MODERN ARCHITECTURE VS TRADITIONAL ARCHITECTURE

The biggest difference between modern and traditional architecture is always about the space, modern architecture tends to minimize the space while traditional architecture has all the space that it comes with, but here are a few comparisons between the two forms of architecture:

KITCHEN OUTLOOK

The first thing that strikes out in a traditional architecture kitchen layout is generally a well-spaced and huge kitchenette. everything traditional is large, the cabinets the working area, the drawers and is probably made from heavy wood or from very unique-looking pieces. Modern kitchens come with ample creative storage, and the facilities are technologically advanced to make cooking easier thus the little space or fewer spaces. Features like in-built spaces for storing cutlery, excess utensils, and crookery in an organized manner are major features too of modern architecture.

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FLOOR PLAN

Modern architecture utilizes spaces by making use of multipurpose rooms. Its easier to bring utility into small spaces and this is what most modern architecture is trying to embrace as opposed to traditional that comes with all the space to add in any equipment one might need in their homes.

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FURNITURE DESIGN

If we talk of traditional architecture we talk of different hues of heavy brown furniture the so-called vintage. but modern furniture is of materialistic functions just as it may look. the most interesting part is that most traditional furniture is of heavy value and is in scarcity reason of its high price but in modern furniture, the prices vary according to its functionality. Both of them are of good aesthetic just that in modern architecture the main point of attention is the functions of the furniture itself.

WINDOWS AND LIGHTENING

Traditionally designed windows are symmetrically placed and smaller in size compared to modern designed windows which take full advantage of the room. Traditional windows are classified as facade windows, with make-up for natural light but full of fine details like hand carving, woodworking, staini9ng of glasses, and antique interiors. development of technology has paved the way for stronger glasses to be made thus the common trends of large clear windows and with different window designs as per requirements.

MATERIAL USE

These two types of architecture differ big time in material use, traditionally constructions and buildings were composed of things like, brick, wood, plasters, or stones but modern ways are made up of concrete, plastics, and even reinforced steel.

ARCHITECT OR FUNDI?

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Whether you are tearing down moving a wall or constructing a new one, it pays to hire architecture as they help much in erasing doubts and making solutions. All building constructions need someone who oversees, plans, and designs the whole process. Architects and fundis strategically function along this line just that an architect is well trained and has better know-how as compared to a fundi who is also trained and knows well but their expertise is mainly based on experiences and time he’s worked with buildings and construction.

Working with fundis is a little bit tricky, they often mix a little in their schedule as long as they are given upfront. At a point, your fundi who may have assured you of completing his assignment might find an engagement somewhere, as they usually refer to it as “Kazi kidogo” back burning your work, this is their strategic way of scooping deals and is the most common in the Kenyan property market. Getting into an agreement with them is another headache, most have basic education and technical training skills, good in their work but not good with financial and legal terms hence you might end up losing a lot if you go all the way to involve documentation agreement with a fundi.

Many fundis go for verbal agreement as long as there is upfront but for architects, the contracts are always drafted to a written agreement and then later on signed with a clear payment method.
Even though there are a dozen tales of Kenyas frustrated by funds, finding an authorized platform or a registered organization that deals with fundis on hire or contract can always save you the cost of hiring a professional architect for he is legally bounded by an agreement form and cannot underperform or do hide and seek games during the construction period also another well-known trait of the local fundis.

Architects are well trained in the art and science of building and construction and are actual professionals. Even though the question of between a fundi and an architect who is better than who still raises eyebrows, at the end of the day all of them can deliver. Everything an architect design is usually safe, meet the needs of the consumer, and is usually functional. Depending on the type of firm work an architect may be involved in all phases of a construction project. Hiring an architect is adding more ideas to your project.

It is in big projects such as large renovations, or tackling a home construction from the ground is where one is recommended to look for a trained architect who knows what they are doing and can’t bail out when serious issues arise and can also respond to them well. Architects have skills in project management, engineering, and design theory, and they are whole you need to bring your ideas to life.

