How to live after Corona. The choice of “single-story” in the petit country side where raising a child becomes fun

The effects of the new coronavirus have been prolonged, and if you have a small child, you will be having a hard time. If your child can’t stay home all day, and the facilities and large parks where children can play are closed, you’ll lose a place to go.
This time, i will explain the house of the single-story house which might be able to solve such a problem even a little, and bring ing a child to be pleasant.

How to work and how to live after corona

The effects of this new coronavirus have drastically changed the way we work. According to a survey by Persol Research Institute (survey of telework after the declaration of emergency( 7 Prefectures) the rate of telework implementation of full-time employees after the emergency declaration is 27.9% on the national average, more than double the number in one month from 13.2 in the middle of March.
In particular, tokyo has a telework rate of 49.1%, and about half of the people are experienced telework experience. Training, meetings, and job hunting, which were commonplace in face-to-face meetings, are also being introduced online one after another.
If telework advances, there will be fewer ways of working at a fixed time from Monday to Friday as before. There might be an option of continuing working together while bringing up a child in the suburbs one-family house if it comes to the office of several days a week though there are a lot of child-rearing generations who live in the apartment in the city center of the work and the living close because of the circumstances of commuting to the company in the center of tokyo by working together every day, too.
If the way of working changes, the house will also change. As time in the office is shortened, more and more people will want to have a house where they spend a lot of time with their families, and a house where they work while raising their children.

a single-story house where you can live in the suburbs

In the midst of these changes in the way of life, the option of raising children in the suburbs or in a “single-story house” in the petit countryside, which is convenient for commuting, such as shinkansen, is also considered. If you leave the city center, the price of land will be cheaper, and you will be able to buy land widely, and the possibility of building a single-story house will increase.
Especially when children are dangerous until they are about three to four years old and can’t take their eyes off them. The merit of the single-story seems to be various.
1. There are no stairs, so there is no need to worry about falling down the stairs with out of sight
I often see houses with fences on the second and first floors of stairs, but if you have a little bit of wisdom, you can remove the fence or get over it and fall down the stairs without realizing it! To begin with, such a worry is not lost in case of the house of the single-story house where there is no stairs either. It can be said that it is a house that the eyes are easy to reach the child.
2. Easy to clean and clean up
A single-story house doesn’t have to clean the stairs. The stairs are quite troublesome because of the dust in the corner. You don’t have to take a vacuum cleaner and take your child’s hand and go up the stairs together. In addition, there is no need to put clothes changed in the entrance or the first floor on the second floor. The flat is also a house where cleaning and cleaning are easy.
3. Even if we get older in the future, we will continue to live on an easy line.
Even after you get older and your lower legs are weak, you can continue to live for a long time if you have a house that doesn’t have stairs. Since it is 100 years of life, even if the stairs are getting tougher, it is important to have a house where you can continue to live in a wheelchair.
Raising a child in a single-story house in an area near the green nature seems a very happy option. However, you will need a larger site than a two-story building, so don’t forget that choosing land is not just about the price, but also what kind of house you can build.
For that reason, what we want to know is the construction rate and the volume ratio.

The size of the house which can be built even in the size of the same land is different.

For example, to build a 30-tsubo flat, you can buy 30 tsubo of land. The reason is that the construction rate and the volume ratio are decided by the site. The construction rate refers to the ratio of the building area to the site area. The volume ratio is the percentage of total floor space relative to the site area.
What is the construction rate?: Percentage of building area relative to site area
What is the volume ratio?: Percentage of total floor area relative to site area
For example, in an area of “40% construction rate and volume ratio 80%”, only 12 tsubo of 1floor area and 24 tsubo of 12 tsubo on the second floor area can be built on land with a 30-tsubo area. If it is a single-story house, only the house of 12 tsubo which is the upper limit of the construction rate can be built.
Land: 30 tsubo, construction rate: 40%, Volume ratio: 80%

The first floor area is 12 tsubo and the second floor area is 12 tsubo, which is a house with 24 tsubo.
With this, it is a little severe size to bring up a child which is flexible. A site of 75 tsubo will be necessary to build a 30-tsubo single-story house.
If this is land with a construction rate of 60%, the same 30 tsubo house will be built on land of 50 tsubo (see figure below). Land of 300,000 yen per tsubo 50 tsubo land is 15 million yen, but if land of 75 tsubo is needed, it becomes 22.5 million yen, and the budget goes up by 7.5 million yen because of the difference in the construction rate. When you build a single-story building, it is important to choose land that pays particular attention to the rate of construction.

The point of choosing a city is

No matter how suburban or petit country houses you are, it’s not everywhere. Finally, let’s think about the point of choosing a town that is easy to raise children.

1. Convenience of transportation

Even though the number of days to go to work is reduced, in the land which is inconvenient for commuting, it is likely to become it to rent only papa’s house near the office after all, and to come home only on the weekend. Access from home to work is one of the major points of choosing a city. The railway line from the suburbs to the place of work, and the city where commuting can be commuted by shinkansen in about one hour are still popular.

2. Convenience of shopping and life

In areas where there are no supermarkets, large shops along highways, or shopping malls near, as is the word “shopping refugees,” child-rearing and life after we become old in the future become inconvenient. Of course, online shopping is becoming more and more convenient, but it is important that there are shops nearby where you can shop everyday.
It is also important to have places such as fun parks and facilities where you can go out with your children, and restaurants where families can enjoy eating deliciously and happily when they are tired from going out or working and can’t cook.

3. Child-rearing-friendly locality

If you are a single-story person for child-rearing, it is essential to choose a city with a wealth of child-rearing support. Not to mention the services necessary for child-rearing, such as the ease of access to daycare centers, childcare expenses and medical expenses, as well as the childcare, family illness, and emergency childcare for nursing care, the stress in case of emergency will be greatly reduced by choosing a local government with a firm consultation desk.
When it comes to raising children, it’s easy to focus on waiting children and subsidies, but it’s also important to interact with local people. Just as there is a word “follow the village if you enter the village”, it is also important to be able to become familiar with the local community. It is also a good idea to visit several times before living and feel compatible with the city, such as the activities of your neighbors or local governments.


テレワークの普及とともに、今まではあきらめていた郊外の平屋の家という住まい方も選べる時代になってきました。 I think that the house and the town which is easy to bring up a child are easy to live and a town even if it becomes old.
Why don’t you take this opportunity to think about how you want to live and where to build a house for your family and your wife?

Author: Mitsuko Arita