Table of Contents
- What is a north-facing home?
- Are north-facing homes good?
- Placement of the main door in a north-facing house plan
- Why are padas important as per Vastu Shastra?
- North-facing house Vastu plan
- Tips for a Vastu-compliant north-facing house plan
- Placement of a staircase in a north-facing property
- North-facing homes and women in the household
- Vastu for north-facing plot
- Who should prefer north-facing property
- Is north facing home good for senior-citizens
- Quick takeaways: Vastu for north-facing homes
- Vastu Shastra for garden in north
- Plants for north-facing home
According to Vastu Shastra, east, north and north-east-facing homes are most auspicious. However, this is not the sole determinant for the entry of positive energy into your household. The north direction is dedicated to Kuber, the God of wealth and going by this logic, north-facing homes should have been most popular. However, for north-facing homes to be truly rewarding, the whole house should be Vastu-compliant and the defects should be rectified.
What is a north-facing home?
A home, where the main entry is towards the north direction, is a north-facing home. Many people believe that a house is north facing if there is a road on the north side of it, which is not right. The direction of a house is determined by the position of its main door.
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Are north-facing homes good?
It is a misconception that any one particular direction is good and the others are bad. According to Vastu Shastra, all directions are good, provided they adhere to the some principles. For example, it is important to note the placement of the door.
Designing a north-facing house can be auspicious for the occupants. Since the direction is ruled by the god of wealth, Kubera, the house will attract wealth. As per Vastu, a north-facing house is particularly beneficial for people involved in financial services or those running their business. This direction is associated with planet mercury. Thus, people working in the banking and financial services, travel, hospitality and printing and publishing industries, can benefit from a north-facing property.
However, when choosing a north-facing property or constructing such a type of house, it is essential to consider the Vastu principles for north facing house plan, particularly the placement of different rooms and number and size of the doors.
Placement of the main door in a north-facing house plan
In the house plan of a north-facing home, the main door should be in the north direction. Even in the north direction, the fifth step or pada is believed to be the most auspicious one, meant to bring you wealth, because it is the house of lord Kubera.
Furthermore, the 3rd, 4th and 8th padas, which are Mukhya, Bhallat and Diti, respectively, are also considered auspicious. Choosing any of these padas for the main door placement will attract wealth.
The distance between the north-east and north-west, is divided into nine equal parts and it is the fifth pada that is auspicious.
Why are padas important as per Vastu Shastra?
No pada in the north is inauspicious. This is why a north-facing house is considered good. However, while placing the main door, you can note the following for prosperity:
To attract wealth
Each pada determines what kind of energy you are letting into your home. As already mentioned, the fifth pada is the most auspicious, because it is the location of God of Wealth, Kuber. Hence, if the door is placed in the fifth pada, you will attract money.
Alternative to fifth pada
Now suppose your fifth pada is small or not suitable for the door, you can use the first to fourth pada, as well. However, not leave out the fifth pada. You can use the sixth to ninth pada, if you have no option at all to place it in another pada.
If you happen to use the first pada, in that case, the main door or the entrance should not touch the north east corner. It is advisable to leave some space from this corner.
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North-facing house Vastu plan
Tips for a Vastu-compliant north-facing house plan
Slopes in a north-facing home
For a north-facing property that is auspicious for you and your family, avoid a plot that slopes from the north to the south.
It is also important not to have a kitchen in the north-east corner.
Do not keep trash and clutter in the north or north-east side of the house. It is said to have a negative impact on your financial status and development of the children.
Trees in a north-facing home
You should not have trees in the north side of your home.
Placement of holy items
Holy items in your house, including the religious symbols such as the Swastika, Om, paintings, etc., should not be kept scattered.
Electricity circuit board
The electric circuit board should be kept in the south-east zone, so as to balance the distribution of energy, across the house.
Direction of septic tanks
Avoid having a septic tank in the north-east direction.
Bedrooms/toilets in a north-facing home
Bedrooms and toilets should also not be placed in the north-east. As per bedroom Vastu, the master bedroom should be in the south-west region.
Study room in a north facing home
As per Vastu Shastra, the study room can be located in the east, north-east, or north-west direction of the home or flat as these are the directions for knowledge. The study room should never be in the south-east or south-west corners, in a north-facing house or flat. Place the study table in such a direction that the face of the student while studying is towards the north-east, east or north.
