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Fast, green and flexible housing trends for 2017

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The outside of a prefabricated container house. Containers make an ideal and easy to use building material. FILE PHOTO | DIANA NGILA

The outside of a prefabricated container house. Containers make an ideal and easy to use building material. FILE PHOTO | DIANA NGILA 

By ISABELLA MUKUMU

Posted  Thursday, January 5   2017 at  16:41

In Summary

  • Here are some architecture models and new housing designs that are paving the way, and there’s more variety than ever to choose from.

Kenyans are not only seeking to build more sustainable and affordable houses —they also want those that are much faster to put together.

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Here are some architecture models and new housing designs that are paving the way, and there’s more variety than ever to choose from.

Prefabs

The last few years has seen an increase in the uptake of prefabricated or prefab houses. The low cost housing option cuts the building time by almost a half and is expected to also drive the real estate sector.

The specialist dwellings are manufactured off-site in advance, usually in standard sections that can be easily shipped and assembled.

Some prefab house come with all electrical installations, plumbing, paint, doors and windows.

Companies such as the National Housing Corporation, Boleyn Magic Wall Panel Limited and Koto Housing are using this technology.

Furnished sale houses

Selling a house can be a challenge, especially if the client is not able to make a decision regarding the size of a room and the furniture it can accommodate.

This is why real estate agents have resorted to selling fully or partly furnished homes.

Many house marketers have taken up this concept where the furniture is already set up to save one from huffing and puffing as he struggles to move in and arrange furniture in the house.

Packing and moving appliances and furniture can be stressful.

You will need to organise, throw away what is no longer needed, find new shops to buy things and hire the movers to transport households from one place to another.

Renting a furnished apartment can make things much easier for you without having to worry about things being left out or broken during the move.

Repurposed housing

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