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Japanese Abandoned House Renovation #3 | Exterior Walkaround / Sanding & Painting

Welcome back. As you can see we’ve got the scaffolding up now I’ve done this to make it a little bit easier to fix the roof, put in a chimney for the wood-burning stove, the gutters, and also to Clean up and paint the house I know a lot of you been waiting to see some renovations of the inside of the house and that’s going to come up in a future video Well, we’ve got the scaffolding up. We’ve mainly been focused on the outside, but the carpenters have started and they’re making good progress First I wanted to give you a bit of a closer tour of the outside of the house from the scaffolding and then I’ll show you a bit of sanding and painting that we’ve done When the house is built it was coated in a kind of glue to prevent cracking of the wood That’s mostly peeled off in the lower sections of the house and the wood is naturally aged to a grey brown color But on the upper sections that aren’t is exposed to the elements. Some of the glue is peeled off though some still remains I’m going to sand this all off Most of the exterior wood is douglas-fir I’m not a hundred percent sure what the black paneling is. It looks like a kind of asphalt But whatever it is is in pretty good condition You can see here that the glue is completely peeled off and and the wood is the gray brown color I’ve mentioned just before The ruse over the windows and over the main entrance are made of copper There are also lots of remnants of hornets nests along the eaves As you saw in my earlier video, I’m going to have to be on the lookout for hornets. They seem to like these places Looking at the comments on some of my videos Some people have disagreed with some of the things I’ve done for example, some people don’t think I should remove the kitchen ceiling others don’t think I should remove the sheds or planted a lawn Other people think that I move my hands too much but I don’t understand that one and other people have accused me of not ever blinking which is untrue But you know, I’ve still stand by my I stand by all of my decisions. I mean I can understand people Disagreeing and that’s fair enough You know, everyone’s got different ways. They would do things And I’ll do things the same way all over again But this time I think I have made a huge mistake so we had a nice copper gutters You may have noticed in the previous videos, but they were falling down no in a pretty poor state but we had Budgeted and planned to get them fixed. There are few problems with the gutters One of the things was that there were lots of holes all the way along so there were more than a hundred and twenty holes and Most of these holes are actually deliberately made so you can see that they’re quite Consistently spaced that was at the request of the previous owner who wanted a kind of rain curtain effect whenever it rained So the gutters would leak in consistent spots. It’s not such a bad thing We’ve got a concrete base and the eaves of the roof jut out quite far Unfortunately, I didn’t get any footage of the actual rancor and effect and it was okay and perhaps wasn’t as spectacular as He may have imagined. But anyway, we wanted to get that fixed and a lot of the down pipes were split as well They’ve been left. I’m cleared four years and the leaves that have built up in there had turned into compost So when the gutter guy came to fix it and was gonna require quite a bit of soldering and so on Which wasn’t gonna be cheap in itself But he considered that the gutters were really in a state that was Kind of too far gone, he would fix them for us, but he couldn’t reel guarantee that they would last many years longer The way they are it was gonna probably cost us again to get him fixed down the track Which is pointing because you know copper cutters are supposed to last more than 30 years that these ones have been up so We made a decision to replace them The problem is that it’s expensive to get new copper gutters, especially nowadays. Um, they don’t Seem to make the same copper gutters that we’ve got on our place Well, we had on our place. They make a copper gutter that has a stainless steel internal lining So we got a quote on that and once I picked myself up off the floor We had to look at cheaper alternatives problem is that they don’t really make a wide range of gutters for this style of house anymore So I will kind of presented the option of getting the expensive steel Copper gutters or Cheaper plastic gutters. So my wife and I did had to think about it and we decided to go with the plastic artists It didn’t really have a choice considering the budget a short while later I came to the house and they’re already taking down the gutters and it almost finished and that’s when I got that sinking feeling in your gut and you know when you’ve made a mistake and I think I was thinking I’ve made a huge mistake here Shirley was another solution to it that I hadn’t really thought through So, I mean I hear things like come off my head I mean there nothing’s ideal but one might have been just to leave the gutters there get them fixed Perhaps and in terms of ongoing maintenance Now that I’ve spent quite a bit of time up here and the scaffolding eyes I feel confident I could get up here in a ladder as well perhaps learn to solder and repair gutters myself if I needed to touch up any damage to gutters along the way because I’m gonna have to Go up to the gutters. Anyway, regardless of what type we have to clean them leaves and so on periodically So that was one solution