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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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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DAMPNESS IN BUILDINGS

 

Structural dampness is the presence of unwanted moisture in the structure of a building, either the result of intrusion from outside or condensation from within the structure.

Causes of dampness in buildings

  1. Rain penetration
  2. Level of site
  3. Drain ability of soil
  4. climate condition
  5. Defective orientation of building
  6. Moisture entrapped during construction
  7. Defective construction e.g. joints

A wide range of instruments and techniques can be used to investigate the presence of moisture in building materials.

The competence and experience of the person undertaking the damp investigations is often of greater importance than the kit he or she carries.


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The Survey

It is essential when investigating the potential for rising dampness to eliminate other sources of water ingress. Care must be taken to eliminate other potential sources of moisture, especially condensation in the colder months, and it is, therefore, essential to ensure that a full investigation is always undertaken. If any other sources are identified then these must be first eliminated before a proper assessment of any rising dampness can be made as it can be very difficult to distinguish between two or more interfering sources of water ingress.

The following gives a guide to on‐site routine procedures for the survey:

Dampness in building materials can be harmful to the structural integrity of buildings. If not treated properly water ingress can damage bricks and mortar, causing cracks in masonry, spalling and chipping. 

Primary Internal Examination (Visible Signs):

  1. Fungal decay in skirting and/or other timbers.
  2. Peeling / blistering wallpaper, peeling / blistering paintwork.
  3. Efflorescence.
  4. Mould growth, staining.
  5. Damp/wet patches, water droplets, water runs.

Different types of dampness need different treatments. It is therefore important to find out exactly which type of dampness is affecting the building, as the wrong treatment can in some circumstances do more harm than good.

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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.

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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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Window Treatments

Window treatment, is an interior decoration for a window or a window frame.

In addition to providing privacy, window treatments serve two other primary functions: controlling temperature and controlling light in a room. For starters, most window treatments can be classified as either blinds or shades.

Blinds are technically hard window treatments composed of movable slats that can be tilted opened or closed when the blind is lowered. Shades are raised or lowered by a cording system or a spring component.Blinds and shades are fully customizable, offer complete light and privacy control and have an endless variety of design choices and options. So many choices, so little time!

 

Wood Blinds 

Wood blinds are a classic choice for windows and outlast trends or styles. Made of real wood, using various grains and stains, wood blinds remain durable through the years. The warm look of wood blinds pairs well with other wood furniture, flooring and trim.

Faux wood blinds have the same look as real wood, but are more affordable window treatments because they’re made out of PVC, vinyl or composite wood material. Faux wood blinds are also moisture resistant, making them a great choice for kitchens and bathrooms where real wood would otherwise warp and crack.

Faux Wood blind

ROMAN SHADES 

Roman shades consist of one continuous piece of fabric, featuring horizontal folds down the length of the shade. These folds lay flat against the window when down but fold up nicely when raised, combining the soft look of fabric drapery with the functionality of a shade.With roman shades, there are options galore to choose from like top down, bottom up or cordless or thermal liners.

Roman shades combine functionality with the soft appearance of drapery.

SOLAR SHADE  

Solar shades are also known as “window sunglasses” for their opaque design that allows you to preserve your outside view while also providing considerable light control and UV rays 

HONEYCOMB SHADES 

Cellular shades/Honeycomb shades  are the best insulators of all energy-efficient window treatments. They get their name and insulating properties from their fabric honeycomb cells that trap air between the window and the room. This results in heat gain in the cold seasons and heat loss in the hot seasons.

ROLLER SHADES 

Roller shades are one of the most affordable options when it comes to covering your windows. These shades roll up neatly onto a tube, making them appear minimal and discreet when raised. With blackout and light-filtering options, you can choose the amount of light control that you wish for any given room.

Roller Windows

DRAPERY

Drapery adds style and elegance to your home while also providing functional light control and privacy. Panels hang vertically from hardware at the top to your desired window treatment length.

