• My Article On Gekkan NZ!!

      2018/09/30    Reading Book 読書, weblog, What I feel 自分が感じたこと

    Hi All My article about home renovation is on the 267 edition of Gekkan NZ, the most common Japanese free-paper journal in NZ. In the article I talk about home renovation and pick up a few very important things for those who are thinking about buying an old house and “do up” including: Dont buy a closs-lease property (you might need a permission from the other owner for renovation) Check signs of waterleaking (if the roof/wall is leaking it can be a very costy for fixing) Check if exterior cladding needs to be extensively repaired (you might need to get Building Consent for the repair) I also mention some key points for old house renovation. For example, you might want to think about changing the […]

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  • Updates About Current Construction & Design Projects

      2018/09/22    Site Work Progress 工事進捗

    HI All, We have several on-going new home build and design projects. Construction Projects 3 New Home Development at 10 Glenfield Rd Birkenhead We are building 3 new homes on this site and the construction is going to finish soon (Mid October 2018). Scaffolding has been off now and GIB boards on at all the lots. Two of the houses have completed plastering. These are highly comfortable and affordable homes in Northshore and Lot 1 & 2 are on sale now (Lot 3 has been already sold. Sorry!! For more info please visit here or please contact us. Japan Homes Sales Team Email: info@japanhomes.co.nz Phone: 0800-00-5055   2 New Home Development in Northshore We have just started another new home build recently in Northshore. The land will […]

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  • Master Builder Study Meeting

      2018/09/09    Event イベント

    I recently participated in a study meeting of MASTER BUILDER held at ALEXANDRA PARK. (日本語訳下にあります) The NZ government has changed, but the problem of housing shortage still remains and a question was raised on how to solve this problem in the future. The issues include: Land availability for housing development Finance for home buyers Processing Council Consent Applications (too slow) Infrastructure For Housing Development Skill shortage In order to deal with these issues the government supports “Kiwibuild” programme which aims to enhance: Skill training Immigration Recruiting Finance support for home buyers We Japan Homes also would do something to improve the current housing situation.   By the way, the number of applications for building consent has increased by 75% over the past five years. Also, […]

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  • Road To LBP Designer

      2018/08/27    Others その他, What I feel 自分が感じたこと

    Hi All, I am aiming to get LBP designer in August 2018 and keep learning the skills and knowledge required for the LBP and would like to talk about the example of how I learn Today. E2 Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods As a LBP designer you have to be familiar with Building Code so I am developing knowledge in the Code and the skills to design building construction details compliant with it. For example, there is the clause of Building Code,  “E2 Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods”,  which states how cladding and waterproofing of residential building are achieved (we call it “E2”), and I often refer to E2 to learn and design cladding detail. Below is the metal roof detail that we have designed for […]

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  • BUILD

      2018/07/22    Reading Book 読書

    Hi All, There is a very useful journal for professionals in NZ building industry, namely “BUILD”. As a architectural designer I often refer to this journal to check design detail and have learnt a lot from it because its articles are very easy to understand. For example, NZS3604, which provide all construction & design detail of timber residential buildings based on Building Code and the the bible for builders and designers, is very hard to understand, but BUILD can explain the same things step by step in a lot clearer way than NZS3604 with lots of nice drawings like below: (Images from BUILD wbesite by BRANZ) These images explains how to design bracing for residential building. NZS3604 describes the same things but, believe me, BUILD […]

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  • New Zealand Home Loans – Efficient Home Loan Structure

      2018/07/10    Finance ファイナンス

    Have you planned about your actual home loan repayment scenario? Everyone must prefer less interests repayment and to get free to pay off home loan years earlier.   We have many options to choose for home loans. Each case is different so we always ask and listen our clients’ financial plans for dream home projects. And we give a recommendation of best options to suit each situation and requirements.   Today we introduce one of the best home loan schemes in New Zealand. New Zealand Home Loans (NZHL) is 100% New Zealand owned and operated with its parent company being Kiwi Group Holdings Limited (also parent company of Kiwibank). They invented a very efficient repayment system for Kiwi people to debt free faster. The system […]

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  • South Auckland Home Show!!

      2018/06/30    Event イベント

    Hi All, We have joined the South Auckland Home Show in June 2018 which was a very nice opportunity to talk to people about their dream homes!! (日本語訳下にあります) South Auckland Home Show This happened at Vodafone Event Centre in Manukau as a home show and we had our own booth then. Although our booth looked simple many people visited us. I felt that there were a lot of visitors who were thinking to build their own home and looking for trusted builders. We had a total of 7 new enquiries from visitors. Many of these are about building a new home. Within a couple of days after the event ended,  we already had a meeting with most of these clients, and we proposed our new […]

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  • 5 MUDA

      2018/06/24    What I feel 自分が感じたこと

    Hi all, One of our work principal is putting the “5 MUDA” within our work. We have laminated notices which we put at all of our sites for subcontractors to see and also as a reminder of ourselves The 5 MUDA, also know as 5 types of wastes on site, are: 1. WAITING (Delays) Waiting on materials, delayed order, wait for another subcontractor 2. DEFECTS (rework) Cause from rush work or not fully skilled, or misunderstanding. Rework wastes a lot of money and also trust from clients. 3. MOTION (people and equipment) excess people movement- often over a long distance, includes looking for materials and tools 4. MOVEMENT Movements between processes include picking up tools too many times from the car 5. 2nd DISASTER Damage […]

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  • Japan Homes On Local Journals

      2018/06/16    Others その他

    Hi All, Hope you have a lovely day. (日本語訳下にあります) Recently we are on a couple of journals in Auckland. We are getting famous in Auckland!! Auckland Today On their 131st issue this local magazine has written our philosophy of services including our 10 key principles: honesty,problem solving, professionalism,communication, health and safety, economic buildings, great relationships, passion, legacy developments and client happiness. This also shows our company director Mickey’s personal story and policy, which is really interesting!! If your are interested please read the article here (P51) Gekkan NZ I have written 3 articles about house renovations for May, June & July Edition of Gekkan NZ (for the Japanese) Now the second article about Kitchen renovation is out on the June edition and you can check […]

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  • New Member

      2018/06/03    What I feel 自分が感じたこと

    Hi all, (下面有中文的翻译) (日本語訳下にあります) As some of you have already noticed, I, Billy Sun have joined Japan Homes as a site manager and therefore I will be taking care of all Chinese speaking clients and subcontractors, on top of other allocated work given. A little bit about myself, I am originally from Hong Kong, moved to NZ with my parents and have studied since intermediate, my mother tongue is Cantonese and English, I have picked up Mandarin as my 3rd language while studying in university, learning Japanese as time goes. I have been working in the hospitality sector for a long time and only in recent years I have changed to learn about real estate and property investment. I love working with people and talking […]

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