You might have a small plot of land somewhere but because you are a low income earner, you do not know what to do with it. Low cost studio apartments are one of the option you have.
A studio apartment is a single room house or a multipurpose room that one has to cook, eat, sleep and study in, which means you practically, live and do almost everything in that same room.
Quite obviously, living in a studio apartment doesn’t suit a family. Therefore, they are aantageous mainly for students, singles, hotel rooms for short stay, and in some rare instances, couples without children.
In this week’s issue, we are looking at a single room that is not self-contained, since it is cheaper and affordable to construct. The plan shown here consists of the following: Sitting area for two seats with a small table. A bed area enough for a queen size bed with two bedside tables, two shelves of which one can be used as a wardrobe and the other for general storage, a small workstation (table, chair and computer), A TV cabinet for the TV, decoder and D player plus a music system.
The cabinet can also be used for storage or display of DsCDs, Books and magazines, flowers, award, and ornaments among others.
Construction Estimates Gross Area of one room is approximately 24 square meters. The estimates given here are based on this area and are in Ugandan Shillings. The actual cost might be slightly lower or overshoot by a small margin.
Foundation The cost of constructing a foundation for one studio is approximately Shs2m, and about Shs4m for two units. This includes the cost of the floor slab the cement, sand, hardcore, bricks and labour.
Superstructure (walls) Building the walls of one studio will cost approximately Shs1.5m, and about Shs2.8m for two units. This includes the cost of the ring beam, cement, sand and the bricks required to build the walls.
Openings Each unit has one door and two windows, which altogether cost about Shs1m.
Finishing The cost for finishing one studio is approximately Shs2m this includes Plastering and painting the walls and tiling the Floor.
Ceiling Plastered ceiling of one unit will cost about Shs600,000, this includes the cost of the timber work, cement and sand.
Roof If you are to use versatile iron sheets and all the timber required for roofing one unit is about Shs2m.
estimated costShs9.1mEstimated cost of setting up a non-self contained studio apartment
SOURCE: Daily Monitor