Lower class samurai house
It's a house for a lower class samurai with a 'value' of 40-60 koku (the samurai, not the house).
A koku was the amount of rice it would take to feed one man for a year and generally wasn't taken literally in the later periods in Japan but was used as a bench mark system to calculate a mans worth.
There is an entrance hall that comes in at ground level and then raises up a bit to the rest of the house (for taking your shoes off basically, a habit which is still prevalent in most Japanese houses today). The next room is the main room and is a tatami room. Tatami are Japanese mats made from rice stalks and they smell quite nice.
The building is raised to help prevent flooding and also to give a slight sense of superiority (even lower class samurai have pride).
The house is made from mounting card and I'm going for a full detailed interior with a lift off roof and shoji for the doors and windows.
The house will be surrounded by a bamboo which I am still working on to get it looking right, it's an absolute b**** and I haven't really seen anyone who's got it right on a model apart from in Japan. I'm nearly there though.
The main roof will be thatch with hipped ends and the gabled extension will be out of wood, the two will be joined together and might contain LEDs.
As I mentioned before, this will be a long term project and I'll have sporadic updates as and when I work on it. The idea is to get this one just right and work out the best way to make it so I can make more, easier. Increasing the size and layout accordingly.
That's about it for now, the groundwork has been started but it's not worth a picture yet.