What is the Size of a 1 Bedroom Apartment, Duplex or House?

What is the Size of a 1 Bedroom Apartment, Duplex or House

A one-bedroom apartment or house is suitable for single occupants but it can also accommodate two people especially couples sharing the same bed. One-bedroom dwellings come in all types of architectural designs – duplex, detached house and apartments. Apartments are the most common design for single occupancy in highly populated countries with a shortage of land due to the need for saving space. As an example, it’s more economical and efficient to have an apartment block with 100 units rather than 100 individual detached homes.

What is the difference between a 1-bedroom apartment and self-contained apartment?

Apartments are known as Flats in the United Kingdom and other British Commonwealth countries. A 1-bedroom apartment has a private bedroom separated from other rooms by an internal wall, whereas a self-contained flat (also known as a studio apartment) has an open-plan bedroom, kitchen and living room [See Drawings  D1 and D2 Below for Illustration] An open plan layout has one huge living area with no internal wall divisions between the sleeping, dining and kitchen areas. The only room that is enclosed for privacy purposes is the bathroom/toilet.

The smallest dwelling that you can have in a decent housing development is a self-contained apartment, which is basically a single room. A one-bedroom apartment is often larger than a self-contained flat.

To save space, single occupancy dwellings in MDU blocks cannot accommodate an ensuite bathroom or toilet. Instead, a common bathroom/toilet with direct access from the living room is built, so that visitors can use the toilet as well.

One Bedroom Apartment_Open Plan Kitchen and Living Room

D1 – One Bedroom Apartment_Open Plan Kitchen and Living Room

Studio Apartment Plan

D2 – Studio Apartment Plan

Minimum Room Requirements (IRC Specifications)

The size of an apartment should comply with building codes. According to the International Residential Code (IRC) 2015, the minimum area of a habitable room should be at least 70ft2 or 6.5m2 with the exception of kitchens. The floor perimeter is regulated as well, the minimum horizontal length and width of a habitable room is 7 feet (2134mm), and once again kitchens are exempt from this rule. The minimum floor to ceiling height of a room is 7ft (2134mm) with cellars and basements being exempt from this rule. The minimum height of bathrooms, toilet and laundry rooms is 6.67 feet (2032mm).

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