• Japan Homes General System Meeting 2

      2020/04/24    The Way We Work 仕事のこだわり, What I feel 自分が感じたこと

    Hi All I hope you are doing ok. We had another Japan Homes general system meeting this week. This time, we talked about Action plan which contains below 8 items. This is another Japan Homes work system that will help all the staff to improve and get better. Cheerful Greeting Nice & tidy Do basic Thank all advice Copy first Keep promise Think others All positive I believe people can understand most of these. In this article, I will focus on Top3 items. Cheerful greeting Cheerful greeting not only means you smile and say hello to your colleagues or everyone you meet. More importantly, it represents a positive attitude. We believe your attitude determines the state of the world you live in.   Nice & […]

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  • Importance of budget control during designs

      2020/04/19    FAQ よくある質問, Finance ファイナンス, New Home 新築

    When you start a journey of building a new home, budgeting is the most important. However, as you progress the designs with an architect, enlarging floor areas and adding special features (that are expensive and require more maintenance) may often happen. When you finally obtain consents from the council after one and half year, you will ask some builders for quotes, and find actual costs and issues in the plans. Some architects focus on beautiful designs and maybe don’t think about details and total costs carefully, and your buffer for civil works may go over easily. Japan Homes do design and build. We usually provide our clients preliminary estimations when we do concept designs, and when we complete structural designs. By our builder’s eyes and […]

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  • Japan Homes General System Meeting

      2020/04/17    The Way We Work 仕事のこだわり, What I feel 自分が感じたこと

    Hi All As the lockdown continues, we had a good online meeting today. This is also a study meeting for new staff to understand our company policy and to increase their levels of skill and knowledge. Company director Mickey introduced 5S principle, which is also known as Toyota system Workplace Golden Rule. 1. Sort out Remove unnecessary items from each area 2. Straighten (set in order) Organize and identify storage for efficient use 3. Scrub (clean) Clean and inspect each area regularly 4. Standardize Incorporate 5S into standard operating procedures 5. Sustain and continuously improvement Assign responsibility, track progress, and continue the cycle   5S is important for everyone and will save big time and cost if everyone can follow this principle.   Another Japanese […]

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  • Japan Homes Bathroom Plans

      2020/04/14    Interior Design インテリアデザイン, The Way We Work 仕事のこだわり, What I feel 自分が感じたこと

    Hi there During the lockdown period, all Japan Homes team members are working at home. This is a good time for us to have online meetings and discuss how we can improve the way we work. For those who are familiar with Japan Homes may already know, we will provide bathroom plans for each project. We believe the bathroom is one of the most important rooms in the house, a fully functional and beautiful bathroom can greatly improve your home’s overall appeal and value. The main propose of the bath plan is to show the clients about bathroom items( vanity, shower box ext)location so that clients will have a clear picture of what the bathroom will be. Also, the bath plans help subcontractors to understand […]

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  • How clients feel about Japan Homes

      2020/04/07    The Way We Work 仕事のこだわり, What I feel 自分が感じたこと

    Hi  All In the past few years, Japan Homes has built many houses for Auckland families. Please have a look at the below video from our clients,  we have built a well-designed and functional house for this lovely couple last year. Clients shared their experience with Japan Homes in this video, we are so pleased to hear from clients that they are satisfied with the design and building quality. Also, They were impressed by the hardworking attitude of Japan Homes. We always try to make customers feel welcome and valued. And be honesty to customers throughout the whole project. Happy client, Happy us! Thanks for reading, take care.

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  • Kaizen-Japan Homes Company Culture

      2020/04/02    The Way We Work 仕事のこだわり, What I feel 自分が感じたこと

    Hi All Hope you are safe and sound. Today is day 8 of the COVID-19 lockdown and all of Japan Homes members are working at home. I will introduce kaizen, also known as Continuous Improvement system, which has been one of the key points of Japan Homes company culture. Normally Kaizen approach can use the PDCA Cycle- Plan Do Check Act.  These are the four steps you should take to improve yourself in the Kaizen way.   Plan At this stage, people will start to plan what needs to be improved. Identify the problem and Identify needs and opportunities come up with possible solutions Set expectations Define your basic plan to meet the needs Do Once the plan is decided, it is time to take action. […]

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  • Weatherboard Wall and Brick Wall

      2020/03/31    New Home 新築, Renovation 改装

    Hi all Thanks for your time Weatherboard and Brick are the two major cladding materials for our new homes. Below are the advantages and disadvantages of these two materials. Weatherboard There are different types of weatherboard cladding such as timber fiber, vinyl, metal, and corrugated steel. Advantages Compared to brick houses, the cost of the weatherboard cladding is lower. Weatherboards offer good insulation in case of extreme weather conditions. Weatherboard is easier to install or build a house, and construction takes relatively shorter durations. It is easy to carry out repairs on weatherboards. Weatherboard is more tolerant of earth movements like earthquakes. Disadvantages Unsuitable for high-rise buildings such as skyscrapers. Timber weatherboards require more maintenance. Weatherboards are not noise proof. Weatherboard houses are also more […]

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  • Do you know the Healthy Home Standard?

      2020/02/19    Environmental Issues 環境保護

    Do you know the Healthy Home Standard? Healthy Home Standards(HHS) to improve the quality of the rental housing in New Zealand. The HHS covers 5 key areas,  Insulation  Heating  Ventilation of high moisture area (Kitchen & Bathroom must have extractor fans)  Draught stopping  Drainage/ground moisture barriers In February 2019, the Housing Minister estimated that around 200,000 families are living in a house with poor condition. Having the house price rising in NZ constantly, many families choose to rent. The high demand in housing lead to drop the standard of living and put many people in unhealthy environments. We are very happy as a Property Management to see the new standard to be put in place to improve the quality of […]

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  • Japan Day 2020

      2020/02/17    Event イベント

    Hi All   We have joined this year’s Japan Day on 9th Feb 2020. Japan Day is New Zealand’s biggest Japanese festival and always attract a great number of people. Many people visited our booth this year and talked to us about land subdivision, which also reflects that Auckland is still suffering house shortage. And many people were interested in affordable small to medium size house. We have tried our best to answer visitors enquires and provide our professional opinions. Japan Day event is also a good opportunity for us to talk to the clients face to face and show them our positive attitude and passion for our work. By the way, our company character,  Ho Kun showed up as well and soon get surrounded by […]

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  • 2020 Subdivision Projects!

      2020/01/20    NZ Economy NZの経済について, NZ Property NZの不動産, weblog

    Hi there 2020 will be another busy year for Japan Homes Ltd as we aim to build 20+ houses this year! As Auckland is suffering house shortage, the land subdivision is quite popular these days. We have several subdivided projects which some building consents are already approved by the Auckland Council while others are in process. Please see one of our subdivision projects below. We will build 5 well-designed and functional houses at East Auckland. We have learned a lot from these subdivided projects and I believe our design team can help to bring your ideas to reality. Feel free to contact us if you want to make your property value increase significantly! 0800-00-5055 info@japanhomes.co.nz   Thanks for reading.

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