another one would have been maybe I’ve still got the gutters So, I mean they’re not in great conditions and you know damaged when they were taken down to But perhaps I could look out for Replacements so how does it like this are taking down from time to time? So perhaps I could have got in touch with a metal scrapper Let them know is on look out for these types of copper gutters and you know perhaps paid them a little bit more than the price of copper to keep them in and sell them to me instead and Yeah, since I made that decision and you know, Eric I can’t really imagine plastic looking that great on that this house. I have looked at our other houses like this We know a lot of houses like this in our area and around Japan and I’d say maybe 40 percent have plastic gutters Whether they got them originally or they’ve replaced theirs and yeah I’m not gonna lie. It doesn’t look as good as copper Never will but doesn’t look too bad. So I don’t know. Maybe I’m trying to convince myself Perhaps we just get our plastic gutters put them up Call it a tactical retreat and you know a few years time. You’ll have the budget to a couple gutters again or I’ve managed to fix the Couple gutters we have and get any replacement parts from I’m a middle scrapper maybe then Another guy put them up. Sorry. Maybe there’s that. I don’t know. What do you think? Do you guys have any suggestions or what we can do now by the time this video gets put up Maybe they’re plastic gutters will already be up. I do want to have them I mean actually one alternative is not to have gutters at all I noticed that some temples that have the same type of roof as this don’t use gutters, but Yeah, I just feel a lot safer with gutters And also I want to put in a rain collection system so that we can water the lawn and garden And so in some ways maybe having plastic gutters will be okay in in terms of capturing more rain I think they’re plastic gutters are going to be a bit deeper than the copper gutters that we had and Also, it gives me you know a bit of leeway to experiment when I can make the rain collection system, you know Rather than cutting up some of our copper gutters. I guess. I’m trying to look for positives there. So anyway, I I don’t know so and be disappointed There is one other positive and that is that it’s much easier now to send the wood around the cutter area This wood is sugi or Japanese cedar It was a little tricky too sad because the grain had raised in many areas and also on the downward facing sides The glue hadn’t come off in many places the electric Sanders for example didn’t fit the very bottom level So I had to do that by hand and I’m not gonna lie. I didn’t do a perfect job there Those handle shape things on the lower level tiles Are designed so that you can put your feet on them and make it easier to walk along the roof I’d originally planned to stain the house brown which is the typical color of the style of house in Japan Often the houses are left to their aged wood color Traditionally, the wood would have been charred giving it a black color that would have increased its resistance to insects like termites Some houses would have used some mixture including persimmon Tenon’s again for improved resistance against insects After trying a few different Darker brown stains in the end. Yeah, I just liked the clear natural color and decided to Stain it using the clear stain. The tiebreaker was that it would be a lot easier to Paint the house brown at a later date if I really didn’t like the natural color Rather than trying to go back from brown to the natural color as I really don’t have to sand this house down again The stain I’m using protects against water UV and also insect damage The main entrance of a house in Japan is called the genkan I want to make our genkan to look really nice I don’t know whether you remember one of the first videos they put up was a tour of the house when we first bought the place But the ceiling of the gankin was water damaged and in pretty bad condition Well, it turns out that it was a lot worse than we had thought water had been leaking through from the roof Through the gutters and onto the upper structure of the gankin as well and the wood had rotted severely in Fact we needed to replace quite a lot of it Unfortunately, I was away when they actually fixed the genkan itself, so I wasn’t able to get any footage. Sorry about that But it has turned out pretty nicely The new ceiling looks great That’s sugi from Akita Prefecture Sweet genkan. Because the paint had peeled an age, so unevenly it was really hard to get an even sand Some places are probably over sanders are little and other places. I just couldn’t get an even finish But I think it does look better now than it did before Meanwhile the roof guys have been busy. They’ve been putting in flashing and other kinds of protection from the rain They’ve also gone all the way around the roof and replaced that plaster it’s a line based plaster called cheek we owe And they also fix the roof on the shed, which was a huge relief Thanks very much for watching as I mentioned earlier an upcoming video, I’ll show the interior Renovations and I’ll go through the plans for our renovations in more detail in addition the original carpenter who built this house has agreed to do an interview. So that’s upcoming – Let me know if you have any particular questions for him



Jan 1, 2020, 6:03 am Reply

Watching your videos are pure joy. I will probably never live in Japan or have to do rehab or construction on a house like that which is why it is so interesting to me. I just love it!

