Sometimes a floor plan may not be readily available - especially in older or rented homes.
However, drawing up a floor plan for Feng Shui purposes is not difficult. They don’t have to be architectural master pieces. You can get one drawn up professionally, but really, I don’t think this is necessary.
Some people get stuck drawing up the floor plans of their homes and I had various requests to for some instructions on how to do this, so here it is.
Drawing up the external floor plan
A floor plan has to be to scale, which means in the right proportions. (For example, 1m of the house may be represented by 1cm on a piece of paper etc.). It does not need to be fancy. For Feng Shui purposes it is enough to have the walls represented by lines!
Firstly, walk around the house with scrap paper and draw up a rough outline of the external shape. Then measure the length of each external wall and protrusion with a tape measure (or if you have an accurate step, it will be enough to pace this out).
Then sit down and transfer the external shape and measurements onto graph paper. First, work out how it would fit on the paper, eg. whether to use 1cm or 2cm (or ½ inch or 1 inch) per meter of actual measurement. Then draw in the first major wall (in the correct length), then the next, until you have the basic shape – to scale.
Drawing up the internal plan
To get down the internal dimensions, walk around the home and make a sketch of where the walls and rooms are located. Then measure or pace out each room, hallway and living space – taking down their length and width.
As you add up all the rooms across your home, you will find that the internal measurements don’t quite add up to the external length. This is because of the thickness of walls. At this point, work out how much needs to be added per wall and adjust the position of each one when transferring it onto your house plan, i.e. even out what is left over.
Do this step by step, room by room and you will end up with a floor plan that allows us to conduct an accurate analysis. You don’t have to be too fussy, as long as the overall proportions are in place.
Above is an example of a hand-drawn floor plan. This is accurate enough for the purpose of a Feng Shui analysis, and really not that hard to do.
With a Feng Shui analysis we then work out what types of energies enter the home from the different compass directions. Having this floor plan we can then determine the existent energies at the doors, the bedrooms, etc. – and what to do about improving these.
I hope that this will help some of you to get started. Let me know if you need further help.