If you want to go for either of the two here are a few tips to go about it:
*Review websites to get informed on organizations and agencies that offer these services or even individuals.
*If possible ask relatives and friends, especially those who have existing projects
*Interview several candidates.
*When it gets to the right time bring in an architect

FLAT ROOF VS GABLE ROOF.

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Gable roofs are also known as a pitched roofs where as opposed to all slopes meeting under the roof’s eave, in gable roofs the roof comes with two slopes the rest gets enclosed in the wall of the building.
No matter if you’re building a house or an office complex, you could be unsure about the best sort of roof for your project. Pitch roofs and flat roofs are the two most common types of roofing. Nevertheless, how can you be sure that the solution you choose is the best one? So you can make an informed selection based on your financial situation and the intended use of the structure, we’ll compare the advantages and disadvantages of flat versus pitched roofing. To begin, here is a simple side-by-by-side comparison:

Pitch roofs are more frequent than flat roofs, so it’s understandable that most homeowners and business owners choose them for a variety of reasons. Among the advantages of a pitched roof are the following: Average asphalt shingle pitched roofs last between 20 and 50 years, depending on the shingles and roofing material you select to use. Longer life expectancy As far as roofing options go, this is the most durable. Less Maintenance: Pitched roofs are designed to allow rain, snow, and ice to slide directly off the surface. As your roof ages, it takes a lot of beating, and these roofs are built with a pitch to decrease the risk of lead. Pitch roofs require significantly less care over the course of their lifespan than flat roofs do, because of this built-in feature.

The price of putting in new wiring. Pitch roofs generally cost more to install because they take longer and require more material than flat roofs. Pitch roofs. A sloped roof may initially cost more, but you’ll end up saving money in the long run. In terms of aesthetics, a sloped roof can be a drawback. In the case of contemporary or modern construction, a pitched roof may not be appropriate. In this situation, a flat roof makes more sense in order to harmonize the building’s overall appearance.

FLAT ROOF QUESTION: WHAT IS IT?
A flat roof, as the name suggests, is just that flat. Commercial buildings and contemporary architecture often feature flat roofs, but they’re not genuinely flat. Almost all flat roofs are engineered with a small slope that drives any water away from the surface.

It’s critical to weigh the costs and aesthetics while trying to decide between flat and pitched roofs for your structure. A flat roof’s advantages come into play here: The installation of a flat roof on a new building is less expensive than that of a pitched roof because of this. This is due to the fact that it uses fewer resources and is structurally simpler. When it comes to commercial structures, there is some debate as to whether a pitched or flat roof offers a building with more square feet of space. More Cohesive Space— There is some debate as to whether a pitched or flat roofing gives the building more square feet of space. There is no doubt that a whole structure can benefit from the additional space provided by a flat roof. However, the entire top level of flat-roof buildings will be identical in size and shape to lower floors, unlike a pitched roof’s triangular attic. If you’re building a commercial building, flat roofs are a wise decision because they allow for additional office and storage space. Aesthetically, clean, straight, and minimalist lines are now the current vogue for any construction. A flat roof is an option if you want to achieve that look in your structure. Cons of a Flat Roof

Although flat roofs are less expensive in the beginning and might give the aesthetics that many homeowners and business owners desire, they aren’t necessarily the most cost-effective option overall.

Why is this so? Because of a shorter life expectancy — The lifespan of a flat roof is around 10 years. That is significantly less than the minimum 20-year lifespan of a pitched roof, which means you’ll be spending a lot more money on roofing in the long run if you expect to remain in the building. Because flat roofs are flat, they necessitate a higher level of maintenance.

problems, particularly for structures located in wet or snowy climates. In order to avoid missing any major problems with your flat roof, it is advised that you have your roof inspected at least once a year if not more frequently. Even though flat roofs are easy to walk on, it doesn’t cost much to have a roofer come out to inspect them on a regular basis. · Increased Probability of Leaks— Flat roofs have an issue because they’re flat. Most aren’t very good at shedding a lot of rain or snow, even though they are designed with a little slope. When rain and snow accumulate or pool on the roof, it can lead to leaks because the water has a tendency to linger there for an extended period. As a result, flat roofs are more expensive than pitched roofs in the long run.

