There’s no denying the fact that in majority of the cases we are left clueless about the jargons the builders and agents throw at us. Terms such as carpet area, built-up area and super built-up area moslty cause a lot of confusion. In every residential complex, they are three ways of calculating the area, or the square footage. So how are they different?
• Carpet area is the area that can actually be covered by a carpet, or the area of the apartment excluding the thickness of inner walls.
• Carpet area does not include the space covered by common areas such as lobby, lift, stairs, play area, etc. Carpet area is the actual area you get for use in a housing unit.
• So when you are in search of a house, look at the carpet area and then make your decision, because that is the number that will give you an idea of the actual space at your disposal.
• Focusing on the carpet area will help you understand the usable area in the kitchen, bedroom, living room, etc.
• Carpet area is usually around 70% of the built-up area.
• Built-up area is the area that comes after adding carpet area and wall area.
• Now, the wall area does not mean the surface area, but the thickness of the inner walls of a unit.
• The area constituting the walls is around 20% of the built-up area and totally changes the perspective.
• The built-up area also consists of other areas mandated by the authorities, such as a dry balcony, flower beds, etc., that add up to 10% of the built-up area.
• So when you think about it, the usable area is only 70% of the built-up area. So, if the built-up area says 1200 square feet, it means around 30% (360 square feet) is not really usable, and the actual area you will get to use is only the remaining 840 square feet.
Super Built-Up Area
• Super Built-up area is the area calculated by adding the built-up area and common area that includes the corridor, lift lobby, lift, etc. In some cases, builders even include amenities such as a pool, garden and clubhouse in the common area.
• A Developer/Builder charges you on the basis of the super built-up area which is why it is also known as ‘saleable’ area.