Project Manenos Part 3

Our project is almost done. Woop! Woop! Almost is so relative by the way. I think I now know how long distance runners feel in the final laps; so near yet so far. Finishing is a lot of work. It takes time, energy and most if not all the finances. I kid you not.

It has been a lesson in patience, wisdom, strength, perseverance, humility, I can go on and on. I tip my hat to anybody building in Kenya right now. Y’all really rich fellows when the economy is taking a beating but there are still busy construction sites everywhere I look. Who are these wealthy folks?

Anyway, in my last update I had talked about Streamline designs who did our kitchen and wardrobes. Though the final handover is yet to be done, we are happy with the job so far.

I had also mentioned getting an interior designer. Well, we did get a fabulous one who understood what we wanted, but she did not last long as she had some personal issues. We are not feeling inclined to replace her, so we have been working on the ideas and it has been successful so far.

We also got somebody to do kitchen blinds, Lorraine from Organized Interiors. Pleasant lady, beautiful fabrics and good customer service.

kitchen We might actually use her for the curtains for the rest of the house too. You can check out her FB page here.

We sourced our light fixtures from Glow. They have a showroom based at Odds and Ends Mombasa road, and also have their own at Nine West building Westlands. Their customer service is tops. No complaints there. Their prices are not too bad, but we were lucky to buy during their Mega Sale. And boy did we buy! Their light fixtures are unique and the showrooms are well organized. Β One is able to walk around comfortably and see all the pieces in their glory without a staff member breathing down your back and other clients elbowing you as they struggle to move. Yes, Creative Innovations, I am looking at you and your claustrophobic showroom.

The paint work in the house is amazeballs. Jotun paints are the truth! What you see is what you get. When they call the paint β€œthahab” my fren, it is real gold. And this is how we have ended up with a gold entrance but who is complaining? *Shrugs*

Our painter Eric is a real artist. And a man who takes pride in his work. He not only painted the interior and exterior walls, the grills too, ceiling but also did murals in the kids’ rooms. They are both in love with their ocean themes; Leo’s room has Maui in all his glory and Nje’s room stars the Little Mermaid. The best thing about the murals is they do not take up too much space, so if or rather when, the kids get bored, it will not be too bothersome to repaint or have wallpaper installed on the murals.

I cannot choose a favorite between the two rooms; I am in love love love. Eric has an FB page here and is one guy who I will not tire of praising and giving referrals.

Nothing in this town comes cheap my friends. Nothing.Β  We have been lucky to work with amazing people who understood our budget and desires and were able to work well within the limits. We have not been conned or had major incidents (emphasis on major) and we thank God for that. This does not mean it has been a smooth ride though.Β  Heh! I will do a whole rant, sorry, post on all the negatives and the solutions we arrived at once the job is done.

Keep it locked…


Project Manenos

Mad respect to all in the construction industry, contractors, interior designers, masons, electricians, plumbers. It is no joke.

Our project is not too big but still takes a lot of time, energy and finances. Obviously.You can have an idea of how you want let’s say, the kitchen to look, and you are so excited, until the contractor tells you it is not feasible. Or informs you of things you might have overlooked. (Yes, I forgot the gas cabinet! LOL).

You will go on pinterest and get dizzy, get several quotations- some will make you roll your eyes and snort. Others will create such a wonderful design that you will want to sell your kidney to make it happen. And then. There are those who want to charge for the designs, others want to even charge for a site visit. Ah! it is tiring.

The past months have been spent looking at various quotations and making the decision on who will do the job for us. H and I decided on the guys doing the kitchen from the first meeting. Their guy was on time, did not charge, took measurements, asked questions, answered questions, advised us on the design options given the limited space. Came up with even better suggestions and creativity on how to go around some of the site’s structural challenges. Having seen and loved some of their work, I can’t wait for the job to get done so I can give a complete review and photos of course.

So, colours have been picked. RED kitchen anyone? Choice material selected including handles and countertop type. Let the work begin!