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Crown Paints open showroom in Nakuru

10 March 2014, 11:53 Wilshere

Nakuru - The CEO of Crown Paints, Rakesh Rao has said that the company is working towards reducing the cost of building materials for interior finishes.

Speaking on Saturday during the official opening of modern showroom for Crown Paints in Nakuru town, Rao said that they are exploring ways to reduce cost of wall, floor and kitchen finishes by 40 percent.

"The housing market has been changing very fast with more people using texture and stone finishes and that is why Crown Paints are looking for ways to reduce the cost of some materials because it has been very difficult to meet some of these demands,” he said.

Rao said that the new showroom located at West Side Mall will be targeting increasingly sophisticated, quality-conscious consumers in the residential and commercial property market in Nakuru.

He also said plans are underway to open similar showrooms in Eldoret, Kisumu, Mombasa, Malindi and two others in Nairobi saying this will give developers access to different varieties of the new models in the market.   

“We wish to help the public to see the latest innovations in the market because there are so many designs for walls and floors interiors among others,” Rao said.

According to chief guest Waweru Gathecha, Chairman of the Architectural Association of Kenya, the cost of building materials in Kenya will only come down if local manufacturers are given incentives to produce them.

He singled out the high cost of interior finishes as a hurdle to many home builders pointing that an increasing number of Kenyans are opting to be house owners.

"Cost of construction is a function of the manufacturing sector. The more we manufacture locally, the more chances of bringing down the cost of construction materials," said Gathecha.

Gathecha urged Nakuru residents to take advantage of the new showroom saying it will help them acquire tips on how to enhance aesthetics using quality products.  

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