Additional windows and open shelving help Suita House in Osaka feel airy and modern.

The two-level, wooden Suita House in Osaka, Japan, was built sometime before 1981, in accordance with now outdated earthquake resistance standards. Since its owners—a couple with two young children—needed to upgrade to meet the current regulations, they decided to give the property an interior overhaul and transform it into a brighter, better-ventilated home that’s more suitable for modern living.

$2,862.98
Scaffolding & Waste Removal
$10,571.46
Demolition
$2,082.70
Basic Construction
$43,623.78
Wood Construction
$5,009.97
Insulation
$5,302.59
Fitting Construction
$5,412.95
Windows
$878.51
Hardware
$835.05
Waterproofing
$393.28
Plastering
$3,757.74
Painting
$5,821.41
Interior Construction
$574.66
Interior Cleanup
$17,347.58
Housing Facility Construction
$8,514.77
Electrical
$6,687.40
Water & Drainage
$251.41
Gas
$1,668.31
Exterior Construction
$7,521.10
Misc. Construction
$17,329.62
Site Management
$17,958.16
Design
Grand Total: $164,405.44

Osaka has a high earthquake risk, so Koka City–based architecture and design studio Alts Design Office performed structural renovations and repairs to ensure the house would hold up well if tremors impact its foundations in the future. They then worked to bring in more light, and to modernize the floor plan.



The house sits on a 1,206-square-foot, flag-shaped plot in a residential neighborhood where homes are built very close to each other.

The house sits on a 1,206-square-foot, flag-shaped plot in a residential neighborhood where homes are built very close to each other. 

Courtesy of Kenta Kawamura

Some of the original 1980s tiles and joinery were retained to give the updated house a hint of retro flavor.

Some of the original 1980s tiles and joinery were retained to give the updated house a hint of retro flavor.

Courtesy of Kenta Kawamura

Before: the entrance foyer and stairs.

Before: the entrance foyer and stairs.

Courtesy of Alts Design Office

See the full story on Dwell.com: Budget Breakdown: A Tired ‘80s Home in Japan Gets a Bright Remodel For $164K

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