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.

 

 

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

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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..

BETTER WAY

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…

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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 found= NOTHING IN THE MARKET

GENERATORS

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

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Spectacular Convertible 3 bed-roomed apartment!

There is this beautiful home we are sellling in Nairobi. It’s a great home for a family or can even be converted into an office space! The buyer/investor has the liberty to choose. How cool is that?

The details are outlined below: 

Bedrooms:3
Bathrooms:2
Furnished:No
Pets:Yes
Broker Fee:No

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This can be your home or your office. You decide!

The houses are constructed in a manner that will allow the buyer to convert them comfortably into office space.

The other unique features include:

 

  • Excellent Location; five minutes drive from Village Market, ten minutes from Westlands and approximately 500 meters from the bypass and Limuru road junction towards Ndenderu
  • Cabro Paved Driveway and Ample Parking (Two Levels & Visitors Parking)
  • Boundary wall with Electric Wall Fencing
  • Three Bedrooms; Master en-suite
  • Spacious rooms, Open Plan kitchen (American style)
  • Borehole and Karuri Town Council water
  • Gym on Site
  • Back up generator/Solar power
  • Laundry Area
  • Spacious Balcony
  • Four Duplex Units with Solar Heater for all bathrooms, hardwood floors (KSh 8.0 million {Approx $100,000})
  • Automatic sliding gate
  • 24-Hour security guard and alarm back-up

Contact us today! Phone: +254727101467

or email : Info@stroikagroup.org