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Landscape Conversations – One becomes two

2015-06-21 10.40.36

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.

If you are longing for a personal consultation please inquire privately:
renee@insideawareness.com.

Renee Lindstrom offers:
Indoor & Outdoor Landscape Life & Wellness Consulting & Coaching which enhances relationships, emotions and flexible movement awareness!
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*Contact Dyan Grant Francis @  The Maturing Edge

LANDSCAPE CONVERSATIONS – Moving earth to heaven!

2015-06-21 10.40.36Renee Lindstrom  & Guest Writer ~ Dyan Grant Francis

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

Observations of Property

This entrance of this new office building faces a four lane road way transitioning into a five lane one at a busy intersection and  a driveway to  a busy strip mall on the other side of it.  The cross walk  to and from the strip mall sidewalk is down the block at the intersection. There is another  strip mall behind and out of view that is disconnected to this new office building.  It has been built on the property on a separate corner separated by parking and facing the other way so that it’s back faces the shopping areas.  The building entrance is slightly recessed and has a large black overhang with vertical bars and windows and the doorway itself is framed with the main floor bank motifs.  The building is an earth shape, has a flat roof and  a mid section vertical extension side with vertical wood strips.  The flat roof has a roof garden.  Off to the side one can see a vertical bar overhang.

Numerological Office Building Number

  • 6 reflects – home, love, children, beauty, the arts, generosity, nurturing & caring

Cardinal Direction of Front Door – South/West 

An entrance way facing this direction is an earth element.  This direction is considered to be the Love & Relationship doorway and it represents Partnerships.

Read more on the the 5 elements


Personal Perspectives by Renee Lindstrom

The building’s shape reflects the element of earth as does the south-west facing front entrance.   The direction is consider the relationship doorway reflecting partnerships.  Numerology suggests this address will focus on community, creativity, and projects. With both together this building and address could be a great place for partnerships and innovation.  The bank is an excellent business for this site, as a bank is usually about  partnering to help people with  creating their dreams!

A few concerns that pop out immediately are; the placement of the address numbers, the black extension over the front entrance, the roof top garden and the front entrance facing driveway of the strip mall across the street.

  • The address numbers are not drawing one’s attention to the front entrance but rather away to the far corner.  The building is not on a walking thoroughfare, it is a destination most would drive too and not easy to arrive at.  The number would be seen after driving by in one direction and possibly missed from other directions.
  • The black overhand adds a threatening visual over the front entrance and darkens it.  The threat continues with the vertical bars that extend out even further.  These bars visually look as though they are over the window adding a sense of danger and the need for security.
  • The higher up you go in a building the more it reflects higher aspiration.  For example, the ground level is earth and the top floor is heaven.   If the top floor is being converted into earth for a garden it would be advantageous to keep it simple with a lighter influence reducing the need for water.  Rushing water is considered to wash away higher aspiration and stagnant water dulls the flow of vitality. A tradition in feng shui  is that flat roofs do not do well under four floors.  More on roof styles.

The front entrance faces a roadway with cars rushing by quickly or stopping for red lights.  It also faces an exit where cars would drive up facing it while stopping to turn either let or right.  The cars aimed at the front door would be considered unlucky secret arrows aimed at the door and the thorough fare rushing waterways, also unlucky. This may be the reason for the front entrance overhang.  It may be trying to protect the entrance!  


Personal Perspectives by Dyan Grant Francis – coming soon.


If you are longing for a personal consultation please inquire privately:
renee@insideawareness.com.

Renee Lindstrom offers:
Indoor & Outdoor Landscape Life & Wellness Consulting & Coaching which enhances relationships, emotions and flexible movement awareness!
Workshops and Events

.

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LANDSCAPE CONVERSATIONS – Side of a Hill

2015-06-21 10.40.36

Renee Lindstrom  & Guest Writer ~ Dyan Grant Francis

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

IMG_20150730_070558Observations of Property

This Art Deco/Art Nouveau Design is located on the incline of a hill facing the ocean and backing into the hill.  It has a large circular design, presumed to be the living area, with an oblong shape off to the right.   All the edges are rounded with no sharp corners.    This home is painted completely white including  the trim.  The front door is a light shade of blue-green with the step leading up to front door grey and black metal handrails. There is a round sphere object at the front door and the door itself has a round window.

