Jaw-Dropping Traditional Small Japanese Home Renovation

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a look, or follow the link in the description of this video. After visiting his incredible mountain cottage,
when I found out that Daigo had also been renovating a small house here in the village
I had to check it out. So, let’s go take a look! B: Good Morning Daigo! D: Good Morning! B: Nice to see you again, and this here is
the new project isn’t it? D: Yes B: Can you tell me a little bit about
the history of this place? D:About 80 years ago, it’s an old Udo house,
it was for raising raw silk worms. So, people didn’t live here, it’s for worms. So 100 or 200 worms lived here, but now I’ve
renovated this one. VO: This home has been beautifully renovated,
keeping as many of the original elements as possible. In traditional Japanese style, the home is
wooden framed with earthen walls and even keeps it’s original charred cedar cladding. B: Well, I’m really excited to take a look
inside, can we take a peak? D:Yeah. B: Alright! This is beautiful! D:Thank-you. B: I absolutely love the materials this home
is made from. These hefty wooden beams, the natural materials
and textures, this is wonderful! And you can see a lot of Japanese influence
in it’s design but it’s not necessarily traditional Japanese style, is it? You’ve definitely given this your own flavour. D: I wondered if I should change from old to
new. The balance is very very difficult. But most of them are original. Wall is original, floor is original and of
course structure is original but the items are new, system is new. So I think it’s very nice, good balance at
this house. B: This kitchen, is very impressive, I really
love this bit of wood! D: I bought the whole wood from my friend. It’s very cheap, about 5000 yen. It’s size is 80cm (2.5ft) and length is 4m
(13ft) and I cut so this wood and this wood and this wood is all the same, same wood. B: Wow! D: Very cheap. B: Super cheap, so 5000 yen, we’re maybe talking
about 50 USD, something like that? D:Yes B: And again, like in the cottage you’ve
just used very simple butane burners for your cooking. D: It’s contemporary but very useful and very
slim and stylish. This is from music room in old elementary
school, yeah, I used this. This chair is from library of elementary school. B: That is wonderful, I just love it when
people find these little treasures and give them a new life in their home. D: It was very dirty so I rubbed and put oil,
it takes time but it changed, the material starts new life. B: I think in cases like this all that extra
work is really worth it, isn’t it? D: Yeah. B: I really like as well, how this whole downstairs
area just looks out onto that lovely little garden that you’ve created there. D: Thank-you. B: And the style, again, it’s so simple, very
low maintenance, but doesn’t it look wonderful? D: Yeah. I used stones and the colour is white and
grey because the house is very dark, the window of south is very small, so it is difficult
to get sunshine so I used bright coloured stones so it reflects and the room becomes
very bright. B: And what are these rooms over here? D: This door is bathroom and toilet. I picked up at the river this wood. B: Really nice. D: Yeah this room is bathroom and washroom. B: This is lovely, look at that! A very big shower, bath area and again, all
of that wood and the grain in the wood just jumps out at you, aye? D: Yeah B: And what’s this one next door? D: This is toilet. B: Ah, the toilet. And I really like the little space saving
features that I often see build into toilets in Japan like this one, obviously whenever
you flush it the water comes out so you can wash your hands in the top. Really, really great idea. D: Yeah, very compact. B: And shall we have a look upstairs? D: Yes! B: Again this place is just like a celebration
of wood and wonderful materials. And the design is so simple but everything
seems to be perfectly in it’s place doesn’t it? D: Thank-you! Here is sleeping place. The size is perfect for a family and couples. B: It’s wonderful as well how you have the
fire, the chimney goes right the way up so it still allows all of the heat to come up
and radiate throughout this upstairs area too. D: Yes. When we’re sleeping it’s very warm. B: So in total, how long has this project
taken you to get to this stage? D: Ah, it look one and a half years. The house was quite different before I renovated
it. Everything was very, very dirty. The floor, I took away and wash by water and
paint, and paint, yeah it took a very long time. If I buy new materials, new woods, I couldn’t
leave atmosphere like this. I wanted to renovate but I don’t change the
atmosphere because the space has history and culture and 80 years of atmosphere. B: And how much did this project cost? D: It cost 3 million yen because I used old woods,
I didn’t buy material of wood. B: 3 million yen then is the total cost? D: Yes. B: That is crazy! That is really hard to believe! VO: In contrast to the high cost of housing
in big Japanese cities such as Tokyo, in rural Japan you’re able to find old homes such as
this one for unbelievably low prices. They take a bit of work to restore but the
end result is undeniably worth the effort. B: Daigo, this home is really exciting for
me to visit. You have done such a wonderful job of bringing
together this wonderful, traditional style home but giving it so much modern flare and
character. Congratulations on an incredible project! D: Thank-you B: Thank-you! Daigo has taken a wonderful, old, historic
building and given it a brand new lease of life with this wonderful almost modern flare. His creative touch has certainly given this
home at least another 80 years of life.

