Oct 30, 2010

Desk and Bench

This timber deck creates an entertainment area perfectly in sympathy with a sloping, bushy or rocky site. It incorporates a bench that doubles as a handrail. The deck is constructed in a series of platforms which descend in 150 mm steps. A drop of this size is ideal; anything smaller is difficult to see and could cause the unwary to trip.

The diagram shows the basic construction with recommended timber sizes and spacings. Instead of being solid, the posts are built-up which allows the braces and seat supports to be easily and firmly fixed between them with galvanized nails or bolts. The joint between the top of the brace and the seat support should be epoxy-glued and screwed with 75 mm galvanized or brass screws.

The back rest doesn’t have to be vertical; if you would prefer it to be tilted, cut a slight bevel on the top of the posts. The posts are held at the bottom with post brackets and coachscrews. The finishing of the deck is optional. In this instance, the timber was left untouched so that it blended into the natural surroundings. If treated radiata pine were used, this could be a problem because it twits and cracks alarmingly in external applications. Tallow wood or brush box will better withstand the elements but all timbers are affected adversely by direct sunlight.

A Research Institute

This ‘house’ is actually a research institute, located in my city (Bogor, West Java, Indonesia). Looks good in black and white, right?

My entry for
The Weekend in Black and White

Oct 25, 2010

Lights at Night

I capture it from a mall terrace at 3th floor (Bogor, West Java, Indonesia).
Just share the beauty of lights in the dark night.


Oct 23, 2010

Fencing (3)

This post is still about fencing, but this time I mention about metal and masonry fencing.


Chain wire
The type of fencing is easy to see through yet, if fixed properly, it provides a secure barrier which cannot be blown over. Unfortunately, it is not a great visual delight. It’s a question of function versus appearance.

With its turned-over top and criss-cross pattern, this makes a solid, cheap, no-nonsense fence. It can be left galvanized or bought already painted. Don’t try painting it yourself unless you have considerable patience.

Metal framework
There is a large variety of aluminium and steel fencing which comes in rails and posts. Most are pre-finished in an assortment of colors and have plain or fancy tops. Your choice will be determined by whether you want to feature your fence or have it remain an inconspicuous part of your out-door environment.

Metal panels
In high wind areas the chances of the assembly being blown over or buckled are an unfortunate reality. However, if you wish to avoid having to paint and you want total privacy, metal panels are useful and relatively cheap. Plants and shrubs can soften the uniformity.


Properly laid and placed on a firm foundation, bricks have an enduring quality that requires no maintenance. Brick is the most expensive of fencing mediums because of the high unit cost and the even higher cost of laying.

For example, a brick wall will cost more than 10 times that of the equivalent height of paling fence (1.8 meters). The effect can be heavy and factory-like unless there are variations in the height, or steps of feature nooks are included in the face of the wall.

A cheaper way to have at least some masonry is to create a low brick wall between a series of brick columns. The gaps in between them are filled with metal posts. The bricks can be left as they are or rendered.

The cost of such fencing is about half that of solid masonry. The effect can be striking, especially if you have an older style home.

Keeping the Nest

A spider on his nest. Waiting for poor insects passes by.
Spider nest always looks impressive in black and white.
An amazing creation by a little creature!

My entry for
The Weekend in Black and White

Oct 18, 2010

Yellow Vehicles

Mellow Yellow Monday is coming again!

If you have your own vehicle; what color is it? Ours is black. I like to see yellow vehicles; as it can attract other’s attention. But until now, we haven’t yet wanted to change the current color into yellow. We still have no brave, hehehe.


Oct 16, 2010

A Bamboo Bridge

This bridge is located at the back of my grandfather's house. Very simple one; but still useful. Every time acrossing it; I always walk very slowly.
Don't you dare walking on it?

Fencing (2)

Here are another timber fences; for your inspiration :

Wooven planks
This interesting variation features thin, horizontal planks (25 to 38 mm) running to alternate sides of the posts. It looks much like knitting. Like the staggered fence, it also allows for air and plant movement but is a better concealer.

As the name implies, this type of fence is constructed by erecting posts and rails to which thin sapling trunks are nailed. It produces a very pleasing natural effect.
This is another natural looking fence. Wire is stretched between galvanized posts to support thin, interwoven brush branches. The effect is somewhat sombre and repetitive but a few plants growing here and there can make all the difference.

The most ornate of the timber fences and very English in appearance, pickets require much work in the painting department to keep them looking smart. Whether is suits your property depends on the style of the house.

Be careful with the type of timber you choose. Radiate pine is unsuitable because it tends to crack and twist severely. Western red cedar or tallow wood would be ideal.

Although not cheap by any stretch of the imagination, a lattice fence more than repays you with its good looks. Because it allows the passage of air, it is exceptionally sturdy in very windy locations.

Oct 11, 2010

On the Tollroad

Monday is Mellow Yellow Time!
One of the ways to reach Bandung city (the capital city of West Java, Indonesia) is through Cipularang tollroad. This time I share a view that I like during the journey.
Have a great Monday, every one...


Oct 9, 2010

A Laboratory Building

This Lab is located inside Bogor Botanical Gardens (Bogor, West Java, Indonesia).

An entry for
The Weekend in Black and White

Oct 7, 2010


Fencing is something that is often attended to last in a home improvement program, by which time money is short and the cheapest has to suffice. Try not to let this happen; fencing creates a significant first impression.

You may need to go for security more than looks; or for impenetrability if you’re trying to keep animals out of your garden. If appearance is all that counts, then your choice is infinite. The cost and availability will vary depending on your location.


This is probably the cheapest form of fencing. The palings are nailed to rails which are morticed into posts spaced at between 1800 and 2400 mm centres. Whether of hardwood or of treated pine, these palings will weather to a grey tone and are long lasting. Use a little imagination, as shown here, and you can create some interesting effects.

The effect is created by nailing the palings so that every second one overlaps the preceding and following one by about 20 mm. When the sun strikes the fencing, an interesting shadow effect results.

Here the palings are put on alternate sides of the rails; this may not be ideal for privacy but it does allow cross-ventilation and the movement of climbing vines.

Post and rail
While even less privacy is afforded by this fence, it is suitable for large areas where the cost of solid fencing would be prohibitive.

Source:Easy Home Projects

Oct 4, 2010


Becak is the cycle rickshaw in Indonesia. These three-wheel modes of transportation are widely used in cities of South, Southeast and East Asia. The normal capacity of Becak was two passengers and a driver.

Usually there are two kinds of becak in Indonesia: becak with the driver behind the passenger (Java island) and becak with the driver seating side the passenger (Sumatera island). According to the rudder, there are also two types of becak: the paddle becak that uses bicycle and the motorized becak that uses the motorcycle as the rudder.

Nowadays, many city governments forbid becak on the city’s main streets. But in my hubby’s home town, you still can see becak on the main street, like this one that I captured about three weeks ago. Have you ever ridden this kind of transportation?


Oct 2, 2010

Tree Branches

With or without leaves, tree branches can give you many impressions.

An entry for
The Weekend in Black and White

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