Vastu Guidelines For A Positive Home | An Architect Explains

A home is the place where you and your family live.  Home is “a place of warmth, comfort, and affection” and you are “emotionally attached” to your home because it is where you and your loved ones make some good memories. You love your home and share a harmonious vibration with your home and the home shares the same vibrations with you, provided the ‘energy’ inside is positive. However, if the natural flow of positive energy through the house is blocked or negative energy enters your home and suppresses the positive energy, then you and your family members can get affected mentally and psychologically. 

 

So, how can you ensure that the positive energy in your home is dominant? According to Vastu Shastra, an ancient building science that has been perfected over centuries, “the right placement of rooms in a house and the right orientation of the house on the site” will enhance the positive energy within and eliminate the negative energy. Why is this so?

There is constant interaction between man and the surrounding natural elements like the Sun, wind, air, water, Earth’s magnetic field and the cardinal directions. If man is able to derive from the beneficial, positive effects of these elements, then he will be healthy, fit and happy. At the same time he should be protected from the harmful and negative effects of nature. This can be achieved by following Vastu Shastra guidelines for a house, listed here:

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This image indicates the ideal positions of rooms within a house according to the cardinal directions

Since Vastu Shastra is a science, every guideline is based on logic, reasoning and common sense and when applied correctly, can create well-lit, well-ventilated, spacious, aesthetic, and well-designed rooms and a house. A properly designed House will naturally make for a happy and proud owner. As an Architect practising in India, I have attempted to explain each of these guidelines rationally and scientifically under the following headings, so that you have a choice and can decide what you want to follow or don’t instead of looking at Vastu as a superstition:




The Vastu Guidelines for the design of a House and it’s rooms have been described here:

The Vastu Guidelines for the design of a House and it’s interiors have been described here:

The Vastu Guidelines for the design of a House and it’s exterior spaces have been described here:

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22 thoughts on “Vastu Guidelines For A Positive Home | An Architect Explains

  • September 19, 2011 at 7:57 am
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    Hi,
    Is the orientation of room and furniture in vastu is same for the house located in northern hemisphere, southern hemisphere, near equator, on west side and on east side of earth?
    Thanks
    With Regards
    Hi Prasad,
    The vastu principles that are applicable to India which is in the northern hemisphere cannot be applied to places in the Southern hemisphere. But places in the east or west are not affected.
    Admin

  • March 20, 2012 at 10:41 pm
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    i wanted to know that how we will plan a 15X30 house. please suggest me.
    Hi Kapil,
    Consult an architect near you.
    Admin

  • May 21, 2012 at 10:47 pm
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    Hi,mam
    my house is west facing , no space north and south some space east side &more space west side . one bed room is s/w and one is east, kitchen n/w , guest room is n/s and store is s/e corner bath room is out side main but in side boundary wall in n/s corner please tell me what & where is wrong .suggest me right please and remove wrong constructions
    thanking you
    Hi Garry,
    Everything seems to be fine according to me. keep the SW bedroom as the master bed. make sure there is less clutter in all rooms and clear circulation space around the furniture. The windows should be regularly opened.
    Admin

  • December 12, 2012 at 11:36 pm
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    Dear Ms Minu:
    I am very impressed with your web site. It shows how thorough you are in your subject and also how dedicated you are in your profession. India needs people like you who are passionate about their profession. You must have spent months in the creation of your web site. Congratulations!
    I would like to know if you undertake house designing and construction projects in Kerala. I am looking forward to your reply.
    Thanking you,
    Kind regards,Thomas C,K.
    Hi Thomas C K,
    Thank you so much for your appreciative words. Your encouraging words keep me interested in my site. Our firm Ravi and Minu is based in Bangalore but we take up projects in and around Bangalore and in Kerala, since the latter is our place of origin. I will also email our details to you.
    Admin

  • June 6, 2013 at 6:46 pm
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    We are constructing new house. Our plot is N-E road facing. have planned staircase on NW corner to go on first floor (as we have a hall / godown on ground floor) and has entrance EAST facing, also Can we plan Couple room on NW.Kindly give your suggestion.
    Thanking You, Regards,
    Jayesh Kansara.
    Hi Jayesh Kansara,
    Sure you can, since yours is a North-east facing plot.
    Admin

  • December 26, 2014 at 11:08 am
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    WHERE SHOULD BE THE POOJA ROOM LOCATED IN THE HINDU HOUSE
    Hi Hamsa,
    Wherever there is space after the placement of the rooms. Ideally it should be in the North-East.
    Admin

  • January 12, 2015 at 8:51 am
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    Sir my house facing north side i want sketch for staircase.

