DUPLEX APARTMENTS INTERIOR DESIGN

It is Wednesday, Interior design is the theme but if you are bubbly enough Interior Wednesdays it is, Anyway

Can you tell your duplex from your two-floor apartment without getting your mezzanine in a twist? Well, a duplex apartment is a dwelling unit spread over two floors, such apartments are connected by an inner staircase.

Here is a good example,

Just after the nook, the entryway features contemporary furniture

 

The modern stairs feature glass panes replacing traditional balustrades, under the stairs storage compartments are fitted 
Comfortable contemporary furnishings provide ample seating for relaxing on one’s own as well as visiting with guests.
The backsplash is graced by light brown tiles to cap it all it is illuminated by LED lights
State of the art circular bathtub
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TECH TUESDAY ; WALABOT REVIEW

Not Long ago, The year 2000 or thereabouts construction workers especially renovators and remodelling workers faced a myriad of challenges one of the challenges is messing up with clients electric wiring or mechanical pipes. This forced guys to bring down an entire wall to fix something that was not on the work schedule.  

Then in 2014, Things changed for the better,  A startUp company introduced  Walabot, Focused on advanced imaging capabilities, Walabot lets users see through solid objects, like walls and create 3D images.

The gadget tailored to DIYers, house renovators, construction, electrician and anyone who wants to have an easy way to make their home better. Walabot is growing, and after review understandably so, it acts as lifesavers for the construction workers everywhere. 

Walabot’s rivals locate framings by using a magnet which then locates a nail in the framing but what happens if the nail wasn’t hammered into the centre of the stud? Things might go south!

Walabot covers all those weaknesses It is among the first firms to use RF detectors to create 3D images. The device has the capability to see 4 inches (10cm) deep behind a drywall or concrete. it can detect normal things which you would expect behind a wall like frames, wiring and pipes. The device can help you see leaks, broken pipes, structural damage to your foundation and even detect little-unwanted guests like rodents.

Walabot only works with Android phones, Apple phones will have to wait for their launch. I found out this is the only drawback it has.  

Check out the video, below for better comprehension 

 

 

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TILE INSTALLATION GUIDE

A ceramic tile will outperform and outlast nearly any other floor covering product created for the same application.

Here at constructionweb, I lead you to the choice of tiles to layout and grouting. 

When it comes the selection of tiles, A lot comes into play this includes; 

SELECTION OF TILES 

  • Material –  Tile materials are porcelain, ceramic, brick, marble, laminate, slate, mosaic and vinyl. All these materials are available in many colours and price ranges.
  • Installation – Rooms such as the living room and kitchen require tough tiles that will last for long. Kids bedroom require tiles that will stand up to abrasion and heavy use as well. 
  •  Durability – While some tiles are resistant to wear and tear, some other options such as granite and marble may be prone to cracks and staining. Before tile selection, carefully consider the foot traffic in the intended area of installation
  • Resistance to water– In areas of installation such as the kitchen and bathroom floors, some of the better options for tiles are materials such as marble, granite, mosaic or ceramic. However, you must also remember that the smooth finish on marble and granite can increase the chances slipping. Slip resistant tiles are the best option. 

Hardwood and laminate are not good choices for the kitchen or bathroom 

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  • Resistance to chemicals –  Slates are hardy  tiles and the best choice for areas with chemical handling 
  • Maintenance– The ease of cleaning or maintenance should be put into consideration, Ceramic tile is long-lasting and relatively easy to maintain. Glazed ceramic tile is generally resistant to stains, water, fire and dirt, and can be cleaned up with a damp mop or sponge and common household cleaners.  Unglazed porcelain tile is popular for its natural look and chameleon properties, it is slightly more difficult to maintain and requires extra sweeping and damp mopping to prevent staining.
  • Pricing – Well, the price should be in your budget 
  • Availability – In case of tile breakage long after installation,  A similar tile should be readily available at the local depots 

GROUT 

Grout simply is a sealant used to lock the tiles tight, keeping water out and bonding the tiles together preventing the edges from chipping and cracking. Grout helps in controlling the functionality and durability of tiles and plays a major role in the day-to-day maintenance and the overall longevity of your tiles.

There are three methods when it comes to choosing the most suitable grout :

  • Matching grout
    Matching the grout colour to the tile colour makes the grout lines less noticeable and therefore the tile itself is accented. This is the best option if you have over-the-top beautiful tiles with a basic layout. 
  • Contrasting grout
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    A conflicting grout colour and tile colour will emphasize both the design and layout of the tiles, rather than the tile itself. Grout is a whole other design decision, therefore, gives it the consideration it deserves.

  • Neutral grout
    A neutral grout produces an appearance somewhere in between matching and contrast. Guess who lacked a clear explanation of this 

    EXTRA TILE TIPS

  • When dealing with mismatched tiling, don't vary the size, shape or colour palette and vice versa — always have a single consistent feature.
  • Though tile is durable and long-lasting, you may need to replace broken floor tiles occasionally. If you didn't save spares from the initial installation, there are a few options.

