Quick Furniture Tips

Furniture placement can be a tricky task.

It’s a question anyone who owns furniture is forced to confront: What is the best way to arrange it? When space comes at a premium, that question becomes even trickier to answer. 

Luckily, here at constructionweb we have created this article to help you pro guide you. The handy guide features tricks of the trade that help optimize the space in any room. And while trial and error are to be expected, knowing these key furniture arranging tips and tricks will only help make the design method smoother.

 Basically, there are two steps to proper furniture placement: Planning your layout and then bringing that layout to life. More conceptual tricks include considering the function of each piece of furniture and figuring out how to keep traffic moving.

  1. The first step is hectic clear the room, if possible. I know this can be difficult, especially in a confined, city apartment, but it is sometimes impossible to reflect a fresh new look unless you begin with a blank palette. Alternatively, you can draw the preferred layout on a piece of paper before placement.
  2. Every room needs one. Yeah, a focal point. Create a focal point  This is the defining element in your room. It could be  a fireplace or a unique of furniture or artwork. Your furniture should be arranged to take advantage of your focal point. For example, in the living room or bedroom, the sofa or bed should face the focal point.
  3. Arrange your seats in a way that enables conversation. For example, instead of placing two chairs across from the couch facing them upright ahead, angle them toward each other
  4.  Coming in 4th is the Wall-art ratio Homeowners generally hang wall portraits at eye altitude, similar to the organization in an art gallery, so visitants can appreciate them. If you’d like to give the idea of a taller ceiling, dangle wall art slightly lower than eye height to create more distance between the top of the art and the ceiling.
  5. Each furniture doesn’t have to be parallel to or at a 90-degree angle from your walls or other pieces of chattels. Try placing a sofa, loveseat or chairs on an angle to deal with space constraints, encourage dialogue and create asymmetry.
  6. If your house got a dining room area consider banquette arrangement. A banquette is a permanent bench-like seat attached to a wall. You don’t have to push chairs in and out as you sit, The advantage installing banquette is you can use them to provide extra storage. l. Most fast foods joints are designed like this, for instance, java house Image result for java house interior design
  7. Use an area rug it helps any visitant define a space, such as a convenient seating setup. The rug should be wide enough so all seating and tables are completely placed on the rug. Sofas and chairs that are half-on, half-off a rug don’t let you define the entire space.

8 The theatre experience – When installing up your TV room, think of where people will be sitting when they watch the screen and what time of day they’ll be watching. Daytime viewing means sunlight coming through windows—don’t place video screens facing them. Evening viewing means lights will be on, which can shine onto screens. Test lamp and screen placement before you move heavy equipment. Don’t place audio speakers near walls, which can absorb sound and create vibrations. Keep them at least 6 inches from walls, drapes and furniture.

 

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Nairobi city and Co-working spaces

Around 10 years ago coworking spaces began opening up to offer affordable office space solutions to startups and freelancers, but recently much larger tech firms have been jumping in. Companies are now looking for the benefits of locating in these shared office environments. As a result, big media conglomerates and newly crowned tech giants have been moving employees to coworking and incubator spaces.  

Arbor House Business Centre. along Arboretum Road Nairobi

Well, this is Happening all over the world but In The safari Capital Of Africa, Nairobi Coworking spaces are mushrooming all over the city, Beautiful spaces that we will be looking at them soon.

Currently, Large corporations are partnering with coworking spaces to support innovation and idea exchanges. Tech giants such as Verizon, IBM and Microsoft are now testing coworking spaces to be near innovative startups.

The twig Co work at West End towers in Waiyaki way

Corporations are forming partnerships with coworking spaces, thereby making it easier for them to stay on top of technological innovations and top talent. They want to keep an ear to the ground when it comes to potential disruptions in their industry, and they need to closely monitor potential acquisition targets. Renting space in coworking spaces can help them check all of the boxes: Attract top talent, monitor competition, and find acquisition targets. Here are a few examples of partnerships in the past couple of years 

This is the new wave jump on the bandwagon and save big!

 Nairobi’s startup scene is taking off, and community workspaces are revving up its fame as East Africa’s cosmopolitan hub.  These coworking spaces are not the run-of-the-mill startup campuses you would expect to find anywhere else in Africa.

If you are an up-and-coming startup or small business looking to get noticed, there is no better place to make those connections happen.

One trend coming out of coworking spaces, like The Mint Hub ,  The Twig,  AHBC,  Workstyle Africa is integrating incubators into their business development strategies. By offering space and an environment with resources, they are able to cater and retain members who are launching startups.  