    Hi Sivarmakrishnan,
    Please consult with a local architect or designer.
    Admin

  • February 26, 2015 at 6:17 am
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    sir i had bought a flat. Entry side is north east, M.bedroom in east, kitchen in west. 2 more bedrooms in either side of south. Can u say about this vaastu compliance
    Hi Shailendra
    The plan appears to be vastu compliant. You can rest easy.
    Admin

  • July 10, 2015 at 6:39 am
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    Sir we are planning to construct a duplex house in a 50/40 plot can u kindly suggest us as to where the car garage should be placed we are planning to have the main door in the south east of South with a portico and one more door in the east with a big balcony and the third in the north will it be alright if we plan so.
    Hi Vidya,
    Whatever you have suggested seems to be okay. I am assuming the road is on the south, then the car garage can be in the SE.
    Admin

  • August 7, 2015 at 6:24 pm
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    Good day i am from argentina (southamerica) what can i do to apply correctly the vaastu shastra in the south hemisfer? Thanks.
    Hi Patricia,
    Obviously the directions will be quite different and to some extent opposite to those in India. So as a thumb rule, just make sure that there is ample light and ventilaion in all rooms of your house, throughout the year. Have lots of windows towards the sunlight.
    Admin

  • August 19, 2015 at 10:15 pm
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    Sir, under the stair case pooja room is correct please tell me.
    Hi Malrvizhi,
    It is not ideal, but if you do not have any other space for a pooja shelf, then make do with what you have.
    Admin

  • September 21, 2015 at 7:16 pm
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    We have purchased plot way on 3ft east & 10ft road on west it is ok or good
    Hi Suresh,
    Yeah it’s okay.
    Admin

  • November 4, 2015 at 3:54 am
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    WANTED TO KNOW , I HAVE MADE A HOUSE IN RECTANGLE BUT I WANTED TO HAVE A BALCONY ON WEST SIDE AS EXTENSION ON FIRST FLOOR OR ON SOUTH SIDE WILL IT AFFECT VASTU SINCE IT LEADS TO EXTENSION OF SOUTH SIDE OR WEST OF RECTANGLE
    Hi Sumit Lodha,
    A balcony extension is not considered an extension of the house. And anyway, a balcony in the south or west is advantageous as it cuts sown the amount of hot afternoon sun entering the house from these directions.
    Admin

  • January 9, 2016 at 6:16 am
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    Hi,
    Thanks for valuable information in your website. which is the best location to keep the underground septic tank. NW or mid of Eastern side. some websites propose to have in NW side.
    regards,
    Kumar
    Hi Kumar,
    The NW side is preferable.
    Admin

  • January 16, 2016 at 7:51 am
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    Sir, Our Flat has Entrance at West. Master bedroom in SW direction. Kitchen in SE direction.but i ll cook facing towards South. There is opeing in E.Pooja room in middle of house. confused. can you please suggest?
    Hi Padmaja,
    What is the confusion about? Your layout seems okay. But try to cook facing East or North.
    Admin

  • March 19, 2016 at 6:40 am
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    HI! I HAVE PROPOSED TO CONSTRUCT A HOUSE IN MY PLOT 84′ LENGTH AND WIDTH 50′. KINDLY RECOMMEND PEREFERABLE THE SIZE OF BUILDING NOT EXCEEDING 1300 SQ FT. WITH REGARDS.
    Hi Srinivasan,
    You have to contact an architect and he will fit in your requirements.
    Admin

  • March 29, 2016 at 9:38 am
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    Dear Sir,
    Are there any constraints or limitations on shape of house? Is it required to be rectangle shape?
    Appreciate your inputs,
    Regards,
    Rama.
    Hi Ramakrishna,
    Not many constraints, just that all corners should be 90 degrees as this ensures a more efficient plan and can accommodate furniture well.
    Admin

  • July 10, 2016 at 6:33 am
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    Hi,
    I could not find any vastu guideline for septic tank.
    Is there any vastu guidelines for the same?
    Hi Mahendra,
    The septic tank can be kept in the SE or NW corners of the plot.
    Admin

  • July 11, 2016 at 11:11 pm
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    Dear Sir,

    my land is facing south-west direction. And there is a approaching small road from south west towards land (T – junction)and it projected to western part of land. can I build a house facing south west direction. Is it inauspicious?
    Hi Ravi,
    Keep the main entrance from the SE corner and keep the compound wall high, opposite to the T-junction.
    Admin

  • July 31, 2016 at 2:36 am
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    Good day
    We have 30×40 north face plot planning to construct duplex house my question is what to come above the kitchen and can we built the toilet NEXT the stairs(not below)
    Hi Ramya,
    You can have a bedroom or the pooja room above the kitchen. Avoid toilets.
    Admin

  • September 3, 2016 at 4:18 am
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    Hello
    Our new flat (top Floor,East Facing) is sloping from North to south so as the roof.Rain water pipe is also fixed in the south-east. Plz suggest any remedy to fix the same.
    Thanks
    Hi Kamal,
    Leave it as it is.
    Admin

  • September 26, 2016 at 4:46 pm
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    Hi we have extended a room in the Western direction of house.is there any impact of this?
    Hi Niroj,
    Not really, just that it will be quite hot in the afternoons.
    Admin

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