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Part 1 | Getting Started

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Are you one of the fortunate few considering Architecture for a Villa in Bali?

Welcome to our 3 part series on Architecture For Your Villa in Bali. 

You may be asking yourself, where do I start and what is involved? Perhaps you are concerned with cost, risk or other perceived problems? 

We understand the perceptions and fears people may have. Fear no more.

In this article will go over the fundamentals that should take place during an initial consultation with your Bali Architect. 

Once you are done reading this article, you should have a clear understanding of what to expect during an initial Consolation.  

This Article is presented in 5 sections.  

  1. Process Overview
  2. General Project Information 
  3. Project Essentials 
  4. Documentation
  5. Conclusion

Read on and be on your way to realizing your dream of Architectural Design for your Villa in Bali.  

Section 1

Process Overview


Architect For Your Bali Villa, What's the best process?

The very best results derive from a team effort. When the Architect and Client are able to really synch with fresh ideas, imaginative concepts and visionary goals, the Architecture for your Villa in Bali becomes a reality.

Your Bali Architect is responsible for gathering information, asking the best questions and working to fully understand your needs, wants and desires.

To achieve this, an ordered and proven process of questions and answers takes place. During the process, the project goals, limitations and potentials are clearly identified.

With the information gathering process complete, a scope of work can be created detailing the design budget, schedules and other important details. This will allow you to start the process of  Architecture For Your Bali Villa 

Section 2

General Project Information 

A Great Project begins with great understanding of all contributing factors. The Goal of your Bali Architect should be to collect and provide as much information as possible to set the project on the right course. 

This section covers the basic information and allows for all parties to have a good understanding of each others expectations and needs. 


Project Goals

How would you summarize the primary goal of your Project? Providing your Bali Architect a clear understanding of the project intent will allow for the most effective process moving forward. 

For Example-

  • Do you want to have a Bali Villa to live in as soon as possible?
  • Do you plan to start design and then move to construction as soon as possible or wait a few months? 
  • What are your expectations from your Bali Architect?
  • What are your concerns that you would like to see addressed? 
  • Is the Project Goal primarily driven by the budget, the design or some other aspect?



Considerations for the current status of your land and capacity allow your Bali Architect  to advise on next best practices. 

  • Do you have possession of land now?
  • Do you have funding in place for the entire project? 
  • Is the land already divided in your buildable area or still in process?
  • How is title held (With PT PMA as HGB, Long Term Lease or by Local with SHM)?
  •  Do you need any assistance with your consultants for legal or Real Estate matters? 
  • Do you plan to be in Bali during the Design and Build Process? 
  • Are you able to meet (virtual or in person) on a weekly basis? 


Project Title

Having a name for the project brings life into a concept. This also allows  for proper reference of documents down the road. Feeling  adventurous?  Have some fun, pick a name and that we will referrer to for the duration of the project!


Project Location

Where is the project? You want to make sure there  is a GPS location that can be given to consultants and other parties as needed for site visits. This also allows the Bali Architect to pull up information and see the land  from a birds eye view.

Basic assumptions can be made and delivered sooner than later. So, make sure to know the GPS location.


Client Information

  • Who are the Points of contact for the Client?
  • What are the best forms of communication? 
  • What are the best times to be contacted?



Great communication makes for a Great Design for your Villa in Bali. Your Bali Architect will be responsible for connecting all interested parties and documenting all project information and communications.

  • Your Bali Architect will provide a project data base for all the interested  parties involved. 
  • Your Architect will set up chat groups and make sure the emails and other desired means of contact are established and circulated. Zoom, Whatsapp, Google meet are all ok. 
  • Weekly meetings are ideal and should be scheduled for a reoccurring day and time at your Architects office or other convenient location depending on the project needs. 

Section 3

Project Essentials 


Project Information

It’s a great idea to lay out all the expectations and needs upfront. This allows your Bali Architect to have a clear road map for what should be delivered, when, howand in what way.

The more information that can be presented in the beginning. the better the chances are for avoiding delays, changes and  associated cost.  

Remember, clear expectations can demand clear delivery. If your Architect truly knows all the important details, its on them to put everything together and deliver amazing Architecture for your Villa in Bali.


Knowing the desired starting and completion dates allow for the best practices in scheduling and planning.

What is your Desired Start and Completion date?

The start date  is good for your Architect to know, as they will be able to see the urgency or lack thereof and then plan the for resources required in advance

You know the old adage, when you want something done, ask a busy person. Well, the only way busy people can be on time is with good scheduling.