Austin Farthing

Jan 1, 2020, 6:11 am Reply

The house is coming along beautifully! The sanding and staining of the wood turned out amazingly. You are doing such a great job! Don’t listen to the negative comments. It’s your house, your money, and your hard work, so you can make it exactly what you want! I enjoy the videos and cannot wait to see the final result.

Sheila Ghafar

Jan 1, 2020, 6:13 am Reply

Good job, men !!! Subarashi..

Speed waiwiri

Jan 1, 2020, 6:33 am Reply

Once again, I thought you were Nipponese & back home in Japan. No matter though, you are doing fab in your renovation. I like it! Keep up the fab resto…!

T.M. Edgar

Jan 1, 2020, 6:55 am Reply

Can you use some kind of epoxy solution to plug the holes in the copper gutters?


Jan 1, 2020, 7:01 am Reply

Hopefully the plastic gutters are copper coloured ones.

Kevin Leung

Jan 1, 2020, 7:08 am Reply

The warmth you have returned to those wood panels is amazing! I dream of living in a house like this, can't wait for the next vid!


Jan 1, 2020, 7:15 am Reply

You’re so funny do what makes you happy I always support you and your channel because I love the updates and follow every video u have a great clear voice that help us follow the process and unless these people were funding your house they can only give opinions not demands of you and the decisions you are making for your own future family home


Jan 1, 2020, 7:19 am Reply

This is not a restoration project it’s an abandoned RENOVATION house for a family permitted by japan themselves if this was a historic building scarce and in need japan can step in not youtube commentators obviously across the ocean lol

Avigael Vasquez

Jan 1, 2020, 7:19 am Reply

My greatest dream is to have a house like yours. It's so satisfying seeing the changes you've made to your place and how it's starting to look new and alive again! Giving me that spirited away feels


Jan 1, 2020, 7:40 am Reply

Hard work will pay off well throughout time. The house it's looking better and better.

Mykl S

Jan 1, 2020, 7:42 am Reply

An interview with the carpenter!? I've been thinking about him and his work since I saw the attic. The structural integrity of the house is determined by that asymmetrical puzzle in case of earthquakes, correct? Also having pegs and joint work. If it was built with rigid right angles, it would tear itself apart. It seems to be a very sophisticated art of architecture!


Jan 1, 2020, 7:54 am Reply

I'd say your biggest mistake was planting a hideous kentucky blue grass lawn but… that's your preference hahahaha


Jan 1, 2020, 8:03 am Reply

Nice another update video. Man all those repairs and remodelings cant be cheap. I imagine you guys took on a loan…..or several. How does the expenditure so far stack up vs the cost of buying a newly build house?

Spooky 88

Jan 1, 2020, 8:19 am Reply

I'm with you in regards to the shed You kept the one you wanted, don't need the others for farm equipment and wanted a lawn, so something had to go. My dad always claimed that junk expands to fill the space available and I don't think he was far off.
I like the light wood colour too, looks a lot fresher.

c ber

Jan 1, 2020, 8:36 am Reply

Another nice video and the house is coming along nicely. I envy you this project. Wish I could retire now and do a simile one :).

Any chance you’ll be able to replace some of that fake wood siding and those typical crappy Japanese windows and sliding doors. Maybe really hard to source better doors n windows in Japan. It’s tough not having any giant home reno stores like they have in the states

Timmy Schnitzel

Jan 1, 2020, 8:49 am Reply

Great choice of wood stain, preserving the raw timber finish makes the craftsmanship of the traditional carpentry more visible from the ground.
I would have done to same with laying a lawn and removing the over-grown and ugly disheveled out-buildings that spoil the monumentality and beauty of the main building.
Thank you for sharing, this documentation of the restoration will be so rewarding in years to come.


Jan 1, 2020, 9:11 am Reply

Don't forget to include a copy of the plans and specs in the attic for the next owner to refer to in the future. I read that some large temples in Japan enclose a blueprint and repairs explanation when repairs + construction are finished. Also some hand work techniques wont be lost over time. That includes belt sanding my friend.


Jan 1, 2020, 9:19 am Reply

From the drone cam I can see that you have what looks like a commercial green house compound behind your house. I hope that you haven't lost your night sky darkness to light pollution. Keeping the big trees in that direction will help.

