Tag Archives: 5 Elements in #yyj Landscapes

Landscape Conversations – One becomes two

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Renee Lindstrom  & Guest Writer ~ Dyan Grant Francis

  • Observations Written by Renee Lindstrom,
  • Personal Perspectives by Renee Lindstrom &  Dyan Grant Francis individually

Observations of Property

These two houses replaced one house on a corner lot creating two house numbers replacing one.   Each similar yet different!  Different roof lines, one has a garage in front and one appears to have a larger lot.  Each have wood  and grey siding features yet opposite of each other with black framing. Front Doors feature glass windows as does the one with front  facing garage.  The one that does not have a front facing garage, there are two windows.      The wood element  is represented by the rectangular house and window shapes,  metal in the color grey, water in the black trim color and the windows and fire in shape angles of the roof.  The wood side represents the wood element, yet the horizontal angle represents earth.  Viewing these two homes together one can see one is more yang and one more yin.  The roof design and shift in colors to opposite sides of the house and addition of garage change create these differences.    

Numerological House Number

  • Yin house:  1  reflects – new beginnings, independence, one with life, individuality, self-development, creativity,  progress
  • Yang House:  4 reflects – security,  foundation, 4 directions, 5 elements, discipline, productivity, organization, work & service

Read more on the meaning of house numbers….

Cardinal Direction of Front Doors – North-East

A North – East  facing front door is considered a yin and yang balance.

This  is consider the doorway direction of  spirituality and personal growth that represents higher education.  It is  considered an earth element.  

Read more on the 5 elements

Personal Perspectives by Renee Lindstrom

These two homes took between one and two years to sell once completed.  This influence could have been human, landscape or a bit of both!  The pre-existing house prior was in the process of having the interior re-constructed when it was blocked by city stop and closure permit.  The original owner lost the property in the process and it sat vacant as an empty shell for a year.  When the property changed hands the house was torn down and a large hole was left where the basement was and  sat gaping for another year.      My curiosity always; how does the relationship with landscape affect human experiences!  Is there a connection to the length of time of the sale of these two homes contingent to the history?  Or is it the story of design and placement  that is creating a new history?

These two homes are minimalist style houses with slight variations in their similar design features.  These variations and placements make each unique.  The corner house appears to be sitting on a larger part of the property and with its high-peaked roof that seems to tower over the second one.  This is enhanced by the lack of a front facing garage and how closely placed it is to the second one.  This house has three sharp angles  to create a missing corner on the upper level of the house facing the intersection it sits on.   This house is the more dominant one of the two and with its number 4 the experience of its occupants may be focused on working and service.  A 4 out of balance may be working too hard.

The second house has a smaller footprint on the property and more than half their front yard is driveway.  This together with dominant siding painted grey and black, metal and water, this  essence is of a more inward and reflective quality.  A yin experience!  There are also three sharp corners, yet visually more subtle with the roof angles and siding choices.  The upward angle of the roof is a slight action statement of  fire,  yet, it is a negative roof line influence, it  suggests stagnant water sitting on the  flat roof gathered by the angle.  While in the first house the angled corners are aimed at the intersection, this one has angles aimed at the large unsightly power pole in the corner of the property.  Again a reflection between the two qualities – obvious and illusive!  The number one in this house represents being one with life that fits in with this house style that reflects a more contemplative lifestyle.

The North-East facing doors of these two houses reflect Yin and Yang balance.  This is a nice example of two homes side by side reflecting both yin and yang.  I suspect an example of spiritual personal growth and higher education reflected by these  two houses could be in the Yang house the dominant occupant may be a University Professor, Spiritual Leader, or Philosopher and in the Yin house they may practice contemplation.