100 thoughts on “Jaw-Dropping Traditional Small Japanese Home Renovation”

  1. THis house is probably one of the most authenthis i ever seen on this channel. They kept it really simple. That's fabulous

  2. se type et un Génie dans la simplicités des choses et dans l'agencements des pièces tout en respectant les volumes, sa philosophie ma beaucoup inspiré et ma remis en question en me posent la question sait quoi une pièces a vivre.

  3. Wish someday I could visit Japan and learn a lot from them about traditional living and minimalist lifestyle.
    Arigatōgozaimashita!

  4. I quite love traditional japanese design, the panelled walls, the incorporation of wood all over, the big windows and unity between the inside and outside. My biggest dream is to create an engawa porch for my own home.

  5. Minimalism on a cell phone app? Kinda defeats the purpose of a true minimalist lol. Awesome house though.

  6. hey my bro love what you are doing from here in Raglan. For feedback please work on your adjectives…hearing wow and I really like this (as examples) does wear quite quickly. Chur boss!

  7. $28,000 USD for this incredible house in pretty amazing. When he said 3 million yen I thought that was a lot but its not.

  8. i love this house it is beautiful the only problem with most tiny homes is the ladders im in wheel chair out side and walker inside so need my bedroom and stuff all in one level

  9. WOW! I haven't finished watching, but I wanted to make sure I remembered to comment. This is just BEAUTIFUL!!!! I think I've said it before, but I really think the designers minds from out out of of my country are so out of of the box! I just love watching!!! I'm not a builder lol I am a crafter-card maker. I think the same way about that too!

  10. A great touch of the home renovation. Homestead Custom Carpentry also provide the great ideas for home renovation. The owners of Homestead take their work seriously and will not walk away from a job incomplete or with the client left unsatisfied. Homestead Custom Carpentry is fully capable and ready for the challenge!

  11. Just the best. As always the Japanese have the most sophisticated understated style. Absolutely awesome! Love ❤️ this and how talented and sweet is the builder. Wow!

  12. I don’t understand, that if they were having such trouble in their marriage why did she stay away for son long? Surely, if you sensed something wrong you’d come home?.

  13. There is nothing wrong with living simple.
    Just that Homes don't have to be small.
    There are Still plenty of land where you can build but the people are not allowed to(sometimes almost impossible) build the homes they want to.
    Mainly because of stupid construction laws,rules and regulations in each country..
    Mankind still hasn't occupied 15% of all the habitable spaces around the world as of 2018.

  14. japanese house are really good because of the natural beauty that the wood emits. someday i'd like to design one like a modern traditional japanese house. this is a good learning material for me. thanks for making this video.

  15. Living in such a house is my ultimate DREAM. Love, wealth? NO! I’m not even kidding, I’d kill to live in a house like that

  16. I would enjoy seeing slightly larger homes. The rich history a home can have is the real value of any home. When my husband and I retire we may build on the farm where I grew up. I was the fifth generation to be raised there. Our young adult girls love spending time on the farm. We would have access to wood from a barn and other outbuildings that have been on the farm for generations. Generations in my family stretch further than some family’s. My Grandparents married in their 30’s. First marriages for both. They were born in the 1880’s. My parents married in their 30’s and so did I. For some reason all wanted to explore before marriage. Also, a great sense of community surrounds the farm neighbors. That also adds to the richness. All of this is said to affirm an appreciation for tours of somewhat larger homes. I greatly enjoy your tours and insights about them.

  17. I really Love to watch your Show. It gives a lot OF ideas on How to design your house no matter How small the Space is. Love it!

  18. People keep commenting that the house is simple, but there is hidden complexity. original structure is wooden joinery and the ceiling/roof timbers are not square or straight. This kind of house would be expensive and labor intensive to build today

  19. He did a marvelous job of using reclaimed materials to make something new but keep the history. Very nicely done!!!

  20. I can see you speaking slowly and with enough pose in order to communicate with the non-native speaker of English and it is quite effective. You managed to have Daigo-san convey his visions and ideas behind, appreciate your content and care.

  21. Simple houses like this is so elegant modern in nature but it still says holds up to the Natural charm of the original house I love Japanese tea houses so beautiful their houses and he did a really good job and keeping up with the same and not doing too much very simple but fantastic

  22. I love traditional Japanese style! The Japanese people think in very aesthetically pleasing tones. We are content with pure beauty and little belongings of good quality necessary to life. I like this balance of beauty and nature.

  23. One of the best shows ! Like that it was somewhat small but not tiny and beautifully renovated ! $25,000.00 wow and in Japan !!!! Corie

  24. You may want to add subtitles. I lived in Japan for many years, but I found Daigo very difficult to understand.

  25. I love the beautiful, traditional housing you show in Japan, New Zealand and other places. Japan especially have a wonderful way of working with wood and bamboo that is incredibly beautiful. I would happily watch your work because it is always interesting and well made.

  26. This house is amazing! I really like the perfect balance of old and new.
    だいごさん、素晴らしい家です。古いものを上手に利用されてますね。

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