Phased Residential House Construction

Phased residential house construction.

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This is whereby the architect designs the house in such a manner that the house occupants can continue adding more rooms in future as their needs increase.
The house starts with 1 bedroom which can easily be added to become 2 bedroomed ,3 bedroomed and 4 bedroomed.

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As the family size grows, the house also grows concurrently.
This architectural design aids greatly in planning for the future.
The beauty about this design is the fact that one can start with the low price 1 bedroomed house. After a period of time as the space need increases, the 2 bedroomed unit is added then the 3 and 4 bedrooms consecutively.
The use of Structural Insulated Panel technology assists in that with these panels, its very easy to add extra rooms to the building. SIP houses are light weight so there will be no settlement cracks as witnessed in the normal masonry house types whenever new additions are extended from the main house.
With the normal masonry stone houses, people are forced to buy larger houses-3 bedroomed houses-yet maybe they only require to use just 1 or 2 bedrooms.
This way, they are forced to buy and pay for space that they are not using.
In this design, the occupant pays for the exact space that they require in that if the occupant only requires just 1 bedroom for the time being, that’s the only space they pay for.

In the era of the 21st Century, its important that consumers make decisions that avoid unnecessary waste of money and resources .
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Frank Gichuhi.

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Architect Francis Gichuhi . B.Arch. University of Nairobi. Registered Architect, Kenya. Member, Architectural Association of Kenya. Contacts. email Telephone +254721410684


  4 comments for “Phased Residential House Construction

  1. February 7, 2010 at 5:48 am

    what is SIP and how applicable is it in Kenya?

    is it already being done?

    are the houses strong?

    what if i want to extend a stone house, is it possible?

    can you extended a 0-storey house into a 1-storey house?

    • admin
      February 8, 2010 at 5:55 am

      SIP stands for Structural Insulated Panel. This means that the wall and roof panel is structural in that it serves as the frame of the house.
      It also has insulation material in between. In Kenya, rising cement and overall construction material costs are making house construction very expensive. This SIP technology reduces the cost by 50%.

      These houses are already here in Kenya. At Kasarani, opposite Warren concrete, you will see a Chinese road construction company offices. These offices are built with the same technology. The company that supplied the SIP panels to the Kasarani project is the same that will supply to your house project.
      You can visit the offices and ask to see a lady called Kate at the reception who will gladly show you around.

      These houses are strong and are designed to withstand severe winds, earthquakes and any other harsh climatic conditions to ISO Standards.
      The company that manufactures them is ISO9002 Certified.
      You can extend a stone house with this.

      The panels are very light weight so they can be used to do the 1st floor of a stone house.

  2. Josiah
    February 11, 2010 at 11:29 am

    A couple of questions:

    how secure are these houses, considering we our countries state of security?

    How much would it cost overall to put up a regular 4 bedroom house on a 1/8 plot using steel SIP, and relatively good finishing?

    • admin
      February 11, 2010 at 12:39 pm

      The house jointing is tight and very secure. Visit the Chinese roads contractor’s office at Kasarani opposite Warren concrete and see the real house. Ask for a lady called Kate who is the receptionist there-she will gladly show you around.
      A 4 bedroomed house will cost 1.5 million kenya shillings.

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