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We, the members of "Igokochi.com" do love beautiful interiors, beautiful living spaces.
We made a decision of creating our own living spaces by ourselves.  Yes, we have done it ourselves.
It was not so easy job, but the feeling of these creative activities were unforgettable.
We do want to share this joy and the satisfaction of DIY renovations with you!
Why don't you join us and start your own do-it-yourself project?
01  DIY Renovation
       
The renovation of the old flat living room with the hint of traditional European cozy style.

In May 1999, we moved in a simple flat beside the river Yodo, in Osaka, Japan.



01: Converting Tatami mat rooms into one livingroom!

02: Let's make the wall bookshelf.

03: Let's make the beamed ceiling.

04: Let's build the fireplace.

05: Let's arrange the dinning corner.

06: Kick out tube TV the from the livingroom.

07: Set the projector screen.

01:Converting Tatami mat rooms into one livingroom
Before renovation. Two small Japanese tatamimat rooms
Pierce saw onto the wall
Messy floor during demolishing work
Achieve a flat floor between tatami room and living
After completion, view to bookshelf side


The flat had a typical Japanese style floor plan with 2 tatami rooms next to living. We planed to demolish walls and make it one livingroom space.

1:  Examining inside wall structure.

Check the structure of the partition wall. If it is made of wood and plaster board, it doesn't count on building structure of the flat. If you want to renovate wooden structure house, you need to see a builder to check with that.

Our flat case was OK with simple plasterboard structure.The wall .

The problem was difference of floor level elevations. We took off Tatami mats and found urethene form panels underneath. 



2:  Figure out completion image.

Just raise image sketch of detail finish and furniture arrangement. The actual measurement of the room size helps this image work. You will see what is possible and impossible. Parth drawing would be a great help to boost motivation.


3:  Demolishing of the walls

Removing furniture, then let's smash the wall! Plasterboard is not a tough material, so it is easy to break and get rid of this wall with small knife-shaped saw within 3 hours.

Pay attention not to damage the electric wiring inside the walls. Ask professional to the electrical work..


4:  Removal of demolition debris

Even rather small space renovation, we need to arrange disposal of big amount of demolition debris.
It is essential to dispose debris according to the local rules.   


5:  Flat the uneven floor levels.

Two tatami rooms and the livingroom had different floor levels. So we flat the levels by moving tatami mats and using plywood.




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02: Let's make the wall bookshelf.
We built a whole wall covered bookshelf


After  End of the livingroom, bookshelf for large size books


Two road racer bikes on the bookshelf wall


We planed open-bookshelf for our book collection.

1:  Decide the size of bookshelf fit with book collection.
      The interval of a shelf board is about roughly 240 mm.
  
2:  Purchase shelf boards at DIY home center.
      (23mm in thickness 190mm in width)
      Order to cut boards precise sizes.

3:  Paint boards with dark brown.

4:  Build up frame materials.

5:  Screw with power tool to get holes for wood pegs.

6:  Place wood sheds.

7:  Fix bookshelves to the wall by using long wood screw.



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03: Arrange the beams on the ceiling.
Placing 2×4 wood for supporting beams


A Replica beam is easy to cut.




Temporary placing replica beam on the ceiling


Curing is essential


After all, it finished!


Exposed beams are popular in European period houses such as old farm cottages in the country also in the old town area in Paris or in Rome.

We were fascinated by such exposed beam cottage interior. Then, we just tried.

We utilized French-made good looking replica beams. They are light and safe to build.


1:  Planning and material choice

There are many styles of exposed beam arrangement. We selected British cottage style. We selected French replica beam for our ceiling.

This material is utilized for the restoration of European chateau.



2:  Build up foundation

The core structure for the beams is necessary for putting beams on the ceiling. We used 2 * 4 materials and lots of long screws to fix them on the ceiling


3:  Cutting the replica beam

This replica beam is made of urethane form, it is incredibly light and easy to cut.

4:  Side beams temporally set on the ceiling

Sub beams are arranged like the left picture.
Then, glued to the ceiling.


5:  Use urethane boards for filing up side gaps

WE used urethane boards for filing up side gaps. This process is necessary for plaster works.


6:  Curing

Curing for plaster is the important process. We utilized newspaper, plastics, packing tapes, etc. It is care of the trial and error such as the vinyl and newspaper.   However, we had stains of the replica beams! Later, I used touch-up paint for conceal these marks.

I found that pre-cure is so important.


7:  Plaster paint

Plastering on the ceiling is not easy work. We did it using a trowel. At last, hand plastered ceiling came up..     


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04: Let's make a fireplace
Putting bricks as basement
Fireplace frame by 2 * 4 and plywood
Ceramic brick plates were arranged on the wall
Before chimney is made
After chimney is made
Present fireplace surroundings


We wanted to make a large size inglenook fireplace. However, this living room is relatively small, we made this fireplace with a shallow depth..

1:  Foundation

We paved bricks as foundation of the inglenook fireplace with semicircle shape.


2:  Fireplace frame by 2 * 4 and plywood.

Real inglenook fireplace should be structured by filling stones or bricks. However, we made this structure by plywood and 2 * 4 frames, plastered on surface.


3:  Putting the ceramic brick plates

We covered inside of fireplace with ceramic brick plates. Advantage of this plates, of cause, its lightness and easy installation. We lined horizontal guide by pencil directly on the wall. And we pasted plates on the wall. We filled brick joint with mortar.


4:  Construct the chimney part

Fireplace does not function without chimney. So we built a fake chimney on the top!


5:  Placing an Canadian electric wood stove.

We put an electric wood stove in the inglenook. Although this is electric stove, the frame is so real and outlook is very close to that of cast iron.

We bought real stove wood for display and stacked them beside of the stove.


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06 Kicking out a tube TV from the livingroom
Southern French style, Asian resort style, New Yorkers' loft style, after you spare effort to achieve nice interior, big tube TVs can destroy the atmosphere of your nice rooms easily. Of cause, kicking out big TV sets should be the best solution. But,. we need TV news show every day. We found a solution for this dilemma. Let's kick out big TV and place high-definishion projector.

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