• Simple Design Is Important For Long Life Homes 22/04/2019

      2019/04/22    New Home 新築

    Simple design is the key to a long life building. I am going to discuss the five advantages of the simple design. ①Less Chances of Waterleaking As building envelop design becomes more complicated, the risk of failure in weathertightness increases so simple home design provide less chances of waterleaking. For example, E2 Risk Matrix, which is a table provided by MINISTRY OF BUSINESS, INNOVATION AND EMPLOYMENT and allows the calculation of a risk score for weathertightness failure by the allocation and summing of scores for a range of design and location factors applying to a specific building design, states that complicated design has much higher risk score than simple design. The simple design in Figure 1 has only the total risk score of 2 while […]

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  • Japan Homes’ Standard Terrace House Plans 13/04/2019

      2019/04/13    New Home 新築

    Hi there, We have created two types of terrace house standard plans and below are the description of these plans 70m2 Terrace House Plan Outline of Each Unit Double Storey Unit Building Foot Print: 39m2 (9.7m x 4m) Total Floor Area: 70m2 2 Beds, 1 Living, Dinning and Kitchen, 1 Study, 1 Bath and 1 Toilet Highly Functional Plan for a small family Spacious open plan at Ground Floor despite limited space (Sample 3 unit plans) 90m2 Terrace House Plan Outline of Each Unit Double Storey Unit Building Foot Print: 48m2 (9m x 5.3m) Total Floor Area: 90m2 2 Beds (1 Ensuite Bed), 1 Living, Dinning and Kitchen, 2 Baths and 1 Toilet Highly Functional Plan for a small family Spacious open plan at Ground […]

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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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  • 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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  • Buy Flat Section For Your New Home 03/02/2019

      2019/02/03    Finance ファイナンス, New Home 新築, NZ Property NZの不動産

    Hi All, If you are thinking to buy a section for your new home I would strongly recommend that you search for a flat section because there could be a huge foundation cost difference between a flat and steep section. Building Foundation For A New Home On Flat Section If you build a new home on a flat section the construction cost of foundation for your new home will be relatively cheap. You can just build a rib raft concrete foundation (concrete slab) overthere and its cost for the standard sized new home could be less than $40,000 – $50,000 (excluding GST and depending on the soil condition)  . Below is the single storey new home Japan Homes recently built. We just put a rib […]

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  • Master Build 10-year Guarantee

      2018/04/16    FAQ よくある質問, New Home 新築, Renovation 改装

    Japan Homes is “Registered Master Builder” Since 2015, Japan Homes has been member of “Registered Master Builders” uphold the highest craft and ethical standards. To become a Registered Master Builder a company must undergo a comprehensive process of assessment which includes personal interviews with company tradesmen, suppliers, accountants, banks and clients. We appreciate their supports, especially “Master Build 10-year Guarantee’ which is the most benefit for our clients.  Projects from $30,000 to $2M are covered. Why do you need a Guarantee? A Master Build 10-Year Guarantee protects you through the building process, and for the next 10 years. It provides much greater protection than both the Building Act and Consumer Guarantees Act. In case, if something does go wrong with your construction project, your Guarantee […]

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  • FIRST HOME BUYER? – Our Finance Support Tips –

      2018/04/08    FAQ よくある質問, Finance ファイナンス, New Home 新築

    Are you thinking about First Home? Everyday we receive many inquiries about new home. When you are planning it, the first and most important thing is Having a specific target number will help keep you motivated and focused, and we can asisst you in right way. Below are some options to start actions towards your dream home in NZ.   1. Housing New Zealand https://www.hnzc.co.nz/ Housing New Zealand Corporation is a Crown agent that provides housing services for people in need. Many people use this system when they have first homes. 1-1. Welcome Home Loan Welcome Home Loan is offered by lenders, supported by Housing New Zealand, and, designed for first home buyers who can afford to make regular repayments on a home loan, but […]

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