The landscaping is growing up and starting to block the front yard and facade, versus trimmed and tailored. The shapes of many of the bushes and plants are mirroring the rounded edges and spheres.   There is a sharp edged wall off the front down to the right that leads to a small patch of landscaping that has more round spheres, blue glass and copper, and a grouping of large boulders.   It also appears to have a bird bath.    The neighbors chimney seems close to the property edge and the houses behind loom over this one.

Numerological House Number

  • 3 reflects – body, mind & spirit,  communication, expression, optimism, fun, creativity

Cardinal Direction of Front Door – West 

  • South East – Wood Element – South-East is the prosperity doorway and it’s direction  represents money and abundance.
  • South-East Facing Front Door 

Read more on the the 5 elements


Personal Perspectives by Renee Lindstrom

A great representation of the Metal Element!  Even the added features continue  the metal theme.  These features are;  round window on the door, the round cutout above the door along the roof line,  the parapet, the rounded corners.  The South-East facing front door has rounded cut outs added as a feature and its washed out light blue/green isso light now it could be classified as metal.  A South East facing front door represents the element of wood and metal and wood are in disharmony according to the 5 Element Theory.

The entrance further highlights metal with grey concrete stairs, black metal handrails and round sphere ornaments leading up to the door.  Off to the right there is a concrete retaining wall that is terraced down to the lawn. The angles of this terrace is a fire pattern and could represent a waterfall.   On the lawn at the base of the terraced wall is a feature that includes more round spheres, large boulders and a round concrete bird bath.   This terracing away from the front entrance to me represents a draining away of resources. Rather than drawing in abundance, it is draining away and pooling in this lawn area!  In 5 Element Theory metal creates water. Too much metal too much water.  Water that represents finances and it is washing away.

Beginning in the 21st Century this property was sold.  I was told at the time and remember hearing something in the news to the effect that the new owners did not move into this house but rather blasted the rock behind it without the Municipality giving them permits.  Damage control was needed.   Eventually they built a large house that now looms over this one.  During construction this house sat vacant and was used by the contractors and construction crew.  The owners had the intention to tear it down, yet the community rallied and had the Community declare it an important heritage home.  It still stands and is now lived in.  Now there is another house recently built that is behind and off to the side that is looming over this property.

Originally this house had a perfect placement.  The hill behind protected it’s back and the front faced a body of water.  Now with the land leveled and it being built up behind this placement no longer has the powerful position it once held.

As a practitioner I would want to talk to the current residents to inquire about their experiences and relationships to find out if they match up to the qualities they are hoping for.  It there is a need for balance I would give consideration to the dominate metal features  and my primary focus would be to introduce some of the other 4 elements and stop the flow of water away from the front door.  I would like to investigate the larger sphere shape in comparison to the block shape as well.

On another day I may like to address the  thickening landscaping  in the front which could be an attempt for privacy along a scenic route along the ocean.

Renee Lindstrom


Personal Perspectives by Dyan Grant Francis 

The uniformity of white is the first feature that I notice about this home.  There is no colour contrast or enhancement to add character or interest or diminish the intense metal.  It is stark, cold and ‘loud’ against the natural colours of the hilltop.  However, the curved shape of the home introduced the element of water which drains metal.  The structure of the outer stairs on the hillside is akin to a waterfall…strengthening the water element and again draining metal.  While the colour seems to be most influential, the shape of the structure matches it and begins to create harmony.

The earth element is introduced in the low, flat shape of the building.  While earth creates metal, this feature appears to be secondary in importance to the water’s effect in controlling (draining) the effects of metal.

The fire element is introduced in the placement of this home on the hill.  It is high, hot and exposed.  The effect of the fire element, in this case, brings warmth to the coldness of the metal element.  Fire destroys metal in the destructive cycle of the 5 elements, so this placement is an important feature to increase harmony and balance for this home.

Completing the elements, wood is found in the perennial bushes and shrubs that surround this home.  Their colour and shape offer contrast as well as protection from the harsh winds that flow off the ocean that lies at the bottom of this hill.

Renee has provided good insights into the history of this home and how the changes have affected the elemental balance.  When doing this type of analysis, history is critical for understanding the effects of the changes made by the people who own the home and how that influences the 5 elements of a building.


