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On the untouched paradise of Tiwi Beach where pure white sands and untouched beauty abounds, the unique home fringed by swaying coconut palms and unique flora and fauna speaks the splendour that qualifies the description of resort than a private residence of Mike Aussie and Sabine Funk writes Kelai WANJIRU.

In Mombasa’s tranquil South Coast, on the beautiful beach popularly known as a cottage country is the stunning and inviting home that oozes the gem of opulent living. Located on the stunning Tiwi Beach, one is spoilt between the view inside the home and outside. Offering a lifestyle that can only be imagined, the home offers a fantastic view of the Indian Ocean and indigenous greenery.

Just north of Diani Beach on Mombasa’s South Coast and 17km south of the Likoni ferry, Tiwi Beach is relatively isolated and it is with this in mind that Mike and Sabine Aussie who are very private, chose to build their home. Their expansive home is uniquely secluded in the very aspect of the word. As one walks through the corridors of their awesome home, one can’t help but see and feel the luxury and extravagance of every detail that went into the building of the spacious living environment.

The home, built with the environment in mind, utilizes a lot of nature’s goodness and easy to soak up in rays of sunlight are evident in every room of this fabulous development. The interiors are sterling as the level of creativity stuns even the home-owners. One is definitely stunned as they walked through the rooms and corridors of the home, we were so awed by the immense space and calming colours that instantly soothed the senses and lifted ones spirits.

The home, a concept known as Keringet Estates occupying an immense 25 acres, is owned by Mike & Sabine, an inspiring and talented couple who also own Funzi Furniture. As Mike and Sabine clearly stated , “our ideas were simple, our interests were simple”, the concept revolved around putting up a development that catered to people with similar interests and were very intent on living a healthy lifestyle and cared for the environment. Their home has a vibrant mix of air, light and warm earth colours.

Their home, which forms part of the estate, occupies one acre and offers absolute privacy and round the clock security. It is interesting to note that every other home also occupies one acre and each living environment with so many amenities and facilities is uniquely built to suit each person’s taste and preference and offers pure indulgence.

One of the unique aspects of the estate is the fact that although there is a single wall around the complex, there are no fences erected between the houses and no home is visible to the other. The complex also has a common garden area with an unspoilt view of the beach built with a classic design where home owners can entertain guests, have barbeques, and share a love for good food and wine. The estate discourages keeping of pets and no one is allowed to cut any trees. How is that for conserving the environment?

As one approaches the estate, which is a fusion of the Swahili and traditional African architecture, the indigenous forest, orchard and vegetable gardens will take your breath away. The homes which have provided employment to many locals in the area, have floors made from locally mined stone and polished with natural wax, all have Swahili lamps in every room and a lot of wood has been used in the development.

Sabine, who offers the unique feminine touch in the homes, wanted the feel of a tropical Africa in the coast and she was able to achieve all this by using purely local labour, expertise and materials.

The interior décor of the home is one to behold as it is as much unique and beautiful as it is environmentally friendly or “sound”. As one will notice from the décor on the walls, old wine bottles have been decoratively inserted into the walls. From their experience of designing and building furniture, came the expertise in building these award winning villas.

The story of the bathrooms is one humorous one that can be told over and over again. As told to us by the couple, Sabine wanted a very large, spacious bathroom with a custom bath and lots of glass and mirrors – any woman can identify with this, while Mike wanted a manly space, so a few weeks into the building of the bathroom, he cleared a bush about 20m up the hill and started putting up “his” bathroom that was to resemble a German sub-marine with visible pipes that could be easily fixed. He also wanted it to be spacious, open and have a view of the ocean and the golf course. He did not want metal or glass windows, wanted a power shower and as much wood as possible was to be utilized. As this development took face, Sabines’ bathroom was done and she started taking interest in “my bathroom”. She would come over to my new construction and start offering some good sound German engineering advice. I had wanted to put in a small waterfall with a fish pond just near the window and after a few disagreements, the fish pond ended up as a Jacuzzi and after a brief spell in the steam room at the Presidency Golf Club in Mumbai it was decided that our own steam room would be necessary. It was eventually positioned at the other end of my bathroom. It was becoming obvious that our one bedroom cottage was becoming a little more like a one bedroom castle, and everyone knows all castles require a kitchen. So the bathrooms were joined by a kitchen.

A truly nature inspired development, the couple have a lot of wildlife like the Dik Dik, duiker, bush buck, bush babies, mongooses, wild pigs and many monkeys. The owners have no trouble with the monkeys at all. Every evening the monkeys can be found at the golf hole practicing summersaults down the fairway. The man-made lake also attracts a lot of bird life.

Sabine owns three horses so a real African makuti stable had been built for their comfort.

The Keringet Concept is in full swing and very pleasing to the eye too. A novel and refreshing idea with a very warm, unique ambience!

He notes that storage is another important consideration with regards to the appearance and convenience of the bathroom. “The basic rule of thumb is to store items nearest to their point of use,” stresses Doshi adding: The ideal solution is to provide adequate storage alongside the bath for toiletries and fresh towels. Storage above and below the bathroom vanity is also very important to store items that are used regularly, such as toilet paper, make-up, as well as other grooming paraphernalia.”

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Contemporary African Art



This is a joint exhibition by two artists (Husband & Wife Oywecha and Ruth). Each showing Talent & Own Expressions.

