What size apartment should I get?

Buying an Apartment

What size apartment should I get?

Buying an apartment happens after numerous factors are considered, brainstormed, discussed, planned, budgeted, and decided upon. It is not a decision that happens overnight. Each and every step in the process happens only after apt decisions are taken. And one amongst the most important decisions is definitely going to be the size of the apartment.

The choice of apartment size depends on your family size, budget and other related factors which directly or indirectly influences in deciding what size you want. While we speak about size, there are actually two main aspects in it. One being the total area of the apartment as in sqft. The second one is the number of rooms you want, particularly the count of bedrooms.

Apartment sizes range from studio apartments to 3bhk apartments majorly. And the apartment in Calicut, its nature, format and design will be different from the apartment in Kochi. Hence, the area that you choose also is a factor that reflects on your apartment size and design. 

As a builder, we make use of various terminologies and it is necessary for you to understand some of those, which will turn beneficial in your decision making process. Understanding the terminologies even helps you decide the right size of apartment.

Some Major Builders Terminologies

A few of the common and definite terminologies that you might encounter.

  • Carpet Area

The carpet area is different from the total apartment area. The carpet area is actually the specific area that you can make use of or is available for you. Hence, this is the most important thing to be concerned about. The floor area you can use within your apartment excluding the wall, fixtures and other spaces. 

  • Plinth Area

The built-up area comprises the plinth area and includes four walls, a terrace and a utility area meant for placing a carpet. Most often the plinth area is approximately ten percent of the area for carpet.

  • Super Built-up area

It is a total of the proportionate spaces available that comprises the common areas such as a lobby, shafts, staircases, etc. Most of the  cases, it also includes gardens, swimming pools, or a parking area. A super built-up area is also part of a saleable area.

  • Load factor

A load factor is exactly the difference between a super built-up area and a carpet area. It is the extra cost you must pay for the development of common spaces. The load factor varies with different cities and projects. 


Now, let’s look into choosing the right apartment size

Knowing the various sizes of apartments available is equally important as knowing the various common terminologies. 

You can choose apartments between 1, 2, and 3 BHK mainly.



  • Compact
  • Affordable
  • Easy maintenance
  • A good option for people who travel a lot.


  • Caters to only couples, bachelors or single person
  • Demand-supply gaps are high in most cities
  • Lesser facilities




  • Suitable for small families
  • Easily available
  • Quick maintenance


  • Limited space
  • High demand
  • Lesser chances of getting discounts.




  • Abundant space
  • Ideal for large families


  • Difficult to maintain.
  • Lower return on investment

Bottom Line

As you make the decision of buying an apartment, it is essential to consider and bear in mind the above mentioned terminologies as well as the standard apartment sizes available. These are some of the major factors that can influence your decision.