Friday, November 13, 2015

Using Vastu Index – Tutorial 002

This is tutorial 2. In this we wish to start with example of tilted floor plan. Find below is floor plan which is not aligned parallel. example layout
example layout

In the example above, we find that walls are not parallel to any of the directional axis. In this case, the first step should be create a grid aligned to the directions and wrapping the flat plan. See the
output below:
with grids

Once you have got the grid correct, now we need to identify the locations of the structural parameters
  1. Entrance – Entrance is located in the west grid
  2. Living room – Living room predominantly falls in Centre and portion in North and west. Other smaller regions can be ignored.
  3. Bathroom and Toilet – Mainly in South east and South
  4. Kitchen – Belongs to West and South west grid
  5. Bedroom – Mainly in the East and South blocks and portion in Southwest and Center
  6. Open spaces is tricky in tilted vastu. For example look at window located in East block. The window faces northeast direction. So for sake of calculation of vastu index we consider one window each facing north and east. So if we do this way we have, 4 windows opening south, 4 windows opening West, 3 windows opening East and 3 windows opening North
Lets feed these parameters in the tool. The result is as under

Detailed results also shown in the chart below:
Breakup across all parameters

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Using Vastu Index - Tutorial 001

Thanks for all your support and feedback. One general feedback was more tutorials on how to find directions and use Vastu Index tool. Examples are best way to get understand this. We start with this random example found on example layout
example layout

We have already identified directions and drawn the layout of the flat. Now fit the flat in a square or rectangle and divide the Vastu in nine directional grids as shown below. with grids
with grids

Now we identify elements in each of the nine grids and determine parameters required by Vastu Index.
  • North East – Bedroom, Bathroom, WC
  • East – Living room, Bathroom, WC
  • South East – Living room, Entrance
  • South – Kitchen, Living room (dining)
  • South West – Kitchen, Open space
  • West – Bed room, Bathroom, WC
  • North west – Bedroom
  • North – Bedroom
  • Center – Living room, Bedroom
  • For open spaces
    • West – 6
    • East – 2 (including door)
    • None opening in South or North.
In terms of our parameters we will have
  • Entrance – South East
  • Living Room –East, South East, Center, south
  • Kitchen – South, South West
  • Bedroom – North East, North, Northwest, West, Center
  • Toilet – North East, East, West
  • Bathroom – Northeast, east, west
  • Open space on North – NIL
  • Open spaces on East – 2
  • Open spaces on South – NIL
  • Open spaces on West – 6
vastu index layout

Result Map  

While we have shown you example of how to use the tool, we reiterate our objective. Vastushastra was developed in era when Air conditioners, electric fans, tubelights, etc were unimaginable. With this critical approach, we oppose blind practice Vastushastra. With our modern approach, Vastu Index is just a tool to provide online tool for self evaluation of residential properties. We believe in continuous improvement, your feedback shall be helpful.

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Vastu and various elements of Vastu

Entrance Main entrance or the main gate of vastu is considered important in traditional vastu wisdom. In modern age where houses are confined to flats, entrance pre-decides layout of other elements within the house. Most of the modern flats have livingroom immediately after entering. Bedrooms are most distant from entrance. Thus ensuring that entrance stands at proper place would place other elements at correct places as well. Common misconception about people is gate facing particular direction is good or bad. However we believe rather than direction in which gate is facing, its location in the vastu is more important. Flow of air and energy in a Vastu is affected by its location.

Livingroom Livingroom is one place which is used by all family members. It is also where you treat your guests. Livingroom has to be cheerful and pleasing. It is where most family discussions take place. Livingroom sets energy in the discussions happening here. You would want your livingroom to bring all the energy you require for your family well being

Kitchen You are what you eat, is probably more than just a saying. Appending to the saying, a vastushastra expert would say - you are where your kitchen is located! Women often spend most of her time in kitchen. Location of kitchen is important for people involved in cooking activities in home. In ancient kitchen, it was a place full of smoke and heat. Appropriate ventilation would mean avoiding this smoke to spread in other parts of house. We have got rid of this smoke with our modern kitchenware; however still some activities like frying / sauteing spices result in people sneezing in other rooms, don't they? In a modern way, kitchen would be high pressure region in home and is the engine of your vastu air and heat circulation.

Bedroom An area of alternative medicine is magnetic therapy. And probably bedroom is one place where weak magnetic forces of earth get enough time to act. Vastushastra experts were probably the first believe that magnetic forces affects cell division and hence possibly reproductive system. Did you know human spend more than one third of their life in bedroom? This is what makes bedroom location so important in context of vastushastra.

WC / Toilet Water closet / loo / Toilet sets the hygiene of your home. You would not want sewer gases or microbes in human waste to spread other areas of home. Appropriate location of WC would be in low pressure region in your house with air flow ventilated out of WC and home.

Bathroom Ever noticed body ache and laziness on a hazy and cloudy day? Humidity place role in our well being and bathroom often sets humidity levels in a vastu. Often bathroom is also associated with water storage and use. Water and its heat absorbing properties affect the engine of air circulation in a vastu. Location of bathroom in a vastu is thus critical.

Open spaces Open spaces bring in fresh air and oxygen from outside. A cross ventilation is what modern architects plan for. However vastushastra looks into this ventilation in context of desired air circulation direction. Different elements of vastu require different levels of air circulation. For example, in kitchen you would not want outside air to blow away your stove. Turbulent air is often undesirable. Our approach is to evaluate correct proportion of windows in each direction.