North-facing home office
The north direction is the direction of the lord of wealth. Home offices in the north can help in financial gain. Place the workstation facing the north direction and ensure that there is a wall behind you. For career growth, place a fountain in the north. Also do not clutter the desk towards the north-east. Opt for a high-back chair and a wooden desk, to attract success.
The pooja room and living room should be in the north-east. East and west are also ideal for the pooja room. Typically, Indian temples are designed in the west direction. This will ensure that the idols of the deities face towards the east direction.
The guest room should be in the north-west.
The kitchen should be in the south-east or north-west direction. One can also choose the south-east or south direction for the kitchen.
Bathroom and septic tank
The bathroom and septic tanks accumulate negative energy from the house. Thus, their placement is crucial. The best directions for bathroom in a north-facing house, as per Vastu, are south of south-west or west of north-west.
Water storage tanks
Water storage tanks can be placed in the north, northeast, east, or west directions.
Avoid having the garage or car parking area in the north direction, as it may prove detrimental to your mental peace. Plan your garage in the south-east or north-west direction.
When building boundary walls, make sure they are slightly lower in height towards north and east directions.
The gate should be placed in the eastern half or northern half of the front area. The main door of a house in the north direction can be of silver or green colour.
Balcony and terrace
Large balconies or open terraces should be on the northern side. Avoid balconies in the south and west or else enclose them in grills.
Light fittings positioned along the north and east walls bring positivity and good energy.
Level of land in a north-facing home
The level of the floor on all parts should be lower to have good results. For example, if the front portion is lower than the central room’s level, this could bring you progress and fame. Note that if the north side of the house is higher, the result is bad. Even when the north side land is on a higher level, it is not good.
Safety locker in a north-facing home
In a north-facing home, the safety locker should be kept in the south, facing the north. The door of the locker should preferably open to the north, which is the direction of ‘Kubera’ (the god of wealth) as per Vastu. Do not place the locker in the north-east corner, as it would cause loss of wealth.
Ensure luck in the north-facing home
A north-facing property, if extended to the north-east side, can bring greater luck. A well-built north-facing property can bring good health and leadership development of the women in the house. Apartments facing north may not be a good idea. For job opportunities, place an idol of Lord Kubera towards the north direction. Placing a tulsi plant in the north, north-east or even, east will ensure that negative energy is converted into positive energy. Metal wind chimes can help the north and the north-west areas of the home. Metal turtles kept in the north or the north-west direction can bring good luck, especially related to career.
Place a Vastu Kalash in the north-east to boost positivity. Keep a few pieces of camphor balls for good vibes at home and replace them once it is used up. A set of two elephants helps in bringing good luck and love when placed towards the north direction in the bedroom.
Placement of a staircase in a north-facing property
You must consider the services of a Vastu expert, to help you with the placement of rooms and items in your home. However, to help you out, here is a quick summary:
- Do not place the staircase in the north direction. It may cause financial difficulties.
- You may use the south, west, south-east, south-west, or north-west direction for the staircase.
- Do not place the staircase in the north-east direction, because it may cause nerve-related problems.
- Stairs should be in a clockwise direction.
North-facing homes and women in the household
Did you know that the good and bad outcome of having a north-facing home, largely affects the women in the household or the wealth in the family. A working woman’s success is also linked to the Vastu of a north-facing home that she is residing in. Hence, correct all Vastu doshas.
Note the following:
- The south-east is home to planet Venus. Since the planet is related to women, if the south-east is not Vastu-compliant, working women or women generally may not have a good time.
- Ensure a well-lit area if the main door or the bedroom door opens in the south-east.
- If the north zone is open and wide or has a water tank or source of water here, it is considered good for the growth of the woman.
- Damage to the south-east, north-west or west zone can cause health issues or even an unsuccessful career.
Vastu for north-facing plot
A north-facing plot is considered auspicious as per Vastu. For a north-facing plot make the boundary walls in the north and east thin and small, compared to the walls in the south and west direction. Ensure that the slope of the north-facing plot is not in the south-west direction, as this can cause loss of wealth. It is better to have the slope of the plot in the north or the east direction. A plot with extension in the north-east direction is auspicious and brings prosperity. Extensions on any other side are not considered good, as per Vastu.
