Making a Japanese Garden at Showhome Part 1!!

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Hi all!!

How is the beginning of your new year?

Hope you have had a wonderful, lucky and happy holiday!!


Previously I talked about setting up around the exterior of the Japan Homes showhome in Papatoetoe. 

Now we are making a Japanese garden ourselves and I would like to show how we have been creating it!!

We begun with setting up timber pavement on the ground.



First, we cleaned up the ground and placed weedmats to prevent weeds to grow.

On these mats we will place pebbles later.


Now we have several old fences at this site and decided to use these as the pavers which will be painted later.


As you may see the strong sunlight in this photo the day was extremely hot outside….

Oh, gosh, in Auckland working under such strong summer sunshine is extremely hard, especially in mid day!!

If you work outside in such condition please protect yourself carefully.

Anyway, we carefully made a part of the ground smooth and level for the pavers to place.


Next we begun to place another series of timer pavers which were newly bought from Bunnings.

We used 150 X 30 X 4800mm timbers.


We would like to rise these pavers above the ground so made the base for these that were placed on the ground with a little amount of concrete at the bottom.


Okay, thats for today!

I will continue to talk about setting up these pavers in the next post!!


Thanks for reading!!


Have a nice sunday!!!

Amazon Okuchi

Phone: 0800 00 5055



Amazon OkuchiArchitectural Designer
Qualification: Degree of Architecture Studies and Graduate Diploma of Psychology (University Of Auckland) ; 2nd Grade Cad Technician (Japan)
Family: Extremely lovely wife, wonderfully kind mother in low, awesomely hardworking chickens, surprisingly lazy cat and unbelievably naughty dog.

I love architecture and design so much that I have been to so many buildings and places around the world such as Sydney Opera House in Sydney, CCTV building in Beijing, Empire State Building in New York, Royal Palace in Bangkok, Houryu-Ji in Nara, etc. However, the residential building attracts me the most. For nearly 10 years I have visited heaps of local and historical homes around New Zealand which I feel the builders’ great workmanship as well as occupants’ life.

From this experience my aim is to design and provide the comfortable and affordable houses with the spirit of Japanese workmanship that people enjoy and improve their quality of life.

In this blog I write my everyday experience of work to show what is a designer’s work and how it goes at Japan Homes.

Any comments or questions are very welcome.
Please let me know!

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