Building a house in 12 steps

Here is the basic recipe for building a house… in Bali

1) Find the land you want, agree a price and get the Notaris (solicitor) to do the paperwork

2) Make a ‘makeshift’ temple out of branches

My first temple

My first temple

3) Have a ceremony before you can dig the first hole in the ground

Foundation ceremony

Foundation ceremony

4) Dig the first hole in the ground and put offerings inside it

Offerings in the ground

Offerings in the ground

5) Clear the land of banana trees etc

6) Map out the shape of the house with bamboo

Stake out the building area

Stake out the building area

7) Get a project manager you trust to build your house (thank you Pasek)

Me surveying the land

Me surveying the land

8) Your project manager buys large quantities of building materials: bamboo, wood, metal, stones, sand & bricks and arranges for them to be delivered, often down small paths with no access for vehicles.  He also arranges builders, carpenters, roofers, plumbers, electricians and well-digging experts and, of course, the priest for the ceremonies

Foundation and pillars are in place

Foundation and pillars are in place

9) Change the plan as you go along (I decided on two downstairs rooms to rent out)

Bamboo - in readiness to support the ceiling about to be laid

Bamboo – in readiness to support the ceiling about to be laid

Keep the project manager topped up with coffee

Keep the project manager topped up with coffee

Upstairs pillars and frame are in place

Upstairs pillars and frame are in place

The roof is going up

The roof is going up

The roof is up

The roof is up

Still lots of finishing to be done

Painted but still lots of finishing to be done

10) Build new temples

New temples in my garden - every home must have them

New temples in my garden – every home must have them

11) Have an ‘absolutely must have’ ceremony called Melaspas before you move in (this is a Hindu island with an extremely strong culture and belief system, it is inconceivable to not do this)

Melaspas ceremony before moving in

Melaspas ceremony before moving in

12) Ahh, move into a happy new home

Come and stay at Rumah Jepun

Come and stay at Rumah Jepun

Which now looks like this:

Rumah Jepun, home sweet home

Rumah Jepun, home sweet home

Contact: rumahjepun@outlook.com  if you are planning to come to Bali for your holidays and want to stay here – or for more details of the rooms and facilities available click www.rumahjepun.wordpress.com

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2 Comments

  1. kuatarina Mount

     /  27/10/2012

    You home looks fabulous Julie. Congratulations and Love

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