Build Diary 54 – I need storage!

Simple renovation – Part 1


I’m currently renovating my new home, and it’s quite the adventure. This home is smaller than our last one, and has almost no storage space, so we’ve been surrounded by boxes since we moved in. However, one of the features that sold us on this house is that it has its own separate storage room in its own private lane, next to the house.


Calling it a “storage room” is definitely overstating it. It’s in terrible shape i.e. it only has half a roof, is made from half-broken, mould-covered bricks and is full of water-logged building rubbish…..but it has potential. So we decided to renovate it so we can use it for storage, which will create a lot more space in our home

Bali Interiors Build Diary 54

Turning a door into a roof!


My usual contractor was busy, so I needed to see who was available to make the storage room. I asked around and got some ridiculous quotes. My personal favourite was over $2000 just to do the storage room’s roof! Eventually, I found a reliable contractor, and he’s been doing a great job.


We had some leftover materials from our previous renovation and our new contractor was happy to use them. Interestingly, we had some wooden doors that we had removed from our last villa and were just sitting around. So we decided to utilise them to make the frame of our new storage room’s roof.


The first steps involved clearing out the storage room, adding bricks and reinforced concrete columns to increase the height and prepare the walls for tiling. Our contractor was working by himself, but he got stuck into it and has made great progress. It’ll probably take another week, but I’m excited to see how it’ll turn out. Plus, I can’t wait to not be surrounded by boxes!

Bali Interiors Build Diary 54 Starting the reno
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Going on (Private) Tour


Sometimes little adventures just fall into your lap. A few weeks ago, a friend contacted me about her client who had bought a villa with her help and wanted to redo all the interiors. They lived overseas and only had time to come to Bali for a week (with their interior designer!) and needed someone in the industry to show them around for a private tour, so they could re-do their future home. That lucky person was me!


We corresponded about what styles they wanted and what they wanted to see. They had quite a list!  Kitchen surfaces, tiles, furniture, antiques, art, kitchen maker, cabinetry, tiles, petrified wood, paint, finishes, chairs, lamps, lighting, furniture. They only had 2 days free, so I put my thinking cap on, took out a map of Bali and worked out a specialised itinerary that would take us to the best of the best, without sitting in traffic for hours each day. Then I jumped on my scooter to scout out some more hidden gems and confirm the ones I had already thought of.


I loved hitting the streets to reacquaint myself with some of my favourites makers and suppliers in Bali. And, as is always the case, once I was back out there, I found some fantastic new ones I hadn’t seen before. The creativity on this island is simply amazing.


Our private tour went off without a hitch. We got to visit all our planned locations and a fun (but busy) time was had by all! It was great to hit all the best spots – all killer, no filler! If you’re looking to redecorate and need some inspiration, let me know!

Bali Interiors Build Diary 54 Starting the reno 2

A Timely Reminder


After living in Bali for some time and riding a scooter every day, it’s easy to forget about the dangers of the roads here. Sadly, one of our team, Sentana, had an incredibly close near-miss that could have left him severely injured, or worse.


After riding his scooter with a friend on the back for 2 hours back from his village in the mountains, he was about 500 metres from his house in a suburb north of Canggu. He was driving around midnight on a street with no light. As he rounded a blind corner, a pick up truck, on the wrong side of the road, drove straight into him. There was no time to react.


He came to, 5 days later, in hospital. He was alive but pretty banged up. He friend had died. The pick up truck driver had moved their unconscious bodies to the side of the road and driven off. His friend happened to be driving nearby and found him 2 hours after the accident. He called an ambulance and Sentana was taken to hospital.


He had a broken arm, lost half a finger, and severe grazing all over his face. He’d been in a coma but came to and was incredibly lucky to be alive and relatively OK.


All our team have been visiting him at the hospital and then at his home and recovered. A month later, he has almost fully recovered and is back at work on very light duties. His survival and rapid recovery is simply miraculous. And a timely reminder to be careful on Bali’s roads. Stay safe out there.


Trigger warning – photos below are not pleasant

Bali Interiors Build Diary 54 A timely reminder 1
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Bali Interiors Build Diary 54 A timely reminder 3

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