If you are longing for a personal consultation please inquire privately:
renee@insideawareness.com.  Renee Lindstrom offers:

Indoor & Outdoor Landscape Life & Wellness Consulting & Coaching which enhances relationships, emotions and flexible movement awareness!
Workshops and Events

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*Contact Dyan Grant Francis @  The Maturing Edge


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LANDSCAPE CONVERSATIONS – Recessed Entrance facing a T-Shape Intersection

2015-06-21 10.40.36Renee Lindstrom  & Guest Writer ~ Dyan Grant Francis

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

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Observations of Property

A minimalist style house and groomed landscaping.  Main floor of house and garage are the shape of the low flat and square earth element.  Window frame shapes mirror the low flat shape of the house on the main floor.  This continue with the earth element shapes of the frames on the garage door.  The upper floor has a slight upward angle to the roof line that hints at the element of fire. Viewing the reflections in the windows on the upper floor you can imagine why windows reflect the water element!

The wood siding of the house reflects the wood element, yet the wood is laid sideways versus up and down,  mirroring the house and window frame shape. The doorway is recessed and accented with grey square stone bricks reflecting the element of metal .  The door itself is wood and accented with  bars that could be long rectangular windows with black trim.  The trim of the house is painted gun-metal grey with some white highlights which are both metal elements.

From the angle of this photo the upper floor of the house behind this property aligns with the garage and at first glance adds the fire element with the triangular shape!

The façade may have a missing corner on the right as you face the house or it may be an extension out (determined by square footage).  This creates a view of the façade as being smaller than the main body of the house.  The sidewalk leading up to the front door is a straight line and the front door faces a street directly aimed at it that is called a T-shape intersection.

Numerological House Number

Cardinal Direction of Front Door – West 

Read more on the the 5 elements


Personal Perspectives by Renee Lindstrom

The front door faces a street that ends in a T Shape intersection and the sidewalk continues this alignment extending the straight arrow to the front door. This would be the starting point of creating a change to shift the influence of these straight lines and what they represent.  Imagine arrows being aimed at the front door with every car driving up to this intersection. I do not view any design or enhancement to curve, slow down or deflect these arrows.

The placement of the garage is in the back right hand corner behind the house so it is not the first thing you see viewing the property therefore a more nurturing influence to the experience of settling or grounding.   Though it is located in the corner that reflects relationships!  Could this reflect connections that involve travelling?   An interesting point is that the garage has a large peaked roof behind that towers over it.  The peaked roof resembles the shape of fire and the garage shape resemble the earth element.  In the nurturing cycle of the element theory fire creates earth.  In this case though it may not be in the best interest of the occupants to leave this power with their neighbors!

The main body of the house and garage is an earth element shape that supports a west-facing door.  A west-facing entrance way is considered the creativity doorway that reflects children and the future.  The west-facing doorway is a metal element and in element theory earth supports metal.  Other metal features of the house are accented in the grey rock around the front door and in the trim colors of white and gun-metal grey.

However the wood siding in element theory is disruptive to earth and metal is considered to be the element to destroy it.  So here we have an earth shaped house disturbed by the wood and that is framed by metal that destroys it!  Water is reflected in the windows that are contained earth shaped frames and there is a hint of fire in the upward angle of the roof line!  Given the design of the house facing a T-shape intersection this cycle of elements that has been chosen may be productive.

The front door itself is located in the recessed design that imitates a cave like entrance.  This enhances the zen like quality of metal and remember metal is the element of a west facing front door!   Viewing the front door, it seems that it could be in two quadrants that reflects career and knowledge areas.

I love exploring the numerology, elements, cardinal directions and placements and finding the synchronicity!  If on-site I would begin to observe the personal relationships to life areas and each other as part of a enhancing or correcting area’s. Of particular interest would be the balance of the front door’s Yin with the T Square intersections Yang!

Renee Lindstrom


Personal Perspectives by Dyan Grant Francis

The major features of this home are of the earth element – the long flat surfaces of the roof, the square shape of the structure, the rectangular windows, and the earth-toned colour of the horizontal siding.  While the home has wood siding, the strength of the colour and position of the boards exerts a strong influence for the earth element.  The garage at the rear of the lot has a flat roof as well, increasing the power of the earth element with a garage door whose shape and colour mimic the earth of the building at the front of the lot.

The trim and accent colours are of the metal element – white, silver, pewter etc.  In the nourishing cycle of the Five elements, earth creates metal, symbolically, like the gold or silver in an ore-rich mine.  These two elements are in balance in this structure.  Too much metal would drain the earth aspect and create imbalance.  .