The Mint Hub

The demand for shared office coworking spaces is surging in the Nairobi and around the world, with several mega corporates over this past year deciding to jump into the game. So why would you start a business and rent an overpriced office space in town?  

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TIPS ON EXTERIOR DESIGNS

Never underrate the importance of a first impression! Home exteriors are the very first thing next-door-neighbour, guests and prospective clients see, so you want your exterior home design to impress. Whether you are considering an exterior renovation to upgrade your curb appeal and resale value, or simply want to enhance your home’s artistic and ambience, choosing the right exterior design for your home is an important undertaking.
If you are building, this conception stage begins with choosing a good architectural firm that designs your new house then proceed to buy materials. 

When exploring various exterior ideas, it is important to remember there are different phases of a home exterior makeover. Exterior remodelling is not much different than interior design — both projects require careful consideration of all the components involved. If you’re starting from scratch, browse exterior photos from our Instagram and determine what kind of home exterior design ideas you are drawn to, Another option is to check out Maramani House Plans Once that’s decided, consider materials and colours 
Your overall home and neighbourhood style will generally guide these selections, but your personal taste and resale ability should also be taken into consideration. When this phase is complete, you can then move on to researching exterior decorating ideas!
Adding some finishing touches to the facade, like exterior shutters, always guarantees a personalized, lived-in look, whereas something like exterior lighting is both functional and aesthetically pleasing.

Which home exterior design style will work for me?
There is a huge range of exterior designs to choose from Maramani — whether you’re a traditionalist, minimalist or trendsetter, there is an architectural style that will work for you.

What exterior house colours and materials should I use?
The materials you end up using for your exterior design are often determined by the overall style of the house. When perusing exterior ideas for more traditional homes, you’ll notice that exteriors are usually comprised of brick and wood shingles, while stone and metal siding are popular contemporary options for more modern homes.
If you’re on a tight budget, vinyl siding is a more affordable option; if money is not an issue, a stone is beautiful but will cost quite a bit more. Although there is some leeway in the materials you use, be sure they accurately reflect your home’s overall style. 
If you’re not quite ready for a full-on renovation, there are still several exterior ideas … Simple things like changing up the trim and paint colours will make a noticeable impact — try to pick a neutral primary colour, like beige, brown or grey. If you want to stray from the norm with bright accents, try painting your front door or garage door something bright, such as red, green, blue or yellow.
As you consider various exterior decorating ideas, you’ll notice that less is more; a few decorative elements spice up your home’s architectural style but too many can make your exterior design look cluttered and chaotic. House numbers are a great way to add personality; you can try a unique font or brighter colours for a different look
When the holiday season rolls around, don’t forget about decorations! Landscaping is also key to a well-designed exterior, so choose plants and hardscaping that will play nicely with the decor to provide a welcoming look.

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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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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. 


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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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STONEWALLED BATHHOUSE 

 

Stonewalled bathhouse

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

FLOOR TO CEILING FIREPLACE SURROUND 

 

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.

WELL LIT  NOOKS 

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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Roofing Systems and solutions

I have been arguing with other builders and roof experts which roofing system is the most beautiful, They all have different opinions or rather tastes and preferences. This article is inspired by them!

Here is all you need to know about roofing systems and factors to consider when choosing the type of roofing, but before that

The roof is the covering on the uppermost part of a building or shelter which provides protection from animals and weather, notably rain or snow, but also heat, wind and sunlight. Roofing also denotes the framework that supports that covering.

Roof systems and materials generally are divided into

  1.  Low pitched roofs.
  2. High pitched roofs.

-Low pitched roofing includes water impermeable, or weatherproof, types of roof membranes installed on slopes less than or equal to  15°

-High pitched roofing includes water shedding types of roof coverings installed on slopes exceeding  15°

TYPES OF PITCHED ROOFS

Gabled roofing 

The roof slopes around a triangular extension of the end wall. This piece of wall is the gable. 
 
Hipped  Roofing
A  hipped roof, is a type of roof where all sides slope downwards to the walls, usually with a fairly gentle slope. Thus a hipped roof house has no gables or other vertical sides to the roof. 
A square hip roof is shaped like a pyramid.
Shed -ROOFING 
This simple roof has only one slope. It is commonly used on lean-to structures, such as additions. 
Mansard
A modified version of the pitched roof that creates a spacious living area in the roof space. a four-sided gambrel-style hip roof characterized by two slopes on each of its sides with the lower slope, punctured by dormer windows, at a steeper angle than the upper 

 

Low-pitched  roofing 
There are five types of low slope roof membranes or systems. 

