I had plans to build a Japanese teahouse (chashitsu) as the centre point of my Japanese garden though, because of winter, construction had been delayed until the spring of 2003. Well, the spring of 2003 is upon us so construction started in May 2003 and completed later that year. Over the next 12 months I also completed the garden, whose design can be found at: www.myjapanesegarden.com .
It is probably fair to say that this design is in the mould of a Japanese teahouse but for several reasons it needed to be practical for other uses in a western garden. This meant deviating from the norm of using only 'pure natural materials' and certain traditional architecture features. Another key reason for these changes is that I had to build to a budget.