Personal Perspectives by Dyan Grant Francis

These homes are a good example of the lifestyle choices that we are making as a society these days.  The large corner lot has been subdivided into two small lots.  This has resulted in the demolition of the large home with its history and character, mature trees and old gardens.  The result is two modern, small units placed side-by-side with virtually no side yard between them and no appreciable front and back yards.
With the change in zoning, it becomes a case of ‘in-fill’.  Land, especially urban land, is at a premium and building practices/choices are showing this.  Without knowing the square footage, its difficult to categorize the style as a ‘tiny home’ or a ‘laneway home’.
In terms of 5 Element theory, the initial observations is that one home reflects the wood element (cedar siding and green ‘stucco’), one reflects the water element (blue ‘stucco’ and black trim with some cedar siding).  Their design is complimentary and trim colour is black (water) in both cases.  The water element strengthens wood.  The exterior treatment creates a harmonious impression.
The water house has a large stone driveway strengthening metal and draining water to some extent.  The wood house has a small stone walkway and dark stone facing on the street level which is not large enough to significantly drain the wood element.  The landscaping does not either enhance or detract from the key elements of water and wood.

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Yin & Yang House Designs

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Landscape Conversations

Renee Lindstrom & Guest ‘Dyan Grant Francis’

  • Observations Written by Renee Lindstrom,
  • Personal Perspectives by Renee Lindstrom &  Dyan Grant Francis individually
*Make sure you read comments under postings as Dyan and Renee have a conversation

Trying to choose between these two sets of pictures wasn’t easy as both homes are so unusual and different?  The similarity they do share is standing out in their neighborhood!

BeFunky Collage Language of Nature - Earth on Fire

Figure 1

Observations of House In Figure 1

A ranch style home has been re-decorated to transform the original culture of the original style.  This includes a new roof, pillar, wall decals, wood doors on the façade of the house and concrete wall fence. It is placed to the rear of the property with lawn and garden along the front of house.

BeFunky Collage Language of Nature - Metal-RockFigure 2

Observations of House in Figure 2

One side of this homes blends in with the existing rock behind it.  The roof line of the house matches the contours of the rock.  However it was built on the entire usable land left on this lot.  The back of the house butts up against the outcropping of rock and the front door faces the driveway’s to the neighbors.   The front and side is all concrete. A row of trees line the outside of a stone fence that add some nature.  The neighbor’s home is immediately outside the front of this house and appears to be one-quarter of the size.   The drive has taken over some of  this neighbors front yard and and crosses the pathway to their own front door.   The front entrance has a shaped overhang that is the only soft feature of the front façade.  The garage door competes with the front door.  This house overpowers the lot and neighbors homes.  It faces a busy through fare with a busy sky of electrical lines.  There is a disproportionate size between the house and the windows on these two sides of the home.

Elements of Nature

Figure 1
  •   Land – Yang
  •   House  Shape is Earth Element,  Roof Shape is Fire Element
  •   House Colors:  Fire
  •   Roof Materials  – Adobe which is an Earth element, color is Fire element
  •   Trim:  White – Metal element
  •   Fence:  Materials – Metal element, color is fire                                  
Figure 2
  •   Land & Large Rock – Yang
  •   House Shape  is Earth and Metal  elements
  •   Door Overhang – Water Element
  •   Taupe Color:  Earth Elements
  •   Black Roof:   Metal Element
  •   Trim:   White – Metal Element
  •   Fence:  Wood and Metal Elements
Read more on the 5 Elements cycles and characteristics


Renee’s perspective of House in Figure #1

The home in Figure #1 reflects a home whose qualities have transitioned from a balanced earth’s yin and yang  to that of fire’s dominate yang which is overpowering the earth element.  This represents socialization and assertiveness.  These qualities  may be on the higher end of the scale towards aggressiveness. Features in this home compete and could lead to higher than normal competitiveness with occupants, neighbors and community.  The structure of a rancher design is an earth element.  This color this home is painted is on the fire scale of the elements.  The roof material is earth and the color again is the element of fire.  Fire dominates.  In nature fire creates earth therefore this home is very active and a high energy home!  In the high heat of the summer sun together with the dried summer grass surrounding this property this house is on fire. This would be reflective of passion and anger.

