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Feng Shui for the Home
Project: Manhattan Remodel and Cape Cod Affordable, Episode 17, Part 4
- Part 1: Installing Permex Shutters, Viewing the Open Floor Plan, and Meeting the Affordable Home Buyers
- Part 2: Reviewing the Kitchen and Layout of the Ranch-Style Home
- Part 3: Installing Wall-to-Wall Carpet, Building an Energy Star Certified Home, and Saving Electricity and Protecting Electronics in the Home
- Part 4: Feng Shui for the Home
- Bob visits Emma and Jacob Josselyn in their Cape Cod-style home to see the new Vermont Castings Addison cast-iron electric stove that will warm the corner of their dining room. They also discuss ideas for design with feng shui expert Katherine Kaess of Soulspaces International. Kaess explains that feng shui is the ancient study of working with space to enhance how we live and feel in our homes. She explains that the goal of feng shui is to welcome the chi, or life force energy, and allow it to flow freely throughout the home. Soft edges, open space, smooth and rounded surfaces all encourage the flow of chi. Kaess also shows Bob the bagua or layout of the nine domains of the home that pertain to the nine areas of our lives, such as prosperity, children, career, and travel. Placing objects that relate to each of these areas in their designated zones increases well-being and encourages success in each life aspect. Kaess visits the kitchen and comments on how well balanced it is. Elements like fire and water, the stove, sink, and refrigerator, are separated. There is a nice balance between wood, metal, light, and water, and the layout is open and light-filled. Kaess also tells Bob the trick of placing a mirror behind the stove to visually double the space and increase prosperity within the home.
At the same time, Bob works with a Cape Cod developer to apply Massachusetts land use statute 40B to create affordable housing, and a neighborhood of homes in Mashpee, MA. These Energy Star certified homes show how quality building practices and reasonable asking prices can work together to provide livable, affordable homes and neighborhoods to those who work in our communities.
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