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Tips for Building A Minor Dwelling in Auckland

Still Summer! It is always good for us builders to do earthworks to framing and roof on sites in the summer. We are building 6 houses in Auckland at the moment, so it’s progressing faster than starting in rainy season. Usually, design stage takes around 6-12 months, depending whether resource consent is required or not. So if you are planning a new home in the future, you can plan your project backwards plus considering the rainy season. We are often asked about a Minor Dwelling (granny [Read more]


Good Land + Wise Designs = Smart Subdivision

Happy Luna New Year! Since 2019 has started, we have more inquiries about new homes, especially subdivision & new builds. In the most of the cases, they have own sections to develop in Auckland. Some people are trying to find and purchase a good section. Recent popular areas are Manurewa, Flatbush, Pakuranga, Panmure  in the South, and Birkenhead, Hillcrest, Mairangi Bay in the North. The Council Interactive map shows future development areas.   Let’s Do Smart Subdivision! When [Read more]


Kiwi Saver & Welcome Home Loan Help You Purchase Your First Home

Hi all (日本語訳下にあります) If you are registered in Kiwi Saver scheme and do not posses a home now Kiwi Saver can help you buy a first home, and Welcome Home Loan also can help. How Can Kiwi Saver Help You? Kiwi Saver HomeStart grant You can get up to $5000 from Kiwi Saver if you do not possess any property and buy an existing home after three years of regularly contributing to Kiwi Saver. If two or more people buy an existing property together they can get up to $10000. If you [Read more]


Amazing Pre-Fabricated Houses In Japan

Hi all, The Japanese are very keen to create a variety of pre-fabricated houses and I want to introduce a few of these today. (日本語訳下にあります) INSPIRATION This is INSPIRATION, a famous pre-fabricated tiny house made of steel and timber. The floor area is only 13.4m2 yet it has a bathroom and kitchen. This tiny house can be transported and quickly and easy installed anywhere in Japan. The cost is from NZ$40000.   DOME HOUSE Japan Dome House has created these lovely dome [Read more]


3445m2 Land with Subdivision Consent in Pokeno

A Great 6-home development opportunity for investors in South of Auckland!!  (日本語訳下にあります) 3445m2 Huge Section with recently approved Resource and Land Use consent of 6 Lots free standing houses so that the buyer can immediately begin the new development in the rapidly growing town of Pokeno. Because our RC scheme is designed to save build cost as much as possible while keep the excellent architectural quality of the new homes this is an ideal opportunity for anyone who [Read more]


Japanese Tiny Houses

Hi everyone, Thanks for visiting this JP Property blog. (日本語訳下にあります) This time we will introduce three “Kyoushou”(very narrow) houses built in niches of Japanese big cities. In order to be comfortable even on a small site, unique architectural design ideas can be seen in these houses. House In Nada A Narrow housing with a land area of 64 m 2 and a building coverage of only 36 m 2.A typical Japanese wooden façade seems to have a good taste. Under this location [Read more]


A Fair Wind For First Home Buyers!!

Hi All Thanks for your visit to our Blog post!! (日本語訳下にあります) According to the article on there is a fair wind for first home buyers in Auckland due to  the new Reserve Bank 40% deposit rules for housing investors that was introduced June 2016. More Opportunities For First Home Buyers!! New figures show that housing investors had the smallest share of new mortgage lending in October 2016 in at least two years; it was 48% in June and decreased to just [Read more]


The Oldest and Newest Tower in Japan Share Same Technology

Hi all, Hope you have a great day. (日本語訳下にあります) The World Oldest Timber Building (Houryu Ji 5 Story Pagoda) and World Tallest Radio Tower (Tokyo Skytree) shares the same system to resist natural forces from earth quakes, storm, etc. The Houryu Ji 5 Story Pagoda built in 7th Century in Nara, Japan. The Skytree, 634m tall, built in 21st Century in Tokyo. Center Pillar Vibration Control System   Japan is famous for natural disasters. However, the pagoda has never fell [Read more]


Boundary Controls For Residential Building

Hi All, Thanks for visiting my blog!! One of Japan Homes clients in Mt. Wellington is thinking to replace the existing home with a new one at their own property. In this case, because the site is relatively narrow the outline of the new building will be restricted by City Council’s boundary controls. Boundary controls, especially the “Building In Relation to Boundary (BIRB)” heights often has large effects on new home design so I would like to talk about this today.   [Read more]



Hi everyone, Hope everything goes well for you. Today I just tell you one thing: YOU MUST HURRY TO PLAN YOUR GRANNY FLAT!! if you are thinking to do so!!   1 What is Granny Flat? A Granny Flat (Minor Household Unit, Minor Unit, etc.) is a small house (Maximum 60m2-65m2 floor area) built in the same section where the main house already exists. The minor unit can have all facility needed for a few people to live such as Kitchen, Bathroom, Laundry, Living&Dinning and Bedroom. 2 Deadline [Read more]


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