• Site Life Line Plan 18/08/2019

      2019/08/18    The Way We Work 仕事のこだわり

    HI All,   Before we start construction of new building we prepare a site life line plan that show how we set up the site. (Example of Life Line Plan) If we do not make this type of plan the site can be chaos and it sometimes cause a delay in the construction schedule because we may repeatedly need to spend time to tidy and organise the site. For example, if we one of our subs leaves their construction materials (e.g. tiles) in a place where another contractor (e.g. painter) needs to park their car, we will need to move the materials to create the space for carpark, causing a delay in the schedule because the painter cannot begin their work. (Example of Life Line […]

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  • 3 Types Of Kaizen 11/08/2019

      2019/08/11    The Way We Work 仕事のこだわり

    Hi all,   I have recently realised that there are 3 types of Kaizen (improvement). (日本語訳下にあります)   Namely, Kaizan that  Saves time Simplifies work Makes work more enjoyable   Examples of these Kaizen are: Time saving: utilize IT, make template of documentation, eliminate unnecessary work (Muda), etc. Simplifying work: Review work procedures, arrange necessary meetings, review material purchase system and costs, etc. Enjoyable work: Provide New business ideas, provide impressive options for our design and construction proposals, etc.   As a result, we can expect to have benefits including: Reduce stress, have more free time, easy to understand what to do, improve gross margin, improve Kaizen performance, increase sales contract rate, reduce operating expenses and increase imagination. At the same time we check the performance […]

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  • Council Final Inspection Passed At One Time!! 26/05/2019

      2019/05/26    Renovation 改装, Site Work Progress 工事進捗, The Way We Work 仕事のこだわり

    Hi there,   We have passed the Council final inspection for a house extension project in West of Auckland only at one time which is the first time for us to experience. Here is our site before the final inspection:   Normally, it takes a few times to complete the final inspection because Council inspectors pick up tiny issues on site and ask us to fix them before the inspection passes so we are very pleased with the outcome. This means that our site management system has been improved. For example, we have developed Final Inspection Checklist based on our previous experience of inspections and we used this to prepare the site for the inspection. (Final Inspection Checklist) Of course, there have been significant contributions […]

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  • Owner Path Tree 18/05/2019

      2019/05/18    The Way We Work 仕事のこだわり

    Hi there,   We have created the format of a time frame of a construction project for our clients called “Owner Path Tree”. This chart tells them the whole process of their project and what they need to do at each stage. What is unique with this chart is that the face expression at each stage indicates what type of situation our clients are likely to face. E.g. Smiling face indicates they can mostly relax at this stage. Crying face indicates this stage could be some difficult to go through. Our clients mostly do not know much about construction process so this chart makes it easy for them to understand the construction process and help them prepare themselves for what they need to do at […]

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  • Consider Cost and Time at Resource Consent Stage 17/03/2019

      2019/03/17    Council Consent 役所の許認可, New Home 新築, The Way We Work 仕事のこだわり

    Hi All, The recent trend is that there are many customers who are thinking to subdivide their own land and build new residential buildings. It is necessary to acquire a resource consent (= RC) in order to do land subdivision. Things Commonly Happen At RC Stage Many companies do not spend much time, energy or money on preparing good plans for RC application. Therefore, at the time of a building consent design (= BC) which is the post process of RC, It takes time for them to correct errors and develop details that should have been considered at the RC stage. Common errors found in the BC stage often relates to Height In Relation To Boundary, too much construction costs, room layouts and access to […]

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  • Meaning of Construction Company 02/03/2019

      2019/03/06    The Way We Work 仕事のこだわり, What I feel 自分が感じたこと

    Hi all, A while ago the Master Builder Association (MBA), which I am a member of, asked me for my feedback to improve their business and activity. My reply was that although they provide highly attractive and promoting events such as The House Of The Year they should use more of their resources for people to have more trust and feel more secure in them and their members like us. I have heard of a few builders have gone bankrupt which may harm trust and security from people. My idea is that MBA should create the evaluation system that can visualize how secure is each builder company so that potential customers can easily see if a particular builder could be trusted or not. We Japan […]

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  • Japan Homes 2019 28/01/2019

      2019/01/28    The Way We Work 仕事のこだわり

    Happy New Year Everyone!! (日本語訳下にあります) At the end of the last year, instead of staying Midsummer in New Zealand, I went back to Japan with family. Every year, I can get stimulated in so many ways during a stay in Japan and learn lots of thing because there are various events before and after the new year’s day.   This year’s theme for our business is “System Creation” We are going to create a new system of how we work.           This is mainly to enhance communication between Japan Homes staff, SUBs and customers, and decision-making process. We are aiming to make the new platform (system) that is useful in all kinds of business situations across the world. This excites me […]

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  • Study Meeting For Apprentice Builiders & Site Managers 18/11/2018

      2018/11/18    The Way We Work 仕事のこだわり

    Hi there, We had a very good study meeting for our newcomer builders and site manager last month They had only little experience in these types of field but are very motivated to learn anything related to their work. Our company provides study meeting for them to understand our company policy and to increase their levels of skill and knowledge. Study Meeting Company director Mickey provided lecture for these freshmen at our showhome in Papatoetoe. The lecture included Outline of Company’s Aim, Policy and Business Basics of Builder Work Basics of Site Mangement Site Safety Etc. The most important thing we shared during the lecture was the company’s aim and policy. Our aim is to contribute to NZ society by providing comfortable and affordable homes. […]

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