6. A loft-style Joglo
A traditional Joglo's structure is composed of four columns or Saka Guru, distanced from each other by about 3 meters and measuring four meters high. The four columns are mounted on bases made of wood or stone that measure about 60 cm high. These bases are named Umpak. These columns support the Tumpang Sari and the Tumpang Luar. It is on these Tumpangs that will lean the Rusuks, which form the lower gentle sloping roof of the Joglo. Then a solid and thick piece of wood approximately two meters long by 20 cm square is placed vertically above Tumpang. This vertical beam then supports a horizontal beam named Pengeret on which other Rusuks will rest to form the characteristic high-pitched roof of the Joglo.
At the beginning of the project, Andan and I designed a house measuring 10 meters by 11 meters. But after calculating the number of cubic meters of wood required for this large house, we opted for a house whose interior dimension would be 8 meters by 9 meters. This smaller house would then occupy a lesser "green" space and have a more intimate character. To further reduce the costs, we designed a structure that is NOT 100% self-supporting: the rear wall will be made of brick and concrete columns will substitute the traditional wood pillars. In keeping with the idea of an "open" or loft style Joglo, we plan to have the main bathroom and the guest room built half inside the main structure and the other half outside the perimeter the Joglo.
The open area of the Joglo will serve as a bedroom, dining room and kitchen.
Comfortably sitting in the center of our home, sipping Javanese tea, we will set our eyes on the beauty and on the delicate carvings adorning the Saka Guru, the Tumpang Sari and Tumpang Luar.