2017/01/15    The Way We Work 仕事のこだわり

    Hi All, Hope you have a great day. (日本語訳下にあります) We normally decide all finishing details of interior and exterior of the house before construction work begins. This is because we love quick and smooth construction that makes our client as well as our subs happy!! EXAMPLE OF FINISHING DETAILS Here are some of the finishing details of a small extension project that Japan Homes has recently engaged in. Basically we determine all aspects of the details related to the build work with our client and subbies BEFORE the work begins. No matter how big or small is the project we always try our best to determine all finishing details because this is the critical point that determines how smoothly the entire project goes. By doting so […]

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  • 2017 New Year Greeting

      2017/01/01    What I feel 自分が感じたこと

    END OF FIRST DECADES OF JAPAN HOMES (日本語訳下にあります) In Auckland in the last year there was movement in various ways, such as the Prime Minister’s resignation at the end of the fiscal year, real estate prices were rising remarkably from the first half, the government has taken measures from October to enforce laws to restrict financing for investors who own multiple properties, and the Auckland Unitary Plan = AUP has become operative. For Japan Homes, it came to the ten-year milestone including personal management period of time. Ten years ago, there was no Japanese construction company to rely on, and it was only thanks to my family, customers, and SUB who really supported me, that I could continue building our business from zero for ten […]

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  • Critical Words For Architectural Design

      2016/12/25    The Way We Work 仕事のこだわり

    Hi there, Hope you have a great Xmas! (日本語訳下にあります) I would like to share with you a few words that I think architectural designers should keep in mind when designing.  Quote From Louis Kahn One the greatest architects in the 20th century, Louis Kahn says that: A great building must begin with the unmeasurable, must go through measurable means when it is being designed and in the end must be unmeasurable. This is the saying that I like and summarises the way to design good buildings.   My Words for Design As a designer I also have a few words that describe the way of designing. Landscape and materials – I want them to decide what they want to become themselves.  I believe that they […]

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  • Appeals Against Council Decisions: Auckland Unitary Plan

      2016/12/18    Auckland Unitary Plan オークランド ユニタリー プラン

    Thanks for visiting Japan Homes Blog! (日本語訳下にあります) There are a number of the appeals against the Council decision for the new Auckland Unitary Plan, meaning that not all the new rules have been determined. Appeals Against Council For example, on the official council document states that the up to 2 dwellings per residential site is permitted in Mixedhousing Urban Zone, however, this new rule has been opposed and not been determined yet. There are some other appeals against various councils decisions and many of these are being discussed at either the high court or environmental court. It seems to be like the decisions of the appeals take long time to be made, may be a year or more, no one knows at the moment. How […]

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  • Find Bottleneck To Improve Performance

      2016/12/13    The Way We Work 仕事のこだわり

    Hi all, (日本語訳下にあります) If there is a delay in construction schedule there will be more cost. I have listed up restrictions which cause the delay from my 10-year experience in building industry. If we can remove these then we will provide good quality, first and affordable services. 10 Major Restrictions 1. Head contractor Restrictions (Do not provide enough work details and/or proper timeframe, etc.) 2. Architects Restrictions (Do not provide proper design, right dimensions, etc.) 3. Construction contractor Restrictions (technical shortage, missing setup, etc) 4. Supplier restrictions (mistakes in standards, delays in deliveries) 5. Change restrictions by the owner (e.g. use of special materials and frequent change) 6. Delay Restrictions by the owner (delay in detailed determination, delay in payment, etc.) 7. Restrictions of major […]

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  • Thanks Subbies Xmas Party 2016!!

      2016/12/04    Event イベント

    Hello Everyone!! Thank you very much for visiting Japan Homes Blog. (日本語訳下にあります) We had a great wonderful party yesterday at BOWZ, a Japanese Teppan Yaki restaurant in Epsom, with our sub-contractors yesterday. THANK YOU SUBBIES XMAS PARTY There are wonderful subbies with greats skill who work very hard to help us do complete our work. Our high-quality building work, and quick and accurate scheduling of our  projects highly depend on these subbies. We really appreciate their skills, reliability and honesty that all together provide great teamwork. So the end of every year we provide a Thank You Xmas parity for them. Yesterdays party was great!! We enjoyed lovely Japanese  food, and chats with the guests with lots of laughter, and deepened the ties with them. […]

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  • Auckland Design Manual

      2016/11/28    Auckland Unitary Plan オークランド ユニタリー プラン

    Hi All, Do you know there is a very good one-stop WEB source about Auckland building/urban design? (日本語訳下にあります) It is AUCKLAND DESIGN MANUAL (ADM), provided by Auckland City Council. WHAT DOES ADM OFFER? ADM offers all aspects of professional guidance regarding designing the Auckland built environment such as new homes, residential development, infrastructure, parks, streets, etc with lots of case studies. If you are thinking to build a new home, subdivide your section or do any type of building work, this website is the place you should go first. For example of building a new home I recommend that you check “Process Guide” section for new homes that help you very easily and clearly understand how you can complete your own project step by step. The […]

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  • Good Communication Is Key To Success

      2016/11/19    The Way We Work 仕事のこだわり

    Hi All, Hope you have a great day. (日本語訳下にあります) (下面有中文的翻译)   Recently, we have completed renovation work involving replacing the large part of the existing roof and re-cladding exterior wall of our client home. This project was a bit difficult for us to do and took more time than usual because needed to re-do the construction work that another builders done previously. The builder did not have good skills and failed the council inspections so the client decided to ask Japan Homes to take over the whole project. Re-Roofing and Re-Cladding Work After research we found to re-do the two major works that were previously done: Roofing (found issues related to gutter installation and roofing angle) Cladding (did not follow building codes) Plus some interior work. As […]

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  • Free Skype Consultation Available Now!!

      2016/11/06    Others その他

    Hi All, Hope you have a great day. (日本語訳下にあります) Big News!! Japan Homes has begun Free 20-minute Skype Consultation for everyone!! Free Skype Consultation If you want to talk to us about your future new home, house renovation, extension or subdivision, please feel free to book the on-line consultation with us. We are more than happy to discuss your dream plan and advise you with our professional point of view. On Skype, we can show you our digital resources by “Share Your Screen” function and you can also show us your sketches, photos, etc. to describe your plans. This makes it possible to have a high-quality on-line meeting like an on-site meeting. Please feel free to email or phone us to book the consultation.   Skype […]

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  • Sincerity // 真摯さ

      2016/10/26    The Way We Work 仕事のこだわり

    (日本語訳下にあります)  (下面有中文的翻译) Sincerity is a basic attitude which required to people who want to be a manager. Always one ‘black sheep’ boss in a good going company. Who is not helpful,not friendly,also, hard to get communication and selfish. Although the boss whom grow most of employees. Who is respected than liked. Require a first rank job, required whom own. Take up standard higher, expect it protected. Always thinking about [what] is the right, would not thinking about [who] is right. Never evaluate knowledge and intellectual ability than sincerity. It is dangerous when people who have not that kind of basic attitude, even though they are helpful, out going personality, smart and competent. Who is not qualified to be a manager also a gentleman. An organization […]

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