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Hi All,

We have a new home design that is actually going to be built in South Of Auckland and is based on Houryuji, one of our standard new home plans.

Original Houryuji Design

Our client wanted to build Houryuji on a subdivided section in a newly development area they have recently bought.

Original Houryuji

Ground Floor Plan

First Floor Plan

However, we could not use the original design which conflicts the section’s development rules so we had to modify the design.

Houryuji #2

Here is the revised design

Perspective Views

The development rules state that the garage must not project forward of the front façade of a dwelling so we have changed the entire floor layout as below.

Ground Floor Plan

First Floor Plan

The new design still keeps the essence of the original design such as the spacious open common space with the “bridge” above.

Actually, this design may be more functional and comfortable than the original design and the owner is very happy with that.


We would build this building by the end of this year and will report on this website once the whole construction is complete.

This design should actually fit in many subdivided sections in newly development areas across Auckland.

If you are interested in this design please contact and discuss with us.

Thank you.



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!