Hugh Cohen

Jan 1, 2020, 9:33 am Reply

Just don’t have gutters and build a moat.


Jan 1, 2020, 9:37 am Reply

Absolutely loving this series!

Btw, zinc gutters an option?

Olivia Travels & Foods

Jan 1, 2020, 9:42 am Reply

You should be so proud of what you have achieved until now with your house!! …. it is a splendid and beautiful house. Dont give up!!


Jan 1, 2020, 9:51 am Reply

You will have a beautiful home when finished. Well done mate.👍👍👍👍


Jan 1, 2020, 9:53 am Reply

So happy to see your progress, keep it up!! cheers from mexico

Kat Kristar

Jan 1, 2020, 10:13 am Reply

How about placing the plastic gutters inside the old copper gutters or simply facing the plastic gutters with the old copper gutters so you don't see the plastic? (Sort of a copper veneer)


Jan 1, 2020, 10:16 am Reply

for me Id fix the gutters, solder them my self, and put some type of lining inside them. clean the copper properly and put a very heavy coat of a protective finish. But im wondering how much lead would be needed, the cost of it, and the torch gas.

Charlotte Cannon

Jan 1, 2020, 10:26 am Reply

Why not do coated/sealed Bamboo gutters? If coated theyll last you 50 years. You can choose tbe color of coating and theyll look very natural.

Rei Chan

Jan 1, 2020, 10:38 am Reply

You remind me so much of the Japanology reporter. Especially the way you talk and stand in front of the camera. Do you happen to be related?

Layla Black

Jan 1, 2020, 11:06 am Reply

at the master carpenter: do you still build houses like this one?


Jan 1, 2020, 11:34 am Reply

Question for the carpenter (from someone who does not know a lot about woodwork) : Will the roof support beams that are now exposed in the kitchen be able to handle being exposed to daily life below (steam from kitchen cooking + general airflow of people etc.) and not get worn or damaged? Asking as in my mind when the kitchen had a ceiling the beams were in their own space with no disturbances in the air etc. (I hope I worded this alright also you blink plenty and thank you for the wonderful content you have shared with us so far)


Jan 1, 2020, 11:45 am Reply

I love watching your vidoes and seeing all the progress you are making! as others already have stated, you took the right option to go with plastic gutters for now. (you can always replace them somewhere in the future when budget permits).
I also love the lighter natural colour of the wooden beams! it gives such an nice contrast to the dark tiles.
This really brings out the details of the building. Keep up the work and be proud of what you've done so far!
looking forward to your next video 😀


Jan 1, 2020, 11:47 am Reply

I see the sanctuary you are manifesting for your family. The love going into it. Keep working through it. Trust your gut.

Be ok with the imperfections

Anthony Roberts

Jan 1, 2020, 12:02 pm Reply

Put new plastic gutters inside old copper gutters?

Susana Albornoz

Jan 1, 2020, 12:08 pm Reply

He estado siguiendo esta reconstruccion y estoy ansiosa de ver el resultado..😊👏👏

zStorm Extra

Jan 1, 2020, 12:48 pm Reply

NGL you have ruined some parts of it like the outer buildings you knocked down take away from the vibe of the place and just some decisions you chose its like your trying to amercinize it. wish you kept it close to original and just repaired the older broken buldings and just modernized it a bit

Michelle kennedy-evans

Jan 1, 2020, 12:55 pm Reply

I really liked the look of the kitchen after you removed the ceiling. As for the guttering it's your house your chioce. Can you ask the builder of the house how he feels when he sees one of his houses being restored? Thanks for the visa I always enjoy them 😀

Pamela Neibuhr

Jan 1, 2020, 12:58 pm Reply

That’s a big job for one man. Bravo to you. I like the clear coat choice as well.


Jan 1, 2020, 1:03 pm Reply

I liked how incredibly diplomatic you were when you mentioned other people's opinions. I too think you shouldn't have removed the ceiling in the kitchen, it looks weird to me, and since hot air rises, in winter you will waste a lot of the heating in there going in the attic, but you are right, it's your house, your money, your work and sweat, and it only matters what you like. I really like the clear natural color, which is a bit brown, but also the grain of the wood gives it personality, which is way better than just plain brown. Damn the genkan was in such a sorry state, it looks awesome now. And the roof style and tiles are so damn cool and pretty.
Anyway, it's cool that you are so involved in the restoration, i don't think i would be up for it. I'm looking forward to the next videos.

