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Career: *newly Japanese* Housewife
- 🌟KITCHEN🌟 I TRULY LOVE HOW MY KITCHEN CAME OUT. We took out a window and enclosed the space into a U-shape kitchen which I think worked really well to maximize storage space. We built a counter on the back wall and added cabinets and installed the oven there, and added a floating shelf on top of the backsplash for additional storage. We extended the counter on the sink side to add a full size dishwasher and 75 cm wide sink and some hidden garbage pull out cabinets. Most importantly, we took out the wall and side beams to completely open up the kitchen.Bedrooms! They may be small but they are mighty. One of the drawbacks to the house were the size of the bedrooms, but we were grateful that there were three to begin with. The average size home in Tokyo is around 66 sq meters, or 710 sq feet, so we knew we weren’t going to get king size bedrooms virtually anywhere we looked. There wasn’t too much work to be done on the bedrooms except the tatami room, we redid the flooring, baseboards, trim, doors, frames, added recessed lighting, and took out the closets and installed custom closets with built in drawers and LED lighting. I love how they came out!Flashback to doing some very important yard work on the house with the best helper.The living room was the main selling point of the house to me, initially. Kahn and I once had an apartment with very high ceilings which was one of our favorite places to live, it made the apartment itself feel much bigger than it actually was and I loved how open and airy it made the space feel. When I first saw pictures of this house online, I knew it had potential because of this room. The beams needed to be stripped from that very dated wood paneling and the walls repainted or re-wallpapered, but as the focal point of the house I knew it could turn into something really special. Once we decided to remove the wall into the kitchen it was a game changer in how big the space got and felt! We closed that awkward second smaller door opening into the dining room and created a media wall with hidden outlets and wiring so that kahn could mount his 75 inch tv, and the other side of the wall is the dining room cabinet wall. We added more recessed lighting to the room and replaced the chandelier with this gorgeous light fixture I found in Tokyo. I was a little hesitant on pulling the trigger on purchasing this light fixture because it was way over budget but I’m so glad I did because I love the way it brings the whole room together.What I wish every American house had….a genkan (or hunkwan in Korean). I love having a very clearly defined entryway to leave shoes before entering a home. My current entryway in the states has shoes EVERYWHERE and nowhere to store them. The genkan of this house is very, very small so I needed to get creative with how to maximize the storage space for shoes in this very tiny space. We decided to do this by ripping out the old genkan shoe closet and adding a brand new custom closet (with interior lighting!) that added a depth of around a foot to the prior closet. We also added a rail to hang jackets and I love the color of the cabinet doors and the wallpaper. Even though we decided not to replace the front door, I think it looks like a completely new door with the updated wallpaper, trim, and closet. We also replaced the tile with the same flooring I put into the bathroom, with a dark grout to hide the inevitable dirt that will build up in this area. Even though the space was tough to work with because of the space constraints, I really love how clean the end result came out.This room makes me a little bittersweet because it was created with the hopes of having our loved ones over to share many of delicious dinners and even more glasses of wine or whisky (👋 whisky warriors 😂, but I hope it will be a wonderful gathering place for whoever will live here next. Apart from the small area in the genkan and my fun toilet room, this is the only non-white wallpapered area of the house. It’s a really cool textured taupe color that I think works really well to create some drama in the room, if that’s even a thing 🤣. I love this light fixture too, light fixtures are SO HARD TO FIND in Japan, especially now with the supply chain delays, it took me months to find the two main light fixtures for the house but I’m glad I finally did! We also added in dimmable recessed lighting. We closed a smaller awkward opening that wasn’t even symmetrical with the other walkway and instead put a dining cabinet and quartz countertop on that wall. The storage space in this house was severely lacking when we bought it so I tried to think of ways to maximize the storage space in creative areas without making it feel tight or cluttered, so we created this dining room buffet/built in cabinet area. I imagine most dinnerware and silverware and some appliances will be kept here. There was an awkwardly placed closet in the corner of the room that was inconvenient to get to, so we closed the opening from the dining room side and instead opened the other wall so that it could serve as a pantry area with another closet in the hallway outside the dining room.
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