Who should prefer north-facing property
Those into businesses or finance, such as accountants, chartered accountant, bankers, investors, stock market traders and brokers, may find north-facing properties suitable for growth in their workplaces. Communication and e-service providers, astrology and Vastu services, tour and travel services or those into the hospitality sector, may also find it beneficial.
Besides, those with Cancer (Karka), Scorpio (Vrishchik) or Pisces (Meen) as their zodiac or rashi, will also find north-facing properties ideal.
Is north facing home good for senior-citizens
If the head of the family is retired and spends time in spiritual and religious work, they can be allotted the room in the north, northeast and the east. Ideally, the head of the family should occupy the south west or south-facing room but the above mentioned exception can be done, if they are not working.
Quick takeaways: Vastu for north-facing homes
In a north-facing property, there are several things you must avoid.
- Do not settle for the main entrance in the north-west direction.
- No toilets, bedrooms, or kitchens should be in the north-east corner. It is better to seek Vastu experts’ advice for remedies, if the bathroom is in the north. A simple Vastu dosha remedy for a toilet in the north, is fixing Vastu copper strips on the toilet door frame. Keep salt inside the toilet and replace it every week.
- Do not let wastewater outlets be placed in the south or north.
- Do not buy a north-facing property without looking at other things that work well for you.
- Do not place the door in the sixth pada.
- Gardens or your nursery should not be in the north-west.
- The underground tank should not be in the north-west.
- Do not paint the house in red or maroon colours. Ideal colours are white, blue, beige, grey or green for a north-facing home as per Vastu.
- Septic tanks should not be in the north, north-east or east direction.
- No mirrors should be placed in the south or south-east side of the plot.
- Avoid having a heavy pillar on the north-east side while constructing a house. Such a pillar can create lots of problems in life.
- Avoid black colour marble slabs for the kitchen in the south-east zone of a north-facing house.
- The curtains of the north-facing room should be light green in colour. To overcome financial woes at home, hang blue-coloured curtains in the north-facing room.
- Avoid red or yellow colour paint for the front side of a north-facing house.
Vastu Shastra for garden in north
According to Vastu Shastra, the garden should be either in the north or east direction. Ideally, place small plants in the north direction and fruit-bearing trees in the east direction. Ensure that there are no large trees on the north side of the house so that the house is not obscured by its shadow. As per Vastu for garden, one can have swings in the north or east direction. Decorate the garden pathway with Jasmine plants on both sides, as it is considered auspicious. There should be no sculptures or rock gardens on the north side but a water fountain can be placed in the north, as it attracts wealth.
Plants for north-facing home
If you have a north-facing home, the following plants can bring prosperity to your home and boost positivity. All these plants need indirect sunlight and grow well in bright and well-lit condition. You can place these plants near a north-facing window or in the front balcony:
- Begonia rex
- Dieffenbachia, also known as leopard lily
Moreover, placing a money plant in the northern part of the house will attract positive energies. Avoid planting mango, banana or lemon plants in the north direction. In a north-facing balcony, one can grow tulsi (which is auspicious), spinach, lettuce, mint and parsley.
Why are north-facing homes considered popular?
North-facing homes are considered auspicious, because north is the direction of Kuber or the God of wealth.
What are the best colours for north-facing homes?
Toned and warm shades of white, cream, khaki, warm grey, green and warm blue colours, are good.
What should the name plate be made of in a north-facing house?
A metal name plate is ideal for the main door in a north-facing house.
Can one have water bodies like lakes, wells, swimming pools, etc., in the north direction?
The north direction is good for water bodies, such as lakes, fountains, pools, wells, etc.
Which paintings are ideal on the north wall, according to Vastu?
The north and the north-eeast direction represent the water element. So, hang blue colour or water-related paintings in these directions of your house. One can also hang a calendar with a pleasant picture on the north or the north-east of the house.
Can I hang a clock in the north direction?
The best direction, according to Vastu, for a wall clock is the north, as it is ruled by Kubera, the god of wealth. This can help to keep financial woes away.
(With additional inputs from Purnima Goswami Sharma)