Available in many different styles, fabrics, colors and patterns, you can easily coordinate drapery to layer with any existing window treatments or simply use panels only.CURRENT TRENDS IN WINDOW TREATMENTS 

Window treatments have come a long way in the past few decades. ‘Top down bottom up shades‘ can be raised and lowered at the same time to create a clerestory effect. This can provide privacy at eye level while letting in daylight and views of the sky. Cordless blinds are important for safety in houses with children and pets, and motorized shades can be operated with a wall switch or a remote.
Shades can be automated through an iPad, iPhone, or Android device and programmed to open and shut with the rising and setting of the sun. Shades can also be connected to existing home automation systems so you can control whether they’re up or down even when you’re away from home. Today’s high-tech window treatments can even be connected to temperature sensors so when the sun is at its hottest and the temperature goes up inside, the shades will automatically come down. Automating and programming shades greatly increases their energy efficiency value because you can close them during peak hours of heat loss or heat gain and open them back up when peak hours have passed. Motorized window treatments also have a longer life-span because they are not tugged at or touched when being operated.

 

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kitchen flooring trends

Hi guys today we discuss about kitchen flooring , basically the materials used in kitchen floors.

Kitchen flooring might need to be practical and hardwearing, but there’s no need for it to be dull. Natural materials such as stone and hard wood flooring is always a popular choice and lends authenticity to a a kitchen. A 2017 tiles trend is ‘mimica’ porcelains, which re-create the look of natural materials.Mimica porcelain because they mimic natural flooring materials for instance marble,hardwood and stones. So today we’ll be taking a look at the flooring options that best compliment this color scheme. First and foremost, you need to know what TYPE of flooring will work best for your lifestyle. Your choices are tile, hardwood, laminate, vinyl, and specialty materials such as cork. While there are many more flooring options, those are the most prevalent in kitchens today. They each have pros and cons, but your household and lifestyle can help you decide on a good fit.

You want the toughest flooring. ?
You like the look of stone or hardwood ?
You want low maintenance. ?You want slip resistant tiles ?

Mimica porcelain tiles are the best

Porcelain flooring tile, a version of common ceramic tile, is the durability champ. It’s fired at high temperatures that produce an extremely hard, durable, stain-resistant tile that is impervious to moisture.

In fact, it’s so tough it can be used outdoors in virtually any climate. Like common ceramic tile, porcelain tile comes either unglazed or glazed. The unglazed versions take on the color of their clay mixture, so they have naturally earthy tones.

Glazed tiles have a glass-like coating that can be made in virtually any color, and can mimic the look and texture of real stone at a much lower cost than stone.. here are some few examples on mimica porcelain tiles

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Types of ceilings

Various types of ceiling are used in building construction. Applications, aesthetics, advantages and disadvantages of these types of ceilings are discussed in this article.

The ceiling of a building form one of the most important structural elements it terms of functionality as well as creativity which in turn bring good aesthetics to the building interior. This document would help you understand ceilings that in turn would help you understand the most suitable options while undertaking either repair or renovation work of our building interior.

The ceiling gains a definition, ” A part of a building which encloses and is exposed overhead in a room, protected shaft or circulation space.”

It helps us to create an enclosure and separation between spaces. They provide perfect lighting in the room by controlling diffusion of light. It also controls the sound around a room by making the room sound proof. It, therefore, stops the passage of sound between the rooms.

Now ceiling also possesses fire resistant properties that would facilitate accommodation of building services such as vents, lighting, sprinkler heads etc. If we have any other services like ducts, pipes, and wiring that are messed up together, that they don’t give a good appearance, it can be concealed by means of ceiling covering.

Types of Ceiling used in Building Construction
Now we will discuss types of ceiling. This would give an idea to decide what would work best for a new building construction as you have many options for the same. The types are:

Exposed Ceilings
Tightly attached ceiling
Interstitial ceilings
Acoustical Ceilings
Radiant Chilled Ceilings
Convective Chilled Ceilings
Suspended Ceilings

1. Exposed Ceilings
As shown in figure-1, this kind of ceiling arrangement would completely expose the structural and mechanical components of the building thus omitting a concept of finished ceiling. This arrangement lacks a discomfort in aesthetics but gains many advantages like the economy, easy maintenance due to ease of access. This also enables the thermal mass of the building to be exposed.

Further, the above-mentioned exposed thermal mass can be exploited by installing heating or cooling elements like chilled beams that will be discussed in the following discussions.


