Following is our list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) related to our Prefab Luxury Hardwood Homes. To download this list in PDF format, please click this FAQ Document link.
TEAK BALI’s Hawaii based corporation has been running successfully since 1998. Our presence is known throughout the Hawaiian Island chain and we have a proven track record of delivering quality fabrications to satisfied customers. With our flourishing Bali prefab house division, we have sold a noteworthy amount of tropical hardwood houses that have been reassembled on the Big Island of Hawaii. Our Bali operation allows us to better service our growing customer base throughout the Asia Pacific zone as well as Europe and the Caribbean where we have also sold a number of Caribbean Prefab Homes.
Yes, our talented design team can work with you to create a custom designed hardwood home that meets your specific needs and vision. Although we offer a line of models on our website (which can also be adapted as a 2 story structures), most of our projects are of custom design. If you can supply us with Topo plans of your plot of land along with pictures etc, this can aid us in designing your living space in a way that makes the structure(s) more harmonious with the local environment. If you already have an existing design, we can Bali-ise your plans to fit within our structural protocols.
Our design fees are reasonably priced at $100 an hour and a typical medium size single story structure will take between 25-50 hours to complete. We also offer additional options if you would like your design converted into a 3D Sketchup rendering. Teak Bali will credit up to $3,000 towards fabrication costs if you choose to build the structure(s) with us. If you want to purchase a Teak Bali model design direct, then this is $2,500 and an additional $500 to include Sketchup 3D rendering.
As Teak Bali’s warehouse is located in Indonesia where we do an intentional and thorough pre-assembly process, American Banks are unable to finance our projects as the US banking system currently offers no facility to bond overseas warehouses. Therefore, all our clients need to have their own financial arrangements in place in order to buy our products.
If you are in a remote location where you have no access to local building materials, then we can supply everything you need. In all other cases, it is usually more cost efficient to source many items locally in your home country. Please reference our Inclusions PDF file to see what is included/excluded/optional with our kit sets.
Yes, Teak Bali warranties its houses for 3 years against defects in its raw materials.
At Teak Bali, for our hardwood house projects we primarily use 2 types of woods which are known for t their strength and durability, Merbau & Bangkirai. We also offer Teak wood for furniture and flooring. All 3 of these wood types are known for being termite and water resistance and are sustainable, practical wood types ideal for fabricating hardwood structures, Doors & Windows as well as Flooring/Decking/Siding.
Teak Bali has been given express permission by the Building Division – DPW to build with these two hardwoods in the Counties of Oahu and Hawaii (Big Island). We are also aware of tropical hardwood projects that have been approved in Kauai and Maui counties. All applications for residential building permits using these materials will need to be designed, stamped and signed by a Hawaii licensed architect and structural engineer.
No, termites cannot touch Merbau & Bangkirai hardwoods. We can furnish a study done by the University of Hawaii which states that “Bangkirai and Merbau proved to be extremely deterrent to termites, with performance comparable to preservative-treated wood.”
All of our hardwoods come from trees in the forest. There is yet to be an official reforestation plan set up by the Indonesian Government for Merbau and Bangkirai hardwoods and there is yet to be an FSC (Forest Stewardship council) approval process established for these specific hardwoods either. Indonesia has recently adopted the V-legal assurance plan as instituted by various members of the EU. This bilateral agreement is a Timber Legality Assurance System (TLAS) called SVLK, which includes the issuance of a V-Legal Document for any designated wooden export consignment. This plan has been implemented in Indonesia as of Jan 2015. All the wood that Teak Bali obtains is purchased from legal timber concessions with all legal paperwork. Teak Bali pays proper taxes as per Indonesian Law. PT Teak Bali is also in the process of initiating a “2 for 1 Reforestation initiative” where we plant twice the equivalent amount of trees used during construction. We will be purchasing land and planting new seedlings on behalf of all of our past and future clients and this is an intentional way to directly make a contribution back to the planet.
All sensitive elements are kiln dried to 12 Mc to prevent movement after final assembly. This would include Doors & Windows as well as Flooring/Decking/Siding. Beams are not dried as they are too thick to achieve any benefit from being dried.
Yes, depending on your countries import laws then we can offer options of either Iron wood (Ulin) shingles or Thatched Grass (Alang Alang). From our experience, we have found it is normally more economical to source the roof finish and plywood underlay in the country of destination. This is because the roof takes up a large amount of surface area in the containers when shipping. On some of our larger structures, 2 extra containers are required just to hold the roofing materials.
If you want to maintain the natural wood color, a water or oil based finish should be applied to the exterior every 3 to 5 years, this is not required if you don’t mind the graying of the woods which some clients prefer. The interiors need to be refinished every 10 to 15 years.
We supply a complete set of assembly documents to help support your builder in finishing our structures to stringent Teak Bali standards. Our systems and documentation includes:
Intelligent coding systems – Each element of the house can easily be determined by code
Primary Packing list sorted by code
- Secondary Packing list sorted by element category (Posts, Floor Bearers, Wall units etc).
- Multiple page PDF file detailing placement of all coded elements by layout.
- 3D assembly rendering
- A complete set of assembly photos documenting each stage of the Bali Pre-assembly process.
We can also send upon request a lead carpenter to help your local builder to re-assemble though we highly recommend that you send your builder to Bali during the completion phase of the pre-assembly process so we can school him in our systems. Either way, Teak Bali is totally committed to taking you through every step of the building process starting with design concept on through to completed final assembly and permitting from your local building/planning council/Department
- Structural Benefits: If properly engineered, the Post and Beam system lends itself to better seismic survivability. Because of the strength and integrity of post and beam structures and with modern engineering systems, timber frames can stand against hurricane force winds, heavy snow accumulations, and even earthquakes, making them one of the most durable building types on the planet.
- Large open living spaces: Homes utilizing the post and beam construction method lend themselves to open spacious floor plans creating large interior living spaces because the timber frames are strong enough to avoid the use of interior load-bearing walls.
- Aesthetics: Post and beam construction is pleasing because the wood is exposed on both the interior and exterior of the home.
- Energy efficiency: Timber frames with SIPs (structural insulated panels) are energy efficient in all climates. A structural insulated panel enclosure system creates a thermal envelope around the timber frame, keeping your home warm in the dead of winter and cool in the hot summer months.
- Building time: Post and beam structures can be rapidly erected and this building system lends itself well to prefabrication, modular construction and mass-production.
- Fire Resistance: Some building codes classify building materials into five different types based on the combustibility or fire resistance capability. Post and beam construction materials are classified as Type IV material, and the construction method is known for delaying the spread of exterior fires into the interior.
Our Hawaii pricings are based on Hawaii County (Big Island) building codes which allow for wind speeds up to 120 mph. Our Caribbean based pricing is based off of Miami/Dade building codes which allow for wind speeds as high as 175 mph. This difference in wind speeds refer to the lateral loads the buildings must bear and requires us to use larger member sizes to accommodate. Not all parts of the Caribbean require Miami/Dade standards and our structural Engineers can review plans on a case by case basis.
A 20 foot container is the minimum container size we use to ship out from Indonesia. Therefore when ordering single/smaller items that will not fill a whole container (Such as a Gazebo or items of furniture) the shipping can work out to be very expensive sending these items to the country of destination.