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22 January 2011
The change in the world economy has brought about more creative thinking from those who have a desire to begin to build and live in Maharishi Vastu* (Vedic architecture) homes now. The trend that has been seen over the last year can best be described as ''go small''. People from around the globe—including South Africa, Finland, Belgium, Canada, Ukraine, and the US—are building small Vastu buildings to accommodate their needs and desires simultaneously.
In the US, the tendency has always been to enlarge the house as one moved from one home to another. In Europe, the tendency toward moderate-sized dwellings has been established for many years. As people begin to consider building and owning a home built according to Vastu principles, many must also consider selling their existing home in order to get financing for the new home construction.
Some have realized that they do not need the larger space they are currently living in and have downsized to a moderate ''retirement'' home. Others have gotten even more creative and are building small, individual buildings for different functions—say an office or studio workshop that includes a meditation space; or a bedroom, bath, and meditation combination; or simply a meditation pavilion.
These dwellings can go on the current property or a new site, and range in size from 120 square feet (11 square metres) to 1000 SF (93 SM). They also bring the added benefit of more economical construction due to the simplicity of the interior space. Sometimes, a smaller Vastu home can be expanded later on, especially when the larger home is properly planned from the beginning of the consultation.
Two such homes, each approximately 650 SF (60 SM) are located on Salt Spring Island, near the town of Ganges and the island of Vancouver, BC, Canada. This is what one of the owners has to say about their experience:
''Our Vastu cottage is 700 SF but feels much bigger. High ceilings and open plan with lots of windows contribute to a feeling of spaciousness. We were planning on building a larger residence in the future, but to our surprise we find this small home very comfortable. Our Vastu home seems to breathe, almost as if it has life. The energy is strong and it feels like you are wrapped in a warm, cozy blanket. It is most profound.''
To have the benefit of some time each day in a Maharishi Vastu building is a great blessing and will bring the coherence and support of nature to facilitate complete Vastu living. You can see photos of a variety of smaller houses in the Maharishi Vastu website portfolios, or in a photo album posted on the Maharishi Vastu Architecture page on Facebook®.
Many of the smaller homes in the portfolios can also accommodate modification of the interior to create a simple, open space. Please contact the Maharishi Vastu office in the US to explore this option in more detail:
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* Vastu refers to Vastu vidya, Vedic architecture—the knowledge of designing and constructing Fortune-Creating buildings in accord with Natural Law—brought to light from the Vedic Literature as Maharishi Sthapatya Veda by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
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