A good way to attract Chinese buyers or tenants is to consider designing with Feng Shui (風水) when building or renovating a home. Designing with Feng Shui uses the Chinese system of geomancy believed to use the laws of both heaven and earth to help one improve life by receiving positive qi (energy).
Feng means wind and shui means water. In Chinese culture wind and water are associated with good health; thus good feng shui came to mean good fortune.
Choose round structures. While a rounded house could add significant cost to any new build consider where else you can include round design features.
A round window, foyer, gazebos or other outdoor structure is all good Feng Shui.
Have good-quality air and natural light in your house by having windows on all sides of the house. These two elements are essential for good Feng Shui energy (qi) in your home. Open the windows often and introduce Feng Shui air-purifying plants.
A good staircase is fine provided it doesn’t directly face the front door – this indicates your wealth will flow out of your home a lot easier.
The garden should be rectangular and not triangular where the pointy bit is at the back.
If you have a rectangular pool, make sure the sharp angles don’t point toward your house.
Aim to place your bed in the Feng Shui ‘commanding position’. This is the area further from the door that is diagonally from the door, but not in line with the door. You want to be able to see the door when you are in bed, but not to be aligned to it.
In Feng Shui, the kitchen is considered to be one of the most important areas of your home. Its energy is directly related to health, family harmony, and the flow of abundance in the home. It is also very important because Chinese like to cook, so make the splash back of the stove easy to clean.
An outdoor cooking area is another great idea. If there a ‘must-have’ it would be a gas stove outside. Just a simple one is fine, preferably with a basin. It goes without saying the kitchen must be gas so that they can use a wok.
Bathrooms can have a bad reputation as they are considered a challenge because they drain energy. Don’t have a toilet or a kitchen in the middle of the house, as the water drain in the middle means your wealth will be easy to leak out. It is also a sign that there will be sickness in the family.
Do not put spiky plants in the backyard as the sharp tips do not signify peace and happiness.
There shouldn’t be big rocks or stones in the backyard because it means future generations also have a harder life. Remember round is good. Hire a landscape architect to advise you further.
The house should not be wider than it is long, as it is better to walk into a long house where your wealth is deep and not shallow.
Don’t place a bedhead against a wall that also sits against the kitchen oven. This is because the heat and fire will cause you to have lots of arguments.
Don’t have one or two steps scattered throughout the house or a sunken lounge as the qi does not flow as good.
Do not buy land numbered 4-anything to build the house!
The more Feng Shui principles you follow, the better chance you have of attracting good Chinese buyers or tenants. Although some levels of it are easy to understand, core knowledge takes years of study. Post your jobs on Builderscrack.co.nz and get help designing with Feng Shui from our experts.