Author: wanda

QUANTITY SURVEYOR

QUANTITY SURVEYOR

A Quantity Surveyor (QS) is a construction industry professional with expert knowledge on construction costs and contracts. In some countries such as here in Kenya, Canada, South Africa and Mauritius, qualified quantity surveyors are known as Professional Quantity Surveyors, a […]

Straw Bale Construction

Straw Bale Construction

We tasked ourselves to find a straw bale house and were happy to trace one here in Nairobi and we have posted the pictures here. From the last discussion; The hard questions involved What exactly is straw? Termites & pests […]

Up-country Homes

Up-country Homes

Culture represents the artistic choices, behavioral patterns, religious diversity, and other belief patterns of a particular region’s people. The way in which a certain society develops has a key role in the development of its culture and language. Now one […]

‘Cabbro’ is cliche` and overrated

‘Cabbro’ is cliche` and overrated

‘Cabbro’ is Cliché and Over-rated If you are caught saying ‘Mimi nitanunua zile Cabbro zinauzangwa Outer ring road’, you and the person who says ‘ile Canter ya Isuzu’ or ile Colgate ya red inaitwa close-up or ile omo mpya inaitwa […]

How to get your Construction Project Wrong

How to get your Construction Project Wrong

Word of the week; ‘NJONG’I’ Njong’i is a French word meaning Shabby, ‘ushago-ish’, haphazard, awkward, backward, unplanned, cacophonic/mathogothanio-ish. If you delete all consultants’ numbers on your phone and you go measure on the ground with footsteps. Wan, tu, dhirii, foh..faeh,,,Kata […]

HOW REINFORCED CONCRETE WORKS

HOW REINFORCED CONCRETE WORKS

Theoretically, we could use all kinds of materials to reinforce concrete. Generally, we use steel because it expands and contracts in the heat and cold roughly as much as concrete itself, which means it won’t crack the concrete that surrounds […]