Bedsitter/Office Prefab House cost in Kenya.

Prefabricated housing can be used as an extra additional office space or bedsitter and placed within an existing compound. This can be rented out for extra income or used when a family unit increases in size.


Shipping containers vs Prefabs.

Current options for such additional spaces in Kenya are from use of shipping containers. These usually have a disadvantage in that they are more costly since additional cost to insulate their inside , cut windows and doors and hire forklifts and trailers to transport them push their costs to around kes 400,000 for a 20 ft container.

There is also the additional risk to health since most of the used shipping containers get decommissioned after transporting harmful substances and chemicals.

A slightly larger prefab house compare to the 20 ft container costs approx. kes 350,000. This is well insulated from vagaries of weather through the steel sandwich roof and wall panels.


Bedsitter/Office room prefab portability.


The prefab room , at a cost of kes 350,000 has the added benefit of being easily dismantled and moved to another location. This is especially beneficial for those who want to increase liveable space within leased or rented properties.

With such a unit, someone can simply rent or lease space in their desired neighbourhood and set up the room to be used as office, bedsitter or store, depending on their space requirement.

With the ever increasing cost of land in Kenya, such an option will enable people to save alot as opposed to buying expensive land since lease/rent of vacant land is quite low compared to sale price. For example, an acre of land in Karen is approximately kes 60 million. The same acre rents for kes 100,000 or less per month, hence much more profitable to rent/lease the land than to buy.

For purchase inquiries of steel prefab houses, contact

Arch. Francis Gichuhi Kamau,


Arch. Francis Gichuhi Kamau. (337 Posts)

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


  8 comments for “Bedsitter/Office Prefab House cost in Kenya.

  1. Reuben Kioko
    October 23, 2015 at 2:42 am

    Hi Mr Gichuhi,

    I am interested in this prefab house. How is the floor plan, size and general outlay?

    I gather the cost is Shs. 350000. Does this include transport cost?
    Can it be modified to cover a bigger space? What maximum size would you recommend? Cost?
    Thank you.

    • October 23, 2015 at 6:59 am

      Yes it includes transport to site around Nairobi. It doesnt include concrete foundation costs. Yes it can be modified to any size you require. There is no maximum size. Cost depends on the size of the building. Once we agree on the size, we can do a quotation.

  2. Jason Minae
    October 26, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    Thank you, Mr. Gichuhi for your informative article.

    Without a doubt, it’s time we considered alternative and cost-effective building technologies.

    How many square-meters is the 350K bed-sitter?

  3. Chris njoroge
    January 6, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    Hi,am interested in having a container house about 2bd ,kindly let me know approx cost in rongai area in Nairobi.

  4. Grace K
    February 29, 2016 at 10:30 pm

    Does this include bathroom \wc

  5. Beth Blessed
    June 21, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    This one is amaxing a bedsiiter at 350k and may i ask does it cater for transportation and fixing the house up and foundation au goundation mtu anafanya diferently?

  6. Mailutha
    August 28, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    Hi Francis
    I admire your project. Kindly quote for total cost including transport to Syokimau.
    I need a room 10 x 8 ft or roughly size of a bedroom. I need it urgently

  7. October 9, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    am interested in having a 2bedroomed house on 2.5 acre piece of land in Mundika near Busia ,kindly let me know approx cost plus to Busia Town .
    the total cost plus transport to site

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