Major changes loom as Kenya adopts new building codes

The Kenyan construction is industry will undergo drastic changes as the State moves to adopt new European building standards and codes. Dubbed Eurocodes, the new set of rules will provide a common reference point for all contractors and consultants –…
Why (sometimes) it is better to rent than buy a house

Renting vs buying debate always evokes heated argument with supporters on both sides of the buy vs rent discussion trying to outdo one another. Those in support of buying usually argue that paying rent is like throwing away cash that…
Equity Bank to unveil Kenya’s first digital mortgage application

Equity Bank has announced plans to unveil Kenya’s first digital mortgage application as it moves to digitise its asset finance procedures. This follows the success that the lender’s mobile channel Equitel has been enjoying since its inception in September last…
Kenya property investors now bid to make homes affordable

A low cost housing boom is gathering pace in the country as property developers and financiers begin to shift their focus to this market segment, which was previously seen as unprofitable. Following a glut in the high-end segment, investors are…
The pros, cons of open plan living in modern homes

Changes in lifestyle have seen open floor plan homes continue to gain popularity, replacing the traditional design where all the room are separated by walls. The most common form of open plan living combines the living room, kitchen and dining…
How to use basic design principles to decorate your home

Principles of design define how the elements of design (colour, texture, line, space and shape) should be used in order to achieve a functional and stylish living space. These principles include balance, rhythm, unity, contrast and emphasis. 1.) Balance This…
How to use basic design elements to decorate your home

Home decoration employs five key elements that go hand in hand with the principles of design to create functional and aesthetically appealing homes. These include colour, line, space, texture and shape. Whether you are starting on a blank space in…
State scraps Nema, NCA levies to boost housing construction

In a move aimed at incentivising property developers to increase the supply of affordable housing, the government has scrapped all construction charges levied on projects by State agencies and counties. The government on Tuesday said it had scrapped the fees…