Using Feng Shui Bagua Maps on Difficult Floor Plans

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Contributor Sue-Lynn Moses
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Difficult floor plans can be remedied by using Black Sect feng shui bagua maps. Using helpful feng shui techniques you can determine the areas and the exact feng shui remedy required to correct your floor plan.

Using the Feng Shui Bagua Map

In Black Sect feng shui, also known as Black Hat Sect or Black Sect Tantric Buddhism (BTB) feng shui, the bagua map is used the same for all homes and offices. The BTB bagua is a nine-grid square developed from the Classical Feng Shui Lo Shu Square, also called the magic square.

BTB Bagua Map

The BTB bagua is divided into three evenly spaced rows across and three columns down to form the nine-square grid. You can stretch these squares into rectangles in order to fit over a layout as long as they are equally spaced.

bagua grid

Purpose of Using Feng Shui Bagua

The bagua represents how chi flows through your home or workspace. In BTB, the main purpose of using a feng shui bagua is to define each sector, so you understand the energy governing that area of your home or office.

Applying the Feng Shui Bagua to Difficult Floor Plans

Athough the bagua cannot be adjusted as far as the basic shape, meaning there are always nine parts, divided into three rows of three squares, it can be stretched a bit to fit the shape of your home. Here are some steps to take to begin mapping out the feng shui bagua on difficult floor plans.

Draw Your Floor Plan

You want to draw your floor plan onto a piece of paper. This should be to scale in order to create an accurate determination. If you just freehand your drawing without regard to room sizes, you may inaccurately show part of a room falling into one of the nine squares.

Gather Your Supplies

You will need a few simple tools to create a floor plan and bagua. Use these tools to take accurate measurements and transfer to your floor plan.

  • Blank sheet of paper
  • Colored ink pen, such as red, blue or green.
  • Graph paper
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Tape measure

Take Room Measurements

You will need to take measurement before using the bagua. Each room will need to be measured.

  1. Make a rough drawing of the house or office floor plan.
  2. Using a tape measure, you want to measure each room by running the tape measure along the floor to get the width and length of each room.
  3. Indicate these measurements on the width and length of each room.
  4. Transfer measurements for scaled layout
  5. It is simple to create a scaled layout of your home or office. Take your time and use a ruler for an accurate drawing.
  6. Add the outside wall widths together for an accurate width of your home.
  7. Add the outside wall lengths together for an accurate length of your home.
  8. Using the graph paper of one square equals one foot, you will transfer the measurements.

Difficult Floor Plan Layouts

A difficult floor plan that doesn't conform to a traditional square or rectangle shape is easy to define using this method. The accuracy of using graph paper ensures accuracy when you overlay the feng shui bagua map.

Transfer Measurements for Each Room

With the exterior dimension drawn on the graph paper, you now have an overall shape of your home or office. Now, you need to create the interior of your floor plan to show each room in your home or office.

  1. Start at one corner of the layout and count the number of squares for the width and length of the room.
  2. Continue this process until the entire floor plan is drawn on the graph paper.
  3. Mark the doors and windows of each room onto the floor plan.
  4. Create feng shui bagua map over floor plan
  5. You now have a complete floor plan of your home or office drawn to scale. The next step is to indicate the feng shui bagua map on the floor plan.
  6. Use a colored ink pen to indicate the bagua.
  7. Divide the exterior width of your home or office by three.
  8. Count the graph squares along the outside walls, marking each third.
  9. Mark these thirds for the length.
  10. Using a ruler or straight edge draw an ink line to connect the widths and lengths.
  11. You now have a colored nine-square grid bagua over the floor plan.

Labeling the Feng Shui Bagua Map

You can be as creative as you like with this next step. Each bagua square needs to be labeled. You can label with in different colored ink or use the same ink color for all nine squares. In addition to the label, you can write the element for each square.

Difficult Floorplans and Empty Spaces

Difficult floor plans will have empty spaces, protruding spaces and missing corners. This can be seen in an L-shaped home or a home with a bumped-out addition. Empty spaces aren't always bad, but they aren't always good. You will need to apply feng shui cures and remedies to help the flow of chi energy into the areas of your home or office any of these issues.