Esther Sweany

Jan 1, 2020, 1:05 pm Reply

I can’t wait to see the house complete, you are doing amazing and spending lots of moneys I am sure!!!!!!!
I would definitely move there


Jan 1, 2020, 1:14 pm Reply

I cant wait to see your home finished ^_^

Justin Budreau

Jan 1, 2020, 1:38 pm Reply

Pretty Sweet Rock Montage, gotta fistpump on the front stairs when your done.

CPS 56

Jan 1, 2020, 1:51 pm Reply

On the genkan (sp?) ceiling, the parts that weren't replaced could probably be treated with wood bleach and then given a light stain to harmonize with the new wood panels. And about that copper gutter; copper oxide is a potent herbicide. If you keep the old gutters, you won't be able to use the rain water on lawn and garden.
Really enjoying your videos, looking forward to seeing your progress.

richard thompson

Jan 1, 2020, 1:56 pm Reply

One option is to put gutters jut over the entry areas. Please stick with the copper. Watch a copper braising video and do your own repairs. Good luck. Awesome project.

ThinkB4 U-ACT

Jan 1, 2020, 1:58 pm Reply

Honestly your doing s fantastic job, don't worry about negative people they always exist, it's better ignoring the ignorant. Your great, love your video. If I am ever in Japan, I'd love to tour your place.

People don't realize how much work is involved in renovations. All the blood, sweat and tears that go into it.
Props to you.

Craig Procter

Jan 1, 2020, 1:59 pm Reply

looking good mate, it;s so satisfying to do some D.I.Y and see it come along.


Jan 1, 2020, 2:02 pm Reply

On one hand I can't believe that I just watched this 30 min video, on the other hand it's really fascinating to watch. And you're currently living my dream: I really want to renovate an abandoned house as well!
I'm already learning so much! So thank you for the videos!
I'm looking forward to your next few videos.

P.S. I really can't believe what people complain about ^^'

Wojciech Sawlewicz

Jan 1, 2020, 2:02 pm Reply

Oooo! Nice drone footage ! I like the craftsmanship the house was build with. Aww.. Those gutters were piece of art really. Keep them!

Simply Shanlee

Jan 1, 2020, 2:15 pm Reply

This video I found was somewhat satisfying to watch the before and after sanding process, what a difference 😌 keep up the good work, it’s really starting to take shape and is looking fabulous 👌

Fireroadie :

Jan 1, 2020, 2:18 pm Reply

Just amazing 👍👍
Great job.


Jan 1, 2020, 2:23 pm Reply

Beautiful place. Love this home.


Jan 1, 2020, 2:30 pm Reply

Ask the carpenter how much time it took to build and how many people worked on it.

Eetu Taivainen

Jan 1, 2020, 2:42 pm Reply

Amazing to see it from the sky

Sassy Pants

Jan 1, 2020, 2:44 pm Reply

Can the copper gutters be lined with a pvc pipe?

Peggy Rollings

Jan 1, 2020, 3:18 pm Reply

What you have done with the property is fabulous. I salute your hard work. To be honest, choosing the neutral color for the stain is perfect.

Helen Taylor

Jan 1, 2020, 3:29 pm Reply

Learn to weld so you can repair them yourself. When you can afford it buy second hand repair them yourselves and replace them in time. Having renovated houses it is better to keep to budget.

Sylvia Spiker

Jan 1, 2020, 3:44 pm Reply

That is one happy house. I truly believe the more love you put into building and maintaining a home the happier it becomes. I can't wait for more videos. Especially the builder's interview!

Sylvia Spiker

Jan 1, 2020, 3:45 pm Reply

You should ask the builder what his favorite project has been, and if he gets attached to his works of art.

Digiverse Story

Jan 1, 2020, 3:50 pm Reply

Love this series, definitely enjoying watch how it is coming together. Enjoying the music as well! That is a great deal of surface area to sand for one person, well done! The natural wood with the clear stain looks great!

Lost Legend

Jan 1, 2020, 3:55 pm Reply

Do what you think is best for the gutters and your budget. I always preferred the look of old styles and I think copper would look the best. I like your idea of keeping the old gutters just in case you change your mind.