Fig.1. Exposed ceiling example in the interior of an office room

The disadvantage mentioned before of looks can vanish if we design , install roof structures and floor structures properly , leaving it exposed in the space below by means of timber beams or concrete slabs or space trusses. It’s true that the mechanical element arrangement at ceiling level in a well systematic manner would create an attractive aesthetic effect.

2. Tightly Attached Ceiling


Fig.2.Tightly Attached Ceiling

3. Interstitial ceilings
An interstitial space is defined as an intermediate space kept between regular-use floors. It is commonly located in hospitals and laboratory-type buildings to allow space for the mechanical systems of the building.

Laboratory and hospital rooms are easily rearranged throughout their lifecycles and therefore reduce lifecycle cost. This ensures more flexibility in the interiors of the building rooms.

They include a walkway for access with a low height. Mainly employed in buildings that have the following units:

Electrical and communications wiring
Air-conditioning ducts
Oxygen
Chilled water
Vacuum pipe work
Chemical sewer pipe work
Water and waste pipework
Fuel gas lines
Compressed air lines


Fig.3. A picture depicting interstitial space arrangement


Fig.4. A Real Example of Interstitial Ceiling Space Arrangement

The ducts and pipe work occupy some space, which often requires continual maintenance and are subject to frequent change. The main advantage of interstitial ceilings is that they allow for maintenance and updating work, without interruption of activities in the spaces above and below.

4. Acoustical Ceilings
This ceiling is mainly implemented to control sound reverberation in a hall where there is the possibility of large sound propagation to make the hearing comfort zone. The acoustic ceiling material is made from fibrous materials that would absorb sound energy unlike other materials like plaster or gypsum ceilings.

These materials do not reduce transmission of sound between the spaces. They result in a reduction in the amount of sound that reflects into space. Hence it can be used to bring the modify acoustic character of space.

Fig.5. A Real Example of Acoustical Ceiling Arrangement

The performance of the ceiling material in terms of sound absorption can be expressed in terms of noise reduction coefficient (NRC). An NRC of 0.85 means that a ceiling material absorbs 85% o the sound that reaches it, and an almost 15% reflects back to the room.

Most of the acoustical ceilings NRC range from 0.5 to 0.9. This value is found to be 0.10 for plaster and gypsum ceiling board materials.

5. Radiant Chilled Ceilings
Radiant chilled ceilings include a network of chilled water coils in ceiling panels with insulation above. For some systems, pipework may be incorporated into plaster board. But this is found less efficient as plaster is an insulator.

The ceiling surface then cools the occupied space by both radiation and convection, providing temperatures throughout the space and avoids draught. The space requirement for chilled ceilings is found to be less, which may be installed with a depth of just 100mm. For some, a small-bore cooling coils can be embedded in plaster ceiling.

6. Convective Chilled Ceilings
These types of ceilings are a deviation from radiant chilled ceilings, in which the network of chilled water pipes incorporates fins, increasing the proportion of cooling that is provided by convection.

7. Suspended Ceilings
These are secondary ceilings suspended from the structure above (typically a floor or roof slab), creating a void between the underside of the slab and the top of the suspended ceiling. This void can provide a useful space for the sprinklers, distribution of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) services and plumbing and wiring services.

This also provides a display place for the installation of speakers, and smoke detectors, motion detectors, light fittings, wireless, antenna, CCTV, fire and so on. It provides an air ‘plenum’, in which the void itself forms a pressurized ‘duct’ to supply air to or extract it from the taken space below.

Fig.7. Suspended Ceilings

This is the one that contributes to fire-resistance in commercial and residential construction. In the case of a dropped ceiling (the other name of suspended ceiling), the rating is achieved by the entire system, which includes:

· the structure above, from which the ceilings is suspended. This can be a concrete floor or a timber floor
the suspension mechanism
the lowest membrane or dropped ceiling.
Between the structure that the dropped ceiling is suspended from and the dropped membrane, there is frequently some room for mechanical and electrical piping, wiring and ducting to be incorporated.

An independent ceiling can be constructed which has a separate fire-resistance. Such systems must be checked without the benefit of being suspended from a slab above so that it can hold itself up. This type of ceiling would be installed to protect items above from fire.

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