Difference between Carpet Area Built-up Area and Super built-up area

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    August 15, 2021

What is carpet area?

Let us first understand what the basic definition of carpet area is, a term real estate developers are obliged to use when providing buyers the details about the property’s size. This is really quite simple to understand. That area in the flat or the apartment, which you could cover using a carpet, is the carpet area. Also known as the net usable area, the carpet area is actually that space in your home which can be used for laying a carpet.

Carpet area = Area of bedroom + living room + balconies + toilets – the thickness of the inner walls.

What is built-up area?

The built-up area in your flat or apartment, is the carpet area plus the area that is covered by the inner walls and the balcony. In housing apartments in India, nearly 30% of a housing unit’s entire area is used in creating the inner walls and the balconies. This means that if the developers tells you that the built-up area of the units is 1,000 sq ft, you could assume that the net usable area or carpet area of the apartment will not exceed 700 sq ft.

What is super built-up area?

A housing society consists of various common areas. While the buyer has to pay a monthly maintenance charge for the upkeep of these areas, he will also have to shell out money for a proportionate part of these spaces at the time of the purchase. Builders typically use the loading factor – constructed spaces not exclusively allocated to the buyer – on the carpet area, to arrive at the super built-up area. Developers arrive at the super-built up area of a unit by way of adding the total built-up area with the area occupied by common areas, including the corridor, the lift lobby, the elevator, etc. In some cases, builders even include amenities such as pools, gardens and clubhouses, in the common area