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The Aesthetic Appeal of Wooden 2×4

Kevin Bews

By Kevin Bews

SPF Manager

May 26, 2020

Manten Social Welfare Corporation builds another senior home using platform frame construction. This is the third 2×4 elderly care project the owners, Mr. & Mrs. Yamada, have built in Japan since participating in COFI/Canada Wood Japan’s Elderly Care Tour Mission to Canada ten years ago. Their latest project was constructed in Nagahama City, Shiga Prefecture and opened on April 24, 2020. It is a two-storey 2×4 building with a total floor area of 1,240 m², in which about 170 m³ of wood products were used, and to keep construction costs down, the building’s design is straightforward and clean. The concept for this care home is to relax and unwind in “the warm feeling of wooden 2×4” and “the aesthetic appeal of nature supporting wellness,” for not only the residents but staff as well. The benefits of living in a 2×4 home are something the Yamada’s know first-hand, as they live in a three-storey custom 2×4 home that they had built in Osaka in 2014. It is lovely to see the passion they have for 2×4 and moreover, how they enjoy sharing it with others. If you are interested in reading past blog articles on their other 2×4 endeavours, please visit links below.

Two, Three & now Four-storeys . . . (February 1, 2016)


Proud New Home Owners (April 1, 2014)


Wood Nursing Home Opens (September 5, 2012)


Exterior photo of Community Nursing Home Menten Takatsuki