Making a Japanese Garden at Showhome Part 2!!

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Hi Aucklanders!!


Nice to see you again!!

Today will be Lucky and Happy sunday with a beautiful weather!!!


This time I continue to talk about setting up the timber pavers in  the Japanese garden at our showhome in Papatoetoe, Auckland.



First we put down weather-resistant heavy timbers (150x30mm) on the ground as the base for the pavers.

We poured some concrete on the ground at the bottom of these timbers so that these are firmly supported by the concrete and do not shift.

We also carefully leveled these timbers.




Then we begun to place the pavers.

Each paver is a rectangle timer that was made by cutting the 150×30 heavy timbers and has a different length from one another.

This is our idea that rather than just keep the same length for all of these the different length in each paver looks more interesting and “Japanese”.

We cut and place the paver on the base one by one.

This took a bit more time than just cutting everything in the same length.

However, even under strong sunshine of New Zealand summer, we didnt mind to take time at all because creating a great garden just gave us a lot of motivation, energy and joy!!!

We love landscaping!! 



The corner of the pavers took a bit more time as the angle shape of each paver was carefully measured and cut.


We did not fix these pavers yest at this stage as first had to see if the arrangement looked okay.



Gradually getting close to completion.


Looks okay now!


Now we started to fix each pavers by wood screws.

This also had to be carefully done as sometimes these screws did not go in the timber properly.

We black-painted the pavers later which looks great!!


Thanks for reading!! 

See you next time!!!(*^o^*)


 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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