Why use Japanese timber in the structure?
Sweet-smelling Hinoki and Sugi timber are highly durable and stable. They are unparalleled by timbers grown in Australia. The unique resinous characteristic of Hinoki also allows it to remain unfinished.
The timber is sourced from family-owned wood-lots in Kashimo Village, central Japan. The lots are collectively managed by the Forestry Cooperative of Kashimo which possesses a long history of forestry management and ensures sustainable harvesting practices. The forest-clad mountains are an important and respected part of the villages’ culture and economy.
There is very little waste produced during milling as almost all of each log is utilised in creating posts or beams. High-grade logs are carefully selected for finishing timbers and each log and section is traceable to specific wood-lots. The lots are cut on a fifty- to eighty-year rotation and any small timber waste is even converted to other products such as hashi (chopsticks).
Nakashima Construction Company also offers clients the unique opportunity to participate in tree planting to replace the timber used in the construction of their homes. Family names are sign-posted throughout the forest to highlight this tradition and connection, and to symbolise the collective respect for the timber resource.
A traditional Japanese natural volcanic-ash wall plaster is available as an addition to these versatile spaces. The ash aids in cleansing the air of smells and toxins and also assists in humidity control. In Australia this product is exclusive to Kashimo Studios.
Due to the nail-free construction and the sectional sizes of the timbers, the components of the structure can be easily and efficiently rebuilt or recycled.
Low impact building
Not only is a Kashimo studio a low-impact build on your site, it is a holistically environmentally-sound structure.
- Kashimo Studios offers a no-dig foundation system which drastically reduces the impact on your property. The mitigated need for concrete and expensive earthworks also reduces the overall carbon footprint.
- Kashimo Studios are built from components which are easily carried to difficult-access sites. The construction technique excels where conventional building is often challenging and expensive.
- Very little waste is generated on job sites.
- Most of the components are prepared to clients’ specifications offsite, which results in a quick build time onsite.
Why choose timber as the main construction material?
- Timber is a great carbon sink for greenhouse gasses.
- Studies have shown exposed timber in buildings helps to reduce stress.
- No off-gassing on site during construction