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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


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


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


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


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


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.




Estimating the price 

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



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




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.


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


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.



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.


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.


Installation and maintenance
Installation of Stroika rubber tiles is very simple.  The rubber tiles are indoors and outdoors.
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


For Gym


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.

How we chose our silent solar generator (and how you can benefit)


If you are like me and have pre-neolithic thoughts everytime there is a power outage, you may be familiar with the happy thoughts that flood your mind when the generator starts roaring.

This means you can finally charge your phone, start your router, work on your laptop, watch the news, use your printer..


After a few months relying on the trusted humming generator, I came across an advertisement on silent generators. To be honest, our existing generator was slightly noisy and made otherwise mild conversations sound like a raging verbal argument. In order to buy one of those, we were required to break the bank, sell half of our stock and our staff kidneys! We decided there had to be a better way and so the search began…


We needed:

  1. Affordable renewable energy
  2. Automatic detection performance i.e a generator smart enough to turn on when the grid power was disconnected and turn off when on grid.
  3. Very low noise. Comfortable enough to hold conversations.
  4. Clean power. No diesel smells
  5. Can be comfortably used indoors
  6. Portable. We had to carry it outside for basking and back in doors for storage or safekeeping at the end of our warehouse operations.
  7. Low maintenance.
  8. Functionality. The generator must be able to feed our electronics ( phones, printers, laptops, machinery, office kitchen with microwave and refrigerator ( most important) and routers with power and provide lighting .



What we did next= We went out of our way to find an overseas manufacturer. They designed a custom solar generator capable of meeting our requirements with very low initial and maintenance costs.The great part is that it has an expandable solar panel. It looks very compact, portable and very modern.

Here is the caption piece of the generator. Enquirers are free anytime. Email us here.

SEE MORE HERE  Stroika solar salvation


Premium ‘wood-look’ flooring without the premium price tag

The type of floor selected completely changes the appearance of a home or office. Flooring is like your pair of shoes. Your choice of shoes has the capacity to affect your entire look and the perception others have of you. Renown interior designers have historically preloved wooden flooring since they last long. They also add value to the house, make it feel warmer than ceramic tiles and have an eternal allure. Bamboo flooring is emerging as an appealing alternative to wooden flooring. It has a premium look without the premium price tags..


How it is made

Bamboo flooring is generally prepared together with the slicing of long poles of bamboo. They then experience the method of glued, being boiled and milled. Powerful chemicals like boric acid are placed on the Bamboo so that you can preserve it. The use of Urea Formaldehyde is undertaken for lamination. You can quickly come across flooring that is affordable. This flooring is not difficult to keep and keep. It’s priced reasonably, is long-lasting and sustainable in comparison to other floorings made from hardwood. This is why, Bamboo flooring is very popular. Bamboo flooring is totally biodegradable and natural. It does not house dust, mites, soil along with other kinds of pollutants.


It’s an eco-friendly and flooring that is fairly priced. It’s mended the same fashion as hardwood. Maintaining this flooring is straightforward as well as straightforward. But you must bear in mind that dust has to be swept off. These floorboards have to be sanded off often. You’ll be able to apply a mop that is moist, in the event you prefer the surface to polish. You are not required to use a cleaning agent that is nonabrasive. Polish, you’re not required to refresh and wax this flooring. The flooring comes in many different colours that are vibrant and shapes, textures. Some of the most popular colours are “Dyed colours”, “Darker Tawny color” and “Natural light colour”. Aside from the conventional flooring, you might like to avail of groove and floating flooring, plank terrazzo and tongue floorboards. A majority of the floorboards demand adhesives to be used but the “Click together” ones tend not to want them.


The “Pre-finished” flooring requires a finish that is UV treated. The maintenance of Bamboo flooring isn’t the same as hardwood flooring. Bamboo is a grass rather than a tree which is why maintenance differs. Traditional cleaners like caustic ingredients or acids should not be used on bamboo flooring. Bamboo needs simple practices to maintain. Just use ordinary dish detergent mixed in water .You can place a door mat in the entry door in order to keep away debris like soil and sand from getting trapped in.
You will need to mop the floor using a damp mop that’s micro fibers. The most effective cleaner is water and the regular dish soap. This will stop the bamboo flooring from having a look that is dull and breaking down.