Bungalow vs Maisonette : Which one is the BEST for you

Bungalow vs Maisonette : Which one is the BEST for you

Bungalow vs Maisonette : Which one is the BEST for you

Bungalow vs Maisonette Houses. Difference between Bungalow & Maisonette Houses

We often receive inquiries of clients asking the better option between bungalow and a maisonette.  In terms of cost, the common assumption is that a maisonette is more expensive than a bungalow house. But is it true?

Apart from cost, there are other factors to consider including size of the land, security, individual preference, community regulations, etc

 What is the difference between a bungalow and a maisonette?

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A bungalow is a residential house occupying one floor. A maisonette is a residential house that has two floors or levels.

A bungalow one would say spread horizontally while a maisonette spreads vertically.

Here we highlight maisonette  vs bungalow types of houses  having same plinth area or  almost equal.

  • Foundation

For maisonettes with same plinth area on both floors, there will be savings on the foundation costs since it extends vertically and not horizontally, its foundation cost will be almost half that of bungalow.

  • Roofing 

The maisonette will also have half the roof quantities compared to a bungalow type if the total plinth area is similar, hence reduces construction cost.

  • Suspended Slab on First Floor

Since the bungalow does not have an extra suspended slab at the top like a maisonette, you tend to save more on the bungalow.

  • Aesthetics

From design perspective to construction maisonettes depict classiness, elegance and sophistication compared to bungalows. Making maisonettes expensive than the same sized bungalow, increasing the house owner’s social status among their peers.

  • Security & Privacy

A maisonette owner has the advantage of maintaining privacy by using the upper floor for family use and the ground to entertain guests unlike the bungalow. Maisonette  also tend to be more secure than bungalow because of less windows and doors on the ground floor. Many people tend to use security door separating the upper and ground floors just in case of security breach.

  • Labour Cost

Labor costs on maisonettes tend to be higher. This could be because of technical/structural knowledge required, longer time duration and stages to build, transportation of material from ground floor to the upper floor etc…

  • Land Cost

With a small piece of land, the best house to set up is a maisonette because you will use less space compared to a bungalow that requires large piece of land. When you have a small land, the best option is to go for a maisonette so that you can leave some space of other usages such as parking, garden or compound. A bungalow will occupy a bigger space and will minimize the portions which could have been left for other needs.

Also check >>Construction tips; Tips for building a house on a budget


From a developer’s point of view, it’s difficult to pick the best for you from the two. It all comes down to personal preferences, design specifications and location. What we can do best is to advice you based on your key preference and we are available to help you make the right decision in your home ownership journey.

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One Comments

  1. Wow! This is really helpful to me,
    I would go for massionet

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