When comparing a pitched roof versus a flat roof, the only major issue is the upfront cost.

Where to build your home in Nairobi?

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In Nairobi like any other town, most dwellers tend to live in rentals but they is a steady growth in the new generation who prefer to own permanent residences. Its a type of ownership where quite a great number tend to buy land and do their own construction as it is deemed cheap and affordable, for this M-jenzi is here to connect you with credible suppliers and builders. 

The type of land, the material specification, the design of the house together with the size of the house you seek to build will hinder your choice of location , so where should one plan to set up and build their home in Nairobi?

Karen, Muthaiga, Runda and Rosslyn.

This are high end areas, where security is top level, the serenity and ambience is superb with very well maintained and highly accesible roads, the homes are palatiall not forgetting that this are zones with tight regulations so if you dream of settling in such area, themn dont shy from this list. it is where you ideal home lies. 

One good thing with this areas is that the rents are high, a high of about ksh.300,000, in that whenever you decide to relocate of have to move your property will still fetch quite a good rent and thats a good income considering the economical struggles.

If you are seeking for a blue zoned area to live in Nairobi, then you must be in to spend , the price for land and construction in this areas might be a bit pricy.

Kilimani. Westlands, Ridgeways and Lavington.

This neighrboods border the high end zones, meaning settling in this areas or building a home here, would mean peaceful and quite sorrounding, quite a nice attractive view and the roads are also well maintained. If your salary is a five figure, then you can scoop yourself a home in this areas under a working budget.

This zonings also have tight regulations, although a bit rekaxed as compared to the very high end zones of nairobi, security is also pereect in this zones and most of them taly being commercial centers so social ammenities and sociasl group is quite widened an ideal place to settle a family in. 

Imara daima, Dagoretti, Donholm,Ruaka and Dagoretti.

For those seeking for jobs in this big city, but want to avoid high rents and heavy mortgage cut on their slips, this are the areas to build a house on. One thing the price is affordable for starters. This areas are marked with upcoming apartments, and the population a bit large but in remote parts of this zones one can manage a small compound and playground depending on how you work around your construction budget.

Types of Mansionettes and How Long it Takes To Build Each

Do you want to build your dream house without experiencing all the hustle and bustle of the construction process? You need not to worry as…

Unlike a normal house a maisonette in often cases has separate doors to the outside within the same building and is always flat with one or two floors.

If you are looking forward to moving in quickly without the hustle and bustle of the construction process, M-jenzi is here for you, they offer the construction and supply of maisonette building materials.

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In a well-planned and well-executed building process, a maisonette may take from seven months to two years. However, the size per square meter and the number of floors, professionals, together with other financial factors might affect the building duration. Here is a list of different types of maisonette and their building duration.

1. Neoclassical

A property investor who is willing to put in all the resources needed for the construction of a neoclassical maisonette might go up to one year if it’s a storey of two or one floor. One can not immediately move into a newly constructed house as the building will still be holding a lot of moisture. For this, a neo-classical needs up to 12 months duration after the construction is done to fully dry out, since concrete bricks and mortar absorbs a lot of moisture during the construction process. Meaning an average of two years to count it as a ready to move -in-home.

2. Cape cod

From preparing the lot and laying the foundation, to the framing of the house and building a cape cod maisonette can go up to five years. When we think of a cape cod maisonette we think of a big and usually sophisticated design, and this usually amounts to the total duration it takes to fully bring out one in its full nature.

3. American style

Its difference comes in the functionality of its different rooms. Every partitioning in this style of maisonette has a meaning and a purpose, it pays keen attention to detail. This type of mansionette usually takes a long period of time to be fully constructed depending on the owner’s intention for the property. It can have a whole set of renovations once it’s done thus for an American style of maisonette no specific duration can be really quoted to take for the building process.

4. Italianate and colonial

Their uniqueness is the ballrooms and lounges, and an Italian maisonette can have up to three kitchens. All factors on hold, it can take up to 15 months to build and construct one of these two types of mansionette as they date back to the building that was present before independence thus the architecture is not far from being familiar with them.

