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  • New Member

      2018/06/03    What I feel 自分が感じたこと

    Hi all, (下面有中文的翻译) (日本語訳下にあります) As some of you have already noticed, I, Billy Sun have joined Japan Homes as a site manager and therefore I will be taking care of all Chinese speaking clients and subcontractors, on top of other allocated work given. A little bit about myself, I am originally from Hong Kong, moved to NZ with my parents and have studied since intermediate, my mother tongue is Cantonese and English, I have picked up Mandarin as my 3rd language while studying in university, learning Japanese as time goes. I have been working in the hospitality sector for a long time and only in recent years I have changed to learn about real estate and property investment. I love working with people and talking […]

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  • Site Management 101

      2018/05/15    What I feel 自分が感じたこと

    Hi, Today I want to talk about site management 101. Case 1: a right of way which we have to clear the driveway at 4pm. The Tennant’s on the back section goes to work really early in the morning and finishes around 4pm, we have to clear/make ways in order for the Tennant’s to go home while we are still working. Case 2: using of others driveway for parking and access to the back yard. In this case we tried to communicate with the neighbour so that we can use their driveway in certain times of a day for delivery or to make more carpark for our sub contractors. Case 3: fence is leaning on our site and it’s not on a straight line. Therefore […]

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  • Recess Shelf

      2018/05/06    What I feel 自分が感じたこと

    Hi guys, This week during my personal interest I have been looking at different bathroom storage solutions, one of them which really catch my eyes are recess shelf inside shower box. From back in the days we have seen many different ways and products which people use to store personal cleaning products inside the shower area. The most common ones are corner shelves, hanging baskets and recess shelves that come with the plastic shower box liner. Nowadays as more people are into full tiled bathroom / tiled shower area as it is more modern and stylish. People tend not to use the traditional shelves as much and we Japan Homes also can do tiled shower recess shelves for our clients. Each shelf can be used […]

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  • Fundamental Theory

      2018/04/06    What I feel 自分が感じたこと

    Hello everyone, Today I want to talk about one of the initial concepts within our company. “Do basic” It sounds simple, but it’s really not easy to continue doing it. So what does do basic means? To us Japan Homes, whatever position we are on, we need to have improvements or new things to learn each day in order to ac complish our comfortable and affordable mission statement. Normally people will say a good foundation is the most important step to building a house. But for us, we know every step is equally important. Therefore we treat each step and or subcontractors equally. We make sure they are educated in Japan Homes way of thinking and improve together. And therefore we review and open to […]

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  • Japan Day 2018 02/03/2018

      2018/03/02    Event イベント, What I feel 自分が感じたこと

    Japan Homes had our own booth at Japan Day 2018 at CLOUD in the city. (日本語訳下にあります) We support this event every year for lots of people in Auckland to be familiar with our culture. There were a number of customers who visited us at our booth and we consulted with them about what they want to do regarding their home. (me at Japan Homes’ booth) I just list up here the types of topic that these customers consulted:  Want to build a new home at my own land  Want to find a house&land package for investment  Want to renovate my bathroom or kitchen  Want to do landscape for my garden such as Japanese garden Due to the Auckland Unitary Plan that allows the existing land […]

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  • Summery Of 2017

      2017/12/26    What I feel 自分が感じたこと

    (日本語訳下にあります) (下面有中文的翻译) There have been already 12 years since when I started carpenter’s vocational school, aiming for a carpenter that I have never done in Japan in 2005. At that time I was doing farming and surrounded by 20 cattle while making a lot of vegetables in the middle of a big pasture. The school and the apprenticeship were going smoothly, however, In the Lehman shock of 2008, there were no companies hiring a foreigner with little knowledge and experience like me. In that case, the situation became “There is no choice so I need to make it myself”. Therefore, I founded Japan Homes in 2008. We now are in the end of 2017, the 10th year of business as a milestone. It was a suitable […]

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  • Reason Why More And More Small Houses Going To Be Built

      2017/12/03    What I feel 自分が感じたこと

    Hi All, (日本語訳下にあります) What I felt when I came to New Zealand 15 years ago was that Unlike Japan, roads, houses and lands are so large that it seemed to be lots of waste. However, it has been a change in urban living environment in Auckland since then. The Reason More And More Small Houses Being Built There are more and more houses being developed that have these design characters: Narrow in Width but long in Length Narrow yards Focusing more on functionality than looks Narrow space between neighbor houses These are similar to those design characters found in Japanese homes. This change may be due to a lot of immigrants and international funds flowing into New Zealand. As a result, building cost and property prices […]

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  • If Ochiai Was The Director Of A Construction Company

      2017/06/11    What I feel 自分が感じたこと

    Hi there, I think that work is the same as sports. First we decide to climb up mountains, and have passion and spirit against it. This is the sports that I enjoy with my team of people around me now. This group of people is a company, the team manager is a company director and employees are the athletes. (日本語訳下にあります) With this idea I tried to transform the great Japanese baseball player Ochiai’s sayings into the words that well describe the policy of my work. My Remarks On Work With Reference To Ochiai “A person with low ambitions can have only lower achievements” This is my favorite word of his. A person who easily accepts the results that he does not want never becomes the best […]

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  • Difference Between Japanese And NZ Houses Part 2

      2017/05/21    New Home 新築, What I feel 自分が感じたこと

    Hi all, After entering the school and apprenticeship period, with my knowledge and feeling involved in New Zealand architecture for a total of 13 years, I thought about New Zealanders’ attitude toward home design. (日本語訳下にあります) New Zealand Housing Situation In the past 30 years, the house price doubled every ten years. In the latest years, it has doubled only for about 3 – 4 years. Even if houses become old, if they are nicely renovated, their property value will not decrease. Rather, there are many people who like old houses and appreciate their age and value. Property prices go up due to New Zealand as a diversified investment destination from the world and that this country attracts wealthy people for their children’s study abroad destination. The […]

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  • Difference Between Japanese And NZ Houses Part 1

      2017/05/07    New Home 新築, What I feel 自分が感じたこと

    Hi all, (日本語訳下にあります) After entering the builder school and apprenticeship period I have been involved in New Zealand building industry for 13 years in total. I often see the difference in a point of view on New Zealand houses from Japanese designers like us, and from New Zealanders and the Chinese so would like to write down here a little about this topic. Design Discussion With Customers Customers who inquire to Japan Homes often think that “The Japanese do a good job” or “Japanese have good ideas” ,etc. However, when we propose some ideas they sometimes do not quite like these and even propose a different idea that we professionals cannot provide because we know much about the design theory and often hard to get out […]

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