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Kenya: ceilings under KES 30/ft²

We had a lovely client the other day who had a tight budget for a residential ceiling. The client wanted the final finish to be functional, rather than aesthetical, affordable and moderately durable. We were up for the task and went around looking for local suppliers. Here’s what we found:

1. Plywood ceiling

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The ceiling work well if you don’t mind the visible joints. Choose a minimum sheet thickness of 6mm. Any lower and warping will be your constant roommate.

The final plywood can be stained and painted or embossed in future. Be sure to get in touch with us! Don’t install this alone.

 

2. Makuti

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My grandma warned me about these ceilings. She said they catch fire easily and can raze an entire community. The good news is that they can be treated for fire resistance. It’s also a good idea to ensure that the roof pitch is elevated and water proofing material is used. They can last up to 25years if installed correctly.

3. PVC Ceiling

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Source these from reputable importers (like us). There are many fakes in the market. The difference between a fake and a real PVC Ceiling is the amount of PVC Content in a tile. Some brands sell tiles with PVC Content of below 40% and do not brand their products to avoid detection.

The advantage of of these tiles is that they are Fireproof, Heat Insulation, Moisture-Proof, Mould-Proof, Sound-Absorbing, Waterproof and can be affordable.

4. Chipboard/MDF and related boards

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Go for a minimum of 9mm and you will enjoy added sound proofing. If you have installed coated mabati roofing, you’ll really need this chipboard especially when it’s raining and you can’t hear your own voice ( due to the rain pounding on the roof).

5. Reclaimed wood

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Source easily from the roadside vendors, your neighbor with a demolition, shipping pallet planks etc. We have successfully completed a ceiling in pallet wood planks. We stained each plank to the client’s specification. This is by far the most labor intensive option.

The key to cost efficiency is ultimately in planning. Ensure all materials are on site, plan work schedules, manage your team and expect the unexpected.

 

 

COST GUIDANCE – SPORTS COURTS

Estimating the price 

If you choose to go with a concrete base, your cost will be:

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Concrete:

This varies around the country and will depend on the site conditions in your yard (what has to be done first – leveling, tree removal), and access.  Call and get a few estimates.  We have concrete slab specifications available to download and present these to the concrete contractor.  Expect prices to range between KES 600 per sf and KES 2400 per sf, depending on your situation.

Compacted Base:

If you choose a compacted base instead of concrete, your cost for this phase will be 10-25% of the cost of concrete.  You’ll still need to prep the area (level, remove sod, etc.) and you’ll need approximately 1 cubic yard of compact-able material (limestone, recycled concrete, gravel, fines, etc). for every 80 square feet of court.  You’ll also need form boards, a wheelbarrow, hand tools and a vibratory plate compactor.

 Sports Surface:

If you buy your sports tile from us, expect to pay KES 1200-1800per sf.  See our polypropylene surfaces

here:https://stroikagroup.wordpress.com/2016/03/22/gym-sports-flooring-kenya/

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Components:

Posts, hoops , Light, Net Post & Net, Fencing, etc.) Available locally from sports houses.

If you have the money in your budget, a nice goal is well worth the money, but if you’re trying to do this project for as little as possible, you can always upgrade the components down the road.

Labor to Install:

Installing the components can require heavy lifting, and concrete.  We will need to have plenty of help on hand.  Snapping the sports surface together is easy, fun and fast.  Other tasks, like painting lines and installing ball containment are not that difficult.

Usually basketball court is of size 94ft by 54ft(28.65 by 15.24m)

 

Salvages:Reclaimable building material

history-and-components-of-green-buildingApart from the environmental concerns’, recycled building materials are often less expensive than their brand new counterparts.We have realized that  there’s a healthy demand for salvaged building material.

Contractors and developers enjoy lower costs of  materials, less time is spent hauling material out of sites & yes, even environmental authorities will hate you a little less. We compiled a list of some itet can be reused albeit non-structurally in recon or renovation work.

1. Reclaimed Wood

Found in abundance in most of the older homes in the roofs, stair panels, ceilings, hand rails, window seals, flooring and countertops. Wood can be milled and processed into stunning new products.

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2. Steel & Iron

Steel & iron are common construction materials used in project.You find them on roofing sheets (mabati) , galvanized pipes, columns, beams, trusses, scaffolds and many others.  In for the simple reason that it doesn’t lose structural strength after being recycled. Recycled steel has been used in new buildings, bridges, cars, and more. Recycled steel is less expensive to produce than virgin steel. Plus, recycling steel causes far fewer carbon emissions than extracting new steel

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3.  Gypsum

Sandwich gypsum between two sheets of paper and you have drywall. Its high recycling value is due to drywall’s varied recycling potentials: Gypsum scraps can be used to patch walls, to form concrete, or to create new drywall. The gypsum in drywall is beloved by gardeners, who use it to nourish plants. Finally, the paper in drywall can be recycled as well. Salvaging drywall is an Earth-friendly operation, not only because it reduces landfill volumes, but also because drywall in landfills can leak sulfate into nearby watersheds.

4. Glass and Windows

Like steel, glass can be repeatedly recycled with no loss of quality. Environmentally conscious consumers and businesses are drawn to glass because it’s inherently green—for every ton of glass that’s recycled rather than extracted, a ton of natural resources are saved. Windows salvaged from demolition sites can be recycled for any number of applications, from sandblasting to paving parking lots.

 

Have materials to salvage? Contact us

Need salvaged building material? Contact us here

 

DIY low cost elegant looking floors

Click & Go WPC tiles, like sliced bread, deliver convenient contemporary flooring for the home owner and the renter alike.

What is WPC?

Wood-plastic composites (WPCs) are composite materials made of wood fiber/wood flour and thermoplastic(s) (includes PE, PP, PVC etc.). [Wikipedia]collection02-1

Why choose WPC?

1.Natural wood texture & feel

2.Waterproof, corrosion resistant, pest resistant

3.Easy to assemble and install and even remove ( rental houses)

4.No painting, no staining, no polishing.

5.UV-resistant, fade resistant, durable

6.Environment friendly

7.Walk barefoot, anti-slip, no cracking


Various Colors available to match your taste.

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For renters

The WPC floors can be easily installed in your office or home without damaging the existing floor surface. When your lease expires or you choose to go to a new location, you can easily remove the WPC planks.

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Sports |Gym flooring #FitSpo

It’s time to enjoy your workout again…
At the gym, Play area for the kids( & grown-ups)in your home,outdoor sports court,on the  balcony, under the stairs, on the rooftop,  next to the pool at the house or at the local park. Our rubber floor tiles are everywhere in place. The have excellent noise and vibration damping properties and are suitable as safety floor under playground equipment. By good looks come recyclable hobby tiles also excellent exposure as balcony floor and they are also very popular on the terrace.

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Installation and maintenance
Installation of Stroika rubber tiles is very simple.  The rubber tiles are indoors and outdoors.
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Cleaning of the tiles with a brush and water provide a neutral cleaning soap.

The advantages:
• Optimal drainage, bottom with studs structure
• Anti-slip, even when wet surface
• Suitable for indoor and outdoor
• Thermal conductivity 0.14 W.m2K
• Noise and vibration damping
• 100% recyclable

Each piece is 1000x1000x15/25mm.

For sports arenas

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For Gym

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We’d like to help you workout better, get leaner, faster, stronger or happier. We have a free customized workout plan with every pre-order of our rubber high density mats. Get Fit. No excuses.