One day, some works began around the field and my nightmare became true..
One more green oasis gone and 14 houses grew out of the ground, crouched together, stealing each other the light.
This precinct provides people with “cheap” houses. The company, which purchased the land, decided on prebuilding and selling later. Buyers don’t have great options to choose from before the houses are built.
To keep a low price, the exterior is also very simple and therefore makes a great study object!
Following, I want to share some thoughts about it with you.
The exterior should match the style of the house.
Is it given here?
However, I think not in an optimal way.
There is a lot to improve, although these improvements may also raise the price.
My opinion is though, that people tend to pay more when the outside is looking great and appealing.
Another factor is, that today people don’t want to spend their free time with garden maintenance.
This is one thing I cannot understand… Working with the soil and breathing the air cleaned by trees is helping to fight stress and depression. Maybe people don’t know, because they never tried..
However, back to topic.
This exterior is indeed very easy to maintain.
The plants chosen are more or less all very slowly growing, cheap and Japanese lawn need to be mowed only every other month, depending on the variety.
But is it looking nice?
Uhm… It could look better..
Is it cheap?
Lawn is one of the cheapest options when it comes to cover space with plants.
Don’t get me wrong, I like the possibilities grass can give in garden design!
Now we know the outlines, let’s switch to the details.
Now, after a few months, almost all the properties are sold.
Most of them unchanged, but some people did some changes like installing a roof over their parking spaces or do some replanting.
What I recognized, the lawn isn’t doing well.. Until know the gaps didn’t really close, but weed is growing and growing.. Of course! There is no maintenance at all!
But a very bad thing is, they didn’t put a weed repelling sheet under the narrow gravel ways around the houses…
I think this is the best way to see, that these houses are reasonable. No houseowner with common sense would install gravel without a weed-sheet. It is just too much work to pull the weed out there and spraying is also not very popular..
I hope you enjoyed these small insights into house constructions in Japan and I hope I will soon find some time to introduce and approach to a high quality exterior!
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