Vastu Guidelines For Hassle-free Construction | An Architect Explains

Here, I have explained the broad Vastu Guidelines for Construction 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.


WHAT ARE THE VASTU SHASTRA GUIDELINES FOR CONSTRUCTION OF A HOUSE?

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Some points to be considered during construction are the following:

Equal open space should be left on all four sides: The Reasoning – Maintenance and cleaning of the house can be done easily if there is space on all four sides of the Site. Moreover, the house can have windows an all 4 sidesĀ  because of the available space all around.

The open spaces around the Site should slope from the South and West sides to the North & East sides and outlets of rainwater should be in North-East or North zones. The Reasoning – Normally the Water Source is located in the North-East corner. So it is preferable to have the runoff rainwater flowing towards the North-East corner, as it will help to recharge the water source.

Only new building materials, bricks, wood, and materials should be used when building a new house. The Reasoning – New building material is always in good condition, has more strength and can be finished (polished, painted etc) well.

Avoid using old building materials for the construction: If there are old materials available, it is better to sell them and use the money to buy new materials. The Reasoning – Material from an old building like old wooden pillars, used steel, old bricks or blocks etc will have less strength and so it is better not to use them in a new building.

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Avoid using old, salvaged building materials for a new construction

Materials stored for a long time should also not be used. Iron grills should only be made when needed. The Reasoning – Building materials stored for a long time will not be as effective as new materials, as they may not have been stored well, away from moisture and pestsĀ  etc.

Good quality sand, gravel and cement should be used. The Reasoning – If second quality or cheaper materials are used, they are bound to affect the strength, finish and quality of the structure.

Wood from thorny trees should not be used. The Reasoning – Generally the wood of thorny trees is not suitable for house construction.

Construction should be started within 90 days from the completion of the Compound Wall. The Reasoning – This time frame is fixed so as to coax the Owner to start Construction, because otherwise he may keep postponing and this will only result in extra expenditure.

Construction should not stop once it begins. The Reasoning – There will be more expense involved in stopping-and-starting work.

Workers should not be unnecessarily pushed to speed up their work. The Reasoning – If pressurized, they will do a shoddy job. Moreover, some things like setting, curing of columns, beams, slabs etc cannot be rushed as there is a risk that the structure may collapse.

Work for the day should stop at sunset. The Reasoning – Construction should not be done at night as it is difficult to see and the quality of work will suffer. Also, the workers need to have rest as they can’t do a good job if they are overworked.

A qualified supervisor should always oversee the construction. The Reasoning – Any mistakes that come up at site due to the faulty work of the workers, can be noticed by a qualified person who is always at site. Also, the illiterate workers can clear any doubts that they may have about the drawings, with the Site engineer.

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Avoid construction at night

This post was about the Vastu guidelines during the Construction of a House. Read about the Vastu Shastra guidelines for fixing the main door during the construction here:

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