In Ruth’s Art, she expresses her thoughts, dreams and emotions not forgetting other ideas from within and without. She tries to create by seeing everything as they are in constant effort. She has always tried to nourish her feelings and doing so by deriving materials from the world about us and assimilating the external world about us and assimilating the external world within herself and projecting them into mediums as her own creation. Her art has evolved significantly and in the process, she has become an accomplished and prolific artist.

In Oywecha’s painting color and his technique combine to express and or elicit powerful emotions. Some have linked his paintings with cubism, which is sought to depict an intellectual and abstract reality. His paintings have a tendency of pulling apart and examining conventions of existing models of expression, his own characteristics and unique style. Some term his work as geometrical due to its simplification.

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Rarely are middle-class homes built with a top of the level interiors-architectural approach and mix expansive space to allow the home occupant to style the space, but as writes Jeniffer MBOGORI, Kivulini Thika is a rare homely setting with stylish apartments.

The magnificent development of Kivulini Thika situated along the Thika Garissa Road that is only a few minutes drive from Thika’s-Central Business District set a remarkable standard for affordable residential units that’s emerging in Kenya of late.

The awesomely compelling homes spaciously built on a five acre prime land is undoubtedly one of the most prestigious addresses in Thika comprising 31 beautiful maisonettes and 96 stylish apartments.

All residences are characterized by light open spaces, high-quality finishing, and a design concept that few other developments can match.

Refined architectural thinking

With ample parking, stunning landscaping and onsite community shopping facilities Kivulini Thika oozes an ultimate statement of a lifestyle that combines the elements of top class living. Its refined architectural thinking thus offers a special connection to would be home-owner or tenant. Making the good use of Kivulini – a Swahili word that means at the shade -the unique dwelling place gives an impression of quality treat from this sound architecture and interior design works.

There’s no doubt the team behind the project actualized it and put functionality of every room at the forefront. This is certainly where one hardly feels like any other home-buyer or a new tenant in a new place but the inviting environment as well as the architectural works jogs the mind of the visitor to invest.

Large open Plans

While having the homely feel of the maisonettes with three large bedrooms, master en-suite, ample wardrobe space, a separate WC/Shower room, large open plan reception and a dining room with study area and fireplace one can’t help but feel the warmth of modernity that makes Kivulini Thika significantly differently.

The well ventilated spacious kitchen with a large store room adjacent an independent store and yard is so inviting as it is graced with an outdoor nyamachoma terrace and private garden.

Additional benefits to this stylish home is a well thought-out guest WC/cloak room, two dedicated car parking spots and a detached en-suite domestic servants quarter. A fascinating dedicated roof-top clothes-hanging open air space, built-in gas connection with secure external bottle cage depicts a thought process of an architect and interior designer who really had in mind about the functionality of each home.

Interiors at Kivulini Thika is all about going beyond expectations. While the elegance starts from the wow exterior landscape, the interiors speak of switched-on pomp of a lifestyle that is prided by many home seekers or home buyers.

Elegant flooring using high quality tiles, chic built-in wardrobes, quality ironmongery, stylish and practical kitchen cabinets, quality sanitary fittings including vanity basins with mixers/taps, WC and shower gives a tinge of the positives that each residence holds.


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Chummer revamps commercial division



One of the region’s leading fabricators of custom metal works has in recent months moved to strengthen its commercial business division in the wake of huge demand from property developers in the region for the firm’s high quality metal works.

Chummer has been conducting business in the regional market for a while and has grown a reputation for high quality design and fabrication of unique and custom crafted ornamental metal for residential and commercial use.

Ornamental Chummer Iron WorksChummer GardensIn recent months, the firm has stepped up its efforts to serve the wider commercial market in the region.

“The market is thirsty for quality and elegant design,” says the General Manager, Mr. Mudasir Gul. “Gone are the days when you would just fabricate metal and hope for a good day in the market.

We have since found our niche in the art of crafting ornamental metal.”

Given the volumes and quantities involved in this segment of the market, the firm has equally moved to transform is delivery capacity and mechanisms to ensure it can meet demand at any one given time from as many clients.

“It is not easy to deal with a market that is rapidly growing, more so if that market is the commercial segment,” Mr. Gul says. “For instance, to fabricate stair rails that would be fitted in a commercial development of a so many floors may require plenty of material and a faster delivery approach. These are the considerations we have been working upon to ensure we deliver successful as we have so far done.”

It also means having sufficient manpower, equipment and constant supply of electricity to ensure the work is done faster and without any interruptions. Chummer has ensured all these factors are in play, and the firm is believed to be setting a precedent that should be emulated by other players in the industry to ensure the market is served adequately.

Ornamental Chummer“As it is, we can only serve the market to a certain level, however efficient we are at what we do,” Mr. Gul says. “All of us in this segment of the market must wake up to the realities facing us so we keep up pace with the rapidly changing environment for both interiors and exteriors of any building projects in progress.”

The firm has in recent months excelled so well in residential property arena, and is said to be one of the leading suppliers of stair rails, ornamental lighting fixtures, gates, fences, balconies, window frames, metallic beds, tables and chairs as well as plexi glass. The firm has since launched a massive drive for its stainless steel and aluminium product range as well, which has attracted a huge demand from clients.

Chummer is said to be leading the quest to meet the demands of the entire East Africa region with these products, an objective that has placed the firm on a very strong course towards success.

Chummer has been conducting business in the regional market for a while and has grown a reputation for high quality design and fabrication of unique and custom crafted ornamental metal for residential and commercial use.

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