Carpet Area | Built-Up Area | Super Built-Up | Inclusion | Calculation | Conclusion

When you’re looking to buy or sell a property, it’s essential to be aware of the different types of areas a property can be in.

To properly understand the built-up and super-built-up areas, you must be able to distinguish between the two terms. A super-built-up area is the area of the building where there is a shared space.

As a result, a property that has a carpeted area will be worth 25 to 30 percent more than a property that has a super-built-up area. Many real estate developers use this loading factor to determine the price of an apartment. However, this method has many disadvantages, and developers have ripped off many people.

Here’s a quick guide to help you distinguish between them: The carpet area is where the carpeting is located. It may also include a built-up area (such as stairs and landings), but it will not include any outdoor space.

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Carpet area

The carpet area is the size of the room, excluding the walls and ceiling. It is measured in square feet. The carpet area is the area covered by carpet. The built-up area is the total area of the property, including the carpet area and all the common areas, such as balconies and terraces. This is also known as the saleable area. A higher carpet area means more space available for use.

Calculating the carpet area

There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, as the formula to calculate carpet area will vary depending on the size and shape of the room. However, one common approach is to divide the total floor area by the number of square feet in the room.

Built-up area

The built-up area of a property is the land area built on or within the boundary of the property. This includes roads, buildings, and any other structures. The term can also refer to the total population in a particular area, including people living on the property and working there.

Calculating the Built-up Area 

There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, as the calculation of built-up area will vary depending on the type of property being assessed and the specifics of each case.

However, some general principles can be used to help calculate the amount of built-up area in a given location.

  • The first step in calculating the built-up area is to determine the total surface area of all buildings, structures, and other surfaces within the boundaries of the assessed property. This includes both public and private space, as well as open land.
  • Once this figure has been determined, divide it by the total land area of the property to get an estimate of the percentage of the property that is built up.

If a property contains both public and private spaces, it is essential to distinguish between these two types of construction.

  • Private spaces typically consist of enclosed buildings or areas owned or controlled by a single individual or organisation.
  • Public spaces, on the other hand, include any open space to the public and are accessible without going through a gate or door. 

Super built-up area

A “super built-up area” is an urbanised area with a population density of more than 10,000 inhabitants per square kilometre. This means that a super built-up area is considerably more

densely populated than an urbanised area and is therefore characterised by greater concentrations of people and buildings.

What is covered in a super built-up area?

“Super built-up area” is a term used in the UK to describe an area of land extensively developed with high housing density. This can include areas with high concentrations of commercial and institutional buildings and large areas of multi-storey housing.

Calculating the super built-up area

The super built-up area is calculated by multiplying the carpet area by 1.3 and adding the built-up area.

Carpet area, built-up area, super built-up area: Area-wise inclusion list

Carpet area: This is the smallest built-up area and includes apartments, terraces, rooftops, etc. It generally refers to areas where there is heavy pedestrian traffic.

Built-up area: This is the next more extensive area and includes residential areas, commercial complexes, industrial estates, etc. It generally refers to areas with some vehicular traffic but not too much.

Super built-up area: This is the largest and includes large commercial complexes, industrial estates, residential areas and more. It generally refers to metropolitan areas.

Final calculation of carpet area

Carpet area: The carpet area is the total square footage of the floor covering. This includes both the rug and the padding.

Built-up area: The built-up area is the total square footage of the floor covering, excluding any rug or padding. This includes both hardwood and carpet.

Super built-up area: The super built-up area is the total square footage of the floor covering, excluding any rug or padding, and including any areas above or below the floor covering that is used for storage, sleeping, or cooking.


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When installing carpeting in a built-up or super-built-up area, you’ll need to pay special attention to the area you’re covering. The built-up area accounts for roughly 10 to 15 percent of the area covered with carpeting. For example, if your home is 2,000 square feet, only 840 square feet will be covered with carpet. The carpet area will be closer to 660 square feet if you have super-built-up areas.

Remember that the ratio of super built-up and carpet area should be at least 1:1. In other words, if your apartment has a deck or a balcony, the builder will have an additional 500 square feet. This will make the total area of the deck or balcony about three thousand square feet. This is called the loading factor and should be kept in mind.

Another important aspect of buying a new house is the built-up area. This includes common areas, such as elevators and lifts. Moreover, the built-up area includes walls, stairs, and elevators outside the house. It’s important to remember that super-built-up areas are generally more prominent than built-up areas.

To sum it up, when choosing a carpet design, know the total built-up and super-built-up area. The built-up area includes the space covered by carpet plus the area covered by walls and common areas. In most cases, the total built-up area is about 15% greater than the carpeted area. However, this factor will vary from building to building.