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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 […]

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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 […]