I had just been hired to review the plans for a new, sizable property in the West Los Angeles area.
Interestingly is that in addition to the Feng Shui challenge, there are two more challenges I am facing right now:
The first is: the design has been done by one of the most eminent authority in the field of architecture – very high profile AIA member and a gentleman I have know and respected, as architect, for a very long time. So, how can one ever feel comfortable having to make recommendation that could possibly cause him to change his building design without feeling like you are desecrating a work of art?
The other challenge is that I am not the first or second Feng Shui opinion requested, but rather the third or forth.
My so called "colleagues", although at a more detailed revision of some of their credential I am not sure the term would be entirely accurate given the disparity of credentials, have recommended correction that are simply "inappropriate" for an architectural project, whether designed by an authority in the filed or not.
Some has recommended to rearrange a few piece of furniture – which really doesn’t achieve much in a several thousand feet home, another has recommended to "flip" the floor plan in the lot, completely disregarding the zoning and building department requirement, and frankly, not getting much of an improvement anyway.
So, after meeting with the owner and the design team, and after reviewing the entire property, I came up with six alternatives that still fit the city requirement and maintain the architect’s vision.
And after brainstorming with the architects and the property owner, we have narrow down our choices to one, which is under redesign right now.
And all of this was accomplished in two meetings and 24 hours. And an experience of over a decade in the field on my part, of course.
So much for the previous consultation, for which my client is not going to get any benefit and no reimbursement either.
For those of you who are in a similar situation, I'd like to invite you to review one of our classic articles "How to select a Feng Shui consultant".
Wether you are designing a new building, renovating one or planning to purchase on for your home, office or business, you can most certainly benefit from having a Feng Shui consultant working along the side with you to make sure your project is successful.
But the skills and knowledge of your consultant will make all the difference, has they have made for my newest client.
If you’re planning on hiring a consultant and are not sure on how to go about it, drop me a line and I will be happy to give you some “pro” suggestions.
Meanwhile, you can read more about how to select a consultant.
Have a wonderful summer and best of luck with all of your projects!