As much as we are influenced by the surrounding environment, we are also influenced by the structures in which we live and work.  In this example, there is a predominance of the earth element bringing stability but also difficulty with flexibility.  Like a mountain, earth structures have a presence that is unchangeable and dramatic.  Earth promotes credibility and honesty with the focus of self-love being through service to the greater good whether it be environmental activism or counselling the poor on food preparation for example.

The hedges along this property provide excellent boundaries and are in an earth shape – low, flat, horizontal.  The stone beside the front door as well as the metal accents on the door itself strengthen the metal element of this west facing door balancing the predominance of the earth element.


If you are longing for a personal consultation please inquire privately:
renee@insideawareness.com.  Renee Lindstrom offers:

Indoor & Outdoor Landscape Life & Wellness Consulting & Coaching which enhances relationships, emotions and flexible movement awareness!
Workshops and Events

.

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Landscape Conversations – Blocked Pathway!

2015-06-21 10.40.36

LANDSCAPE CONVERSATIONS

Renee Lindstrom  & Guest Writer ~ 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 start a conversationIMG_20150715_120044

Observations

This is a tiny earth shaped house on a corner lot.  The front door projects out from the main house design.  A second projection on the side of the house may be creating a missing corner in the floor plan.  The peaked roofs are the shape of the fire element and the white trim is metal.  The brown and yellow of the house are earth colors.   The windows represent water.  This highlighted rectangular shapes in the door and window shutters represent wood. The mail box is metal, the house number is prominently displayed and there is a light on either side of the front door.  The front steps are adobe red brick.  Sculptured trees are featured in the landscaping.  

Read more on the the 5 elements


Personal Perspectives by Renee Lindstrom

The front door is a feature in the design of this house and considered an enhancement.  I  find it  curious that  the plants have been allowed to grow over the front walkway eliminating the pathway to it.  The steps up to the front door  are a welcoming red,  yet not visible.  To get to these steps one must walk up the driveway, turn onto a smaller path to walk along the front of the house and past the windows.   The side pathway is not accented and not easily noticeable.  The house number is displayed enhancing the front door feature and there is  balance  provided by  the lite on either side of it.  This balance is extended to  the plantings on either side of the original front walkway.

This cute house is well cared for and inviting until your eye travels to the the confusing walkway.  It could represent the residents need for privacy and less attention, yet the design draws attention!  When considering the five elements the landscaping and house elements are warming and leans toward the 5 element nurturing cycle.   Fire over earth in design with metal features and well balanced windows representing water.  The featured rectangular shapes on the door and window shutters, and the landscaping draws in the wood element.

The front door enhancement is in the placement of helpful people and career areas while the missing corner reflects the area of spiritualism or higher knowledge.  The overgrown front sidewalk could reflect an attempt to slow down these areas from too much activity,  or now, with the overgrow the experience could be stagnation in these areas.  This house number adds up to a 4 and reflecting on the meaning of this house number which in numerology represents hard work, organization, predictability and being conventional.  It is a masculine number and represents hard edges not unlike the appearance of the number itself and this house!  This house number represents order, tidiness, straight lines, sharp edges and control.

Read more on the meaning of house numbers….

                                                          Renee Lindstrom


Personal Perspectives by Dyan Grant Francis

Front Yard entrance to property

This appears to be a well kept property with little clutter or overgrown vegetation.  The front door is obvious and a prominent feature of this house because of it’s slight projection from the basic shape.  Without accurate measurements however, it is difficult to say if this projection creates a ‘missing corner’ which needs to be corrected. In this case, the bushes and trees have the effect of creating a more unified front aspect to this house even if their placement does not accurately define the corner..

A straight sidewalk leading to the front door would create a ‘secret arrow’ of rushing sha (negative energy) directed from the busy roadway to the centre of this house.  The plantings and re-configuration of the walkway help to minimize the impact.  The optimum would be to have a winding pathway leading to the front door.  This can be done with curved flower beds on alternating sides of the straight sidewalk however the residents have chosen to move the sidewalk entrance.

Regardless, the choice of paint colours and topiary shrubs bring swift attention to the front door creating some confusion.  This attention would have been amplified without the changes in the entrance to the property.  Not knowing the intention of the owners, one can only surmise about their desired outcome.

