A clean environment and open space were two criteria that prompted lawyer Hanif Nasution and his artist wife Zaira Adilla to move to Cirendeu, a quiet suburban area in the south of Jakarta.
The pair tied the knot in 2004 and moved in with Hanif's parents. Subsequently, they lived another couple years in Zaira's family home before settling into their own home in 2010."My wife and I always dreamt of living in a house with a plenty of open space. We want to be close to nature, and we knew that it was impossible to have such a house in the city," explains Hanif.
Their house is sited on a lot that was part of a bigger plot that spanned approximately 17,200 sq ft when he first saw it in 2006. The asking price then was beyond his budget. But good news came in 2008 when another party bought half the land.
"By that time, we had been saving for two years. We bought the remaining approximately 8,600 sq ft without thinking twice. We paid for Rp.600mil (RM190,000) for it. We could have bought a decent and fairly spacious apartment in the city, but I reckoned a cookie-cutter type of living space wouldn't have been worth it," says Hanif.
Architects Jeffry Sandy and Sukendro Priyogo of Nataneka Architecture were entrusted to design the house. Coincidentally, the former is Hanif's high school friend.