Red Geta

Minamoto no Taikawa Saiaiko's
Creative Anachronism

War House

Concept Drawings
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The basic idea of a portable house for War is a solid frame which can be dismantled. In this instance, we used the steel tubing frame of a portable garage. Since storage and transport are of primary concern, maximum dimensions had to be determined, in this case it was the trailer to transport on and the trailer to store in. Our maximum reasonable dimension was 6 1/2 feet, so no piece could be longer or higher than that.

The front measurement of the frame was 13' and the height was 5'8”. We decided to make 2 panels each for the front and back. One front panel included the door assembly. Using simple 1” x 3” pine boards we constructed a frame for each wall section. To reduce weight, we used 1/4” plywood for all of the flat panels. The design followed that of a period Japanese house, with elements seen on both the urban buke yashiki and the rural min-ka. The end walls were made in a similar fashion as the front walls, with the exception of the upper triangles which were hinged together for ease of storage and construction. All of the walls were equipped with metal hooks so that they could be suspended from the steel frame. Blocks of plywood were used to connect the wall sections and were secured with drywall screws. The corners were secured using two 1” x 6” boards that were screwed together at right angles. These corner pieces are screwed into the wall panels and provide impressive stability to the entire structure.

The roof is made of 4 sections. Each section is made of two pieces of 4' X 6' X 1/4” plywood which has been hinged at the short end. Due to the lightweight plywood, two 1” X 3” boards were used as rafters, and each rafter was screwed to the plywood. The roof panels overlap by about 2”, and are secured together with drywall screws. Additional supports in the form of 3/4” X 3/4” pine strips were attached to the top of the panels, serving both decorative and functional purposes. The roof is not secured to the frame, though it probably should be.

The entire structure was stained and finished with polyurethane for waterproofing and to protect the wood.

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War House