Homes are not homes
There are different standards and we, Bale Maker would like to clarify a few major differences in our Tropical Homes and structures compared to the general accepted norm in the Industry concerned with these so called Bali Houses:
• Locally Operated Company’s & Agents:
There are generally two main types of operations here in Indonesia; the locally run company’s without any formal training in internationally reckognized timber framed construction practices and a whole host of agents promoting to customers that they own factories and company’s down here in Bali, which in a lot of cases is a complete falsehood. This leaves the client and their onsite builders in a very unstable position as the buildings are generally not built to correct specifications and when you, the client, have a problem the agents throw their arms up in the air and blame the local builder who cant afford to fix the problems they have created in the first place here. We say this quite openly as during the past 10 years we have watched a whole new group of agents & sourcing company’s crop up in to Bali, and completely mislead customers as to their actually status as a company here in Bali. Furthermore several agents have gone as far as to copy our Bale Maker Copyright systems and even our images of our homes that we have built and place them on their websites, claiming them as their own.
Unlike a lot of other Western entities here in Bali, Bale Maker is not an agent, but a fully legitimate legal operating company, registered in Indonesia & owned and operated by experienced Expatriate builders. Therefore we can guarantee all of our products and also provide the necessary back up and service required to each and every one of our clients.
• The New SLVK International Timber Legal Licensing System
In a major move in the right direction, the Indonesian government has finally made the decision to really step up its its system of legal licensing of timber from Indonesia. With the new implementation of the Lacey Act (From the United States) and the subsequent SLVK system only real house fabrication companies can own such certification, agents cannot. What they have done in the past is to borrow and buy the licenses from traders here, however this process is now being outlawed and all legitimate production company's must follow stringent guidelines in adhering to the new chain of custody system which the SLVK provides. Therefore it is more than likely that dealing with agents will not be allowed for timber home commodities as they cannot own any such legal licenses.
We , Bale Maker have all of the legitimate licensing, including the new SLVK system of chain of custody and can guarantee to our customers that all timber is from legal sources and have the relevant legal documents for all orders as is required in accordance with the US Lacey act, and the European Union of standards for legal timbers.
• Timbers & Building Specifications
You will find here in Bali/Indonesia, cheaper houses, however they wont be built in accordance with International standards, the timber member sizes and structural integrity will be compromised, they will most likely be single skin walls, and for the most part here allot of company’s substitute the two timbers recognized and promoted for Bali Houses;Bangkirai & Merbau timber with lower grade alternatives such as Kruing, kapur, Meranti Batu and other lower grade timbers which look identical to Bangkirai but are very susceptible to white ants and are structurally inferior. To the average customer the difference is not visible to the naked eye, but be aware subterranean termites in most western countries are rampant and will destroy these lower grade timbers in a very short space of time. Remember the only two timbers which should be used are Bangkirai & Merbau hardwoods. The same can be said for the timber member sizes and building specifications. To the untrained customers eye, a house looks like a house from the outside and you tend to look at the overall appearance when you need to study a little and know that the house you intend to buy conforms to your country’s standards, will be approved and will last. In the west we study specifically timber framing and have codes we conform to. So for example a floor joist the standard size would be 50 x 200mm over 3 mtrs where as here locally the standard is 50 x 150mm. So allot of cost reduction is achieved by company's indifferently using undersized members and larger spacing's of these, from the outside appearance doesn't look any different and does constitute for a lower price as less overall timber is used, but it just wont conform to your countries standards and most likely not be approved. At Bale Maker, we don't compromise on the timbers we use and we don't compromise on the size of timber members and the spacing's the engineering of any of our structures. Our homes are built to international timber framing codes and are built for cyclonic/ Hurricane conditions and locations.
• The Bale Maker Difference
We are a standalone legitimate and fully experienced Tropical timber house building company specializing in Bali Style Timber homes. We combine Bali style with sophisticated western building systems and conforming practices. We have our own fully fledged sawmill and cut and machine all of our timber in accordance with the sizes and specs for international framing sizes. Our western building management works 6 days a week fulltime together with our fully trained local tradesmen to ensure the customers homes/structures are built to the highest standard possible. We use the right timber for the right location, Merbau for flooring Joinery and windows and doors, and Bangkirai for all structural members. Our Doors and windows are built and designed to be impact resistant and water proof. Our doors and windows come complete with fully integrated weather sealing systems, runoff, drip edges and rake angled thresholds, impact and safety glass and high quality imported hardware. We use only the highest quality exterior finishing products including Sikkens Cetol, and equivalent marine grade exterior finishes. We back up our companies buildings and products with customer support and guarantees of all of our materials and workmanship.
To ensure the maximum efficiency for the onsite installation of our homes, we have developed a complete Assembly system and set of protocols including: Comprehensive and clearly detailed packing lists and marking of all house/structures timber components, We also pack all items and load containers here from our factory in Bali to eliminate the risk of missing components, we have very detailed Auto Cad Assembly Drawing details, assembly and parts schedules. We also provide in house training to our onsite builders and can provide onsite training upon request. Finally , we do own our own company and have all the necessary documentation in place to guarantee to our customers that all of our timbers are legal, and we can legally build and export our Tropical Timber Homes.
• What you should do if you are serious about buying a Bali House for Overseas Countries
If you are seriously interested in Buying Bali Style Timber Houses or resort style buildings, here is a shortlist of things you should do first
1. Ask to see current and previous customers references, and contact and talk to these customers to see if who you are dealing with is legitimate and has a proven track record of building tropical homes for western countries.
2. Come Down to Bali and inspect the company you are intending to use, Are they the real owners? Do they have the correct export and SLVK licenses for legal timber?
3. Are you dealing with a real legitimate western managed company or talking to agents who will farm out your order to a local company here? You need to be sure you are dealing with a legitimate company with experienced western builders managing and actually working together with & supervising experienced local tradesmen on your prefab home here in Bali as the specifications, standards & quality need to be assured
4. What timbers are being used? Which timbers for which locations, specifics? Typical member timber member sizes and spacing's, specifics?
5. What finishing is being used, as local finishing products here generally will only last two to three months in the tropics, your home needs to be finished in Sikkens Cetol or a marine grade equivalent
6. What countries , counties have the homes been approved in?
7. Windows and Doors – Request photos, this is one of the most important parts of a tropical home, what thicknesses and sizes for door frames, door and window leafs, glass type? Hardware specifications? Sealing and weatherproof design and systems? Insect screen materials and designs?
8. Kitchen and Cabinetry? What types of timbers are used? Specifics. What type of drawer hardware is being used? What finishing is being applied? What type of tops? Stone? Granite etc
9. What type of ceiling finishes are being applied? Specifics
10. Bolts and fixings? What type of fixings are being supplied? Remember the bulk of fixings here are anodized/chrome and rust in just a few months in tropical destinations
11. Who is the contact and are they technically able to answer all questions during preconstruction in Bali? And more importantly deal with your onsite builders questions and solve problems. Ask their previous customers this question. Its very important as western countries like Australia and Hawaii work on a high priced hourly rate if problems cant be solved quickly and efficiently
12. Previously built homes – If possible do site inspections of previously built homes if their are any in the country/location you intend to build.
We at Bale Maker are more than happy to assist you with all of these types of questions you should be asking and more so that you can make the right choice when buying a Bali Style home.