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Feng Shui Tips for the Kitchen: An article by Master Cecil Lee + His seven commandments of stove placement


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[Published on July 2004]

Seven (7) Commandments of Stove Placement

1. Shield from vibrant wind. Avoid having a big window behind the stove.
2. Do not place next to sink. If you have to, try to leave a gap or distance between the two.
3. The stove should not face the main door; a toilet door; a bedroom door and the kitchen door.
4. The stove should not be under a beam or below sewerag or drainage pipes.
5. Do not place it in a corner.
6. It should not share the same wall as a bed-head.
7. It should not share the same wall as the toilet bowl or toilet sink.

A Cook's Harmony

The kitchen is a central part of the home.
Where many of our basic needs are met.
With good Feng Shui, you can enhance your kitchen's healthy flow of abundance.

Wake up to the aroma of freshly brewed coffee or the tantalizing whiff of bacon and eggs and chances are, you will be looking forward to the day bright eyed and bushy tailed.

Kitchens are the nucleus of every household. It represents both wealth and health. This may explain why Chinese families boil plenty of water at the start of the day - to ensure a never-ending abundance of the Earth's life force.

"In Feng Shui, each compass direction is associated with an element, "says Cecil Lee, Principal Consultant and founder of GEOMANCY.NET: Center for Applied Feng Shui Research. "In any kitchen, there will always be the interplay of water and fire elements. Ensuring a good balance between yin (water) and yang (fire) will  result in favourable fortune. Upsetting the balance could result in poor health, loss of weath or both."

A key factor to harmony in the kitchen is the location of the stove in relation to the door, sink and window. The metal element, which is common in this area of the home and represented by cooking utensils for example, is often used as a bridge between the water and fire counterparts. So what happens if there are imbalances?

According to Lee, it depends on the severity of the situation, "The solutions can range from the re-orientation of the fridge, moving the stove, using a mirror to renovatng the kitchen."

Comfortable surroundings breed content so it is vital that the person who spends the most time cooking in the kitchen has a conducive environment. Any disturbances could affect the cook's energy and the overall ambience of the home.

Having enough working space is a good start to encourage a steady flow of chi. Practise basic Feng Shui hygience such as keeping the area neat, orderly and clutter free. This can be achieved by having plenty of storage space to put things away. Take note that a refrigerator stocked with fresh foods symbolizes prosperity in the household.

"Make sure you have a well-lit, properly ventilated kitchend and preferably one where the person who is cooking can see the door way," suggests Lee. Airflow ensure that heat and vapours do not permeate the rest of the house. The cook needs to be aware of the presence of visitors or other family members to avoid unwanted surprises. Dangerous situations can present itself in the activity zone of the kitchen when an suspecting cook could accidentally spill extremely hot contents and hurt someone.

More advice

On the location of the kitchen and stove
1. Avoid placement in the North which is associated with the water element: water drowns fire
2. Avoid placement in the Northwest or Heaven's gate as it also represents the head of the household, that is, the father.

On the location of the fridge and sink
1. Avoid placing them next to the stove as this can cause a conflict of water versus fire.


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Case Study: Avoid Stove facing a Toilet door

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1. This layout design is popular with Singapore Housing Development Board (HDB) in the Period 7 era.

2. If the stove is facing the toilet door, it would then have to face a sink. 

2.1. Here, sink TAP (water element) vs stove (fire element) = a clash. Thus to be avoided

3. [Below] It would be worse-off if the WC faces the toilet door. As this is based on Common sense.

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3.1. Here, if the WC lid (down) at the closed position; flushing the WC would mean that water gushes into the WC confined area and forced out of it.

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3.2. Leaving the WC lid open is just as bad. As the micro droplets from the WC  "shoots" upwards instead of horizontally. 

3.3. If one really has a toilet seat that faces the toilet door; frankly, it is better to have the toilet seat lid "open" all the time instead of this closed, position.


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14 hours ago, Dre said:

My stove is directly across my sink. Can I use a green mat to use as remedy? 

