Chashitsu Japanese Tea House - Beautiful, Small and Simple DIY Garden House You Can Build Yourself at 76 Without Building Experience

A 76-year-old psychologist in New Zealand fulfilled his dream, building a tea house








About Chashitsu Japanese Tea House




Interview with 76-year-old builder

Your Tea House looks very well and detailed built, are you a carpenter or did you have professional help?

I am not a carpenter or in any way, a general builder. I have no previous building experience. My background is in Psychology, Education, and Theology. I have always wanted to attempt a building project. I had no professional help, nor any help from my family and friends.

What did make you choose Chashitsu Japanese Tea House?

The initial idea was to build a garden summer hut, perched on a hill in the garden. With strong prevailing winds on that specific location, it was always going to be a problem sitting there and enjoying the view. I considered different ideas, such as movable walls to protect us from the varying wind directions. I found a picture in a Japanese garden book which was more of an enclosure, but I struggled with the “how-to”. Searching on the Internet, I found the “perfect-looking” teahouse.

What became the most challenging thing for you during the whole process and why?

Three days after the building material arrived at my property (beginning June 2020), I sustained a knee injury and subsequently was booked for surgery in September 2020. So, I started my project on crutches. There were a few physical challenges due to the injury, having to climb ladders and get onto scaffolds. However, two structural challenges stand out. The centre piece of the roof and figuring out how to build the sliding doors, the round window and the skylights.

Did you make some changes in comparison with our original plans?

I guess I was too much of a novice which made me tethered to the plans – did not want to deviate in fear of “losing the plot”.

How long did it take to build a whole Tea House?

All in all, over a period of 12 months, it took about 4 months physically to build, due to the injury, long periods of planning and figuring things out, and of course, at 76 you do get slower.

How did you deal with the building permit restrictions in New Zealand?

Fortunately, early 2020 a new building law in New Zealand was passed, which meant that anything under 30sq meters no longer requires a building permit. It does still require that building would still be according to regulations and building codes, which I considered throughout the process.

Are you practicing Zen Buddhism? Are you interested in Japanese culture?

I do not practice Zen Buddhism, but being a follower of Jesus Christ, I meditate and enter into prayer all the time. Yes, indeed I am very interested in Japanese culture and have travelled to Japan several times. I have a great interest in the people and their culture, also visiting their temples.

Any recommendations to DIY Garden Japanese Tea House builders who are just about to start their building journey or are deciding to buy plans?

To anyone, especially people of my age and people with no building experience, if you are up to it, then buy a plan of your choice and just enjoy the process. The plans are easy to follow. However, take time studying all the documents, draw your own little diagrams of how you understand certain aspects and how you visualise the process as well as the completed steps. If you are going to build solo, just make sure you have all the necessary tools, machinery and equipment AND lots of clamps!

Tea house DIY plans for sale you can find here

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Eco-friendly ideas for your kitchen - smart choices can save you money while helping to save the planet



Okay, so you buy organic food, shop at farmers’ markets, and fill the recycling bin every week. It also makes sense to go green when it’s time to remodel your kitchen, especially when the choices you make can save you some green by slicing your home’s energy use. Besides reducing your carbon footprint, some greener choices work far better than conventional products while improving indoor air quality in the bargain.

But knowing what is and isn’t green can be more complicated than it seems. “There is no perfect green product,” says Jennifer Senick, executive director of the Rutgers Center for Green Building. Even solar cells have to be manufactured and that involves pollution and waste, she says. So, going green often includes considering a product’s environmental impact over its entire life cycle.

That can also mean looking past what manufacturers and salesmen say about their products. “Companies have tacked the word ‘green’ onto just about everything they sell,” says Tony Brown, director of the Ecosa Institute, a sustainable design school in Prescott, Ariz. “But really they’re just doing what they’ve always done, with a minor tweak here or there. It’s lip service, not a green revolution.”

Here’s our guide to bona-fide environmentally friendly kitchen remodeling, from what products to look for and which green certifications you can trust to some simple design principles that yield the greenest results.

