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A Man’s Castle is his 2×4 Home

Kevin Bews

By Kevin Bews

SPF Manager

March 18, 2017

A traditionally styled Japanese “imperial palace” under construction.

“A man’s home is his castle” is an old English cliché, but when I recently went to visit a 2×4 house that’s been newly built in Ibaraki Prefecture, in the northern Kanto region of Japan, this saying clearly became true. It’s distinctly designed after a famous Japanese villa with its accompanying gardens and other buildings in the western suburbs of Kyoto, Japan called the “Katsura Imperial Villa”, but of course not on such a grand scale. This new home, only loosely resembles one of Japan’s most important large-scale cultural treasures that inspired its design, as it’s a single storey 80m² detached structure that is connected to the owner’s main house

A traditionally styled Japanese “imperial palace” recently completed.

(previously there) via a Japanese styled connecting interior corridor. What’s really astounding, is the design flexibility that platform frame construction allows, as you would have thought that any such an important piece of Japanese architecture would surely have been built using Japan’s traditional post and beam construction method. However, this little citadel was framed all with SPF dimension lumber and sheathed with Canadian OSB. And since it’s a private home, I know you want have a chance to visit, so that is why I have embedded a hyperlink here, so you can visit and check out the real Katsura Imperial Palace.