These are some considerations:

1. The idea stems from the notion of placing WOOD between the sink and stove.

2. Not practical in a HDB flat or in a condo unit chiefly because of space constraints.

3. Some even have the idea of wearing a green apron or green clothing when cooking. And this is considered as "peanuts" or not that effective.

3.1. Here is it as good as a "pseduo" or sugar coated cure.

4. Usually, most homes can still sustain with a stove facing a sink. As most homes have sufficient buffer for this kind of thing. As often, a home often has Feng Shui when there are at least three or moe major "leaks".

4.1. For example, if one cannot or do not want to relocate the stove or sink, then what you had written has more to do with Habit Number 12: Head Banger:-

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4.2 Other Feng Shui Habits like Habit 1: FS Triage, 2: Fix-the-other-leaks, 3: Maximising OVERALL marks in other areas of the home are a good "insurance policy"

Reference resource:-

5. Just last week I had clients who went for House Hunting at two ECs: Whitewater (Pasir Ris) and Chestervale (Bukit Panjang)

5.1. The original layouts all have the sink facing the stove:-

5.2. Below: A typical Chestervale unit: original layout showing the stove and sink facing each other:-

 

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5.3. Below: Majority of Whitewater EC 1st owner units also has the sink and stove facing each other = X and Y:-

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6. Many of the residents have stayed in these many years. For example Chestervale T.O.P. in 1999. And many units still keep the stock kitchen layout plan with stove and sink facing each other.

6.1. Whitewater EC is slightly newer as the T.O.P. was in 2005. And yet, I visited two units last week and both have the stove and sink facing each other also.

7. In conclusion, majority of the home can still sustain such a situation. And not that every single home with such a configuration will fall into deep trouble.


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Hi Master Lee, can I check with you if dishwasher can be install under the stove area ?

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Hi Master, can I install it to be like how the photo is? So the stove and sink will still have the 30cm gap. Then dishwasher is in between the stove and sink
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Not perfect but okay

And the dishwasher water pipe must not run at least 40 cm below the stove if anythanks 

 

 

 

 


 


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Hi Cecil, I would like to know if I can make the frosted glass oil spill panel at my cooking stove.  Or the fda grade stainless steel panel will be more suitable.

Reply: No issue = can. But Frosted don’t make sense. As when oil spills onto parts of it.. parts will be shiny?

And when one starts to wipe the oil off..  again streaks of oily and shiny surface. Flawed logic

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hi master.  i have a few question.

1. the main door and stove is not directly opposite. but the main door can see the dining + kitchen. what should i do ? add full height partition wall ?

2. the position of the stove and fridge. is it ok? if not, then what can i do? prefer some work around with minimal renovation. 

Appreciate your advise. Thank you.

 

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1 hour ago, starling00 said:

hi master.  i have a few question.

1. the main door and stove is not directly opposite. but the main door can see the dining + kitchen. what should i do ? add full height partition wall ?

2. the position of the stove and fridge. is it ok? if not, then what can i do? prefer some work around with minimal renovation. 

Appreciate your advise. Thank you.

 

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An easy fix for the kitchen is to utilise opaque film similar to this...EC5EB126-7CA6-48B7-911B-96A3C43BD44D.thumb.png.1d46795ce12891d1ebb4bb18ec3a145c.png

Based on the concept of: "If cannot be seen, no longer a threat".

P.S. If one places an item close to the opaque film window, one might still see a shadow or shadows. But this is a non-issue.

 

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Typical newer generation > 2002 HDB flat

Hi Cecil just to confirm for my kitchen - either my stove or my basin can put either sides right?

Reply: No. If your unit is not the highest floor; your stove may end up directly below the upper floor waste pipe

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1 hour ago, panelsg said:

is a framed picture of The Last Supper bad to put on a wall opposite kitchen door? 

Feng Shui does not micro-manage such things.

But there are parallels of one encounter a Feng Shui Master that pulls in religious beliefs or even use it as a motive to give an excuse to sell products.

These are the people, one should ask such questions. And see what their replies are.


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