Renee’s perspective of House in Figure #2

The yin of the home in Figure #2 balances the yang of the rock outcrop yet overpowers the land, neighbors and community.  The home had potential for balancing the land but it overpowers the land footprint.  It’s too large for the lot.  This therefore leads to the qualities of imbalance and control.   The concrete entrance competes with the roadway and the main house entrance is beside the garage entrance.  There is no defined features that allow the front entrance to stand out which adds confusion.  It has an industrial appearance.  The break in the round roof dome and the front door overhang have a waterfall quality.  Metal comes from earth and creates water, therefore the home’s design in these three elements align.  This extends to the smaller than usual size windows.  Windows reflect water.   The nurturing element of wood could enhance and settle the land, as begun with the row of trees along the perimeter.  If space at the entrance were available to add nature it could shift the energy of the front door to becoe ore nurturing and calm the confusion.  The designer may have been focused upon the rock outcrop to have the house blend in.

Even though this house stands out due of the uncommon design, it is a reflection of needing privacy and rather than outgoing as in Figure 1 this home experience would be inner reflecting.  The roof line of this home reflects the curved path ,albeit broken, and the base (house structure) strength.

Renee Lindstrom

Dyan’s Perspective of House in Figure 1

With it’s low concept, this house shows the flat, square characteristics of the earth element.  The colours of this home are the earth colours:  burnt sienna, yellow ochre, and Indian red that are very reminiscent of a desert palate, the quintessential earth environment.  White outlines the windows and doors in square shapes bringing in the metal element in colour but remaining earth in shape.  While metal drains earth, this white is proportionately in balance with the expanse of earth.  When looking at the Five elements, it is best to realize that we are speaking of the relative nature of objects.

In traditional teachings, the colour of earth is yellow…the yellow of the Yangtze river filled with silt from the surrounding land.  The reds of earth can be confused with the reds of fire but the red of fire is ‘fire engine red’ – a brilliant pure expression of chi while the red of earth is ‘earthy’ and subdued in a sense.  The colours of the desert are the best examples of earth.

When looking for the Five elements, first is shape, second is colour, third is materials and surroundings or landscape.  This first home shows the stability of earth with a calm and settled feeling that is helped by the balance of the fence with its metal(white) and water(black) elements.

Fire is introduced through the chi of the Sun while Wood is minimally introduced in the fence posts/pillars providing a good balance of all the elements.

Dyan’s Perspective in Figure 2

The second home is a less clear example of the 5 elements.  The roof is the first shape we encounter when looking at this house. Its shape is water…like a curling wave.  However its material is grey and perhaps metal.  The shape of the structure is high and rectangular suggesting wood  while the colour is metal.  White, gold, silver and pastels are all metal colours.   Wood and metal relate through the cycle of opposition however a significant water shape will bring them into the nourishing (harmonious) cycle.

With its small windows and the heavy awning oppressing the front door, this home would likely not encourage socialization or meeting new friends.  The large rock face along one side of the home blocks the flow of chi from that direction.  Applying the ba-gua map, this suggests that the careers of the occupants may encounter difficulties although it would be best to check how the home is sited according to the cardinal directions.  Regardless, the large rock face appears to block a significant portion of the chi flowing to this home.

With minimal landscaping surrounding the home, little connection to the enlivening energies of Nature is present.  Perhaps a good home for a Geologist or miner.

Dyan Grant Francis


Do you have an interesting local #yyj landscape feature you would like us to interpret?
If you have a landscape that you would like us to look at we will choose one to study and share back our comments on our Inside Awareness. Please send us your interesting #yyj photos by Wednesday each week to be included in the next weeks draw!  Look forward to our weekly editorial starting June 15th!   Email pictures to renee@insideawareness.com
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renee@insideawareness.com.  Renee Lindstrom offers:

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