• 5 New Homes In Northshore About To Complete 22/06/2019

      2019/06/22    New Home 新築

    HI All, The 5 new homes which we have started building late last year are about to be complete soon. Project 1: A Two Storey 160m2 New Home This house is designed and built by Japan Homes. There is a bit difficult time to go through the Building Consent stage due to building over public stormwater and wastewater lines but finally we are reaching Council Final Inspection to finish the whole build work.   Project 2: Subdivision + 2 Storey New Homes These houses are also designed and built by Japan Homes. This is a 2 lot subdivision project and our design started for Resource Consent through EPA to Building Consent. The driveway is nicely complete after these photos are taken. Owner is waiting to […]

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  • Five New Home + Subdivision Project 15/06/2019

      2019/06/15    New Home 新築

    HI all, Thanks for your time. We have a new construction project going on in East of Auckland.   5 Lot New Home Project This is a 5-New Home construction on subdivision as the below image shows.   The land is subdivided and there will be 5 small but well designed homes on it.   (Lot 1 Floor Plans) The civil work has been complete and we Japan Homes have just started to build these new homes at the moment. The civil contractor and our clients are so nice that the site is perfectly set up for the new home build which makes our work so much easier than otherwise. Foundation work is going on these days. Since last year we have had 4 subdivision […]

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  • Ability Required By Project Manager 01/06/2019

      2019/06/01    What I feel 自分が感じたこと

    HI All,   Most important ability required for Project Management is to plan the whole construction project = ability for work preparation. It is to plan the project without any type of waste (time, money, resources, etc.) and troubles. A project manager needs to understand needs and wants of all relevant parties including clients, the head contractor, SUBs, Neighbors, property Buyers. After all, if some part of the project is planned unreasonably the project will be eventually delayed or get stack. Also it is important to understand the whole picture of supply chains. Major important works needs to be done by a Project Manager Develop a detailed project plan with some schedule allowance Assign a right job to a right person Prepare a backup plan […]

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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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  • Importance Of House Maintenance 11/05/2019

      2019/05/11    What I feel 自分が感じたこと

    Hi there,   Maintenance is critically important if you want your home to have long life and keep its property value. (Please refer to the previous post describing the importance to have a long life home) For Example, Houryu Ji temple, which was built in Nara, Japan around 1400 years ago and is the oldest timber building in the world, is still standing in good condition because of regular high levels of maintenance. (Houryu Ji) We always try to establish a long term relationship with our clients, whom we have built homes for, after construction because good home maintenance can only be done in good collaboration between the home owners and builders like us . Japan Homes After Construction Services For quality assurance we normally […]

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  • Landscape Ideas 05/05/2019

      2019/05/05    What I feel 自分が感じたこと

    Hi all,   Thanks for your time. Landscape design is one of the most important parts of new home build but sometimes it is hard for owners to decide the design because what landscape elements they can choose and their costs are often not very clear to them. So Japan Homes developed our summary of these elements including Japanese Garden options as below. Japan Homes Landscape Ideas Here are some examples: Fence Japanese Garden   Other Now our clients can just pick up what you prefer from these lists and we can provide Landscape Plan suitable for their new home. Simple and easy process. Landscape Plan Format of our Landscape Plan varies as per each individual project.   Note: prices are only estimated costs in […]

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  • Business is similar to Team Sports 27/04/2019

      2019/04/27    What I feel 自分が感じたこと

    Hi Everyone,   I guess that people who have good results in team sports also can get good results in business. In a business management perspective view, team sports is so similar that a director lets players with various talents and characters concentrate on one outcome. There is a saying from Katsuya Nomura, the Japanese legend professional beaseball head coach, that “There is a win without any reasons but there is no defeat without any reasons” There is always a reason that you have lost in business world too so If you are not aware of it and do not train yourself you will not be a successful business person.   (Katsuya Nomura) Also, when comparing sports and work, Most people do not understand the […]

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  • Simple Design Is Important For Long Life Homes 22/04/2019

      2019/04/22    New Home 新築

    Simple design is the key to a long life building. I am going to discuss the five advantages of the simple design. ①Less Chances of Waterleaking As building envelop design becomes more complicated, the risk of failure in weathertightness increases so simple home design provide less chances of waterleaking. For example, E2 Risk Matrix, which is a table provided by MINISTRY OF BUSINESS, INNOVATION AND EMPLOYMENT and allows the calculation of a risk score for weathertightness failure by the allocation and summing of scores for a range of design and location factors applying to a specific building design, states that complicated design has much higher risk score than simple design. The simple design in Figure 1 has only the total risk score of 2 while […]

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  • Japan Homes’ Standard Terrace House Plans 13/04/2019

      2019/04/13    New Home 新築

    Hi there, We have created two types of terrace house standard plans and below are the description of these plans 70m2 Terrace House Plan Outline of Each Unit Double Storey Unit Building Foot Print: 39m2 (9.7m x 4m) Total Floor Area: 70m2 2 Beds, 1 Living, Dinning and Kitchen, 1 Study, 1 Bath and 1 Toilet Highly Functional Plan for a small family Spacious open plan at Ground Floor despite limited space (Sample 3 unit plans) 90m2 Terrace House Plan Outline of Each Unit Double Storey Unit Building Foot Print: 48m2 (9m x 5.3m) Total Floor Area: 90m2 2 Beds (1 Ensuite Bed), 1 Living, Dinning and Kitchen, 2 Baths and 1 Toilet Highly Functional Plan for a small family Spacious open plan at Ground […]

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