A budget allows the Architect to provide feedback on necessary considerations for design.

What is the overall project budget?

  • Every project must have a budget for points of reference
  • The budget can be a range, approximate or absolute
  • Without a budget, you could find yourself starting a project you cant afford to finish
  • The budget sets the metrics for fees and other expenses

Its better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it. 

Do you have a contingency?

A contingency is an amount set aside for potential unknowns such as changes in the project scope, weather or spikes in materials cost. 

It’s a good idea to plan on a contingency 5-15% above the expected budget.


Great communication makes for a Great Design.

Will there be other professional services hired for project?

Maybe your best friend does landscape design. Perhaps you already have a trusted Interior designer. 

By advising your Bali Architect who else may be involved, they will be able to coordinate the exchange of all information. 


The earlier in the project these items are planned for best locations the better the end result.

Is there water and electrical supply available to the property?

The capacity needs to be studied and matched with the over all project scope. 

Additionally, your Architect will have the contact information for these essential aspects of your project. 

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Knowing the options for property access ensure the planning takes into account every possibility.  

Is there drive access to the property?

What options exist? Is there a private road with agreement? Is there an alternative way to reach the property?

In the planning stage of the design, your Bali Architect will factor the access along with many other variables to ensure an ideal site plan is issued. 


Planning ahead for logistics ensures a smooth building process. 

Is there staging area for construction on property ?

Depending on the size and scale of the project, a staging area for materials, worker housing and storage will need to be considered in the preliminary site plan design


Your Architect will consider and detail all these items in the As Build plan. 

Existing Conditions

  • Will the project require a demolition plan? 
  • Are there existing walls or  buildings?
  • Where is waste water located?
  • Where are the electric panels,?
  • Where  is current water source?

Here is a link to the e-on website showing 7 ways to power your home with renewable energy.

Do you have any sustainability or energy consumption goals?

By knowing the level of desire for sustainable practices and materials, your Bali Architect will be able to factor in locations and other considerations required to ensure these desires are realized.

Section 4


Lets All Get On The Same Page!

Documentation refers to all the hard and soft copies of all project records and works. 

You many have already acquired some preliminary sketches. Perhaps you received plans and drawings when you purchased the land.  

The goal of the architect is to gather as much information as possible to best determine what other documentation should be completed. 


Project Drawings

Do you have anything already planned in a DWG file? How about some hand drawn sketches or some floor plan ideas from Pinterest? Let your Architect take a look and go over these items with you. Its great to have some direction starting out.

The more you know what you want, the more you know what you don’t want. This just adds clarity and speeds up the process


Soils Report

What’s laying underneath? The soils report gives the design team the information need for foundation and structure calculations.

The structural analysis and design will be dependent on the condition, depth before bedrock and content of soil

With a soils report in hand, The design team will be able to make considerations in real time to determine best form and best appearance.  

Designing Buildings website has lots of detailed information on soils reports which can be read here


Topography Survey

In simple terms, the Topography is a map showing the contour of the land. This is used for planning elevations, water shed and building placement.

For medium and large size projects as well as projects  with slopped land, the Topography Map is essential.

For smaller (under 10 are)  single unit projects on flat land, the use of a topography is determined on a case by case basis. Your Bali Architect can advise after an intital site visit. 

You cam read more on topography maps here


Boundary Map

The Boundary Map is also referred to as a survey, plat map or property map. This map is certified by the surveyor and will be given to your Bali Architect to use for placing the structures on the site map. The map will show the property dimensions which are needed for the design process.  

As a side note, the boundary map should not be confused with the Sertifikat. The Sertifikat presents a very basic view showing the shape of the land only and is not suitable for Architectural Design purposes.


Other Useful Information

Do you images saved on a computer, cut outs from magazines or sketched ideas?.  

Anything you have collected to share and express your vision would be welcomed by your Bali Architect. Architecture For Your Villa In Bali can be a fun and exciting team effort. 

You should feel as comfortable as you like being deeply involved. This is your dream after all. 


Section 5



Congratulations! If you have been able to get through this article to the end,. you are now ready to get started with Architecture in Indonesia. 

You now have everything needed for your Bali Architect to define the project scope, expectations and deliverables. 

Armed with this information, your Architect will be able to draft agreements and move to the next phase of the design process. 

We will continue the Architecture For Your Villa In Bali journey in Part 2. Jump ahead HERE now to read about the next steps you and your Bali Architect will take together. during the initial planning  and design phase. 

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