  • Built-up roof (BUR) membranes
  • Metal panel roof systems for low-slope applications
  • Polymer-modified bitumen sheet membranes
  • Single-ply membranes
    • Thermoplastic membranes (e.g., PVC, TPO)
    • Thermoset membranes (e.g., EPDM)
  • Spray polyurethane foam-based (SPF) roof systems

Most low-pitched roof membranes have three principal components:

  • Weatherproofing layer or layers — the weatherproofing component is the most important element because it keeps water from entering a roof assembly.
  • Reinforcement — reinforcement adds strength, puncture resistance and dimensional stability to a membrane.
  • Surfacing — surfacing is the component that protects the weatherproofing and reinforcement from sunlight and weather. Some surfacings provide other benefits such as increased fire resistance, improved traffic and hail resistance, and increased solar reflectivity.

With some roof membranes, a component may perform more than one function.

High pitched 

There are divisions of high pitched roof coverings.

  • Asphalt shingles
  • Clay tile and concrete tile
  • Metal roof systems for steep-slope applications
  • Slate
  • Wood shakes and wood shingles
  • Synthetic

Steep-slope roof systems typically are composed of individual pieces or components installed in shingle fashion. Steep-slope roof assemblies typically consist of three primary parts:

  • Roof deck — a roof deck is the structural substrate and usually is a wood-based material such as plywood or oriented strand board (OSB).
  • Underlayment — underlayment provides temporary protection until a roof covering is installed and provides a secondary weatherproofing barrier. Sometimes underlayment is referred to as “felt” or “paper.”
  • Roof covering — the roof covering is the external water shedding material.
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Tips on exterior designing

 

Never underestimate the importance of a first impression! Home exteriors are the very first thing neighbors, visitors and prospective buyers see, so you want your exterior home design to impress. Whether you are considering an exterior remodel to upgrade your curb appeal and resale value, or simply want to enhance your home’s aesthetic and ambiance, choosing the right exterior design for your home is an important undertaking. 

When exploring various exterior ideas, it is important to remember there are different phases with a home exterior makeover. Exterior remodeling is not much different than interiordesign  — both projects require careful consideration of all the components involved. If you’re starting from scratch, browse exterior photos from our Instagram and determine what kind of home exterior design ideas you are drawn to, and which ones would be compatible with your current space. Once that’s decided, consider materials and colors from @crownpaintsplc .

Your overall home and neighborhood style will generally guide these selections, but your personal taste and resale ability should also be taken into consideration. When this phase is complete, you can then move on to researching exterior decorating ideas!

Adding some finishing touches to the facade, like exterior shutters, always guarantees a personalized, lived-in look, whereas something like exterior lighting is both functional and aesthetically pleasing.

Which home exterior design style will work for me?

There is a huge range of exterior designs to choose from — whether you’re a traditionalist, minimalist or trendsetter, there is an architectural style that will work for you.

What exterior house colors and materials should I use?

The materials you end up using for your exterior design are often determined by the overall style of the house. When perusing exterior ideas for more traditional homes, you’ll notice that exteriors are usually comprised of brick and wood shingles, while stone and metal siding are popular contemporary options for more modern homes.

If you’re on a tight budget, vinyl siding is a more affordable option; if money is not an issue, a stone is beautiful but will cost quite a bit more. Although there is some leeway in the materials you use, be sure they accurately reflect your home’s overall style.

If you’re not quite ready for a full-on renovation, there are still several exterior ideas … Simple things like changing up the trim and paint colors will make a noticeable impact — try to pick a neutral primary color, like beige, brown or gray. If you want to stray from the norm with bright accents, try painting your front door or garage door something bright, such as red, green, blue or yellow.  

As you consider various exterior decorating ideas, you’ll notice that less is more; a few decorative elements spice up your home’s architectural style but too many can make your exterior design look cluttered and chaotic. House numbers are a great way to add personality; you can try a unique font or brighter colors for a different look

When the holiday season rolls around, don’t forget about decorations! Landscaping is also key to a well-designed exterior, so choose plants and hardscaping that will play nicely with the decor to provide a welcoming look.

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Tips of A perfect kitchen

Hi, guys welcome back to our blog, today we I serve up my top tips and considerations to help you create the perfect kitchen design. Keep reading get familiar 

COLOURED CABINETS 

Don’t be afraid to go for bold colour on your kitchen cabinets – mid- to deep greys, blue tones and even shades of peppermint or sage green make great alternatives. If your walls are white, don’t go for white cupboards too; it’s a missed opportunity to inject a little more personality into your space. Of course, a dark hue is also a lot more forgiving where sticky fingers are concerned! I recommend asking your carpenter to have cabinet doors coated with a satin two-pack painted finish in your favourite shade (they’ll be able to match any colour). This is a very hardy paint finish, ensuring a sleek look which is robust and super easy to wipe clean. 