Generally one needs to plan for the preconstruction period where you pull the permits, finalize the architecture as well as put your finances together then you can lay the foundation, then frame the house.

The roofing follows then sliding, plumbing, and wiring are finalized. The finish work, where painting and clearance are later done after the building is well dried. After this, the property owner does an inspection to check if everything came out right, in case of anything one should plan for a makeover.

How to Go From Renting to Owning a Home

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Purchasing land and building, getting into an off-plan property, or buying a whole complete furnished house:- there are many ways of owning a home.

Based on your income, lifestyle and savings, the longer you plan to stay in a home the more financial sense it makes to own one. Home location is highly influential whenever you are planning t buy or even rent but still owning a home is big investments which tallies down to minimization of your tax deductions.

There is quite a few considerations that one should think of when planning to jump into home ownership as it is not simpler and requires a lot of responsibility as renting is.

Budget for it.

Save for a down payment, closing cost, insurance, property taxes, relocation charges, earnest money, utility deposits and even emergency expenses one needs to save for it all but always save intelligently as it is always less expensive in the long run.

All the getting into home ownership becomes familiar when you create a budget to cover your monthly expenses and debt payment, it might sound hectic but if you consider it as a life investment you’ll start reaping off its benefits sooner than you might think.

Credit and debt should be in order. 

Your credit score can influence which type of house you can own, a flat, a mansion a bungalow or just a plain apartment. It influences your ability to secure a loan same time your mortgage score.

In case you have impending debts it is advisable to pay them off first in order to smooth things off for your lenders and incase you have some negatives that you can’t clear off right away then accompany it with a statement of how and why to help the human figure reviewing your score to understand it better.

Learn about the whole process.

You will get to be a smart shopper, knowing about the prices, location and even the neighborhood. Look for a reliable agent, check their existing developments. What you can afford is also a big question to think about before you jump out of your rental.

Is it a complete furnished house purchased in cash or in agreement, are you going to buy land and construct it all also matters.

If you can’t totally afford it, needs flexibility or your credit score isn’t good enough, this are straightforward reasons to stay as a renter but in case you can beat the odds, then you can come home to a dream, M-jenzi.com has plenty to offer in terms of home ownership from constructions to buying a home.

How safe is your new home?

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It must click at a point before payment be it home ownership or just a rental, what of your security? It is the foundation f a smart home, access control, alarm monitoring, video surveillance and identity management. The world is fast moving where safeguarding your home information is key, who has access to your whereabouts is also crucial, with this learning how to monitor and control your home and business premises is a step towards tightening security around your premises and residentials.


Be smart, be in control…
Being safe in your home is more than just feeling secure in it, it is the surety of safety even while you are away from the property. Getting an intrusion alarm detection enables you as the home owner to go about your duties knowing you don’t have to worry about your loved one’s back in the premises coming across unwanted intruders or incident such as fire at whatever time of the day.

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A smart surveillance system is a whole package of intelligent movement detectors, over voltage protection that ensures your electronic devices are well protected, lights on a on-and-off click from the premises or away from the premises, door entry monitoring system and even a customized presence simulation to wave off visitors from accessing every gadget in your house.


Look for a reliable automatic gate, where privacy is of concern it prevents people from walking into and out of your yard same time keep off cars from your driveway. Automatic gates are one way of improving security in your new home, your home possessions will be more secure if you put an automatic barrier to pedestrian and cars. It’s one way of reducing your insurance premiums being that many insurance companies are informed on the benefits of an automatic gate.

This gates comes with a tight security system, coming late from from work you just get to open the gate from the safety of your car, your young one’s don’t get to wander on the road playing games around the traffic if you residing close to a busy road and even your pets don’t get easily hurt or knocked down.


Knobs are the most common type of door locks, a door lock system is a necessary component in protecting your home without one, the entries to your house and gates are exposed to damage and robbery. One should always check if the locks have a smooth infrangible and functioning design before purchase, security ties and the optimum security mechanism should also be an underlying fact.

