Author: mrkapalutalksdesigntoo

Mostly Shrubs And Trees…

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The plot is 80m X 60m in area, overrun by wild grass and wild trees both growing on a relatively flat surface.

A proposed tree garden design had to be developed around two structures; a 3 bedroom house and a cottage both sited at the far end of the plot. Thus, the former in one corner and the latter in the other corner.

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Given the size of the plot, the proposed landscape design takes up most of the space than the existing structures.

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Since the brief stayed true to the Ecological design philosophy of Give-And-Take between fauna and flora, it was imperative to retain as many trees as possible. Therefore, most of the bigger trees remained so as not to veer too much away from the client’s requirements. The existing natural landscape then had to effortlessly marry in with the proposed design.

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The simplicity in design of this landscape lies in the mere use of shrubs and trees therein, with the cosmetic addition of pavers and curbs to define the driveway and parking.

Trees like Palms, Chiaverella, Gold Crest and Rocket were all placed around the site along equidistant rows and equidistant columns. While shrubs like Clotons, Hibiscus and Duranta were placed in between Palms flanking the driveway from the Gate on either side, also as a special feature central of the garden.

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For a plot this size, the design wouldn’t have been complete without properly manicured carpets of grass.

Grass was laid on much of the plot’s surface area, with finely sliced and properly vanished tree trunks being used to define walkways in this tree garden. And as the case with most gardens, you reap from what you sow, so an Orchard had to be introduced.

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Hence, a generous 20m X 15m patch fit in perfectly with the design overrun by Banana and Plantain plants. Eventually, Papayas, Avocados, Mangos, Lemons and Oranges will have to be introduced so as to make the space come full circle. The design idea with the Orchard was basically to have a Box-Within-A-Box effect in the space.

In the end, what the site lacks in timeless built design, it makes up in this proposed landscape design.

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•A Good Time To Finish Up Old Tasks•

We are fresh from the holidays, maybe not literally for everyone depending on how it was spent. While some are highly rejuvenated – these being those who actually managed to travel out – others stayed in for reasons best left to everyone’s guess.

Due to some changes in my plans to travel out of the city, I stayed behind, and this afforded me a perfect time to complete old tasks; like wrapping up longstanding design projects.

For those who travelled out, I imagine you went to a place similar to what I stayed behind to work on. This is a Lodge in none other than the scenic city of Livingstone which is home to the mighty and spectacular Victoria Falls (one of the world’s natural wonders). Sprawling across these grounds are two types of rooms; a Single Suite and a Family Suite.

The Singles Suites dominate the premises in footprint and come in two blocks of 8 apartments apiece with just enough real estate for a bed and a bath. The Family Suite on the other hand comes in one block of just 4 apartments but with ample real estate for a spacious bedroom with a lockable door, a Kitchen and a bath.

In addition, the Supporting facilities are a Bar and a Gymnasium both for recreation and both sit under one roof. While a Restaurant and a Workers’s Station are placed separately and in independent structures.

For the ultimate adventure of taking a dip, a central Swimming Pool was introduced. Central, because that was the only logical way to have all facilities in almost equal proximity. And for privacy, a picket fence in a natural brown finish was placed around.

The layout is set up in such a way that a trip to here recharges the batteries of any holiday seeker who fancies a trip away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Perfect For Entertaining 👌👌👌

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In this little house of mine are two bedrooms, a water closet and a Master Bedroom with an en-suite facility complete with a Walk-in Closet.

What I particularly love about it is the Entertainment Area that forms the Lounge, the Dining, the Breakfast Nook and the three zoned Kitchen.

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Among the three zones you find in this Kitchen is, of course, the Cooker Zone that’s basically a counter fitted with a hob on it’s surface and a hood (also known as an Extractor) right above it; a central movable work table which helps create a Workstation where about four Formica chairs can just as easily be introduced as an extension to the Dining as an informal one. This is perfect for entertaining. While cabinets fitted against a wall across the Cooker Zone accommodate all manner of crockery for this little house of mine.

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Just like most modern Kitchens, and if this wasn’t apparent already, this is an Open plan Kitchen so naturally a Scullery was introduced. This is also called a “Second Kitchen” in some Culinary Arts circles since the space is an extension of the Kitchen where a sink is found and where the eyesore of dirty dishes can be tucked behind.

I wouldn’t be doing this little house of mine justice if I didn’t design for a Pantry. The idea was to have just a small space where to store groceries and some bottles of wine for many of those “nights”.

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In the end, the success of the house lies in it’s fluidity of spaces especially for a person or a family that loves entertaining, and also for the cost savings achieved with the design by use of a hidden roof and partly in it’s layout.

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The Baker’s Man 👨🏽‍🍳

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A 7 meter by 13 meter vacant room in a bungalow Warehouse served as a blank canvas for a proposed bakery design.