The earth features of this house – yellow ochre paint and low flat aspect give it a grounded feeling which is somewhat at odds with the prominent wood shapes, like tree trunks, on the front door and the rectangular windows.  The wood and earth elements are in conflict in the diminishing cycle of the 5 elements.  The addition of a strong fire element would bring the two into the nurturing cycle of wood – fire – earth and bring a more balanced sense to this house.

When identifying shapes in the landscape, it is important to have guidelines but also to be aware of you preferred perception.   For example, the square (earth) and the rectangle (wood) are both shapes with 4 sides and right angled corners, however

–   A rectangle has right angle corners, with opposite sides being parallel and equal in length

  • A square has right angled corners with opposite sides being parallel and all four side being equal in length.

These have been made more prominent by the use of the contrasting white paint increasing the diminishing cycle of these elements.

To have a calm and nurturing home it is desirable to increase the harmony and balance in your surroundings through the use of colour, shape and placement.


If you are longing for a personal consultation please inquire privately:
renee@insideawareness.com.  Renee Lindstrom offers:

Indoor & Outdoor Landscape Life & Wellness Consulting & Coaching which enhances relationships, emotions and flexible movement awareness!
Workshops and Events

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No house number & No Walkway

2015-06-21 10.40.36LANDSCAPE CONVERSATIONS

Renee Lindstrom  & guest writer ‘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 start a conversation

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Observations

This house sits to the back of the property.  It has a darker trim color on the peaked roof  which accents the triangular shape symbolizing fire.  Underneath the triangular roof, the house facade accents the tall rectangular wood shape. The garage accents the low square shape of earth.  The window accents the water element  more defined by the extensions and design cut outs.  The green color of the house is the element of wood and the trim  is on the  grey spectrum of the metal element.  The three pots on top of the garage also reflect metal in shape and colors. Read more on the five elements

The front is open to view by passers-by and is broken into two  landscaping styles. One a straight line for the drive and the second creating a garden.  The drive is the yang and the garden is yin.  Read more on yin and yang

There is no visual house number and the sidewalk is missing.  There are tiles to the main street sidewalk, yet where you would expect a sidewalk through the garden to the front door, it’s missing!

Personal Perspectives by Renee Lindstrom

This house is a structurally bold design.  The paint colors may be an attempt to have it blend in and soften  its dominant features.   The design of the house and  property clearly demonstrate the five element and yin and yang symbology.  The house is angular in its design that is accented with the trim.  The carport and drive add to the straight line effect of this angular definition.  The second half of the front yard is a garden with walkway purposely designed to break the straight line pattern.    This creates two separate landscaping designs.  Perhaps the front yard garden is  designed to bring in balance with the drive and house design. The house and drive in Yang while the garden is Yin.

Unlike our first Front Yard posting that demonstrated a yard that was closed with no connection to those passing by,  this front yard is open and demonstrative.  It beckons your eye to travel to it and take in the view.  Imagine yourself as a guest walking up to these two different experiences; the one in the first posting and now this one.  This exercise demonstrates our silent communication  and the starting point of beginning to interpret experiences and relationships. We are perceptive and influenced by  this stimulus regardless of being consciously aware of this or not .

Looking closely the house number is missing and so is the sidewalk leading through the garden to the front door.  Passerby’s would have to know the house number in order to find it and also walk along the driveway looking for a way to go to the front door.  There appears to be a patio set under the front stairs which may indicate that the front door no longer is used as a front door and that it has been turned into the privacy of a back yard!   Read more on the importance of house numbers, walkways and of front doors!

My recommendations for the residents of this property is to stand in front and face inward.  With a view to observe the large tree to the back  left and compare it with the remaining front garden.  Is it light and airy enough to flow with it?  Does the shape enhances the garden or detracts from it? Imagine the wistful tree along the drive in it’s location.  It may create a distraction from the large mass of trees next door and create a definable boundary from them or not, depending upon the desired outcome.

I would also ask the residents to reflect on their intention in the community, with their careers and extended family.  Is there anything in these areas that they would like to improve?  For example when I view this house it represents a retreat and quiet reflective influence.  It may be these residents are retired or are creating a nurturing space to retreat to.  One future feature to consider changing may be the driveway surface to increase the earth element.  This could be effective using  an earth colored brick.   Smaller suggestions such as increasing color with plant selections and/or adding earth elements using adobe pots would be encouraged.  The element that is not supported equally in this landscape is the fire element.  Suggestion for increasing this element would  depend upon the intention, desires and experience of the occupants.

