Thursday, February 4, 2016

Measure twice cut once

The design of our house includes a mix of Japanese and Western influences that required special consideration. When it comes to implementing the design, however, there are a lot of details to figure out. 

One of the Japanese features is "shoji" sliding doors in the tatami room area. The tatami room is raised one step above the main floor, and is meant to accomodate sliding shoji screens between the rooms. Shoji screens can be a beautiful alternative to walls or heavy doors.

Now we're trying to work out the positioning of the shoji doors. I made a few sketch up drawings to show some of the options I talked about with the builder. 

This one isn't great because of the gap between to floor and the doors: 

This one would require more space:

This one is more traditional: 

And lastly, the solid wall could be removed to permit an arrangement of three or four shoji screens.

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