I don’t allow such nonsense in my projects… if its a labour only contract I go with the client to shop and guide them accordingly. Chinku have a variety its boils down to preferences.
To many people this is a freaking penthouse apartment. If you grew up in a mabati shack listening to your parents make a new sibling on the other side of the curtain si utaona kama you have made it when you get such a place? Si kwa ubaya but these homes attract a certain class of people who are quite happy with the design and finishing.
I’ve reached a point where I grow tired of these designs though. I guess selling units which are so similar has taken a toll on me.
Why can’t developers and architects adopt new brazen contemporary designs ?
I miss the wow factor.
When I was working in an architectural firm a client would initially give you the free will for you to explore your creativity… once the concept drawings are done and presented to the client they start to shift the goal post… By the time the project goes to site the design is very basic. The best ideas are in architects offices gathering dust.
It’s only in construction where everyone is a professional including the client. Some will take the drawings from the architect and they completely forget the architect should oversee the project to the end.
Ukweli. I remember last year having a conversation with a customer who was furious that some guy was showing him madharau. While narrating how pissed he was, he said about three times “mimi ni mtu najilipia one bedroom ya 10k kila mwezi bila shida, mbona ananionyesha madharau?” It seemed a really big deal to him that he could afford to rent a 1 bedroom house. Nilibaki nikishuku alilelewa in a basic mabati, mud, or wooden structure while growing up.