By Santosh PAWAR
Whenever home or building owners are embarking on a painting job, many times they are not quite aware of just how critical perfect painting is in the long run. The following are the four steps necessary to achieve the best possible painting results:
Adequate surface preparation
Top quality paints
Tools used to apply the paint
Weather conditions under which the painting is done.
It may be a great temptation to take shortcuts and start painting without proper surface preparation although the end result will be even top quality paint failing to deliver.
The costly mistake of inadequate preparation of the surface will eventually necessitate a repeat of the job and hence unplanned increase in maintenance costs of a building. Surface preparation is simple and entails scrubbing the surface with soap and water to remove foreign particles.
The surface should then be rinsed and any loose or flaking particles be removed by scraping, sanding or wire brushing. The additional cost of quality paints is well worth the price. In essence the extra money will provide the durability, adhesion, superior finish just to mention a few attributes.
One hundred per cent acrylic paints are currently considered suitable as they ensure long term cost savings due to less frequent painting. In addition they have a lasting top quality finish.
Duracoat Royale Sun Proof 100 per cent Acrylic Emulsion Roof Paint and Duracoat Royale Outdoor Protector 100 per cent Acrylic Emulsion Paint are two such paints available from Basco Paints that fit the above qualities. The Duracoat Royale Sun Proof Roof Paint resists UV light while the Duracoat Royale Outdoor Protector comes with a 10 year product guarantee.
One of the reasons for the excellent durability of top quality acrylic paints is elasticity, which allows the paint to expand and contract with the surface on which it is applied on. This capability minimizes the stress on paint and lessens the potential for problems like blistering, cracking and chipping.
Quality exterior finishes such as the above paints also hide imperfections and the colour beneath to a much greater extent than standard grades of paint. Apart from this Basco Paints has a vast range of durable high quality paints available in emulsion or gloss for users to make a selection.
Good quality tools and brushes last longer, speed up a job and apply the paint smoothly and hence enhance durability of the paint. It would be an exercise in futility to prepare a surface well, purchase from the Duracoat Range of paints and then use old, weathered brushes to apply the paint.
It is advisable to use synthetic bristle brushes or rollers to apply the paints. Brushes with nylon or polyester bristles are the best choice since they hold their shape and maintain the proper stiffness regardless of the amount of water they are exposed to.
Lastly it is important to put in mind the weather conditions when applying paints. Ideally, exterior painting should be undertaken when there is little or no wind. Painting in direct sunlight should be avoided as this can cause water in the emulsion paint to quickly evaporate before the paint binder particles can completely fuse into a continuous high durable film. This leads to early paint failures like feeling and flaking.
For a consumer, the selection of paint may seem like an easy decision requiring nothing more than a quick cost comparison. However the proper way to choose paint involves more than looking at the price of the paint.
It makes sense to purchase a top quality paint that will perform well, look better, offer improved protection and last longer than cheaper grades of paint. This investment ensures long term savings and far less maintenance.
The writer is the Research and Development Head at Basco Paints
Comfort in the bedroom
Mattresses immensely contribute to the quality of beds. But one wonders, what really makes that mattress a worthwhile one for a quality sleep. Jeniffer MBOGORI gives a sneak preview of the users preferences.
The debate between soft versus firm mattresses rages on even after decades of us appreciating the need of quality sleep nursed on worthwhile foams. There are benefits and drawbacks to options of having the sleeping surface softer or harder according to MekanMatresses a leading East Africa mattress household name.
With its firm roots in Kenya and design aerials in Turkey, Mekan has steadily cut a niche for themselves in the now competitive mattress market. It is they who continue to lull quite a number of those desiring quality sleep with enviable mattresses.
According to YasinCenk, one of directors at the firm comfortable sleep isn’t chanced. “The ingredient for quality sleep hinges on a quality mattress,” he stresses.
While some people opt for the stable support of harder, less forgiving mattresses, others choose softer and more lenient mattresses on their beds. With selection of mattresses increasing constantly, Cent notes that a mattress’ style, functionality and option to select which design and material are right matters.
