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Following the construction of a new house - Bali Expat


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Following the construction of a new house

Most foreigners who move to Bali or even while they are on holiday get caught up in the property rush. Property prices have sky rocketed on the island, while there are still a few pockets of cheap land available.

Many people dream of buying their own piece of Bali and building their own Balinese house or villa.

Construction in Bali can be quite different from what you are used to in your own country. Even in house construction Bali has it own unique customs to follow. I am learning myself, so over the next few months I am following the build of a new villa here in Lovina. No it’s not mine! But the property is still for sale if anyone is interested.

I am hoping it will be useful for anyone considering building a house here in Bali. Any questions or feedback is most welcome.

Laying the foundations

Laying the foundations



Driveway leading away from the house

Driveway leading away from the house

Driveway towards the house. The garden is being planted now.

Driveway towards the house. The garden is being planted now.

This will be the view from the backyard

This will be the view from the backyard

Rice field and mountain views

Rice field and mountain views

The well

The well



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8 Responses to Following the construction of a new house

  1. John Bardos - JetSetCitizen August 23, 2009 at 8:03 pm #

    Hi Mike,

    Do you need special visa status to buy property in Bali?

    Also, did you friend manage to secure a long term visa in Bali?

    Thanks for sharing the pictures. It will be interesting to follow development.

  2. Mike August 23, 2009 at 9:54 pm #

    Foreigners cannot buy property in Indonesia directly in their own name. They need to create a company to buy the property through or use an Indonesian person’s name.

    My friend has a working visa, which has to be renewed every year. It is the only way to work legally.

    • noel August 24, 2009 at 7:42 pm #

      hi mike,

      i will follow this project with interest …… i too, am considsering building a place up lovina way as a retirement spot … can you give any estimate of costs?



  3. Mike August 25, 2009 at 4:45 am #

    The costs as you can imagine can vary so much, depending on the materials and finish. The more knowledge you have of building, relationship with suppliers and workers, you can save more money. I have been told a small basic house would cost around 200 million rupiah.

    Access to water, electricity, telephone line, even access to your land are all important considerations you need to take into account when you are looking at land.

  4. Chris October 19, 2009 at 10:24 pm #

    Hi mike

    Can you please contactme regarding construction in bali. I have purchased 2 blocks of land for my balinese friend and want to build a house there for his family.

    Any information would be greatly appreciated.




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