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DESIGN Haiku Houses' designs are linked with the past. The 16th
century feudal period of Japan was one of high culture and of great
respect for nature and beauty. Haiku Houses' designers and architects
have distilled the best of that period's traditional architecture,
especially the minka, and redefined it using the finest materials
available. The grace, simplicity, modesty, and restraint of the modern
Haiku House conveys a sense of purity and serenity.
The Haiku House
provides a physical spaciousness that invites nature into the house.
Numerous windows allow the sun to light the heart of the house. Natural
airflow freshens and cools the home’s atmosphere. The various woods and
large Douglas fir poles help provide a feeling of living among the trees
in the forest. Each Haiku House has a Great Room and a Grand Veranda.
These design features help create the ultimate experience of a free and
The Great Room is made possible by the pole-and-beam
structural system, which supports the great expanses of roof
without intervening load bearing walls, thereby providing exhilarating,
unobstructed spaces. In a Haiku House, you can have any floor plan you
desire. Unlike today's conventional housing systems, Haiku Houses'
structurally enginerered framework of poles and beams support the entire
house. Thus there are no load-bearing walls in a Haiku House, and the
walls can easily be rearranged, allowing you to customize any floor plan
to suit any design.
Haiku Houses' Grand Veranda gives unique
expression to the Japanese architectural concept of intermediate space
or engawa. The sweeping veranda allows the external elements surrounding
the house and interior of the house to blend into one environment.
Haiku's Grand Veranda encircling the house expands the house in all
directions. The wide overhanging eaves provide a physical and esthetic
sense of flow and freedom of movement and of circulation while offering
complete protection from the elements. The large eaves also protect the
house from excessive sun and from rain and snow while the elevated
height of the veranda provides for optimal enjoyment of all views in all
WONDERFUL POLES Beyond the great strength and beauty of Haiku
Houses' visual presentation, the Douglas fir poles themselves are
fundamental to the solid structural system–one of the strongest known.
These beautiful, round columns are integral to the entire master frame
of the Haiku House. They suggest the simple elegance of the Buddhist
temple or Shinto shrine.
Haiku Houses' master frame has
demonstrated a versatility and stability against a battery of natural
forces. The 16" poles are stronger, pound-for-pound, than steel,
and are up to 18 percent stronger than square posts. The poles are very
resilient and are, therefore, inherently well suited to withstand stress
of any kind including earthquakes and hurricanes. The individual poles
and connecting Douglas fir timbers are by themselves quite massive.
Though formidable in strength, the master frame, forms a graceful
appearance by itself, and when completed, imitates timeless
architectural feeling of the traditional Japanese country
THE HEALTHY HOUSE
Haiku Houses provides a unique opportunity to achieve a
lifestyle in harmony with nature. The Haiku House utilizes only
sustainable and replaceable natural resources. The Haiku House lies
"gently" on the land, yet protects against the potentially
destructive effects of the sun and harsh weather. Most importantly, the
Haiku House is designed to provide maximum enjoyment of its natural
Over the last several years there has been growing
recognition of a needed change from the sterility of our cities and our
conventional houses–a need for a greater connection to nature in our
city streetscapes, our work environment, and in our homes. We at Haiku
Houses affirm this need and strive to build a renewed connection between
natural architecture and the well-being of the spirit.
Houses has also responded to the centuries-old, deep desire to live in a
place that nurtures the mind and the spirit as well as the body. The
modern loss of a sense of community and losss of the extended family as
well as unimaginative housing helped produce alienation, stress, family
breakdown, and illness. Most of our connections with the natural
world–with the earth, with a spiritual community, and with natural
places that were once easily accessible–have been lost and the need for
the solace of natural things too often ignored.
The Haiku House
is designed to help re-establish those connections that can nourish us
mentally, spiritually, and physically. When we live in a house where we
are surrounded by natural beauty inside and out, and when we have
regular access and interaction with that environment, we can consciously
and unconsciously begin to allow such beauty and rhythms to re-emerge in
our daily lives. It is possible that a sense of unity with the world
around us that has been too long buried or ignored can be reawakened and
rekindled. We can choose to be nurtured by our home. The home becomes a
haven–no longer just a house–and we find ourselves beginning a healing
ASSEMBLY Haiku Houses are custom crafted for easy assembly.
Some of the best wooden farm houses of 16th century Japan are preserved
today as national treasures in Japan. Such structures are inspiration
for all Haiku Houses. Haiku Houses continues to research, engineer,and
develop comparable Haiku House designs. Architects, engineers, and
other specialists continue to contribute their expertise to the creation
of this quality product. At Haiku Houses the commitment to
excellence continues today.
For every Haiku House, each timber is
custom crafted to give the feeling of a completely handmade structure.
The Douglas fir poles are lathe turned and sanded. They are notched,
drilled, and given a protective coating. Each beam is shaped, and cut to
our precise requirements, to assure quality as well as ease and speed of
A Haiku Houses master frame consists of the large
poles, beams, rafters, girders, posts, joists, and the connecting
joinery. Also available for a Haiku House is powder coated steel plate
joinery. At the building site the master frame is assembled in a
manner similar to post-and-beam construction, which saves considerable
time and cost.
You can build a Haiku House anywhere. Because of
the uniqueness of Haiku's building system, the Haiku House is adaptable
to any location and is often the only feasible solution for an otherwise
unbuildable site. The massive poles enable the Haiku House to be built
on a steep grade as well as in a flood plain, or in tidelands. The
height of the Haiku House provides an extended view of the house's
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