Why Choose a West-Facing House?

An example of a west-facing house.

Published March 25, 2021

People who follow Vastu Shastra rules put significant consideration for where they place their front doors. Vastu Shastra is a traditional Indian system of architecture that is in use today.

In Vastu Shastra, north and south-facing houses come as first and second choices while west-facing homes are the third choice. West-facing houses come in as the third choice because it’s widely believed that west-facing homes are wrong and not prosperous. 

However, according to Vastu Shastra, “all homes are considered equally auspicious, and there is no such thing that west-facing homes are not as good as north or east-facing homes.” Here are a few reasons why a west-facing house is an excellent choice for you.

A facade of a west-facing house.

What Are the Benefits of a West-Facing House?

In other cultures, there are many benefits to west-facing houses. There is a traditional home design philosophy in Japan that says west-facing homes exude a sense of youth and cheerfulness.

In China, the famous Feng Shui states that you should associate yourself with the metal elements if you have a west-facing house. If you want to ensure prosperity and wealth for your home, you should paint your door with one of the metal elements’ colors.

The direction of the house doesn’t matter to Vastu Shastra. What matters is the location of the main entrance or the door of the house. 

Why does the Location of the Main Entrance Matter?

According to Vastu Shastra, you can place the door to your west-facing house at the 3rd, 4th, 5th, or 6th padas (or steps). A simple explanation for Vastu Shastra’s padas is to imagine a straight line on your house’s front side running from North West to South West.

On this line, divide it into nine equal parts, which you can call padas or steps. The northwestern part of the line is the first pada, and the southwestern one is the ninth pada. 

The door for your west-facing house should be at either the 3rd, 4th, 5th, or 6th padas. You have to follow the rules of Vastu Shastra for your home to be prosperous.

Tips for Vastu Shastra Designs for Your West-Facing House

If you’re planning on building your house based on Vastu Shastra’s rules, then here are some tips to help you. 

Avoid doing these:

  • Avoid placing your house entrance on the 7th, 8th, or 9th padas on the west side.
  • Avoid locating and placing bore wells, water motors, and water pumps at the southwest of your home.
  • Avoid purchasing a plot of land on the northwest side with an elevation.
  • Avoid having a kitchen on the southwest side of the house.

It would be best if you did these:

  • If you cannot place your main door on the recommended padas, you can choose to put it at the first or second pada. Although this may not give you full good Vastu energies, it will also not give you negative energies.
  • The walls on the South and West side must be thicker than those of the North and East.
  • You can place your kitchen in either the Northwest area or the Southeast area.
  • It would be best if you put the master bedroom on the highest floor on the Southwestern side.
  • You can place the kids’ rooms at the South, West, or Northwest sides.
  • You can place a guest bedroom on the Northwest side.
  • A west-facing house on a gentle slope from South to North is considered highly auspicious.

Having a west-facing house is an excellent choice for you. There is absolutely nothing wrong with a west-facing home.

According to Japanese, Indian, and Chinese culture, a west-facing home is still considered auspicious and prosperous. Calling a west-facing house terrible is just a myth or hearsay.

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