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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 […]

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Meeting Agung from the Pererenan Banjar

The team leader of the road crew that built our access road was helpful in setting up a meeting with the local Banjar. As mentioned previously the Banjar is the community group that runs things at the local level. They do everything from decorate the roads and manage events during ceremonial days to collecting $ […]

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Getting to know the building trade

This is Bali, Indonesia. The building trade is a different ballgame than what I’m used to. In the USA any individual can claim to be an owner/builder and get a building permit. Here, I need to hire a “land agent” in order to get the required permits. Even though Shelly is Indonesian she does not […]

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Building the Private Access Road

Even though the final ownership document was not even close to being done, we decided to go ahead with the road. Having to fight the brush and mosquitos each time we wanted to show people the property didn’t sound like fun. I could have purchased a machete or hired a local to clear a path. […]

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Arkana for Ohana

We found Arkana Architects on the internet and immediately liked them. They provide a concept pitch for free, and then if you like it you hire them. I emailed a few other local architects but I just sensed that Arkana was the one. In general the more established you are as an architectural firm the […]