When the Front Door Is Not the Front

We have a word to describe the main door that people use to enter and exit their home. We call it the front door when we mean the door that is either used the most or the one with the implied formality as the door that one would receive guests from, compared to a back door. And yet, in a Feng Shui analysis, the “front” door may not be on the “front” or facing side of the house.

In my own home, the “front” door is actually on the side of the house. One needs to walk up a pathway along the side of the house to get there. As it is not the classic front door which clearly faces the street. And yet I still call it the door.

When we analyze a house, it is imperative to know the front from the back. Referring to them as the facing versus the sitting side. Way down the list is the location of the main or front door, in determining the real facing side. We look for the most “yang” features such as views, biggest windows, biggest rooms and wakeful rooms to measure the yin and yang qualities of any floor plan or outside environment.

A classic example of a “front” door which is situate at the “Feng Shui sitting side”. Would be the apartment with windows on the opposing side, all else besides the door geared toward the opposite direction. A large home on a hill with extensive views out the “back”. May actually be facing the backyard or away from the street side. Beach homes typically try to take advantage of the ocean views.

Because the word “front” sounds synonymous with facing, I have tried to train myself to just call the door with the formal aspects to it. The “main” door or the “entrance” door instead of calling it the door. This reduces confusion when say the house faces east, but the main door is on the north side.

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