Forgive me I know I'm going to butcher this. What is "Sugi from Akita prefecture". I know where Akita is (sort of), but what is Sugi? And did I spell that correctly? Is it the style of ceiling?

I always look forward to your updates! They make me happy.

Lost Legend

Jan 1, 2020, 4:03 pm Reply

Your B roll in the montage is fantastic.

Lost Legend

Jan 1, 2020, 4:09 pm Reply

Question for the original Carpenter. It looked like the beam support for the roof in the attic is stacked in a very particular way; can he describe how that's done and why?

I'm guessing the shape of the roof is the reason for this but it seems like there are more direct methods to accomplish this design. So I'm curious as to how and why it was built in the manner it is.

And are there any resources to look up how this is done if someone wanted to build in this style today? I love the style. He did a great job on your home! I'd hate for this building method and style to die out.


Jan 1, 2020, 4:11 pm Reply

I absolutely love this and I cannot wait to see the finished product and I'm super happy for you and your family to live in such a wonderful home. I also thank you for restoring such a beautiful architecture.


Jan 1, 2020, 4:22 pm Reply

I love these videos. I found them like a week ago and have already blown through the whole backlog. Totally agree with a lot of the other comments, do what you have to with the regular gutters while you find proper replacements for the copper ones.

Jim Franco

Jan 1, 2020, 4:32 pm Reply

We just this November moved into two buildings that we had gut-renovated. There were a few times when the idea of authenticity came up vs budget reality. In the end
we usually went with the less-expensive option that maybe had less visual interest. But after being here for a few days the budget options start to blend into the fabric of the space. I think you made the correct decision on the gutters. Once you are in the house and experiencing it as a totality you may not even miss the copper gutter.


Jan 1, 2020, 4:34 pm Reply

They dont make aluminium gutters there?


Jan 1, 2020, 4:42 pm Reply

Plastic gutters for now. Swap out for copper gutters later .

Victoria Alvarez

Jan 1, 2020, 4:55 pm Reply

Qué buen y bonito trabajo hasta ahora! no te dejes influenciar por los comentarios negativos, siempre habrá gente que critica todo. Es tu casa y lo estás haciendo muy bien. Saludos desde Bélgica

George Miller

Jan 1, 2020, 5:08 pm Reply

Love your videos!


Jan 1, 2020, 5:15 pm Reply

Going Fukuoka and Tokyo next month, (Feb 15)love to drop by and see! What city are you?
Drones here US 400’ height max average, I do commercial work


Jan 1, 2020, 5:20 pm Reply

Makes me sad knowing its gonna be another month for the next video…

nails s

Jan 1, 2020, 5:40 pm Reply

If I was a millionaire I would fly the guy that built this house to the States and have him build me one of these in my ordinance free neighborhood. Or at least have him tell all of the local contractors what to do in order to build it.

nails s

Jan 1, 2020, 5:42 pm Reply

It must be the best feeling in the world to be able to just look at your place and know it's yours to keep.

Arvid Olson

Jan 1, 2020, 5:55 pm Reply

I’m so in love with this house and this series! 🙂 I really hope you will have a very nice time living there

Christopher Thomas

Jan 1, 2020, 6:14 pm Reply

I bet your thinking of putting some nice balcony’s in now u have had a walk around the top and seen the videos

Joyce Stewart

Jan 1, 2020, 6:16 pm Reply

I don't know who made such silly complaints about your personal mannerisms but there are always trolls. You have to ignore such stupidity! My husband and I are in the same process of renovating a house that was abandoned for almost three years or so Even though our house is an American mid-century we have had issues with not being able to obtain original materials so we understand some of the "good enough" solutions that have to do until the budget allows. So many of the issues you have run into are almost the same as those we have faced. I am going to use your scaffolding solution for our upper floor window trim over our garage. I always look forward to your videos. We feel like kindred spirits with your family…Ignore the negativity and keep the faith!

Ryan Stevenson

Jan 1, 2020, 6:28 pm Reply

This is so interesting. I wish we built our roofs like that in Canada


Jan 1, 2020, 6:42 pm Reply

who cares what other people think including myself… it's your house


Jan 1, 2020, 6:49 pm Reply

Seems odd to me that they would line copper gutters with stainless steel. I don't know that much about gutters but it seems like they wouldn't last as long as just plain copper. You said that you still had the original copper gutters with the holes in them. I would just learn to solder the holes closed it really can't be that hard to do. It would probably not even take that long to do once you got the hang of it. I have done a lot of copper pipe plumbing over the years and soldering the holes closed would be a simple process.