Comfort vs. Support
One difficulty in the pursuit of the perfect mattress is the division between comfort and support. For years, hard mattresses have been recommended as essential for proper back support, and the only option for maintaining healthy spine alignment during sleep.
Contrastingly, more and more mattresses are marketed purely for comfort, claiming to mimic the softness of sleeping on a cloud. While sleeping comfortably is an obvious aspiration for most people shopping for a new bed, an aching back lacking adequate support clearly presents an obstacle to a good night’s sleep as well.
Orthopedic mattresses are an example of sleep-well products that hit the market with a bang owing to the fact that they do not only offer comfort and a good night’s sleep. They also help to align the body structure appropriately, thereby providing valuable health support. In this category are also the latex mattresses.
The most common form of mattress available, the innerspring, uses a layer of metal springs, covered by a small layer of fabric. The springs are designed to support the weight of your body, while sinking just enough to feel comfortable. Depending on the gauge of the coil, spring mattresses can range from firm to moderate support, and then eventually reach soft with age and wear. Within the spring layer, one of four types of coils that may be used:-
Each row of interior springs is made up of one continuous spring. The use of one spring as opposed to many is thought to increase the strength of the coil, providing stronger support, and extending the life of the spring’s original resistance.
The oldest style of spring mattress, open coil spring form the shape of an hourglass, and are bound to each other by a series of smaller wire spirals. While open coil springs initially provide adequate support, they tend to lose their resistance relatively quickly.
An adaptation of the open coil, offset coil springs forms a square head rather than circular. This design change is thought to increase the mattress’s ability to conform to the weight of a person’s body. Offset coils are also connected to each other within the mattress by a series of smaller wire coils.
Individually wrapped coils
Rather than using a chamber of coils spanning the entire interior of the mattress, this style uses individually wrapped coils, each enclosed in a fabric pocket. The separation rather than connection of coils attempts to reduce the transfer of motion from one coil to another, stabilizing the mattress’s surface.
Enchanting Sani Gardens
By Kelai WANJIRU
Picture this beautiful setting – a lush green landscape set among beautiful gardens, surrounded by exotic flowers and mature trees in a quiet, serene and inspiring environment.
As we drove around the Karen suburb trying to locate the gardens, little did we imagine that we were about step into the most mesmerizing place in Nairobi. As the gates were opened, I couldn’t take my eyes away from the green green grass and the most fascinating flowers – some of which I had never seen in my life. I actually had to touch the grass just to make sure it was real.
Lost in the astonishing landscape and the amazing view of the Ngong Hills, we were ushered into the gardens by the charming and most pleasant owners who explained to us the meaning of the word “Sani”.
A fairly new home in the area, the gardens were once just a vast land of stones and gravel, that were quickly transformed into a haven of tranquility and peace.
Step into the trendy Sani Gardens – a unique recreational garden filled with breath-taking greenery, covering a large area of peaceful parkland. Nestled in the serene suburb of Karen, the gardens epitomize a relaxed garden scheme of uplifting colours and scents.
The gardens run by a group of entrepreneurs, are a popular spot for visitors looking to rejuvenate and relax their senses after a long hard week, picnics, corporate events, wedding parties, among many other activities.
Surrounding a most enchanting home, the gardens are a beautiful extension that comprise of a series of spaces the each feature distinctive elements that are sure to enchant anyone spending a day here – a truly enchanting spot.
With the remarkable expanse of unique trees, amazing botanic gardens and the tranquil park, there is something melancholy about the nature surrounding the Sani Gardens.
The gardens give meaning to the phrase “maximizing space”. The sheer size of the park is a challenge to anyone and an outdoor space has never been this inviting.
This enchanting garden features exquisite and striking spaces like a tranquil “pergola” where one can hold a romantic dinner or a family get-together.
There are also unique areas around the garden where graceful plants define the gardens in the countryside by the city and manicured archways that line the gardens. The gardens are also graced with beautiful and one of a kind sculptures that offer the African theme of embracing family and unity.
