After considering various architectural firms to design our home, we finally settled for TwoStyle Architects. Their office is located in Musashino-shi, near JR Mitaka station. This firm was introduced to us by our realtor, Mr. Fujimori from Landmark.
Shioda-san explained that he had created TwoStyle a few years back, after leaving a large House Maker firm where he felt the clients' interests were not being met adequately. He felt the need to provide a service that would satisfy his work ethics: offer unique, quality home designs at controled pricing. Adding to our peace of mind, Shioda-san is also one of two architects in Western Tokyo with a JIO license to inspect construction quality. I'll be posting more about TwoStyle Architects as we proceed further along with our design plans.
3 September 2010
The price tag attached to our dream piece of land had us plunge into all kinds of calculations and financial projections. Buying property in Tokyo is costly! Most banks are reluctant to loan past a certain amount, but they are willing to consider it if you can provide a sizeable downpayment, in our case, 20% of the cost of the land and house. After submitting our request for preapproval last week, we got good news today! Our formal loan application was successful! So now, there is no way to back out of this...