A House Planner?

I was 20 when I had a chance to work to a very interesting company. It is actually a house development company, a Japanese owned business that caters blueprint house plans for Japan. It is more like an outsourced company. Although , the job is way too far from my degree, I find this job so interesting in so many ways. I learned things beyond my expectations and more.

It is very interesting to note that Japan houses were built in very special way. You may have noticed that most houses are very identical to each other (check some anime or Japanese movies). For some reason, the designs follow some sort of rules or more like a tradition. I remember they got this unique natural ventilation system too. They also have a so-called Tatami room and more.

Each part of the house is assigned to different departments and I was assigned to be a part of Foundation team. My job is to design how the foundation should look like. As I said, they got these geothermal ventilation system in which we have to design carefully, otherwise, we might encounter errors as soon as the plans were submitted to the next department and redoing them is very time consuming.

Anyway, aside from learning a bit of these house planning, I also learned how to read Japanese kanji but I can barely remember them all now. Well, actually I just came across this picture online which reminds me of my previous job.
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It’s a Tatami room and as what the term connotes, the floor here is covered with the traditional Tatami mats. This was not my ideal room though. If ever I got the chance, I want my bedroom to look like this.

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I think this would make my room more spacey. I also want a sliding door to it or much like any of those sliding door gear for apartments to save more space.

5 thoughts on “A House Planner?”

  1. [SK] says:

    I like this post, thanks for the elaboration on an example of what you were doing, now I learn something new too!! of course I have no idea how a house is planned and built, but this information you shared is certainly eye-opening.. 🙂

  2. [SK] says:

    I have stayed in these traditional tatami rooms when I travel to Japan, it’s a nice experience I would say.. but probably I will not want my room to be like that too, haha!! oh yeah, your idea of a high bed with a workstation below is a good one, I had always wanted my room like that some times ago.. it looks cool right?? 🙂

  3. mun says:

    What an interesting job that you had previously. I like natural ventilation and I think Japanese houses are designed to be very space efficient.

  4. Mariuca says:

    Oh I love the storage steps on the double decker bed, what a great idea! 🙂

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