It is recommended that one performs a Bhumi Pooja (worshipping the earth) before starting the house construction. This is considered an auspicious beginning and heralds a good start to the proceedings.
When the digging is happening to lay the foundation, make sure that you start from the east, go to the north, then to the west, and lastly, southwest.
When you are filling the foundation of the house, start pouring the concrete at the south west first, then south, west, east and north.
When you are laying the tiles, start in the north and go to the south. Then go from the east to the west.
If possible, try digging a well in the north- east corner of your house and use the ground water that you get from this source to construct the house. This can bring a lot of luck to you. Make sure that there are no wells in the southwest corners. This can be a huge problem and bring a lot of bad luck to you and the rest of the family as well.
A house can be lucky only if there is open space around the building and the whole extent of the house. This is the only way one can ensure that there is enough air flow throughout the building. Vastu and architecture provide for a healthy living and this is an essential component of the same. It is best if the open space is larger in the eastern direction- where the sun rises, and lesser in the western corners. Make sure that the open space in the north- west and south- east are equal.
There are some people who think that one should not build the house under the shadow of a tree. However, this is really not true and Vastu Shastra says nothing against building houses under trees. So, you can plant trees in almost all the directions of the house. But the heavy trees and the big trees should be planted in the south, west and south- west of the house. The smaller plants, saplings and creepers can be planted in the north, east and north-east. This is to make sure that the big trees are not blocking out the light or the air into the house from this direction.
East is the most auspicious direction for the entrance of a home. This is because the sun rises in the east and is said to bring in positive energy and light into the household. The other acceptable direction that the house entrance can face is towards the North East.
The south west direction in most places is higher than the north or the east ones, so it would be valuable for you to build your house in this corner. According to Vastu and architecture, when the house is constructed on this side, there would be lesser chances of fighting, quarrelling, financial crises etc.
If the southern portion of your house is larger than the northern portion, or is higher, the plot is really auspicious. In this case, you can certainly build the house on the southern portion, to get the most out of this positive energy from the southern side.
There should be no doors in the southwest corners or the southwest portion of the house. It is best if the doors face north or east. Doors should also open inside and not outside. When the door opens inside, it stands for inviting popular powers and positive energy. However, the door opening outside would be bad for the positive energy- it would actually drive the good energy away.
Throughout the Vastu house, make sure that there are no windows towards the south- western side. This will lead people into looking at bad luck whenever they are in the room and it will also draw negative energy in.
The South-East corner of the house is the most ideal one for the kitchens location and cooking supposedly should be done while facing the East. However, please bear in mind that the kitchen should not be located directly in front of the main door of the house.
The Master Bedroom should be located at the South West corner of an East-facing home. From our perspective, if you follow (2) and (3), you will ensure that you can sleep soundly without having to let the aroma or the noise accompanying the cooking to wake you up. Square and rectangular shaped bedrooms are recommended, so that you can leave the avant-garde construction to the other sections of the house.
The toilet location is another vital aspect, both from the perspective of Vaastu as well as from a general health and aesthetics angle. Toilets are to be located in the North-West corner of the building or the North-West corner of the rooms. If this is not possible, South East toilets are allowed. It is also recommended (and sensible, in our opinion, we might add), that the toilets, kitchen and Pooja room in the house should not be adjacent to each other. There are numerous other terms and conditions that one must apply to get the perfect Vaastu compliance in the house. But were afraid that giving you all the information necessary and having you find a home that meets the parameters perfectly might add a couple of extra years to your house purchasing process.
When you buy an old house, the first thing you should do is to paint it. It would be best if you could paint the house yourself or at least join in the painting activities.