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.

 

 

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

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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.

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Although rubber flooring is widely used in commercial settings such as cafeterias, hospitals and gym weight rooms, it’s gaining traction as a viable flooring for homes, too.
One big reason is style — rubber flooring is available in a huge array of colors and textures that make it an appealing designer’s choice. A skilled installer can even cut rubber into patterns and mosaics that make eye-catching, one-of-a-kind floors. 
Plus, it’s sound-absorbent, impervious to moisture and it’s cushiony comfortable underfoot. It comes in sheets for nearly seamless installations and DIY-friendly tiles that fit together with interlocking edges. Rubber flooring can be glued down, but many products are so heavy that glue is unnecessary — the flooring simply lays flat and stays put on its own. 
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The choice of sports flooring depends on a number of factors:

1. Area shape

Simply, this is the design of the space where the gym will occupy.

Many customers prefer an interlocking rubber flooring tile; thereby avoiding the need to glue or adhere the rubber tiles to the ground.  Interlocking rubber floors are loose laid on the concrete; and do not require glue or adhesives.

Other customers prefer rolled rubber flooring; due to the seamless appearance and easy cleaning methods.  Rolled rubber flooring is very popular in commercial gyms, weight rooms, locker rooms and more.  Rolled rubber can also be a great choice for your home basement gym.

2. Use of space

Different mat thicknesses demand different use. Aerobics and low impact use generally can do with ≤4mm thick while high impact sports and heavy weight areas demand extra padding.

Gym flooring must be Durable

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3. Durability and maintenance

Gym and sports flooring require regular cleaning.This means the rubber should be able to withstand wear and tear and perform consistently well with regular cleaning. Contact us today to request a quote or to learn more about stall mats here.

Note : There is a  difference between rubber and polypropylene material. The finishes, appearance and installation of the material varies. The latter can also  be installed in basketball courts, tennis, netball and playgrounds etc.

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Stroika’s 2015 Forecast on Lighting Trends

1. Go Solar

Apart from being green products, the new breed of solar lighting solutions are guaranteed to ensure savings on electricity bills. We see this in application with the solar lanterns with new features including mobile phone charging capabilities, garden lights, indoor lighting ( reliant on solar panels) and even security lighting like our outdoor wall lights with motion sensorssolar-motion-lighting_STRKLGHT_032

2. Think Smart

Your mobile phone should be able to control your lighting. If it can’t , you need an upgrade. Your lighting system should be so intuitive that they know when you have left a room or need to get that coat from the back of your closet. We have great installers and fantastic new smart lighting that can be customized for your office, home, car or garden. Contact us here

3. Lead with LED

LED lighting simulate natural daylight, is less harmful to the environment and saves energy compared to incandescent light bulbs. Commercial spaces such offices are now adopting LED panels in favour of the commonplace fluorescent tubes.

New market entrants like the LED strips work well for staircases, corridors, counters and any other suitable surfaces. We see an uptake in these for 2015.

4. Pendant, chandeliers and wall mounted lighting

Previously a reserve of the lounge areas in hotels and homes, these 3 types of lighting are streaming into other common areas including showers, kitchens, bar areas, stairwells and corridors. The designs for these lighting types are ever increasing and clients are constantly in search of affordable but high quality lighting.

The statement chandelier pieces are remarkably in demand for commercial projects and pendant lighting being a star performer in residential housing.

5. Automotive LED lighting

Car lighting for the headlights, interior and body are all going LED. We have had success with our rim stickers which mimic LED.  LED strips, especially for the interior of cars,are a potentially healthy niche market. We see an upsurge in LED in other numerous applications.

What do you think we missed? We’d love to hear from you!

Our Contractors

We work with expert installers on on all our flooring, lighting and finishing work ( painting, polishing and sanding). You do not have to struggle to get any of these done. Fill the form here , give us your details and we’ll take care of the rest.

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