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Scooters own Bali (and Asia)

If you plan to see much of Bali, you have two choices: rent a car, or rent a scooter. Bicycles don’t quite work on the main roads as scooters own both the edges of the roads and even some sidewalks. With a rented car you get a huge benefit — a driver. I wouldn’t even […]

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Design News Preliminary Work

A tag team for building and site design

Yesterday was a bit of a marathon meeting, as our architectural team called in their government permit expert and, in the end, it was decided that it’s best to re-design for two levels (instead of the current three levels) and try to somehow squeeze in the rooftop bar. We threw some re-design ideas around for […]

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Preparing for boundary walls

Creating a partition between your land and the neighbors is accomplished typically with concrete-block walls. A foundation is dug and river rocks are mixed with cement to: create a stable base for wall construction, and secondly to keep the limestone or dirt fill in place. Above: a standard boundary wall foundation. The limestone or dirt […]

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Building Permit Snafu

The architectural design for the retreat involves two levels for the residential part of the structure and three levels for the guest units. Turns out that the type of building permit I’m required to get is a Pondak Wisata, which is a legal homestay with up to five rentable bedrooms, as well as an owner’s […]

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Interviewing “land agents”

The building permit process can be a field of landmines if you’re not careful. You can think of it as the wonder of visiting the motor vehicle bureau, minus the wonder and multiplied by a multitude of procedures. Everything from ownership to the building zone type to the structure’s purpose and safety comes into play […]