Ideally, building a house in Kenya is more affordable than buying a new home. However, most Kenyans find buying an existing house to be a greater option because the overall costs of building a home can compound over time, especially if the builder doesn’t have the proper information.
Building your own home allows you to have one that fits all your specifications and needs. From floor planning to designing custom fixtures and fittings, you will have more wiggle room to design something specific.
Then again, it is also worth noting that building a house is not a walk in the park. You must hire professionals to supervise your construction workers, pick supplies, get government permits, and do other project management processes. This isn’t always an easy process, especially for first-timers.
Our team compiled a step-by-step guide on what you need to know when building a house in Kenya.
Avoid making costly mistakes when constructing your home today.
When finances are tight, it can be tempting to cut corners when constructing your home to save some shillings here and there. Construction can be quite costly if you don’t plan your budget well.
For one, you won’t know how much to raise to construct your house and how much the project might cost. Failing to plan your construction project management budget could force you to compromise some project safety standards, which might cost you a fortune a few years down the line.
Having the right people to assist with your construction projects ensures that your new home is structurally sound and safe.
That’s why hiring a professional architect is the best move to bring your vision to life. Global Architects spearheads the provision of high-quality construction services to all clients in Kenya. The secret lies in hiring a professional architect that does the right things always.
An architect’s main role is to:
- Create detailed drawings of your house plan
- Specify cost estimates and requirements
- Suggest or choose subcontractors
- Assist in receiving financial assistance from the bank
- Make site visits to check on the construction process
- Ensure compliance with building and safety regulations
Knowing these requires that you hire a licensed and registered architect by the Board of Registration of Architect & Quantity Surveyors (BORAQs). Hiring a professional architect guarantees the completion of these building processes without hurting your finances or rubbing shoulders with the Kenyan government.
Choose a Plan
House building requires that you have a plan ready and an architect who can actualize your plan and create your custom home designs your way.
At the same time, you can easily get carried away by all the ready-made custom home plans because you will want everything that fits your style. Global Architects provides different house plan design ideas you can choose from.
Again, there’s nothing wrong with starting small and then building up once you are financially secure.
Below is a brief overview of how to plan for your house’s size and design. What you must consider:
- Number of bedrooms
- Number of bathrooms
- House layout
- House ground
- Square footage
- House direction
With this information, you can determine your house’s optimal land-to-build ratio. This data will help you use your construction space to its full potential.
Choose Your Team
With a professional architect to help design your home, you will have more room to choose the right team members for your housing project. At Global Architects, we ensure that every professional we hire comes from a professional body, be it a building engineer, quantity surveyor, contractor, or architect.
People come first, which is the main reason we are here. The benefit of working with a professional architect in Kenya is that the team does everything with passion and enthusiasm. Otherwise, what’s the point?
You Have the Right Information
Global Architects helps you bring your house-building vision to life. Remember, this is a huge financial investment. These simple tips should take you a long way and save you money in the long run.