We wanted a retirement home in North Bali and came to TropisLiving after viewing their web site. We had the idea to buy an existing house, a typical Tropis style house located on the beach. After an introductory visit with Jeroen and several trips with Nyoman, we met Roland at his Tropis style house on the beach. He did not want to sell his house, but he did convince us to think of building a home on the hillside above Lovina. He took us to the most astounding lot. We were sold from the very first moment. We signed the purchase contract 3 days later!
Having seen so many Tropis houses, we knew two things: the construction was sound and the style was repetitive. We wanted something different. Indeed, our plot begged for something different. Roland was thrilled to try something new. We looked at Bali house books, let our imaginations fly, and arrived at a plan. Roland andarchitectKadek transformed our sketch into a real architectural drawing. There are elements of TropisLiving and elements of outdoor Bali living and elements just for us. The family swimmer has the most marvelous lap pool.
We laid the foundation stone on August 9 and moved into our new home on May 21. It was a remarkable transformation. We visited several times and in between Roland sent many photo updates. From the foundation to the roof and finally the interior, everything went smoothly. We made a million decisions. With Roland’s guidance these were not an irritation, but an amusement. The “construction” included made-to-order furniture, window dressings and linens. On the 21st, we had a joyful blessing ceremony in the morning, moved our personal belongings in the afternoon and that evening we slipped into our new bed, with our new sheets, looking out our new windows over the lights of Lovina.
Tropis Living is a well-established and thriving company. Most importantly, it is the individuals whose collaboration has led to their success. Their support for one another was a constant throughout our project. We will always be grateful to Joroen, who introduced us to Tropis Living when we were considering purchase of a specific house; Nyoman, who handled all the local interactions, from pragmatic to political, and arranged everything for the ceremonies; Kadek, who transformed our ideas and sketches into an extraordinary home; Lily, who managed our contracts and merged all the land documents for our purchase; Dewi, who welcomed us for every visit to the Tropis Living office, always with coffee or tea; and finally to Roland, who managed it all—the purchase, the construction, the shopping, and the lunches at Buda Bakery.