Ultimate Guide to Building a House in Kenya

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Kenya is, without a doubt, one of the world’s breathtaking countries. The country boasts of over 40 national parks, natural reserves, and marine parks. These attractions feature every adventure one would like to try, including rock climbing in Hell’s Gate National Park, a safari tour at Timau, and mountain climbing at Mount Kenya. Even an adventurous person might take many years to explore all these bucket-list worthy trips. Indeed, you’ll never have a boring day in Kenya.

All these promises of adventure and cultural immersion make the country an ideal place to migrate to. Having a home in Kenya means you would have easy and fast access to different travel tours and destinations at any time of the year. If you’re now considering the idea of building a house in Kenya, it’s essential to put together a solid plan on how to make your ideal home in this nation become a reality. This article will walk you through the process of building a home in Kenya in detail.

Setting Up and Getting Ready

Before you buy the first plot of land you see, you should take the time to understand the factors that matter. Regardless of how tempting the offer is, take a long and hard look at the property. Not everything that looks good is good through and through.

In Australia, for example, a property may look viable for a home construction, but it could be prone to flooding or a candidate for the so-called bushfire build. The same thing is true in Kenya. So know all the details beforehand.

  • Imagine how your dream home in Kenya would look like. 

Do you want a home with a gorgeous gazebo in the front yard? Do you want a spacious back garden where you can plant your choice of flowers? Do you like to live in a traditional Kenyan home with domed and high-ceilinged kitchen area?

Get a clear image of your home, and, preferably, put this on paper. The goal is to set a direction for your purchase and home design preference.

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  • Think about sustainability.

Energy-efficiency is the new sexy today. Why? Thinking green also ensures that your home won’t be a liability in the long run with its excessive consumption of power and water. This means you’ll never run out of extra cash for the upkeep of your dwelling to make it fashionable and livable.

 Moreover, Kenya provides plenty of opportunities for sustainability. Depending on your location, you may enjoy a good amount of sunlight and strong winds. Both of which, you can use as a renewable energy source.

  •  Conduct a feasibility study.

Check your map. Choose a location that is within your preferred travel time to the country’s landmarks, establishments, and tourist destinations. Also, buy a lot that is in a decent and welcoming neighbourhood to ensure your safety.

  •  Determine how much you’re going to allocate for this project. 

This is a means of controlling your budget and preventing you from going over it. However, don’t be too strict about your budget. Make some allowances for additional features of your home or an additional acre of land for a garden.

 Acquiring the Lot

Once you have a clear idea about the location and design of your home, the next thing to do is to look for a suitable lot to buy. With professionals you can work with, the acquisition would be easier.

 Buy Rent Kenya is the nation’s leader in property listing of lots for sale. You can visit their website and choose your kind of land, whether you like a 1-acre, 5-acre, or 50-acre land. You can also browse the sizes and types of land currently on the market, especially those residential and agricultural types.

 If you just like to build a house, you might consider getting a residential land. However, if you’ve considered having a profitable farm alongside a cosy home, you can choose an agricultural lot.

 Constructing the Dwelling


After you’ve chosen a lot to buy, it’s time to start designing the blueprint of your dream home. To do this right, consider the following steps:

  • Explore a lot of options for your possible house plan. 

What’s good about building a home today is the fact that there are reputable designers and builders who are making their designs more accessible and at a reasonable price.

 IBuildNew, for instance, is a company that features cost-efficient, stylish, and sustainable home designs, which you use as inspiration for the design of your own home. The website features designs of all types, from bungalows and townhouses to duplexes and two-storey homes.

 Blueprints also feature 3-D images of homes, giving you a sneak peek of the structure’s interior design. What’s even better is that all these designs are created by Australia’s leading designers and builders, and made available for you for free. 

  •  Look for a reliable residential construction project contractor.

Once you’ve found the perfect design, call a reliable construction contractor to personalise the design and take measurements. Also, ask for project quotes and estimates from a number of contractors for a better price comparison. Be keen on the details, such as the duration of the project, materials to use, permits, and insurances.

  •  Process the permits. 

When you thought you got a suitable deal, make haste in processing the building permit. If you’ve got a lot near the airport, ask approval from the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority. Or if you’re planning to occupy a place near a park or natural reserve, seek a permit from the National Environmental Management Authority.

Furnishing Your Dream Home

While construction work is underway, you should start processing your occupation certificate so that it will be approved by the time the project is completed. You should also take the opportunity to start shopping for the right indoor furniture pieces, including but not limited to roll-up, canvas wardrobe, tables, chairs, beds, and sofas.

Considering that Kenya has a unique natural beauty, you should take advantage of the outdoors and have transitional spaces built in your home. You can also look for gazebos, garden pots, and benches suitable for your outdoor area.


So, there you go. Keep these tips in mind and building a home in Kenya would be as breezy as the breeze of the savannas or the Nairobi National Park. Keep in touch with the experts to ensure that every aspect of the project is on the right track.

Nathan Jeffery