Tom Garland

Jan 1, 2020, 6:49 pm Reply

Awesome video. I don't know why, but I really enjoy watching you restore this beautiful house. AND I especially love the 80's montage. Can't wait to see what else you have planned.

Tadej Furlanič

Jan 1, 2020, 7:23 pm Reply

Ok i am at the point on the video when you start sanding and i would suggest you to use a wire sander instead. There is nylon brushes and steel brushes depending on wood hardness and finish type. Wire brushing wood is a trick to keep the grainy texture of old wood or age new wood and make it stand out.

Steve ldnuk

Jan 1, 2020, 7:25 pm Reply

I'm really glad you kept the copper down pipes and gutter – the stays for the gutter alone looked elegant in themselves. I wonder if you would be able to line the gutter with lead flashing? That would be a cost effective way of re-using the guttering and should lad for years. You can perhaps decide on the gauge of the lead according to your needs/liking.


Jan 1, 2020, 7:28 pm Reply

Even the gutters are awsum look like copper this house is really beautiful keep up the good work gonna turn out great (lol wrote this comment after watching the just intro then he talks about the gutters but still beautiful)

Dr. Michael Johnson Jr

Jan 1, 2020, 7:33 pm Reply

That clear stain…OMG how beautiful and what a great choice!!!!!!

kyoko tago

Jan 1, 2020, 7:38 pm Reply

Just asking… Aren't american pennies made of copper? would those be useful to fix the holes in the old copper gutters?

Clay Free

Jan 1, 2020, 7:52 pm Reply

I would push forward and not over shoot your budget. There will be things that will have to be done after the renovations.

A home is always a work in progress…. move forward and catch the copper gutters and other things you will want to do later…

Should be a beautiful home when finished.

Re Silc

Jan 1, 2020, 8:04 pm Reply

You are some artist in all the details. Love the copper work on roofing. each video better tan the last. A+

Aaron Rimmington

Jan 1, 2020, 8:07 pm Reply

thought about using the plastic gutters to line the copper ones? I assume the price for the plastic was cheaper overall than the repair, but why not just line it and plastic weld the gutters together, then you maintain the original look with the low cost and longevity of plastic. Likely already been said. or get the plastic ones up in the meantime to keep you going and slowly repair/replace overtime as they become available, eventually you will be able to do it for a decent price it will just take time. Cheaper if you learn yourself! Goodluck!

Re Silc

Jan 1, 2020, 8:17 pm Reply

half round galvanized? or have a local fab shop bend some vee shaped galv steel, try different shape than the round

marc klonel

Jan 1, 2020, 8:18 pm Reply

To keep your pines proper they need to be pruned every year sometimes twice. I maintain Japanese gardens at Pleasant Bay Village motel. If you speak with your neighbors that have styled pines, I am sure they can help you.

Daniel Huynh

Jan 1, 2020, 8:19 pm Reply

I like the contrast between the roofing and the exposed natural wood. Will you be doing this for the entire genkan, all the way down to the ground level?

V A Hultman

Jan 1, 2020, 8:22 pm Reply

As for the plastic gutters, remember the house has to function as well as look aesthetically pleasing. You can always work over time to change to copper, or maybe find a way to disguise the plastic as copper and keep the functionality of the plastic. There are many options, but foremost you need to protect the structure. It looks great.


Jan 1, 2020, 8:51 pm Reply

I like your Jeddi Storm Trooper accent. You could just take your time and solder your own gutters with the roof you have. My step dad was an engineer and built houses while going to college and he hated gutters. He believed in building design and land drainage. He never had a house with gutters. You could do wood gutters. These can last a long time. Did you trust that gutter guy?
This might be an alternative if you can get them in other colors beside white. They would give you that rain effect. https://youtu.be/Z2eLdeTl35c


Jan 1, 2020, 8:55 pm Reply

I think you are doing a great job, you're trying to conserve the building's original shape the best you can. I only felt sorry for one of the sheds, which was fancier than the others 😀

ogoodgrief Savournin

Jan 1, 2020, 9:08 pm Reply

I just LOVE your videos and following this story! Fascinating construction. Just my opinion, but this product seems like a very good option to use to (with the addition of patches for the holes) seal and repair the original gutters. https://www.flexsealproducts.com/product/flex-seal-liquid-rubberized-coating/ There are also steel mesh "gutter guards" that fit over the top of the gutters most prone to capture leaves and debris, that will keep the stuff from collecting in the gutters and stopping up the downspouts.

