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Currently, the majority of Kenyans/East Africans live in rental houses.
To reduce this number so that majority live in their own homes, www.a4architect.com has come up with a solution to this: DIAMOND HOUSE METHOD.

To benefit from this, the potential house owner has to first acquire a piece of land at a location of their convenience.The cost of land is not included in the Diamond House Method estimated costs since each person has a completely different preference on land size and location from the other hence a very large variance in terms of land pricing depending on land size and location. A radius of 50 km from Nairobi CBD has residential land prices of highs of KES 15-30million per acre in Karen/Runda to a low of KES 200,000-300,000 per acre in Ngong-Kibiku-Kimuka,Tala,Kangundo,Maai Mahiu and Isinya.

Kenyan/East African banks have recently increased the mortgage lending rate from 13-14% to 15-17%.
This will affect Kenyans/East Africans who want to access funds for home to enable them own homes.
To mitigate this, www.a4architect.com has come up with the a4architect.com Diamond House Methodology that effectively reduces the costs involved in home ownership.


The cost of construction for Phase 1 Diamond House[1 bed roomed] is KES 676,000.
With a long term construction loan at a rate of 15% per annum for 20 years, this amount can be paid up in installments of KES 8,900 per month which is very affordable for a majority of Kenyans.

This method enables easy access to housing through utilizing 3 easy steps.

Step 1.
Use of innovative construction technology.
Roof, Foundation and window Technology as outlined in the a4architect.com Diamond House reduces construction cost by 32%.
Watch the movie below to get more details.

Step 2.
Use of Phased construction.
House owners can easily start with the 1 bed roomed phase, move to 2 and end up with the 3 bed roomed phase. A majority of potential house owners do not construct their houses simply because constructing 2 and 3 bedroom houses all at once is a huge task.

Step 3.
Use of labour-based Procurement process.
A Majority of potential house owners are discouraged by the fact that they cannot access accurate information on the quantities of the materials needed to construct their houses. The a4architect.com Diamond House comes with a complete list of all the materials needed to complete the house and their average costs in any given hardware shop in Kenya. With this information, the house owner can be able to engage a local fundi/contractor and supply him/her with the materials as the contractor supplies labour.


With all the above, the number of house owners will increase and hence a better society for all. Also, the methods outlined in the a4architect.com house construction are environment-friendly since less timber is used on the roofing hence less destruction to our forests.

Architect Francis Gichuhi Kamau

Francis Gichuhi (692 Posts)

Architect Francis Gichuhi . B.Arch. University of Nairobi. Registered Architect, Kenya. Member, Architectural Association of Kenya. Contacts. email info@a4architect.com. Telephone +254721410684


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