The hunt for the right home depends on your budget and lifestyle choices, each of which depends on the number of family members.
In case you want to live alone, a studio or a one-bedroom apartment is the ideal choice for you to choose from.
Even though both these terms are considered synonyms of one another in Pakistan and are used interchangeably, there is a critical difference between the two. Hence, Graana.com draws out the stark differences between the two to help you familiarize yourself with the two terms and make a more informed decision as per your needs.
Defined as a ‘compact design’, a studio apartment is a single room with an open floor space that encompasses a bedroom, living room and eating area together, except the bathroom.
The average size of a studio apartment ranges between 400 sq. ft. to 600 sq. ft. with no walls to divide the room into different room sections, making it a suitable living option for a single person.
Modern studios, however, feature a room divider in the shape of a cleverly placed built-in shelf, to give a sense of division, privacy and additional storage space, helping define the space.
The rental price of a studio apartment starts from Rs. 20,000, and varies due to the location, nearby amenities, and size.
Pros of a Studio Apartment
- Affordable – especially for students, working adults living in another city.
- Easily Manageable Space and upkeep
- Cheaper – helps save money on the utility bills
Cons of a Studio Apartment
- Limited Space
- Low Storage Space
The essential difference between a studio and a one-bedroom apartment is a distinct separation of every room, including a bedroom, living room, and kitchen.
Due to the definitive separation, a one-bedroom apartment is bigger in size, ranging from 1000 sq. ft. and onwards, with the rental price starting from Rs. 30,000.
Along with students, people working from home given the outbreak of COVID-19 may also appreciate working in an open space that isn’t, by default, their bedroom. On the other hand, given more space, one-bedroom apartments allow residents to easily manage a crowd of higher limit of groups of people, be it family or friends.
Pros of a One-Bedroom Apartment
- More Privacy
- Storage Space
Cons of a One-Bedroom Apartment
- Expensive – including the rental and utility bills
- Maintenance level – Difficult
If you’re looking for a final verdict, well who is a better judge of your own situation than you yourself.
With both their significant pros and cons, everyone choosing has their own personal preferences, circumstances, lifestyle, and budget that play a role in deciding which housing option better suits them.
Keep in mind, if saving money is your priority, a studio will serve as the most likely and affordable option. If you are all about more space and privacy, a 1-bedroom apartment is a way to go, given that you can stretch your budget.
Whatever you choose, remember Graana.com – Pakistan’s first online real estate marketplace offers it all.