George has finally found his "Home Sweet Home" after 14 years of searching. George convinced Erika to move back to Japan, but it has been an uphill struggle. There are many problems that lie ahead for George and Erika before they can finally call Japan, "Home Sweet Home". Please join them as they face the difficulties and celebrate the successes. The journey promises to be entertaining as well as informative.
Summer in Tsukahara
Spring in Tsukahara
Monday, May 20, 2013
Moving Right Along
Two roofers had the job done on a Saturday
The roofers showed up on a
Saturday and installed the roof. I know that doesn’t sound like a big deal, but
in the U.S. having a contractor show up on a Saturday would cost
a fortune. They worked the entire day and finished the job. It’s
routine to have contractors work on weekends without charging overtime.
The carpenter will try to
complete the workshop next week. He was not kidding when he said he could get
the job done in ten days. I find myself wandering around the jobsite taking pictures
of the craftsmanship. I often compare Japanese methods to the American way of doing
things. It’s interesting to note that there are so few nails that are used. The
work is clean, joints are tight, and the whole thing is put together
efficiently. I haven’t seen much waste.
I’m impressed, so far. I’m
hoping our carpenter will do the remodel of our home when the time comes.
Windows and doors are hung.
As I was comparing building techniques, I noticed that the framing for the windows and doors is simple and straightforward. No extra bracing required. Stay tuned for the exciting conclusion. George