Simplify The Process
Invest Hakuba handles all of the complexity to minimise the time you need to spend on the ground, overseeing the project.
Building a ski home from afar can be daunting, especially in a foreign language. We simplify this process, handling much of the paperwork while removing many of the required visits. We liaise directly with all the necessary parties including architects, design teams, builders, town offices, etc. We’ve seen standard builds require 7-10 visits to Hakuba, with each visit spent all weekend with the architects. We reduce this to a minimum by working with the necessary groups ahead of time and presenting you the best options.
Remove Excess Noise and Back & Forth
We help you focus on what is important.
Our company steps in between you and the noise. Any project is going to have a lot of back & forth conversation that arise throughout the design and build process. We interact with the project stakeholders, asking all the relevant questions and gathering all the necessary information before coming back to you. This is usually in an email form and can be followed up with a phone call or chats if necessary.
Experience in Hakuba
Invest Hakuba has a solid track record of delivering on projects in Hakuba.
We are well experienced in building in Hakuba conditions. They are different that in Niseko or elsewhere. The regulations are different and the weight of the snow requires different designs. We help you avoid the pitfalls that we’ve seen happen. There have been a number of beautiful builds recently that absolutely should have sought outside advice for a simple review of plans. They’ve spent large amount of money on builds which are either extremely dangerous, as in the snowfall could kill someone, or built where it’s likely that the snow is going to break windows, or the materials they’ve used mean the house is going to degrade within 2 years. It’s very important to get these details correct at the start. Even the architects get it wrong as they are often more focused on house looks and design rather than the true functionality of the house. Even if you don’t employ a project management company, I highly recommend you seek multiple opinions on your house design.
Foreign Perspective to Building Designs
We help bridge cultural barriers between Western owners and Japanese tradesmen.
Most architects + builders in the area are Japanese. Depending on their speciality, that could be mean ultra modern, minimalistic design or more traditional North American style log cabins, or very standard Japanese city homes built in mountain areas. Most haven’t spent any time overseas and haven’t built for foreigners, so their ideas of luxe modern are very different than what a foreigner would expect. We’ve seen some very puzzling choices. What seems like common sense to non-Japanese often seems very foreign to them. It’s valuable to have someone who understands both sides step in and translate the meaning and cultural demands properly.
On The Ground
Invest Hakuba is truly local – we can keep a close on how your project is progressing.
Our company is based in Hakuba. Aside from being minutes drive from the architects/designers/builders, we also walk through the project every 2-3 days during the build. There are a number of reasons for this. One is to spot necessary changes early in the process while there is still time. Other times it is to gain perspective on the build and see what else we might add into the build. With any build, there is an incredible amount of details to consider. Being on site regularly gives you instant perspective.
Advocating For You
Our team makes sure your project is always a priority.
It is invaluable to have someone advocating for you. Our main purpose is to build you the home you want. Because of how busy Hakuba is, architects and builders have to manage other pressures including other customers and multiple project deadlines. It’s important to have someone looking out for your best interests and avoid sub-optimal outcomes.
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