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These days all your friends, it seems, are building brand-new houses or adding half a house onto the one they already own. For months now the cocktail party chatter has focused on these preoccupations. You always nod your head knowingly, but, truth be told, much of the time you have no idea what anyone is talking about, and you're too embarrassed to admit it. What you need is a crib sheet. Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese art of placement. It is predicated on the belief that everything in your life will be better when every aspect of your home environment is arranged according to the feng shui principles of harmony and energy flow. Twenty-five years ago, feng shui was decidedly obscure and esoteric, but with a pitch like this, it quickly went mainstream after it was introduced in America. How does feng shui come into play when planning a new house and what do you end up with? Another layer of analysis is added to the standard architectural considerations of site, room arrangement, f...