Waylon Flinn

Jan 1, 2020, 9:29 pm Reply

You could just put a lining in the old gutters. That way you could maintiain the exterior look while getting the benefit of modern materials.

Garth Hamilton

Jan 1, 2020, 9:41 pm Reply

Here in Canada we use Aluminum gutters over plastic and we use a grate on top of trough to shed the leaves and sticks over the edge coming off of the roof shingles and we collect water off of the roof into a barrels for watering and also discharge the water into the rock garden the through weepers connected to down spots and installed the garden, about 18 inches below the top of the soil.The weepers area three inch perforated plastic pipe with a sock covering it
garden as well

Michael Dobrey

Jan 1, 2020, 9:49 pm Reply

Once again, it amazes me how different countries have differing safety codes when it comes to worker safety on any jobsite. Kudo's go to the workmen for having erected a scaffolding system around the house to allow access to all parts of the building, including stairs so you can easily mount and dismount from the scaffolding. What I find unusual is that given the adaptable nature of this particular scaffolding system, with its individual pieces system, that the people erecting it didn't allow for sufficient space to get by on all sides of the building; as in being able to walk comfortably around the entire building instead of having to uncomfortably squeeze through certain sections to work on it like you had to do.

The other thing that is equally baffling, (given how lots other worksites in Japan seem to be almost overboard on safety to the public around the job site), is the complete lack of fall-arrest restraint systems for any and all workers on the scaffolds. In Canada here, and I'm fairly certain in Australia where you're originally from, a safety inspector would of (figuratively speaking) killed the job-site foreman for all the glaring safety violations pertaining to your work site and shut it down cold until they were taken care of (like safety netting/walling being adhered to all the exterior aspects of the scaffolding).

In regards to your gutter woes, I can't really say exactly how Japan goes about the production of said gutters, and the material used to make them. But over here in North America (and I suspect in Australia too), so long as you are able to provide a roll of the actual copper sheeting material, most gutter manufacturer's have a mobile on-site gutter forming machine (in the back of a 1-ton cube van) that can be custom re-configured as necessary to make what-ever length or style of gutter the customer requires. Given all the differing varieties of gutter requirements various buildings in a nation as old as Japan would require, I can't imagine that such a system is not available over there as well. If you haven't proceeded too far ahead with the gutters by the time you read this, perhaps you'll be able to research this issue further and see what you come up with?

Other than that, congratulations are in order for progressing so far on the actual renovation process. I can't imagine its been very easy up to this point, as most that have gone through this process will admit, that sourcing all the necessary tradesmen and materials for such an extensive project is not easy; especially in what is a essentially new nation half-way around the planet for you. As for the other commenter's on your page here, they should keep in mind that it is not them that are there working on this project of yours, it is you, And at the end of the day, they will not be the ones who are living day-in and day-out with the final results; it is you and your family who are going to be reaping the rewards of your hard labours. So any decisions made are ones that have to benefit you and your family the most. We as commentators here can make all the suggestions that you allow us to make, but nothing says you have to follow them in any way, because at the end they're just suggestions from the peanut gallery.

Great work on the house and I look forward to your next video's on the on-going renovation process. (And here's another suggestion if you are of a mind to hear it, and can afford it. If it can be grand-fathered in already, look into seriously developing that "second floor" of your new house; it would be a waste not too, especially for a growing family like yours.). 🙂


Jan 1, 2020, 9:51 pm Reply

I wonder how much it would be to line existing copper gutters with stainless or plastic?

Jenny Grotemeyer

Jan 1, 2020, 10:01 pm Reply

It's more beautiful every episode. I am so glad this home is being brought back to life. You and your helpers are doing a beautiful job. My father was a finish carpenter who instilled a love of wood and skillful carpentry in all his children. I hope the initiatives here will bring special skills back, we need them.

The Gothic Mommy

Jan 1, 2020, 10:06 pm Reply

Loved the 80s montage! The house is looking really great!

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