• Scope of Work to Request Subs’ Quote 03/02/2018

      2018/02/03    The Way We Work 仕事のこだわり

    Hi All, When we need a quote from our subcontractor for a new build project we provide them our scope of work. This helps our subs and also help us very much to provide accurate pricing for our clients. (下面有中文的翻译) (日本語訳下にあります) Scope Of Work For Accurate Build Work Pricing Here is example of our scope of work (SOW) for our plumber for a multi-unit renovation project in the central Auckland. We provide the number of water fixtures that our plumber has to install and information about a gas water heating system. The specific notes about each project (the special comments at the bottom of the sheet) are very important for them because it might affects their work and cost largely. And an architectural plan is […]

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  • Shadow Analysis For New Home Development

      2018/01/28    Council Consent 役所の許認可, New Home 新築, The Way We Work 仕事のこだわり

    Hello everyone, We often do a shadow analysis for our new home development to make sure next door buildings have enough access to sunlight. (日本語訳下にあります) (下面有中文的翻译) Shadow Analysis Normally we study the area of shadows cast by our new building for four key dates through a year, namely Summer Solstice, Winter Solstice, Vernal Equinox (Spring) and Autumnal Equinox (Autumn). Here the analysis example for our new home for Summer Solstice when the sun reaches the highest point in the sky. The shadow covers only a small part of the neighbor building and it can access to a plenty of sunlight so it is all fine and also complied with the Council standard. Below is for Winter Solstice when the sun angle is the lowest in the […]

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  • Pursuit Of Fast Services In 2018

      2018/01/21    The Way We Work 仕事のこだわり

    Last year, the number of things I tried is beginning to produce results in our business. This year, we will keep increasing our work performance, and challenge more and more new things. (日本語訳下にあります) (下面有中文的翻译) Pursuit Of Fast Services in 2018 There are issues to be addressed variously for our customer satisfaction such as service quality improvement, cost reduction, etc. In this year we will push forward with our fast services. In order for a boat to cruise at high speed on the sea, there should be no obstacle on water and you should avoid rough waves. It is essential to remove restrictions as much as possible for the fast cruise. Our fast services can provide several advantages for our customers. If a customer think to […]

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  • Summery Of 2017

      2017/12/26    What I feel 自分が感じたこと

    (日本語訳下にあります) (下面有中文的翻译) There have been already 12 years since when I started carpenter’s vocational school, aiming for a carpenter that I have never done in Japan in 2005. At that time I was doing farming and surrounded by 20 cattle while making a lot of vegetables in the middle of a big pasture. The school and the apprenticeship were going smoothly, however, In the Lehman shock of 2008, there were no companies hiring a foreigner with little knowledge and experience like me. In that case, the situation became “There is no choice so I need to make it myself”. Therefore, I founded Japan Homes in 2008. We now are in the end of 2017, the 10th year of business as a milestone. It was a suitable […]

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  • Reason Why More And More Small Houses Going To Be Built

      2017/12/03    What I feel 自分が感じたこと

    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 […]

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  • 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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