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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]


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]


Deck and Landscape Design in East of Auckland

Good Morning Everyone, Hope you have lucky and happy ANZAC holidays!! Japan Homes are currently engaging a whole house renovation in East Of Auckland and have been asked by the owner to design and build timber deck with a spa installed outside the kitchen area. We would like to share our deck design with you guys so please have a look at below and give me any comments if you like!!   Existing Condition The whole house is under construction at the moment and the photo shows the backyard. [Read more]


Minor Unit Project in East of Auckland

Hi All,   Today I am going to talk about a minor unit + garage project in East Of Auckland which is a very interesting case and should provide helpful info. to those who are considering to build their own minor unit in their land. The Client Needs/Wants: 1 Would like to design and build a 60m2 floor-area minor unit, 40m2 double garage and 20m2 sleepout 2 These are to be all connected under the same roof 3 The garage and sleep out should have their own bathroom 4 Future replacement of a new [Read more]


Japan Day 2016

Hello Readers, Japan Homes At Japan Day Yesterday Japan Home with our own booth joined Japan Day, the biggest Japanese Cultural Event in New Zealand held annualy in Auckland. We are happy people who love festivals, parties and any other exiting events so of course we joined, welcoming all visitors and enjoyed as much as we could!! Even though it was raining heavily in the afternoon many Japanese Culture lovers visited the venue at Queens Wharf; we met lots of them!! Thanks for visiting us. At [Read more]


Application For New Minor Units Will Be Banned On Sep 1!!

Hi Aucklanders,   Application for new minor units There is shocking news that application for building a new minor unit at a private property across Auckland will not be accepted by Auckland Council from September 1, 2016. So if you are considering to build a granny flat at your own property in Auckland you will have to be quick to get your plan ready to lodge with AC. What you have to do for the application is to prepare Resource Consent (RC) for your minor unit plan and lodge it with AC [Read more]


Beautifully Renovated 3 Bedroom Home in Hillcrest On Sale!!

Hi Everyone, How is your Easter going?   Today I am talking about our home renovation project in Hillcrest, Northshore, which has been recently finished.   This house is at 2/263 Glenfield Road Hillcrest and on sale at the moment. I think this property is suitable for a young family with small kids. You can check out the property info at Harcourts website! Actually there is an open home today from 11AM so if you like please come on have a look!!     The Original Condition [Read more]


NZ House Wall Cladding Types!!

Hi Everyone!! How has been your last week? Today I am going to talk about house exterior cladding types!   JAPAN HOMES LINKS Website, Trademe (Builder),  Trademe (Home Design), Facebook & LinkedIn   As the outer shell, it’s the main feature that everyone will see and the house cladding type decides the style for the rest of your home. What’s the best cladding system for you will depend on what look you like. Cladding materials vary in colour, texture and geometry, [Read more]


Bathroom Renovation Proposal For A Client in Thames

Hi Everyone!! Thanks a lot for visiting my blog!! Hope you guys have happy and lucky moments!!   Bathroom Remodeling Japanese Client in Remote Area But We Want to Help!! I would like to talk about a bathroom reno project that was consulted by a Japanese client in Thames, North Island. She wanted us to help her as we are Japanese builders whom she can easily communicate, but unfortunately, Thames are a bit too far for us to come do the work. But we wanted to help her so we talk to her via [Read more]


3 Bedroom Home Renovation!! Sunnyhills Auckland

Hi All,   How are your happy weekend going? Today I am going to talk about our residential home renovation in Sunnyhills. This one-story property with 619m2 land area is around 40 years old and has 3 bedrooms, 1 living&dinning, 1 kitchen, 1 bathroom and 1 toilet. This is a quite old house that Japan Homes renovated 2 years ago but it still looks so new! ! The refurbishment includes New kitchen & new bathrooms. Granite kitchen benchtop and the same granite benchtop for the laundry [Read more]


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