The most important things when you plan an extension – Functionality, designs or prices? 増築の際に気にすることとは。機能性、デザイン、価格?

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I went to have a consultation at a house of a client who met at Auckland Home Show. The house is built on gradual slope about 100 years ago. The ground floor is almost underfloor so it’s impossible to use, so the first floor is living area. The floor area is 150 square meters, 3 bedrooms, one restroom and one bathroom. Then it comes with a kitchen and dining that create blocked feelings. It can’t be helped as the house was built 100 years ago.

Looking at the house with my Japanese eyes, I feel the layout has too much waste spaces = Dead space. The owner also feels dissatisfaction with the poor capacity so that she called me to consult about an extension plan to gain more spaces. She has already paid $30,000 to an architect to ask design.

When I saw the design, I feel sorry but was disappointed. The two storeys extension design was created with the most advanced equipment to be built next to the 150m2 100 years old house. I thought it’s aesthetically impossible. Of course designing includes various persons’ ideas but in this case it shouldn’t be allowed. It’s OUT in designs.

Next is the functionality. The proposed layout was also not able to understand. How come the designer constructed such a strange layout? The passages and stairs occupy 30% of the extension areas, the useless internal garage areas for 30%, also the ensuite, walkin-wardrobe and bedroom at the first floor for 30%, and then the veranda for 10%. To be honest, it can be judged that the property would raise the value by building more rooms rather than a garage. In my sense the design is impossible, it’s OUT in functionality.

And let’s see the prices. The owner has already checked the construction fees for the extension with 5 building companies, and they proposed $400,000! This is also OUT because the low cost effectiveness would make the investment fail.

I decided to ask further information from the owner as I haven’t got recommendations yet. We will discuss what the most important things are, if the owner really needs extension, if there are any satisfactions in case they renovate the existing house, and if they can invest other things rather than the existing property. I know renovating house is to satisfy client’s beauty sense therefore I don’t force my opinion on them but I will advise them after confirming various things.

 

HOMESHOWで問い合わせがあったお客様の相談で自宅に行った。家はゆるかな傾斜地に建てられており、築年数は約100年の住宅になる。1F部分はほぼ床下となり使えない状態で2F部分が生活空間になる。床面積は150m2。BEDROOMは3部屋。トイレ、浴室は1つづつ。そして閉塞感のあるキッチンとダイニング。100年前の住宅ならしょうがない。

 

日本人の目から見ると、あまりにも無駄=DEAD SPACEが多いLAYOUTだなと思う。オーナーも収納がすくないことに不満を感じており、そのためにSPACE確保を目指して増築を考えているということで呼ばれた。すでに、設計士に$30,000-ドルのお金を払い、設計をしてもらっていた。

 

図面を見ると、申し訳ないががっかりしてしまった。150m2の100年前の家のとなりに増築の2F建てが最新鋭の装備で供えられた外装であった。美的にありえないと思った。もちろん、デザインはいろいろなひとの意見が含まれるが、今回に関しては、これは、許されないのではないかと思う。デザイン性でOUT。

 

次に機能性だが、こちらも、どうしたらこのような間取りを構築できるのかというlayout。通路と階段で増築部分の30%を占めており、あまり意味のないインターナルガレージ部分で30%そして、2回のensutie,walkinwardrobe, Bedroom で30%それから、10%のベランダという構図であった。増築する部分の30%が通路、正直、今回はGARAGEならば部屋にするほうが価値があがると判断できるために、自分の感覚ではありえないことになるために、機能性でもOUT.

 

そして、価格面。オーナーがすでに、5社くらいの建築会社に確認しているところ、100m2の2F建ての増築でなんと$400,000-かかるとのこと。これは、投資面で考えても、費用対効果が悪いために不良投資になる危険性があるために、価格面でもOUT.

 

自分としては、お勧めできるものではないので、オーナーから更なる情報を得ることにした。結局、優先順位として、何がしたいのか?本当に増築しなければ満足が得られないのか?仮に既存の家を改装してそこから得られるものはないのか?また、一切、既存の家に投資をせずに他に投資をすることができるか?もちろん、住宅の改装はオーナーの美的感覚を満たすためのものでもあるので、自分の意見を押し付ける気はないが、いろいろなことを確認してから、自分のアドバイスをすることにしたい。

 

 

 

 

 

Author

おか部 雅彦
おか部 雅彦Japan homes Directer
Born in Japan in 1973. At University I learned Japanese History.

After graduation, I worked at a major Dental material company as a top salesman. In 2002 I firstly set my foot on land in New Zealand, and have started to engage in NZ Construction firm since 2004. From the 8 years' experiences at construction sites and sales experiences in Japan, I devote myself to satisfy customers from consultation to construction and after care services.

Within the first 4 years after the foundation, half of Japan Homes' customers were similar ages of mine. So that their life environment such as a number of children were also similar to mine therefore I was able to understand the customers' situations and wants more. Meanwhile there are also many customers of my father's generation, which is always appreciated because I can learn lots of good things from them.

We try our best to provide services that you satisfy, such as schedule, quality and after care service.

"I can trust you with any projects." "You are the man who I can rely on when I am in trouble." I enjoy working to get these words more times and to create as more smiles as possible.

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