Colour blocking in the kitchen is great way to bring in colour without being overwhelming. Adding a feature row of contrasting cabinetry in colour or timber grain instantly transforms a plain kitchen into a dual-toned space with depth and unique visual appeal

THE KITCHEN TRIANGLE

The Kitchen Triangle refers to the positioning of the three most important features in any kitchen – the fridge, cooktop and sink.Make sure you have the ‘triangle of efficiency’ in place. Your journey from the countertop workspace, to the stove, and to the sink should not be too big or have obstacles in the way.

The Kitchen Triangle In this U-shaped kitchen, the amount of traffic is minimised and the main w ork zones are kept handy. Other kitchen layouts will always benefit from well-considered placements of fridge, cooker and sink.

You also need to consider things like the placement of windows and doors, ceiling heights, high-traffic areas, as well as making the most of natural light.

 STORAGE AND ACCESSIBILITY 

Storage will usually be a combination of under-bench cabinets, overhead wall cabinets and tall cabinets, with either drawers or doors

items can be put away or stored out of sight, the kitchen will be a much better place to work. Go through all the things you have in your cupboards and then work out where they would best be placed in the new kitchen: oils and spices near the cooktop, baking trays near the oven, platters and chopping boards near the workspace, and access to dinnerware and cutlery away from the work zone so others can assist in setting the table or dishing up.

For difficult corners, there are some amazing pull-out and slide-out options, and tall slide-out pantries work a treat for narrow spaces.

Don’t forget to use the height of your room. Tall cabinets may be hard to get to on a daily basis, but they offer great storage

 BENCHTOPS: 

Benchtops come in a range of looks, from price-conscious laminate to hardwearing man-made stone surfaces in a wide range of colours, textures and widths; from natural stones such as marble and granite, to synthetic surfaces that can offer the look of no joins. Think which one works best for your needs, your overall design and your budget.

KITCHEN APPLIANCES 

Coloured appliances are an ideal way to make a strong design statement, adding contrast, interest and style to the kitchen. I’m a fan of putting my appliances on show and love the appearance of stainless steel, but there are also many options for integrated appliances. Whatever look you go for, spending wisely on quality appliances will make even the smallest and most budget-conscious of kitchens sparkle.

THE SINK 

Sinks come in many forms and differing qualities, so be careful when buying that cheap sink-and-tap deal, as the stainless steel will scratch and tarnish quickly. The double-bowl undermount is the sink of choice, providing two deep bowls with a clean, under-benchtop look. The downside is they have no drain board, but some come with drop-in cutting boards and separate drain boards.

Avoid placing your sink on the island bench, especially if you are a drip-dryer, because a messy island bench makes for a messy looking house. Alternatively, build up the bench around the sink to hide the mess.”

THE KITCHEN SPACE 

When planning a kitchen, it’s important to give careful consideration to how the space will be used. Some questions need to be answered, like ‘Do you want people in the kitchen with you while you are cooking?’ and ‘Do you want people sitting on the other side of the bar talking to you while you cook?’ How a kitchen should function is a personal matter, and your kitchen design should reflect that

 

Those are just few kitchen tips to consider when building or buying a house.  For any queries drop us an email

info@constructionweb.co.ke 

 

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Tree – Glass House

You are probably reading this post from a capital city or minor cities across the globe, I can guess what you hate Traffic jams! Right ? We all want peace and comfortable life away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

A Kazakhstani architect  came up with a contemporary house design that has a mature fir tree enclosed at the centre of this conceptual tubular glass house

It was first designed in 2013 and before ground breaking the investors of the project pulled out. It features a completely glazed and cylindrical structure to give 360-degree-views of a forest setting.

A few years later a glass and solar panel manufacturer got interested,   according to Almassov, so construction could be imminent.

By the way, have you read about Our SMART FLOWER SOLAR PANELS?

The glazed walls and ceiling will reveal four narrow ring-shaped floors, as well as a spiralling white staircase that wraps around the trunk of the tree.

 

Glazed balustrades with wooden railings will surround the atrium

An entire glass shower cubicle mirrors the tubular form of the building, while other parts of the conceptual residence are seen dressed with freestanding furniture that follows the curving walls.

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