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Wood Frame House, Huge Popularity among People in 30s and 40s

Sunny Kim

By Sunny Kim

Program Manager / Market Development & Market Access, Canada Wood Korea

July 21, 2017

tvN, a popular cable channel in South Korea, has been airing a popular weekly show that visits and interviews families living in houses they built rather than apartments. Koreans are sensitive to trends and ‘cooking’ has been a hot topic for a few years. Now their interest has turned to ‘housing’ from last year and building a house, DIY, interior work, and so forth became new keywords. Television programs also followed this trend and several new shows about housing have been launched recently. This is one of these shows.

This program visits a total of eight houses, one each week, to introduce the house through the owner, ask why they built a single family house or a duplex when most people live in apartments in South Korea. They are also asked about the advantages and disadvantages they felt while living in these homes, the cost of building their houses, and so on, and sometimes the architect explains the characteristics of the design.

In particular, all of the home owners introduced in the show are people in their 30s and 40s who are considered relatively young. Most home owners were people in their 50s or older in South Korea where apartment is the major form of residence. However, people in their 30s and 40s have been building their own houses since the ‘Peanut House’ was introduced by Hyun Wook Lee, CEO of Kwangjang Architects, and touched off the wood frame house boom. Thus, many home owners opted for the wood frame house.

Of the eight houses introduced in the show, five houses are wood frame houses. It was quite pleasing to see those who participated in the missions and training programs offered by Canada Wood Korea among the architects that designed and constructed the wood frame houses introduced in the show. An architect who designed a wood frame house in the show mentioned that it costs less than a concrete house and explained the advantages of wood frame houses.

This television show demonstrated the increasing popularity of the wood frame house in South Korea and is expected to promote wood frame house even further.