Built-Up Area Calculation – Your All-In-One Guide

Are you about to step into the house hunt circle but are still fairly confused about the factual terms used in the market? Do you often find yourself confused and stretching your head as soon as you hear the terms – carpet area and the built-up area? 

We understand! It isn’t always super easy to have the terms learned on the tip of your fingers. Therefore, even before you start, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to write this crispy and detailed blog on what these terms are and how is a built-up area any different from a super built-up area?

First Things First: What Is Carpet Area?

A carpet area is an area that is used to spread in the area where you can literally spread a “carpet” in a room/house. It is the net usable area of an apartment that includes the thickness of the internal wall excluding the balcony and the terrace. 

Technically, the carpet area is the distance between the inner walls that can also include a staircase (if it is located inside the apartment), and not the balcony, lobby, lift, etc – so to speak the outer parts of a room/apartment. 

Calculating the Total Carpet Area

There are many ways or formulas that can help you calculate the carpet area, but the easiest of them all is as below:

At first, you must be aware of the carpet area which is 70 percent of the built-up area. For example, assume the built-up area is about 1,000 sq ft of the carpet area which should be around 70 percent of the 1,000 sq ft. Here, in this case, it is 700 sq ft. 

This means the carpet area is about 700 sq ft.

What is a Built-Up Area?

In simpler words, the built-up area is the additional area to the carpet area that covers the walls. This includes balconies, terraces, mezzanine floors, and other detachable habitable areas like the servant rooms. 

Also note, that the walls that are shared with the other units are factored at 50 percent while the others are computed fully. 

Calculating the Built-Up Area

A built-up area is ideally the carpet area + the areas covered by the walls. In most cases, it is 10-15 percent more than the carpet area. 

Let us understand the same through an example:

Suppose the areas covered as the dry balcony and terraces add up to 10 percent of the built-up area while, on the other hand, the usable area is 70 percent of the built-up area. 

So, if the built-up area is about 1,000 sq ft, then it implies that the 30 percent or the 300 sq ft is nonusable while the 700 sq ft remains the used area.

Now that we have understood the meaning and mathematics of built-up area, you can even determine the plot area simply from your

built-up area calculation!

What is a Super Built-Up Area?

It is the built-up area in addition to the proportionate share of the corridors, entrance, lobby, staircases, lift shafts, generator rooms, clubhouse, security room, and any other common areas available in the complex. 

Nevertheless, the underground sump, walkways, water tanks, swimming pool, open sports facilities, inaccessible flower beds, weather sheds, and lofts are not included in the super built-up area.

Calculating the Super Built-Up Area

As the super built-up area in a common area that includes the elevator, clubhouse, veranda, etc, the builders usually consider the 1.25 as a multiplying factor to help calculate the super built-up area. 

It increases the total area that is saleable by 25 percent, also known as loading. There are some developers who tend to quote loading figures while they compute the saleable areas. For example, if the carpet area is 600 sq ft, then the builder will add loading of 30 percent, which means, you will be expected to pay for 780 sq ft, irrespective of you only using 600 sq ft.

To Conclude:

We hope the short and crisp blog above has helped you understand the difference between the carpet area, the super built-up area, and the build-up area. These terms are very important to know and understand, especially when on a hunt for your beautiful adobe. 

For more best options for a property, we’d highly recommend heading over to our website where we not only cover the listed or existing properties, but also the upcoming luxurious properties for you to choose from. 

Happy house hunting!

FAQs:

  • What is a carpet area?

A carpet area is an area that is used to spread in the area where you can literally spread a “carpet” in a room/house. It is the net usable area of an apartment that includes the thickness of the internal wall excluding the balcony and the terrace. 

  • How to calculate a built-up area?

A built-up area is ideally the carpet area + the areas covered by the walls. In most cases, it is 10-15 percent more than the carpet area. 

  • What is a super-built-up area?

It is the built-up area in addition to the proportionate share of the corridors, entrance, lobby, staircases, lift shafts, generator rooms, clubhouse, security room, and any other common areas available in the complex.