12 Elements of a Perfect House
A home that adapts to the scenery
We build homes in harmony with the natural landscape, and with consideration of the surrounding structures. By carefully building this way, we at SUDO believe we contribute to the scenery in rich and beautiful ways. Prioritizing the climate and natural features, as well as the characteristics of the site itself... at SUDO, "The land makes the home."
No matter the direction
Producing interiors that don't experience large temperature differences makes it possible for us to build homes with a freer use of resources and space, regardless of compass direction. Get the view you want to see, and wall off what you'd rather not – wouldn't you like to have the perfect view from your room, with the size and placement of the windows customized to the location?
The upside of the one-room
Eliminating partitions between rooms and adopting an open interior structure is what makes it possible to eliminate the temperature differences inside the home. Rather than breaking the home up into minute spaces, we suggest you try the extraordinary friendliness and simplicity of the one-room plan.
Building in "reserve space"
By ntroducing foundation insulation and roof insulation methods, we can include "reserve spaces" such as half-cellars and lofts. It also enables new uses of space such as "reverse plans," with an LDK on the second floor, separated from the main wing. Our plans offer "a set-aside, comfortable place." This is the SUDO motto.
A comfortable living environment
Spaces, lines, colors, shapes, finishing touches... A comfortable design injects warmth into everyday life and makes for a fun and relaxed residence. Improve your living environment with a home that takes into account your personal tastes and preferences.
A kitchen is a studio, a place of creation. For this reason, it must be made easy to use. Meanwhile, the dining area ought to be a place at the heart of the home where the family can gather together in warmth. These are the keys to a life surrounded by "smiles and lively conversation."
Nurturing children's dreams
Shouldn't the standard for judging the pros and cons of a home be, "Is it a good place to raise a child?" "Is this a place where a child can thrive?" We hope to create homes that will stay in your children's memories for years to come. It's one of our top priorities.
The importance of touch
Some say, "A home is like a second skin." The beds, walls, ceilings, windows, doors and the stairways and handrails all come directly into contact with the body. As we live in a home they grow in meaning, and our affection for these elements deepens with time, making the material they are made from an essential consideration. SUDO's standard is to use natural materials in our homes.
Experiencing the four seasons
We are bringing the "sukiya-zukuri" architectural style typified by Japanese tea houses into the modern age, creating homes where one can sense nature even while indoors. Because this is Hokkaido, where the four seasons are clearly delineated, one can enjoy the rich changing colors of the year and feel the passage of time while admiring the view from the window. This is the feeling we hope to achieve in our homes.
And the furniture too
Sharing the home for a long time, the furniture cannot be ignored. Even a simple chair, if used with care, can last a lifetime – or even survive to be passed on to the next generation. A house becomes livable only after the furniture has been introduced. And its significance only grows as the years pass and we grow more familiar with it.
Passing it along
Structure and detailing aren't everything. Equally important are an exterior design that fits the neighborhood and won't go out of date, a flexible room plan to suit the residents, and ease of maintenance. There are many elements to consider for the long-term homeowner. At SUDO, simplicity is the pillar of our design philosophy, and our plans contain nothing unreasonable or useless. They have a fundamental appeal.
Building a Hokkaido home
While we at SUDO are heirs to Japan's "harmonious" architectural style, we also take lessons from homes built in other cold climates such as northern Europe and North America, building a new blueprint for life in Hokkaido. In our materials, too, we practice a "locavore" philosophy of using materials sourced locally.