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Appliances. Any sustainable kitchen project should start with energy use and its long-term payback of lower energy bills. For dishwashers and refrigerators start by checking the energy use or efficiency scores in the Ratings in this issue. And look for the Energy Star label, although Consumers Union, the publisher of Consumer Reports, has found that some products use more energy than their labels promise. And be sure to compare the “Estimated Yearly Energy Use” listed on the labels. For example, some non-Energy Star refrigerators may actually use less energy than similarly sized Energy Star models, with actual usage depending on configuration and features.

Cabinets. Look for certification labels indicating that the wood was sustainably harvested and constructed with adhesives and finishes that are low-VOC (volatile organic compounds are unhealthy chemicals that off-gas from many manufactured products, especially flooring, fiberboard, and finishes). You also want products with no added urea formaldehyde (a common construction adhesive that off-gasses into the home and is a likely carcinogen).

Countertops. Among the earth-friendly alternatives recommended by Jennifer Schwab, the Sierra Club Green Home’s Director of Sustainability, are concrete, engineered stone (quartz), recycled-glass tiles, paper composite, and reclaimed wood. Of these materials, quartz did far better overall in our countertop tests and looks more like real granite or marble. Look for products certified for low VOCs and no urea formaldehyde.

Flooring. One way to go green is to reuse flooring from another building, known as reclaimed wood, or use flooring made from logs recovered from the bottom of waterways, called “sinker wood.” Pluses include the fact that you can often get “old growth” wood with striking patterns and even distress marks for a vintage feel. But neither of the reclaimed products we tested fared well. You can also use new flooring that’s been harvested sustainably. Cork and bamboo are renewable resources, and while they’re are harvested overseas, they are relatively lightweight to ship. The best bamboo also beat oak and other hardwoods in our tests. Also consider tiles made from recycled glass. And as an alternative to vinyl flooring, consider linoleum, which is made entirely from natural materials (cork, jute, and linseed oil), though it must be shipped from England, where it’s manufactured. Look for products certified for low VOCs and no added urea formaldehyde.

Backsplash. Use tiles made from recycled porcelain or glass, suggests Jennifer Senick. But keep in mind that some recycled products—like terrazzo tiles—can contain binders, such as epoxy, that can emit harmful chemicals. So, again, choose products certified for low VOCs and other emissions. Windows. If you’re installing new windows, look for Energy Star products, which means they’re more efficient than at least 80 percent of the windows sold today.

Vent hood. A vent hood that exhausts outside can reduce indoor air pollution by clearing your kitchen of fumes, moisture, and grease. But pass on that showpiece hood if its fan is rated for a larger space than your kitchen; you lose huge amounts of heated and cooled air along with the smoke. And note that exhaust fans built into over-the-range microwaves haven’t performed well in our tests.

Paint. Look for paints certified as low VOC, but don’t stop there. Also consider paints tinted with low- or no-VOC pigments. The best of today’s low-VOC interior paints also topped the charts in our performance tests. The Benjamin Moore Natura brand performed well in our tests, it’s low VOCs and is tinted with no-VOC pigments.

 

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Beauty is the ultimate goal for everyone. Whether for health, happiness, or fantasy, we all strive for that beautiful place within ourselves.

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If you've never had a home of your own, it's hard to imagine just how satisfying it can be. Building the home of your dreams is a rewarding and exciting experience, too. It can also be a little bit scary.

With so many choices and decisions to be made, it can be hard to know where to begin.

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Roofing is an essential part of any structure. And, since it’s also a significant investment, hiring the best roofing company is crucial, whether you’re installing a new roof, or repairing or replacing an old one.

Since your roof acts as your first line of defense against weather conditions, it's wise to hire a roofing company you can trust. While most companies claim to be the best in the business, not all of them can deliver excellent roofing services.

Poor roofing works can lead to various home exterior mistakes. So, here are some of the top tips to help you choose the right roofing company:

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Toronto is an ever-growing and changing city. From the east side to the west, all parts of the city are improving in some way. If you're planning to move to this part of Canada, choosing the perfect area to call home can feel like an impossible task. After all, the best neighborhoods in Toronto can be equally tempting!

