• Electric Plans 24/03/2019

      2019/03/24    Interior Design インテリアデザイン

    Hi Everyone, For each construction project we provide Electric Plans to share the same info between Japan Homes, SUBs and Owner. Japan Homes Electric Plans Here are the examples of Elec Plans. We provide these types of plans for our clients as well as for our electrician to check electrical fixture positions before actual site work begins. These plans help us make sure that all fixtures are at adequate and owner-preferred positions. Electrical Selections At the same time our clients are also asked to decide what electrical items they want. They can check our selections of elec items on Buildertrend, an online project management software, and decide their choices. All info are in Buildetrend so it is easy for our clients to check and decide […]

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  • Consider Cost and Time at Resource Consent Stage 17/03/2019

      2019/03/17    Council Consent 役所の許認可, New Home 新築, The Way We Work 仕事のこだわり

    Hi All, The recent trend is that there are many customers who are thinking to subdivide their own land and build new residential buildings. It is necessary to acquire a resource consent (= RC) in order to do land subdivision. Things Commonly Happen At RC Stage Many companies do not spend much time, energy or money on preparing good plans for RC application. Therefore, at the time of a building consent design (= BC) which is the post process of RC, It takes time for them to correct errors and develop details that should have been considered at the RC stage. Common errors found in the BC stage often relates to Height In Relation To Boundary, too much construction costs, room layouts and access to […]

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  • Japan Day 10/03/2019

      2019/03/10    Event イベント

    Hi Everyone, As we did for the previous years Japan Homes has joined Japan Day this year and very much enjoyed talking to visitors to our booth.   Japan Day 2019 Japan Day 2019 happened at Eden Park in Auckland with a great amount of visitors and many exciting events went on. Our booth also welcomed a number of visitors and discussed their future new home projects. For this year most of the enquiries were about subdivision + new homes which I think reflects the housing trend that the city demands many more new homes to deal with increased population. Because we are the Japanese we are good at designing and building functional & cost-effective medium to small residential units on limited sized sections so […]

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  • Meaning of Construction Company 02/03/2019

      2019/03/06    The Way We Work 仕事のこだわり, What I feel 自分が感じたこと

    Hi all, A while ago the Master Builder Association (MBA), which I am a member of, asked me for my feedback to improve their business and activity. My reply was that although they provide highly attractive and promoting events such as The House Of The Year they should use more of their resources for people to have more trust and feel more secure in them and their members like us. I have heard of a few builders have gone bankrupt which may harm trust and security from people. My idea is that MBA should create the evaluation system that can visualize how secure is each builder company so that potential customers can easily see if a particular builder could be trusted or not. We Japan […]

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  • Inspections

      2019/03/03    What I feel 自分が感じたこと

    Hi all, It has been a while since I last updated this blog. I have gathered some interesting facts and ideas for on-site management and what it is like working under less supervision. Today I want to talk about inspections (Japan Homes inspection, owners inspection and city council inspection) Japan Homes inspection is where our site managers mark out the kitchen and bathware locations and to check if all pre-line work is correct in terms of construction and design. For our team and owner to visualize finishing positions and make adjustments where needed. Owner inspection normally takes place before pre-line inspection when electrician starts wiring the property, where all switches and power points are at ideal places and whether the owner wants to add extra […]

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  • Japan Day Tomorrow! 02/03/2019

      2019/03/02    Event イベント

    New Zealand’s biggest annual Japanese festival JAPAN DAY 2019 at Eden Park tomorrow! Date : Sunday 3rd March 2019 Time : 10:00  – 18:00 Venue : Eden Park (near Kingsland Train Station) Auckland, New Zealand   JAPAN HOMES in JAPAN DAY 2019!    FREE CONSULTATION! We will have a booth at the Sponsor area. Let’s talk about your home with us! It is a free event and there are lots of fun events and many Japanese foods to enjoy with your family and friends.   Mickey ↓  

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  • Long Run Metal VS Asphalt Shingle Roofing 22/02/2019

      2019/02/22    Environmental Issues 環境保護, Minor Unit マイナーユニット, New Home 新築, Renovation 改装

    Hi all Long Run Metal Roofing and Asphalt Shingle are the two major roofing materials for our new homes. I am going to describe the pros and cons of these materials.   ASPHALT SHINGLE Advantages -Cheaper to install than Long Ran Metal Roofing -Easy & Quick Installation → Shorten your new home construction period -Solid plywood underlay provides strength to the building and weathertightness -Quiet → Not noisy when rain hitting the roof -Dents to be unlikely to happen -Low Maintenance -Raccoons, Rodents, Pests, and Wild Animals Proof → No gap between each asphalt tile and plywood underlay does not allow them to enter inside the roof (Asphalt Shingle Construction) Disadvantage -Not highly eco friendly. Asphalt is a semi-solid form of petroleum. -Can be damaged in […]

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  • NEW HOME DESIGN DERIVED FROM HOURYUJI 17/02/2019

      2019/02/17    New Home 新築

    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 […]

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  • GAS or Electricity For Hot Water Supply? 09/02/2019

      2019/02/09    FAQ よくある質問, Kitchen キッチン, Minor Unit マイナーユニット, New Home 新築, Renovation 改装

    Hi everyone, There are two major options for residential hotwater heating system: Gas continuous flow Electric hot water cylinders I am going to describe the pros and cons of these systems to help you decide which one to go when you build a new home or do renovation.   Gas continuous flow Advantage Good option if you already use reticulated gas for space heating, and want to continue this The heating system is installed outside. No space is required inside (this is a big advantage for a limited sized home) Endless hotwater supply. Be Careful you will have to pay a fixed charge for reticulated gas supply (if you don’t already) If gas mains are not nearby your property LPG bottles are needed and space […]

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  • KiwiBuild?

      2019/02/04    FAQ よくある質問, New Home 新築, NZ Property NZの不動産

      One year ago, New Zealand’s Kiwibuild program started. We have been often asked if this scheme can be applicable to client’s new home or investment projects. So this blog will explain about Kiwibuild and our advice with builder’s point of view.   What is KiwiBuild? KiwiBuild is part of the Government’s multi-billion dollar work program to deliver 100,000 new homes within the next 10 years. They will do this by working with developers to build more quality, affordable houses, and connecting them with eligible KiwiBuild buyers through a ballot process. The half of 100,000 new homes will be built in Auckland.   Are you eligible? The maximum income one person can earn is $120,000.  For a couple (or more) the eligibility criteria states $180,000.  This is […]

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