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With two conveniences tucked at the back, the rectangular high level void that then makes up the foreground helped a great deal in providing compartmentalized but yet functional and fluid spaces key to a bakery.

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Practically speaking, since there’s only one door connecting the inside to the outside, it was only wise to position a counter around there – a glass counter for display’s sake. This counter is to display all manner of confectionery intended for produce within the premises; from bread to bread rolls and from cakes to cupcakes.

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And because having only one access isn’t safe in case of an emergency, a fire exit had to be opened up at the back, as well as to serve for easy access between the loading and unloading bay, and the storeroom.

The storeroom sits behind the counter and serves to provide storage for all the ingredients a bakery might require.

While having two Water Closets didn’t sound practical, removing one and replacing it with a small office did. Small, in the sense to have only a room the owner can sit in as he handles the few things in need of his attention.

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The Workstation being as core to the running of any bakery as it is, had to be of majestic grandeur with a centered work table for easier maneuvering around the room. Resting on a floating counter-top at the back is a chrome sink while stacked above one another in the front are wooden shelves and such Kitchen appliances as ovens are flanked by a wall to the left.

Finally, introducing a few accessories was necessary in the way of adding a sparkle to the space, as well as in making it somewhat industrial. My absolute favorites being the three steel hand grater re-purposed bulb holders above the Counter as well as the other three above the Work table.

💧Lusaka’s Sanitation Crisis💧

Fact: The City of Lusaka sits on a Limestone bedrock which is a rock form of Calcium Carbonate (CaCO3). This means most of its water table is covered by the rock and at significant depths which becomes tricky to access.

Fact: Lusaka City is in a Sanitation Crisis. Statistics indicate 90% of residents rely on pit latrines and only 10% use sewers & septic tanks.

Repercussions: Because of all this, both new home owners and old home owners have to search high and low for not only water, but safe water for human consumption. This can of course be a costly enterprise to undertake but the long term effects are quite rewarding. Because of this rock beneath, it’s not often that sinking boreholes is successful, not even when dug at an eyebrow-raising depth of 150+ meters.

Therefore, alternative options now have to be sought if we are to be proactive. One such option is a Domestic Water Harvesting & Purification Plant for water and a common Cesspool for sewage. The former, however, is only effective for areas endowed with natural water resources like rivers and streams, unless intended only for use in the Rainy Season then by all means.

For this to work, all you’ll need is a Water Pump, a Sand Tank, Water Filters, Chlorine Tank and Pipes to complete the network.

Thence, what you do first is to identify a resource with running water.

Securing a path for pipes would save best than when left unattended since tampering in the way of wear and tear, and vandalism might be a commonplace.

The first in the network is a suction pipe that draws water from the resource with the help of a fuel run pump, through a chlorine tank and into a reservoir tank at Ground level. At the press of a switch, this water is sent through a series of pipes and through a sand tank which traps all manner of particles from the chlorinated water.

From there, water goes through a further network of pipes during the filtration process and upwards towards an elevated tank before gravity can finally send it down at the turn of a tap in the house for consumption.

Lastly, it’d be wise to take a sample of this water to a Laboratory at either the Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS, hereafter) or the University of Zambia (UNZA, hereafter) just to be sure of purity.

Wait, That Doesn’t Belong There! 🚫

Just because a parcel of land is small doesn’t mean one can’t develop it as practically and as functionally as ultimately possible, and within set regulations of course.

So to speak, land in “residentials” surrounding the Central Business District (CBD, hereafter) has all if not most, depleted today. 



Take 15m X 7m parcels for example; these are some of the generous areas one is likely to stumble upon, but only if in luck since most will be just enough to carry a green space.


Advantages that come with such parcels is that they’re all serviced lots; connected to the national Power Grid and to a town’s Sewer System. Additionally, these are often in neighborhoods that lie within close proximity to such few amenities as schools, health centers and police stations, and are therefore safe and secure.


In conclusion, a common disadvantage that stands out is the exorbitant cost attached to a piece of land of this sort, and the least not being the lack therein of real estate for future expansion and gardening. 

An Educator’s Haven ☑️

It isn’t misplaced to say you can get an education from anywhere and everywhere, but how decent the said education is, is the real question.

That having been said, the environment also matters in getting a decent education. In this case, everything from the layout to the form and the shape.


By layout, I not only mean how spaces are arranged, but also how they function individually, together, and holistically.


The same can then be said about the form and the shape. It matters how a structure sits, and how it relates to the next one and its surroundings.


Therefore, living in an age such as ours, Modern design is the order of the day.


And what’s modern? In design, this is Spacious Walkways, Large Openings and Skylights.


Only because, light and air are great for stimulating and nurturing a young mind.