Whether you're looking for a safe place to raise a family, a vibrant place to settle down with friends, or a bustling metro to start your new business, Toronto has got you covered.

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Buying a home is one of the most exciting but stressful times of your life. There's a lot to remember and prepare for in the buying process.

There's a detailed checklist you should go through to make sure you're making the right move and getting the best deal possible. It should be a fun and exciting process but it's also easy to make mistakes.

From waiting too long to dealing with pushy sales agents, there are a lot of luxury home buyer mistakes you could fall into that will cost you thousands of dollars in savings.

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Owning your dream house is perhaps one of those life milestones a person could achieve. Like most people, you might already have a vision of what you want for your dream house. You might have been preparing for this by researching a good neighborhood to live in or even by creating mood boards from magazine cut-outs to visualize your design preference.

However, much like any big purchase, finding the right and perfect house can be a little challenging. You’d have to consider various factors, especially if you’re planning to settle in the property long term. 

With that said, this article will outline some helpful insights to guide you when buying your dream home.

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 If you are thinking of creating an accessory dwelling unit (ADU), there is a lot to consider. These units can bring extra space to your home, more freedom to your life, and an interesting architectural variation to your property. An ADU can help families better accommodate changes and transitions in their members' lives and can sometimes be a source of rental income. 

You have so many options when it comes to planning the details of your ADU, but before moving forward, look at some of the practical aspects of design.   

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Your home is probably your most prized property not only because of the cost but also because of the different memories you've created in it. However, life may give you a reason or two to sell that house. Without the right strategy, you may not be able to sell your home the way you want. Here are five tried-and-tested strategies that’ll help you succeed once you decide to put your home on the market:

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As a homeowner, you likely have that never-ending to-do list of repairs and renovations that may read more like a dream wish list. The list is often filled with cosmetic updates, little fix-it jobs and big repairs that may not be pressing issues as of yet. But one item that should never sit on the to-do list, waiting for the right time to tackle it, is mold removal. The second you spot mold in your home, no matter how small or big the area is, the time to act is right now.

Unsure as to why mold is such a big problem? Here’s a look at why you should act the second you spot mold in your home.

How To Find Potential Buyers For Your House


When homeowners list their houses for sale, they hope to find a buyer as soon as possible. So, the main question is, how do they make their houses stand out in the pool of many other houses listed on the market. As a homeowner, you have to design a strategy with the help of a realtor that'll attract buyers to your home.

6 Home Exterior Mistakes To Avoid At All Costs


Spring and summertime are the best seasons to make exterior repairs and renovations. Home exterior projects could include roofing, exterior walls, and shutters. While these projects you could do-it-yourself (DIY), there are mistakes you need to avoid at all costs.  

Below are some of the most common home exterior mistakes to avoid so you save money, time, and effort. 

Questions to Ask When Calling Emergency Plumbing Services



Plumbing emergencies can occur at any time. Whether it's a clogged shower drain or a flooded basement, you can't delay the proper action in these conditions. 

5 DIY Safety Tips for Home Improvement Projects


Home-improvement projects can sometimes take an unsafe turn. Accidents can happen. Be extra careful when you’re working at heights, with power tools or sharp blades, with heavy, awkward, or toxic materials, or with electricity or natural gas. Below are 5 DIY safety tips for your home improvement projects. 

What To Know About Replacing Siding

 

Your home’s siding is one of the most important parts, aesthetically. This is added as an added layer to the main wall. While the most common exterior of homes is bricks and a fresh coat of paint, there are also those who prefer to have siding. It adds detail and aesthetic value.

However, this can also be costly and a long-term commitment. Once you notice that your siding is starting to look drab, then it’s a good sign that you need to have it replaced. Plus, there are things that you must first know about siding replacements to ensure that a good job will be done.

By choosing the right materials, color, and even the contractor to do it, your home’s exterior will look even more beautiful than it used to be. Whether you’ve got a small home, or a bigger, more luxurious one, good sidings can instantly elevate its look.

That said, this article serves as your guide to everything that you need to know about replacing siding.