My Japanese teahouse
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I had plans to build a
Japanese teahouse (chashitsu) as the centre point of my
Japanese garden though, because of winter, construction had been delayed
until the spring of 2003. Well, the spring of 2003 is upon us so
construction started in May 2003 and completed later that year. Over the
next 12 months I also completed the garden, whose design can be found at:
It is probably fair to say
that this design is in the mould of a Japanese teahouse but for several
reasons it needed to be practical for other uses in a western garden. This meant
deviating from the norm of using only 'pure natural materials' and certain
traditional architecture features. Another key reason for these changes is
that I had to build to a
It's now 2006,
coming on 2007 and I thoroughly enjoy the garden and teahouse. I thought
that a Japanese garden would be pretty much maintenance free; how wrong
could I be! The work is worth it though.
Making oak shakes
Shoji windows & door
Green oak delivery
Cutting the floor joists
Tiling the roof
the Shoji frames
Clones - wow!
WA - USA
Victoria BC, Canada
Epic of Tea