Once the Project Brief has been prepared and you have a rough idea of your preferences in the Choice of materials, the Interiors and the Exteriors, it is time to turn your thoughts to the plan of the House. Many people are unsure as to how the rooms should be laid out (the Plan). So, an easy way to start in this direction is to refer to the Vaastu Plan called the VAASTU PURUSHA MANDALA. This Plan shows the ideal positions of the rooms in a House, based on the Vaastu Mandala grid of 3X3.
Vaastu Shastra literally translated means the ’Science of Buildings’. It is an ancient Indian ‘Architectural Science’ that deals with inter-related subjects like Geography, Geology, Geometry, Astrology, Philosophy, factors influencing a site such as Topography, Orientation, Surrounding structures, Roads, Sun, Earth’s magnetic field etc. and lays down guidelines for the design and construction of a'House'.
These guidelines are explained with the help of the diagram called the Vaastu Purusha Mandala. According to Vaastu Shastra, if the house is designed as per the Vastu Purusha Mandala, a perfectly balanced environment which ensures enhanced health, wealth and happiness is created. This is because the ancient Vaastu pundits figured out that when the different rooms were placed according to the Vaastu Mandala, good disposition to the Sun, proper ventilation, lighting and privacy would be ensured to the inmates throughout the day.
Here is a summary of the basics of the Vaastu Purusha Mandala, known as the Vaastu Plan.
- The Main Entrance, Car parking are preferably in the North-East.
- Pooja room should ideally be in the North-East.
- The Living room can be in the North or the East.
- The Dining room can be in the West or the North-West.
- Kitchen and Store rooms should preferably be in the South-East. Second option is in the North-West.
- Master bedroom should be in the South-West.
- The older child's/daughter's bedroom should be in the North-West and the other children's bedrooms in the South or the West.
- The Guest bedroom can be in the North-West or the East.
- The Study rooms may be in the East, West or the North-West.
- The toilets should be in the West or the North-West and should be avoided in the North-East.
- The Sump can be in the North-East.
- The centre can ideally accommodate a courtyard or the extension of the Living room or the Dining room.
- It is preferable to have the bedrooms in the corners as this allows for good cross-ventilation.
A house can never be 100% Vaastu complaint because of the limitations due to Site orientation, adjacent buildings, etc. So though the above mentioned positions are the ideal positions for the different rooms according to Vaastu, your plan may have to be tailored according to the feasibility.
For a more details on Vaastu Shastra refer to VAASTU GUIDELINES FOR THE DESIGN OF A HOUSE