• Kotatsu: The Way The Japanese Stay Warm in Winter

      2017/11/26    Interior Design インテリアデザイン, Others その他

    Hi All, Today I am going to describe one of the most loved furniture in Japan in the winter season – KOTATSU. We love Kotastu because it is so warm and comfortable that once we put our legs inside it we cannot leave again!! (日本語訳下にあります) (下面有中文的翻译) Kotatsu The kotatsu consists of a blanket placed between a low table-frame and table-top, with a heat source placed underneath the blanket. With your legs placed under the blanket, someone wearing traditional Japanese clothing would have warm air come through the bottom of their robes and exit around the neck, heating the whole body. (Traditional Hori Gotatsu) By the 17th century, irori (a Japanese traditional fire place) dug into the ground under the floor, called hori-gotatsu, resembled a fixed […]

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  • Lift Up An Old House

      2017/11/11    New Home 新築

    Hi All, When I was walking on a street I found a bit surprised construction that the existing single storey house had been brought upstairs and build a new structure underneath to build a new two storey home. (日本語訳下にあります) (下面有中文的翻译) Lift Up The Old House the existing building foundation was removed and temporary supports had been set up to keep the old building at the upper level. Now the new concrete foundation was built and new timber framing was being built at the lower level. I heard of that a new staircase was going to be built around the old house entrance to connect the new and old parts. I think this is a good way to save a material and demolition cost for the […]

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  • Work Sequence OF Cooking

      2017/11/05    Kitchen キッチン

    Hi All, Japan Homes Kitchens are designed to help your easy and quick cooking by optimizing the work sequence of cooking. (日本語訳下にあります) (下面有中文的翻译) Work Sequence Of Cooking The work sequence describes the order of 5 main activities for cooking: Store: Unloading and unwrapping of food, storing in a fridge Wash: Washing, Peeling, chopping, dishwashing Prepare: Weighing, Mixing, Preparing For Cooking Cook: Boiling, Frying, Grilling, Baking, Roasting Serve: Dishing Up Food, Keeping Food Hot, Storing Cutlery You must follow this sequence to complete your cook before eating. Japan Homes Kitchen Design Our kitchen design reflects the above sequence. The below is our kitchen design for a new home being built in the central Auckland. We place each appliance/space in the order to minimize the movement of […]

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  • DESIGN & BUILD & MAINTENANCE PART 2

      2017/10/21    Minor Unit マイナーユニット, New Home 新築, Renovation 改装, The Way We Work 仕事のこだわり

    Hi there, (日本語訳下にあります) We always think that designing and building a home are to create a piece of art together with our clients and subs. Considering the design from our client perspective and having a clear vision of the completed building with its exterior during design and construction process is the key to the successful project. Our design examples include to: Design a new home in a way that house work is quickly and easily done Provide a utility space for easy house work Provide a Japanese style bathroom for you to relax Provide 9% of a total floor area of a new home for store space. Also we think about construction: Avoid house components that take time to get and install Consider waterproofing all […]

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  • Thank You Party Vol.2

      2017/10/14    Event イベント

    Hi there, We had a thank-you party for our clients who at BOWZ an excellent Japanese Teppan-Yaki restaurant. (日本語訳下にあります) Thank-You Party We congratulate two different owners for their project completion in Northshore. For one owner we have built a minor unit and for the other owner we built a minor unit as well as did renovation of their main house. For both project we sometimes faced difficult situation during construction but these clients understood our situation and helped us a lot to solve these problems. They are just amazing people!! So we had a thank-you party for them.   This party is also for our contractors. They are great guys and really worked hard for our clients. Without their skills and good heart we could […]

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  • Japan Homes Standard Specifications

      2017/10/07    Interior Design インテリアデザイン, Kitchen キッチン, The Way We Work 仕事のこだわり

    Hi there, We have updated our standard specifications for our home build and now you can check these on our website. (日本語訳下にあります) Today I would like to tell you how is our specs different from most construction companies’ specs in NZ. Japan Homes Standard Specifications Point 1: We Provide Best Finishing and Fixtures From Our 12-Year Experience For years we have researched what are the best fittings and finishing details for our clients home in term of their quality, functionality, cost, work and installation time, availability, warranty and impact on the environment, and finally confirmed our best selections in 2017.   Point 2: We Provide Japanese Style Interior For example, we can provide Japanese style Bathroom (Ofuro). Japanese bathrooms are wet-rooms, so you can spray […]

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  • Japan Homes Standard Entrance Wardrobe

      2017/09/30    Interior Design インテリアデザイン

    Hi there, We have developed our standard entrance wardrobe design to make the entrance space of our homes more convenient to use. (日本語訳下にあります) Japan Homes Standard Wardrobes We have three types of wardrobes that you can choose to fit in your house entrance and that provide for storing your shoes, jackets, umbrellas or any other necessary things with easy and quick access to these. All of these have shelves for shoes and space for boots or any larger items at the bottom. Also there is a mirror behind the wardrobe door for checking yourself before going out. For Type B and C there is a hanger bar in large space on the right side and you can hang up jackets and put on umbrellas. Type […]

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  • Buildertrend: Daily Log

      2017/09/23    Site Work Progress 工事進捗

    Hi all, Everyday we use the cloud project management software Buildertrend (BT), which let us easily manage many different projects from the beginning through to the end including schedule management, daily log, payment and order, communication with clients and subs, etc. (日本語訳下にあります) You can follow this link for more information about BT. Today I would like to introduce BT’s daily log function. Daily Log Daily Log is to record project work progress and very convenient for client to see how their project goes on. If any site work is done on a day we take a few photos and update a daily log on BT with notes describing what we have done. So our clients can check what has happened on site on the day […]

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  • Letting Sub-Contractors More Understand Our Company Principles

      2017/09/16    The Way We Work 仕事のこだわり

    In this multiethnic country New Zealand it is sometimes difficult to communicate and share the same ideas with our partner professionals and contractors. We sometimes are surprised to see things that these people do that do not usually happen in Japan. (日本語訳下にあります) They tend to do things in their own way but we want to share with them our company principles for better outcomes. The most important part I think is “Penetration of our company principles”. This is the base of all actions. To say words is easy, but practice is not easy. It is necessary to patently and carefully spend time on letting them understand our principles. Now I list up below the three most important things that seems necessary at this stage to do […]

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