Architecture • A manifestation of culture •• Science of the builtform • Aesthetics combined with functionality A home plan today is a reflection of changing lifestyles. Vaslu Awos is an attempttowards finding aesthetic design solutions, which ore an easy omalgamation of contemporary lifestyle and ancient Vastu principles.




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As an architect and interior designer, I have come ocross a vast number of clients who wished to incorporate Vostu principles in the construction and decoration of their homes. Designing with on emphasis on Vastu principles, therefore, hos today become the norm rather than on exception. Instead of being considered as constraints, these principles are taken as underlying guidelines for aesthetic solutions to design problems.
A home is the reflection of one's personality and aesthetic sensibilities. It'sambience is very important for the well- being of the occupants, since it is the essence of their being. If a person finds mental peace and stability at home, he will be able to go out into the world and periorm to the best of his potential! and thus, be truly successful. I toke this opportunity to thank all my readers for their overwhelming response to both my earlier books- Vostu Niwos and Niwos. This series of books on home plans and elevations continues with VostuAwos. Elaborating on my lost book Vastu Niwas, here the salient features of all eighl directions ore detailed in Chapter I, while Chapter 2 deals with individual rooms and their ideal location as per Vostu principles. These two chapters will provide readers with 0 ready reference, and combined with the sample plans and elevations, guide them in designing their homes as per Vastu principles.

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