Reason Why More And More Small Houses Going To Be Built

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Hi All,

(日本語訳下にあります)

What I felt when I came to New Zealand 15 years ago was that Unlike Japan, roads, houses and lands are so large that it seemed to be lots of waste.

However, it has been a change in urban living environment in Auckland since then.

The Reason More And More Small Houses Being Built

There are more and more houses being developed that have these design characters:

  • Narrow in Width but long in Length
  • Narrow yards
  • Focusing more on functionality than looks
  • Narrow space between neighbor houses

These are similar to those design characters found in Japanese homes. This change may be due to a lot of immigrants and international funds flowing into New Zealand.

As a result, building cost and property prices have increased dramatically so there are more and more small houses being built recently.

In this situation, it is very hard for families with average annual income to buy a new home.

Our company policy is to provide “Comfortable and Affordable homes” so we want to provide new homes that these families can afford.

I am going to spend my energy and time on designing and building these types of homes.

To Provide Comfortable and Affordable Homes

I am now thinking to provide small homes such as terrace houses with the total of a 100m2 floor area which can be bought less than $750,000.

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This project needs co-operation from our business partners to lower a cost for buying lands, building labour, building materials, property sales.

We also would plan to get supports from the city council and our customers.

We are going to do our best to lower these costs as much as possible using the KAIZEN method.

I guess there are going to be many more small homes in Auckland than now.


 

15年前にニュージーランドに来た時に感じたことは、
日本と違い、道路は広いし、無駄のスペースのデパートといえるくらい家が広い。
もちろん、隣の家に手が届いてしまう, なんてことはほぼなかった。

ただ、近年、オークランドの住環境も大きく様変わりしてきた。

小さな家が増える理由

・横に短く、縦に長い家
・庭がほぼない家
・デザインよりも機能性が優先
・隣の家に頑張れば手がとどくのでは?

というようにNZでも日本のような家が増えてきている。

それは、近年の政府の政策でもあるが、
大規模な人口流入または資金流入政策により、

「住宅価格、物価、人件費の高騰」を招き、

結果としてオークランドも

「都市型住宅(=小さい家)の需要が爆発的に増えた」

という構図が存在する。

オークランド近郊では、
200m2などのニュージーランドでは一般的な新築の家はほぼ$1Mする。
そのような家を購入するためには、頭金を40%くらい入れなければ、
平均収入の家庭は銀行の融資がつかない。

頭金が20%くらいでは、夫婦2人の収入は15万ドルを超えていなければならず、
現実的には難しい。

Comfortable and Affordableな住宅を建てる

ジャパンホームズの理念として掲げている
「Comfortable and Affordableな住宅の提供」
の構想のもとでは、

「FIRST HOME BUYERでも買える家を創る」
という思いがながれており、
今後も、自分はここに情熱や時間を使っていく必要がある。

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具体案としては、
100m2 以下の小さめのテラスハウスなどの建設が現実的でないかと考える。
価格は、75万ドル以下を目指す。

すべてのプロジェクトは、
1つの分野で頑張っても1馬力になってしまうので、
その馬力を上げるためには、関係者の協力が必要になる。

自分が考える協力者とは、
土地購入、建設人件費コスト、建設資材購入コスト、販売コスト、
などの協力者が必要であり、
変わった視点では、役所や購入者の協力が必要である。
自分は、TOYOTA式、KAIZENを使い、コスト削減を目指す。

今後も、オークランドでは、
日本のような「小さく快適な家」は増えていくだろう。

Author

Amazon Okuchi
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!