Thank you for reading, Do have a great day ahead

 

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Why Kenyans Needs to invest in solar energy

Last night Kenya and Uganda were plunged into darkness following a blackout in major towns. The power outage comes months after a similar blackout was experienced in Kenya but this time Kenya went down with Uganda.  Kenya power and The utility firm in Uganda confirmed on their twitter. 

It just about the time we invest in solar farming and other sources of renewable energy, I thought should highlight the benefits of solar energy because it is readily available. 

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There are many reasons why you should go solar, but improving the environment and cutting energy costs are the most common. Whether your motivations for going solar are economic, environmental, or personal here is why you should go solar. 

  • Reduce your electric bills 
  • Increase your property value – Realtors whose homes are fully equipped with solar systems are rated highly in the price tags 
  • Protect the environment – Solar is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint. The burning of fossil fuels releases harmful toxins into the earth’s atmosphere, and drilling for geothermal energy could lead to earthquakes. However, one of the most important benefits of solar energy is that it does not harm the earth.
  • Sustainability – The sun generates 10,000 times more energy than the earth needs annually and using this energy does not affect the performance of the sun therefore solar energy is a clean source of energy that has a much lower environmental impact than conventional energy technologies.
  • Finally, One of the benefits of solar energy that many people appreciate the most is that it is available off the national grid. In other words, people can become self-sufficient and enjoy all of the power they need for their homes and businesses and avoid all this mess of national blackouts.  

Always remember technology does not cost money it saves money. 

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Concrete screeding machine

This Tuesday focus on Laser technology

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In recent years, the construction industry has been adopting laser technology for various purposes of leveling,  and other traditional manual processes.

The use of laser technology in the construction industry is becoming more and more popular, especially among those contractors working on larger-scale commercial projects. The trend towards laser use is strengthened by the fact that it expedites traditional manual processes, such as leveling, plumbing, machine control, excavation work, landscaping, swimming pool construction, measuring elevation, measuring distance, alignment, site-prep grading, construction stakeout concrete leveling, home building, and many various construction job site tasks. 

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Many construction companies are finding the need for laser tools just to stay competitive in the industry. 

Below is a laser screeding machine 

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What is Green Building ?

Welcome to another blog post from Construction web, catch us each and every day of 2018, Keeping you inspired at the same time updated in the construction world.

Each Friday, Spotlight on green building and reviews. But on this first Friday lets talk green building 

Green building refers to the structure and the application of processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building’s life-cycle, from conception through completion to demolition.

This requires close cooperation of the contractor, the architects, the engineers, and the client at all project stages. 

Most countries have a set of rating systems for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of green buildings or rather an authoritative body that governs and checks compliance of local buildings.

The common objective of green buildings is to reduce the overall impact of the built environment on human health and the natural environment by:

      • Efficiently using energy, water, and other resources
      • Protecting occupant health and improving employee productivity 
      • Reducing waste, pollution and environmental degradation  
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Examples of green technology subject areas:

Energy
Perhaps the most urgent issue for green technology, this includes the development of alternative fuels, new means of generating energy and energy efficiency.

Green building
Green building encompasses everything from the choice of building materials to where a building is located.

Environmentally preferred purchasing
 Innovation involves the search for products whose contents and methods of production have the smallest possible impact on the environment and mandates that these be the preferred products for government purchasing.

Green chemistry
The invention, design application of chemical products and processes to reduce or to eliminate the use and generation of hazardous substances.

Green nanotechnology
Nanotechnology involves the manipulation of materials at the scale of the nanometer, one billionth of a meter. Some scientists believe that mastery of this subject is forthcoming that will transform the way that everything in the world is manufactured. “Green nanotechnology” is the application of green chemistry and green engineering principles to this field.

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Exterior Designs ( Thursdays)

From traditional houses to contemporary houses learn about the most popular home styles, their history and the key elements of each style only on www.constructionweb.co.ke each and Every Thursday

Building your own house is quite possibly the most exciting and rewarding endeavour for anyone to undertake. And it all starts with the perfect home design. I am here to help ensure that you get off to a perfect start! Just in case you were wondering why you should subscribe to our blog 

The fun part of designing your new house is the exterior style. You will not need to do more calculating. It is just time to have fun choosing a style that you like. 

The style chosen should usually blend in with the other homes in the community and region. Even though the style fits in with the other homes within the community, you can still customize it to reflect your taste. 

As a safety factor, consider the resale value of the home with the exterior style that you choose. This may be an important value consideration if the time comes that you decide to sell the home.

The two most prevalent styles on the market today are traditional and contemporary.  

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Traditional houses are considered simple. They usually have small-paned or mullioned windows spaced symmetrically.  They vary  from location or even countries 

Contemporary designs came to break the rules,  They have no particular shapes, they have large amounts of glass, shuttered windows, decorative trims, and roof lines that range from flat to very steep. Siding is vertical or horizontal wood, stucco, or masonry. Contemporary does not really have any style rules. 


