest.
    Hi Abhisek,
    While constructing the boundary wall, build it right upto the neighbor’s site, as you will be creating a no-mans land in between which cannot be used by you. Instead using hedge plants create a rectangular boundary and use the excess triangular space for a flower/herb garden.

  • September 2, 2016 at 12:27 am

    Hello Sir,
    Could you please answer my below questions
    1. What should be the minimum balcony we need to maintain in East and North sides of the house in first floor?
    2. What should be the minimun open to sky we have to maintain in East and North sides of the plot?
    Hi Vinod,
    There is no minimum or maximum in such matters. Ideally there should be more open space in the East and North.

  • October 3, 2016 at 12:09 am

    Hi Sir/Madam,
    I’m looking for north facing house. Could you please advise me if the staircase in north facing house should touch the compound wall or should we maintain gap between staircase and compound wall?
    If compound wall and staircase do not have any gap, will that be considered not Vastu compliant?
    Hi Venu,
    Ideally there should be a gap to allow for light and ventilation. But since yours is a North facing plot and the staircase is in the north, it should be okay.

  • November 4, 2016 at 2:02 am

    Dear Sir
    Good afternoon! Wonderful suggestions and advices.
    Thank U Sir.
    Ashok Panigrahi
    From Jamshedpur
    Hi Ashok Kumar,
    Thank you for your feedback and appreciation.

  • November 26, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    Good morning
    My house is south facing. In front of our plot there is a “T”junction of 100′ wide road. That junction is not exactly aligned at the center of our plot,it is aligned towards west-side of my plot.Please suggest me where to put my main gate.
    Hi Sukanya,
    Place the gate in the East side.

  • December 21, 2016 at 12:04 am

    My plot has road on East and West I have a north facing entrance. In order to avoid the neighbor look into the house the compound wall only in front of the mail door was raised by few feet. Finally we realized that the neighboring plot is a ground. So this raise is not required.
    Is this ok as per Vasstu? Can I leave it as it is or if it is not as per Vaastu should I break the few feet raise and have the wall height uniform.
    Hi Kalidhas,
    Better to have all the walls at one level instead of raising one portion. This way, you will get more light and air into your house.

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