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  4. A house inspired by mountain cabins



Renovation of a condominium room住宅リフォーム事例

A house inspired by mountain cabins

We renovated one of the houses in a reinforced concrete building in Tokyo. We did the design and renovation work.

This was a project where the client bought a second-hand flat and renovated it to his liking. When the client had almost decided on the property to buy, I accompanied him to see the property and took measurements to make a plan. The house was built in 1972 and is located in a very convenient area, close to the JR station.

The client, who enjoys a variety of outdoor sports, wanted to create the following:

  • He wanted to create a slightly enclosed bed space, like in a sleeper car or a mountain cabin.
  • The flooring should be natural wood (not glued together) to make the room comfortable.

At this stage the purchase of the house was not yet finalised, but due to the client’s busy schedule, we went ahead and visited the showrooms to make a decision on the specifications of the bathroom, kitchen and washbasin. At the same time, we drew up a simple floor plan in accordance with the client’s requirements.

About a month after the viewing, we were informed that the contract to purchase the property had been formalised and we began the design and estimation process.

The enclosure of the bed space looks like this. For the pure wood flooring we were able to buy chestnut flooring from the town of Iwaizumi in Iwate Prefecture. We found out later that the real chestnut flooring, which is 1.8m long and has no seams in the middle, is very beautiful.
山小屋にヒントを得た家 イメージパース

After approval by the client of the design and the price of the work, the work contract was signed, the work was notified to the building and the renovation work began.

山小屋にヒントを得た家 工事中写真
Once all the interior materials have been removed and there is only the concrete structure, exterior walls and sashes, the positions of the partitions are “marked out” on site according to the plans.
山小屋にヒントを得た家 工事中写真This photo was taken during the installation of the unit bath.
山小屋にヒントを得た家 フローリング素材We had received a picture of the chestnut flooring from the person in charge in Iwaizumi. We were very excited about this.
山小屋にヒントを得た家 工事中写真
It’s starting to take shape.
We put up the chestnut flooring. Each piece of flooring has its own unique look and feel.
The flooring was painted with flaxseed oil by an established timber company in Shinkiba. The paint is non-glaring and retains the natural feel of the wood.
山小屋にヒントを得た家 工事中写真
山小屋にヒントを得た家 改修後室内写真
KINOKA, a lovely handmade furniture shop in Numazu in Shizuoka Prefecture, made wooden doors for us.
山小屋にヒントを得た家 改修後室内写真
山小屋にヒントを得た家 改修後室内写真
山小屋にヒントを得た家 改修後室内写真
山小屋にヒントを得た家 改修後室内写真
山小屋にヒントを得た家 改修後室内写真

After two months of work, the project was successfully completed. The client was very pleased with the beautiful chestnut flooring.

Renovation of a reinforced concrete apartment building
Read about our achievements: Renovation of the entire wooden house
Read about our self-introduction: Mari-Hiro Architects’ Office