Friday, 18 June 2010

My Land, Our Land, A House Build in the Japanese Mountains.

So, I have been living in Japan, on and off, for around 13 years. I came to Kyoto to work some six years ago and have been renting a house up in a small mountain community between Kyoto and Lake Biwa.

The house I have been renting was built in the late 70s by a Japanese architect and I have grown into the place and feel at home here in the mountains.

While the house I rent is great, I have longed for some nice views over the lake and the surrounding mountains which my current place doesn't have. I have been keeping an eye out for property in the same community for the whole time I have been here (with or without an existing house on it); a property that has sweeping views and feels part of the mountains rather than part of the development.

At last, around a year ago a friend drew my attention to a plot that I had long admired (no house on it) that had suddenly come up for sale. Managing to secure the plot with a deposit (negotiations through the real estate agent and owner) I put my finances in order, took ownership and now begins the process of designing and building. The house will be a "self-build" but I will be drawing on the help of many many people (professionals included) all of which I hope to acknowledge here in the blog along the way. Who knows, even YOU might end up in the acknowledgements!!!

So, thanks for stopping by. Although I hope this blog might be useful for others who may follow a similar path, it is, selfishly, more for me. I hope this blog will help bring my ideas and those I gather together in one place and that it will serve to document the largest project of this type I will possibly undertake. As I write I have no firm idea on what kind of building will go on the land, or any concrete concept of landscaping, materials, construction techniques etc.

So, here goes, hope you will enjoy the journey with me!

1 comment:

  1. Bruce: this is such an exciting project, and I have very much enjoyed my walk through your blog. I'd like to see some shots of the potential view-no doubt you'll get around to that -and the architect's renderings show lots of windows-I love a house with significant glass that has a real indoor-outdoor feel to it and that's the impression I get, from what I'm seeing here. I want to come and help you!I would be especially interested in the landscaping and the interior design. I am also hugely impressed by the generousity of your friends and neighbours. I am reminded of the old western "barn raising" events when all the farmer's neighbours would come and lend a hand (and lots of muscle). Do you have a time-frame in which you hope to complete the various stages of this fabulous project? I am certainly going to follow your progress and look forward to new postings. Good luck with it all! Jane.