In line with going green and being friendly to Mother Nature, the mission of the founders of Sani Gardens is to promote relaxation, enjoyment and appreciation of nature.
Enjoy days and evenings filled with the fresh scent of nature and fragrant plants at the fabulous Sani Gardens.
Golfing transformed at Aberdare Hills
If you ever thought of refreshed international standard golfing, then Aberdare Hills Golf Resort, with homely interiors, a nostalgic environment and manicured landscapes designed by world renowned designers Wimberly Allison Tong and Goo (WATG) would definitely be your next big bet by Kelai WANJIRU.
Sitting in grandeur at the foothills of the world famous Rift Valley, is a beauty unknown to most people – facing the Aberdare ranges is the highly anticipated Aberdare Hills Golf Resort. Thanks to Panda Development Company initiative speaks volumes of fantastic interiors graced with beautiful surroundings and manicured landscapes.
Going on a tour to this eco-friendly golf resort is undoubtedly a nostalgic experience. Set on a massive 1,650 hectares of prime land in Naivasha, the resort boasts of a five star hotel. It is designed as a self-contained residential community with recreation, leisure facilities and amenities that offer a unique and luxurious lifestyle. One quickly sees the opportunity of an international golf championship talking place at this well kempt arena. Within the golf course’s vicinity is a commercial centre.
With wide views of the mountains and the feel of the soft breeze of the rift’s air on one’s cheeks, pure relaxation and contentment is what the developers – Panda Development Company had in mind when this world class resort was incepted. It affirms its quality space around the neighbouring flower farms that’s known of Naivasha – a town equally popular with those who are keen on the finer things of life.
The generous spaces of the Aberdare Hills Golf Resort boldly make it a site to behold. Its 18-hole golf course and endearing vehicle parking yards jells pretty with the green mother-nature that serves as a special sanctuary for birdlife. Several species of the birds abound. One can easily see why the resort is mother-nature’s best friend.
According to the chairman of Panda Development Company, Dr.PritamPanesar, the integration of the East African Community makes the incomparable major regional development a sure determinant of Naivasha’s future in Kenya’s growing global market position.
The development comprises two phases with the first phase comprising of 216 Ultra-Luxe Villas each with a choice of three to five bedroom rare units, an 18-hole golf course that’s built to international and USGA championship specifications, a Golf and Country Club House and infrastructure to support the first phase. Construction of the golf course has already started and the first phase will be completed in 2014. Design for the second phase has been completed.
Dr.Panesar, so passionate about the environment, states that the golf resort is environmentally sustainable as it will contribute to alleviating some of the pressures of the city and ease congestion. He notes that the golf resort has a safe and secure environment that provides freedom for children and adults alike to play and explore the natural landscape accessed by well maintained paths and trails. With superb views from elevated areas, the Aberdare Hills Golf Resort is designed by world renowned designers Wimberly Allison Tong and Goo (WATG), who have done a superb job of creating a visionary mix of housing and commercial space – a first in Kenya.
David Jones, the golf-course design team leader was certainly out to make a difference at a location that is away from the hustle and bustle of the Nairobi – Kenya’s capital city. However, by virtue of being only an hour’s drive the city, the golf resort offers luxurious living with excellent services that surpass the expectations of the East African Community and international travellers. The resort, which has changed the face of the small town of Naivasha is a sound investment that is sure to elevate the country as the destination to be.
The exquisite and stimulating design of the villas is a summary of inspiration. Each villa is uniquely designed to capture the spirit of nature and the feel of the Aberdare Ranges that stands tall in a not so far-off distance. That contemporary and modernity feel couldn’t escape the designer’s mind. While it is almost difficult to capture the designer’s concept, kudos goes to the unrushed and well thought-out process of the awesome and inviting Aberdare Hills Golf Resort.
By creating beautiful spaces to live, work and play, the Panda Development Company offers an exceptional experience that combines opulence and nature.
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