Renee Lindstrom


Personal Perspectives by Dyan Grant Francis

An interesting example of some of the choices that a practitioner needs to make when analyzing a home or building.  Here, we can see the elemental shapes as Renee has outlined.  However, the colour palate is metal.  The trim appears to be a light shade of grey, the stucco appears to be a light green…light and pastel are both in the colour spectrum for the metal element.  The pots on top of the lower 3 door entrance are clearly metal.  When assessing a home or building, one often has to choose between shape and colour to decide which is the more significant influence.

The ‘front door’ is not easily seen however the three door entrance (which may be the main entrance) appears to be a water colour (black or dark-toned spectrum of colours like charcoal and midnight blue).  In 5 element theory, water drains metal and thus the colour of these doors provides balance to the overall strength of the metal element.  The side gate and patio set are both water as they are black in colour.

The driveway leading to the 3 door entrance is also considered to belong to the metal element including all rocks and stones such as marble, granite and flagstone.  Here you can see the grey shades of the flagstone.

The large trees at the side of the home help to provide a sense of shelter breaking the strong winds from that direction.  The vegetation in the front of the home provides a sense of privacy often allocated to the rear yard.  As this home has a small or minimal backyard, the front yard has been enlisted to provide the private seating area.

There is some controversy about which we perceive first – shape or colour.  Personally, I see colour first and then I take a moment to discern the various shapes involved in a structure like this one.  Colour and shape are intricately connected yet an analysis like this requires that we separate them and examine them somewhat independently.

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Hidden Front Entrance to Property

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Renee Lindstrom & 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

Observations

This is the front entrance off the street to the property.  The front walk way entrance is not easily seen by the passer-by.  It is overgrown with a large barrier of trees that have  grown to create a living fence and a truck parked along the front roadway blocks the front gate from view.  Looking at the property you can barely see the peaks of the house above the tree line.

Personal Perspectives by Renee Lindstrom

The front garden or entrance to the property is how one is recognized in the community.  It is how the community will perceive you.

In this case study the story is a need for privacy and unusual need for protection.  The height of the trees obscures the beauty of the house behind.  It is not welcoming or open but rather, closed and the statement they may be telling the world, “Leave us alone!  We do not want to be disturbed.”  Entering a forest of trees draws one into a meditative inward state of settling whereas trees creating a barrier is the opposite.  It could be describe as a strong yang warrior type experience.

When I view this site I do not recognize this as the front yard.  My mind tells me first that it is an entrance off the back alley.  There is no house number to ground the residents onto the land for visitors to easily find.  The entrance pathway is blocked from view and your eyes are met with a large closed gate, a municipality parking sign and electrical wire.  Read more on the importance ofhouse numbers, walkways and of front doors!

The story I would personally put to this home is that either they are hiding or have something to hide!  To change the story and increase the chi coming into the lives of these residents, I would recommend cutting the trees to an even height low enough to show some design of the house itself.  I would suggest trimming back the trees around the entrance way and relocating the truck.  An added feature could be flower pots or boxes along the outside of the trees facing the roadway to draw attention and add color.  It would let the community know they are welcome and the residents themselves may be more welcomed by their neighbors.  If one is protective they are distant.

Renee Lindstrom

Personal Perspectives by Dyan Grant Francis

This is an interesting example of landscape.  There is nothing obvious about this residence except the high laurel hedge and large wooden (metal?) gate that may open to a driveway.  The front yard is considered to be ‘yang’, the public space and the connection between the home and the ‘world outside’.  The back yard is considered ‘yin’. the private space and an extension of the activities of the home.  In this case we can only assume that there is a front yard and a back yard as the roofline of the residence is evident above the hedge.  The hedge creates an effective barrier between the internal world of the home and the neighbourhood surrounding it.  This would create a subtle feeling of isolation.  We can assume many things about the people that live here but there are few clues to use in evaluating the accuracy of those assumptions.  There is also nothing to indicate if the truck belongs to the residents or is just randomly parked on the street.   Clearly the residents value and maintain the hedge for their own personal reasons.

Dyan Grant Francis

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If you are longing for a personal consultation please inquire privately:
renee@insideawareness.com.  Renee Lindstrom offers:

Indoor & Outdoor Landscape Life & Wellness Consulting & Coaching which enhances relationships, emotions and flexible movement awareness!

*Contact Dyan Grant Francis @  The Maturing Edge

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