Missing Corners vs Protruding Spaces

Irregular shaped homes that aren't a square or rectangle can present feng shui challenges. Some of these homes are considered as having missing corners while others have protruding spaces that are often referred to as extensions.

bagua map on difficult floor plan

Two Rules for Irregular Floorplans

There are two rules that can help you when it comes to homes that aren't a square or rectangle shape. These rules are used to determine if your home has a missing corner or section, or it extends the bagua.

One-Third Rule

If the missing part of the side of the house is more than one-third the length of that side of the house, then the remaining part is said to be a projection. If the missing part is one-third less the length of the side of the house, then it is considered a missing corner.

Fifty Percent or One-Half Rule

Much like the one-third rule, the one-half or often called 50% rule is used to determine if a projection creates a missing corner. If the projection is less than one-half or 50% of the side of the house, then it is projection. If the projection is more than one-half the length of the side of the house or is more than 50%, then it creates a missing corner.

Highly Irregular Floor Plans

Some modern homes have unique and extreme shapes that can only be determined to have missing corners. When faced with this type of feng shui challenge, you can opt to make an imaginary square or rectangle out of your floor plan to indicate each missing corner.

Protrusions in Floor Plans

A protrusion or projection of a floor plan can be an auspicious enhancer to your floor plan. You can treat these areas as protrusions of the bagua. For example, if the projection extends beyond the wealth and fame sectors, you can count this protrusion as an extra boost to these areas. You can also use also activate this area by adding the appropriate feng shui element.

L-Shaped Homes and Missing Corners

You will find quite a bit of the bagua map falls over missing areas of an L-shaped home. This missing part of the rectangle can be remedied through the use of various feng shui cures and remedies for difficult floor plans.

bagua over L-shaped floor plan

Cures and Remedies for Difficult Floor Plans

There are several feng shui issues with difficult floor plans that need remedying. Determine if the area is a missing corner, empty space or a protrusion and then add the needed feng shui cure.

Missing Corners

A missing corner is any corner of your floor plan that is left open. An L-shaped home has missing spaces and a missing corner. This type of problem can be remedied by addressing the missing corner first.

A missing corner or protrusion are both issues that must be addressed with feng shui cures or remedies. The ideal goal is for your home to have the illusion of a square or rectangle. These tips include:

  • You can complete a missing corner by adding a patio with perimeter landscaping and/or a patio wall.
  • If a patio isn't your style, you can add a deck complete with perimeter landscaping to make the space part of the home living area.

Inexpensive solutions include:

  • If you can't afford a patio or deck, place a landscaping light in the missing corner. This light should shine up to the house and remain on a minimum of six hours per day.
  • An attractive and/or decorative light post can be added to the missing corner.
  • Another alternative to remedying the missing corner is to place a large rock of bolder in the corner area and create a small garden vignette.
  • The easiest and cheapest solution is to plant a small shrubbery grouping in the corner. Select a plant that will grow several feet high.

Empty Spaces

The art of placement in feng shui demands the chi energy travel completely throughout your home. If you have empty spaces due to the floor plan, you need to implement a feng shui remedy or two.

  • A small empty space of a few feet that resembles a chunk taken out of the exterior wall can be remedied by creating a flower bed. Some excellent feng shui flowers include, peonies, narcissus and lilies.
  • Large empty spaces may need larger plantings, but avoid plants with sharp pointy leaves like holly or trees with sharp spikes/thorns. Flowering trees are a nice addition to any feng shui landscape.
  • Be sure that you deadhead flowers, remove spent tree blossoms and keep these garden areas clear of clutter.

Water Feature Solutions

If you have a missing corner in the wealth sector or career sector, you can place a water fountain or koi pond in this sector. Keep the water feature in scale with the house's missing section. Too much water can be harmful and inauspicious. A modest birdbath that is kept clean and filled with water may be the best solution or for a larger home, a koi pond might be ideal.

Using Feng Shui Cures With Bagua Maps for Difficult Floor Plans

When you understand how to use a feng shui bagua map for difficult floor plans, it's easy to find cures. Applying a feng shui cure can reduce the negative impact that difficult and irregular floor plans have on the overall chi energy of a home or office.

Using Feng Shui Bagua Maps on Difficult Floor Plans