Model House

Posted June 4th, 2011 in Ume's Interests 2 Comments »

I remember visiting model houses with him many times when I was little – even though he had no plan buying it. He just wanted to have a look at the design and the interior. It was kind of his hobby.

Last time I was in Japan, my dad took me to model houses in Otsu (capital city of Shiga). It was like a model house fair or festival near a big hotel, and was only for 1 week. (I don’t know what they did with the house they built afterwards…) There’re many model houses from different housing companies, and all of them looked so nice!   I wished I could live in a house like that, and I’m sure my dad did too. Very expensive, though.

In Japan, you can actually experience “life” in a new house by staying overnight at a model house. The house is fully furnished and equipped with basic and some special facilities, such as IH cooking top, automatic toilet, computerized bathroom, and floor heating. It could be a fun one-night experience.

You know, the traditional Japanese houses were made with wood, and only had tatami flooring.  But nowadays, new houses are more Westernised – there are lots of wooden floored rooms and it has some special rooms such as theatre room (surprising!) .  There is at least one tatami floored room in a house though (called wa-shitsu) to remain the Japanese tradition.   Unlike houses here, Japanese houses are usually 2 stories.  There are more 3-stories-houses nowadays due to the limited land.

As I’ve always wanted my own space, looking at them makes me think about my dream house.  If I had a chance and money (most importantly!), I want to design my own house :).  In my head, it has a genkan where people take-off their shoes before entering the house, and a tatami room where gives me a quiet and peaceful mind.  Hmmm… lotto?a

2 Comments on “Model House”

  1. 1 Sarah said at 12:09 pm on June 6th, 2011:

    Hi Ume! How much does the house cost in Japan? Just an approximate cost will be fine. The house looks sooo cosy!

  2. 2 umepontarou said at 1:37 pm on June 6th, 2011:

    Hi Sarah,

    It depends, really. Depends on the location, the type of house, etc etc. The range for an used house is around ¥20,000,000.00 ~ ¥30,000,000.00. Yap, not so expensive, isn’t it? The house in Perth is way over priced, I think…
    My grandparents’s apartment (4LDK :4bedrooms, 1 bathroom, + living room, dining room and kitchen) is at nice location (close to train stations, shopping centre, etc etc) and it was sale for ¥19,000,000.00 for new unit.

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