Unlike Britain, self-built villas in Japan resistance, but before FT FT Asia La Fudi still completed.

Priory Cottage in Islington, London is much more than just a residential home, I really can not get out of hand; while in Japan is a strange home to strange experiences.

Priory Cottage has a special place in the history of the Financial Times as it was the home of JDF Jones, the talented editor and founder of the FT Weekend.

In the 1970s, Jones expanded the villa, which was originally built in 1798, to create a seamless three-storey villa on the front of this 18th-century brick-and-concrete building, with the back of the villa also stamped . His smug ambition is to add a sloping glass roof to the second floor of the long living room; pride is to the ground covered with Welsh black slate, small carpet in the East style to add color, so that the entire house immediately Magnificent feeling.
Later, I bought Priory Cottage from Jones, but by 2010 it was already showing the vicissitudes of life: numerous small cracks in the house crunched in the night wind, and despite careful examination, the main structure remained strong Such as rock (so many modern buildings ashamed). The joint between the villa and the stamped part seems to have started “parting ways” and the pipes also need to be overhaul.

Unfortunately, I finally decided to have only one small-sized, low-maintenance house in the UK and the “Base Camp” in Japan: My wife, Mikako Hayashi, was hired as an endodontist by Osaka University And related professors.

Farewell to Manchester’s research work, she was about to fly over Osaka when she sighed: “I miss a cry, as if a giant to the entire Japanese countryside full of rubbish.”

Urban planning is not Japan’s strengths: the tower is wantonly nestled in the fields, sprayed concrete structures in rural areas abound, and the only remaining trickle of rivers after dam construction is, ugly used car billboards are everywhere. Traditional Japanese-style huts are more and more rare. Japanese people do not like “old-style houses” and have vocalizations that old, wooden houses are not earthquake-resistant (they are not safe in the meantime).

The reasons for the continuous construction of modern residences are: the old house has to pay huge inheritance taxes and young people continue to move from the villages to the cities. However, the huge subsidies by the government are also one of the reasons. In the past few decades, many poorly-constructed houses, as well as construction companies and government departments It is also an important promoter of lusting with the politicians and working hand in glove with each other.

Japan’s houses, like cars and refrigerators, appear to have become durable consumer goods rather than stock capital. The average life expectancy of a house is only 30 years, while the average life expectancy of a house in the United States is as high as 100 years. In the United Kingdom, anyone who arbitrarily repairs a protective building (especially a historic building with a history of hundreds of years) will inevitably lead to litigation.

A few months after we were depressed, we finally found a piece of land near Osaka (fortunately, the developer had not built it yet): there was a dilapidated and dilapidated house, which was similar to the 1950s when I was on the banks of the Hull Of the kind of prefabricated shacks that Kingston upon Hull had seen on his way to school.

Is it possible to build my dream home? Still a sweet dream! We are foolishly thinking that since the local construction commission has allowed the construction of a spectacular 20-storey high rise building, it will surely open a green light to our own unique residential construction. However, local officials seem to have no interest in the aesthetic sense, but stick to the rules, a soft spot for tax collection. Their reply is: We only build a house that occupies 40% of the entire land area and can only build up to two floors. There are no restrictions on the construction of apartments owned by the Construction Commission.

Whether supervising the demolition of old houses, building garages or installing elevators for the elderly, the local construction commission will be taxed, making it extremely useful. On the other hand, the central government will give a lot of tax concessions to building new homes, saving energy and even installing handrails in bathrooms. We felt that it was reckless to build a house on our own, and we approached a large residential construction company, where the other side should be familiar with government officials and have their own architect.

We consulted with the three construction companies on the project budget and stressed the need to make full use of the local construction commission’s rules and regulations and to create the ideal living space. Yoshihisa Harima, head of Osaka at Mitsui Home, set up a dedicated team that includes architect Yoshitaka Takahashi and interior design coordinator Ryoko Kashihara. We held several full-time Japanese rendezvous sessions (2 hours each time), discussing room design from furniture and building materials, energy systems, small electrical outlets, furnishing, and specific color selection of luminaires in each room Light yellow). Japanese picky details can be described as culminating.

Officials in government departments let us not bother. I want to install dual-use cooking and baking ovens, but the Japanese people generally do not have an oven at home. The kitchen is generally equipped with three heads, instead of four stoves. Below the stove is a grilled fish area and storage area. We finally installed the largest volume (45 liters) oven. Large-capacity ovens are commonly used in restaurant kitchens.
We officially started last October. Like the British counterparts, bricklayers also love to smoke and drink tea. I have seen a bricklayer’s handbag and concrete mixers. After whispering to him, he hurried out and went straight on his handkerchief to wear the required helmet.

The Japanese have always been proud of their building quality. Housing walls are made of ceramsite concrete material, the inner cladding is configured with a thick layer of insulation, so Mitsui Construction Company threatened: winter home, the heat will not leak a little bit to melt the roof of the snow.

Our new home of 240 square meters will soon be completed – enough space to cook, eat and relax, or to relax, learn and think about it. Maybe this is not the home that we envisioned, but it is more than adequate to live in it.