Deciding on a latch can be difficult depending on the different bolts and brands available, this should however not drive you into picking on whatever everyone is using, or what is affordable go ahead and break a leg as far as security s concerned, but consider what can work for you and the security system around your place of residence.


As a home owners you should also bear in mind the thought of right and left handedness when choosing door locks, with also their ability to be operated from the the inside or outside or even both.

https://m-jenzi.com/blog/ is here to assist with this article, click on the link to view a list a different brands and products that can tightening, offer full installation and manage security in your new homes.

M-jenzi: Your Online Home Projects and Construction Supplier at a Click

https://m-jenzi.com/ is an online platform where Kenyans countrywide and in the diaspora can trade with…

Mjenzi a Swahili word for builder, is an online home- expo where Kenyans countrywide and in the diaspora can trade with suppliers, manufacturers, and home improvement, construction, and materials providers 24 hours a day.

Apart from just buying home constructions and improvement materials, vendors of home products can also merchandise their products on the website and these two players are able to trade countrywide and abroad.

Online shopping comes with great comfort to customers, what you order is what you get delivered to your location of preference, and you don’t have to walk into a brick and mortar store to do a purchase.

Mjenzi offers road channels, inverted drainage blocks, concrete wall louvers, concrete road curbs, and a lot more construction products. One can buy in installments construction materials be it drawer runners, hinges, power cables, storage, tiles, scaffolding, movers, transport, electric gates, timber, wooden doors, and all home supplies.

Variety is key when it comes to a customer’s decision-making, and mjenzi offers a wide range of vendors, manufacturers, and suppliers to choose from.

How to Make The Most Out of Your Space

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Some homeowners have a natural eye for design, but others camp on interior designers or rely on instincts and advice from vendors whenever they decide to do it alone.The ideal thing to do is get to know how to fashion a space layout, hang new wall art and where your house interiors fit best.

It’s overwhelming to go from a small apartment to a larger home, thinking of what to purchase for each of the rooms, and what’s needed for the bigger living room together with the purpose of each room. There are a few tricks you can use to furnish, fill and decorate your spaces.

Shop for decorative pieces and accessories.

Good quality decorative home decors, give a home or office a nice cozy feeling enabling one to feel inspired, excited, or relaxed.Not only is the interior space essential but also the backyard and the front yard of your property, the pool, landscape, or any other outdoor spaces also need decorations.

It starts from finding unique kitchen items, let’s say a cool kitchen gadget, perhaps a nice coffee mug that gets your day started on the right foot; getting vases since they are the ultimate functional decor objects, accent for bedroom walls, all the way to organizing and decorating space layout.Fabulous antiques and unique arts only get better with age.

Even rentals can get an upgrade

Whenever you are in doubt, of doors that are uninspiring and ugly, ceilings that don’t look up to the beauty and lines of a space, or paint that underestimates its powers; you can always liven it up to make the most out of it all.

A paint and tape art makeover, a fresh coat of paint in vibrant color, elegant light controls, mundane spaces filled with wallpapers, murals to add more life, popping your sketches of abstract art into frames for the walls and many more hacks can truly transform a bare rental into a nice cozy home.

Think of an interior designer

Commercial and residential spaces need specialized interior designers, one who aims to meet the core purpose of the property by giving attention to details, having limitless resources, and being versatile.

Making decisions in regards to your home may be overwhelming but also getting a well-designed home interior is never difficult if you really look at it well. If it’s your first time hiring an interior designer check their records, at least three years of experience and active involvement in the renovations might be a good start.

In the hunt for a designer, property owners should also check on their budget and if the style of the designer really matches theirs.

Try it out to feel the designer’s personality, aesthetics, and working styles for proper evaluation, and also the time frame of their delivery it’s reasonable enough and can work for you.

Improved spaces embrace every part of the building process, evokes happiness, and soothe the soul.

It might seem difficult at first to decorate a compact home but with good inspiration, these limitations might just turn out into a good source, click on https://m-jenzi.com/blog/  right now and check out what might just be lacking for that space.