Well that’s it,  the introductory blog it is, please pass by next Thursday for more updates on exterior design

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Interior Wednesday

Interior Wednesdays | January 3, 2018, | @constructionweb

Today, more than ever, the beauty of natural stone is a designer’s favourite choice, architects and homebuilders agree as well.

Natural stone tiles are fast becoming the flooring and walling material of choice.

A stone wall is a great way to add a feature to your home that will make it stand out and unique. It is a great idea to introduce texture and nature inspiration too. Moreover, it is not necessary that you have to build a stone wall in a rustic setting of an interior design.Natural stone is a dynamic and versatile product that can be used in both traditional and contemporary buildings.

Widespread types of stones used in interior design: limestone, sandstone, brick, slate and coral stone.

I have discovered a roundup that features stone walls used in many different ways.

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Both stones and plants are creations of nature, so they look great together.

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Accentuating seams in contrasting hue will emphasize bold patterns of natural stone. You will get a better effect if stones vary in sizes and shapes.

If your room is not spacious enough, consider decorating only a part of the wall with natural stone in order not to overload an interior. Believe me, even the small part of a stone decorated wall will guarantee the same effect as the full wall.

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Proper lighting will intensify the wonderful texture of natural stone.

 

Combine natural stones with warming materials like fur, cashmere, fleecy rugs and pillows since stone surface adds a cold feel to the room.

Bring bright-coloured accents in warm shades of yellow, orange and red to make an area look welcoming and cheerful.


Hope these tips will help you create a unique room interior with a welcoming ambience and earthy feel. Would you dare to decorate your walls with natural stones? 

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Top 5 Construction Trends in 2018.

The year, 2018, I made a resolution, a resolution to keep construction web readers always updated and informed in the construction world.

You might as well bookmark this site,

Did someone ask why?

Well, brace yourself for 365 blog posts. 

Check out my new year resolution here 


Construction Web In 2018


So without much ado let’s get down to business, wait, I mean construction trends,

In 1900, craftsmen with varying levels of skill manufactured carts one at a time. Even the best of these carts provided little more than basic transportation. Yet in at the same time, master masons and builders created incredible stone houses using principles of design and construction that were breathtaking for the time. 

Today the technologies of both manufacturing and construction have changed, but not nearly to the same degree.

For many reasons, that I won’t state, the basic construction process of building stick by stick, piece by piece, has remained unchanged since the Middle Ages whereas in Manufacturing miracles are happening.

It is now the 21st century that we are seeing technological breakthroughs which set new waves in productivity.

So I decided to put together an article that outlines the emerging trends to look out for in the year 2018! 


IN SUMMARY

  1. Building Information Modelling
  2. Virtual  and Augmented realities 
  3. Modular and prefab houses 
  4. Green construction 
  5. Project management software

 

1 Building Information Model (BIM)

Building Information Modelling is a process that gives construction professionals the insight and tools to efficiently plan, design, construct, operate and maintain diverse physical infrastructures, such as water, refuse, electricity, gas, communication utilities, roads, bridges, ports, tunnels, etc.

 Benefits to the construction industry already have been significant in several respects, thanks to BIM features like the collaboration features, conflict resolution features. The features reduce interferences, which are instances where the design of separate systems, such as electrical conduit and high-voltage alternating current ducting, compete for the same physical space. 

So it’s clear that there is going to be less resistance with adapting BIM in construction projects. In fact, with favourable responses on previous years, we might see more advancements with BIM in 2018.

 

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2 Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality 

While the construction industry has been notoriously slow to jump into the technology revolution, soon companies will have no choice.  Another big thing to look out for is an increase in virtual and augmented reality use. This type of technology is changing the entire industry, Its biggest benefit is the ability to provide virtual walkthroughs in order to sell property and  

Preparing workers to operate the necessary machinery through simulation is a very effective method. VR enables easy communication and collaboration on site. 

.3 Green Construction 

Environmental sustainability has become a hot topic of discussion in the last few years and is expected to raise more dust. In 2018, a focus on ecological benefits will remain a trend throughout the industry as well as an increased emphasis on the financial benefits. Expect to see increasingly green business models! 

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4.modular and prefabrication construction projects

In 2017, modular and prefabrication construction has become an increasingly popular trend due to its cost-effectiveness and energy efficiency. Modular and prefabrication construction will continue to be an attractive option in 2018. Expect to see a lot more pop-ups and permanent modular buildings, as well as prefab houses this year!

However, the basic building blocks of construction—steel and concrete—are expected to remain relatively unchanged. Specific qualities of these materials will be improved, but no major substitute material is on the horizon. 

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 5 Project Management Softwares

In job sites of the past, the first tools unpacked were the shovels. Today, the first things out of the box are often computers. Terminals and graphics workstation, These computers provide communications links with the engineering office, the client, and relevant vendors or fabricators.

The software also provides the construction industry with three fundamental advantages: Efficiency, Transparency and Accountability. The latest software provides real-time communication, project overview, trackability and integrations with other software, therefore, a  system of controls optimize the design, procurement, and construction process. 

Most importantly, Expect Construction web 2.0

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