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Construction News Preliminary Work

Week #15

The structure is now 40% complete. To be clear, that gets you a building with exposed brick walls and openings for doors and windows. Plus, a roof, electric wires and plumbing lines in place. But no “finishes”: construction-speak for bathrooms, kitchens, lighting, plastered and painted walls, final flooring, etc. We’re a day away from pouring […]

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Design News Preliminary Work

Legitimately bending the truth

Let’s be realistic for a moment: to lie is to be human. From our earliest days of playing in the sand, we tell stories with partial or metaphorical truths. In the case of building a house, we need to tell a story to the government about how the house will be used. And then the […]

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Design News Preliminary Work

Stepping forward & sideways

With any building project, or during the process of any lasting endeavor, there will always be a variety of bumps in the road. In our minds we’d like things to progress smoothly. We make predictions based on an internalized _flow_ from one task to the next. But then there’s a bump and the flow stops. […]

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Design News Preliminary Work

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 […]