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5 Factors to differentiate bungalow house designs and maisonette house designs

Many people wonder between a bungalow and a maisonette, which one is cheaper. This is a common questions which we would like to add our voice to in order to offer help.

For starters, what is the difference between a bungalow and a maisonette?

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

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

The common assumption is that a maisonette is more expensive than a bungalow house. Is this true?

The answer is YES and No. It all depends on the materials used. Generally, suppose you use the same material for a 3 bedroom bungalow house plan and a 3 bedroom maisonette house plan, the maisonette will be relatively expensive because of the additional slab.

As someone looking to build a house, there are factors you need to consider when making a choice between a bungalow house design and or a maisonette house design.

1. Cost comparison

 Maisonette will require additional slab for the upper floor. However, in the process of taking some rooms up, there are other cost savings. For example, a maisonette will require a smaller foundation area since it’s extends upward or vertically compared to bungalow house plans which extends horizontally hence a bigger foundation area.

  • Roofing

Just like foundation, a maisonette will require almost a half of the size of the roof required for a bungalow. This will translate to savings on roofing materials such as timber, nails, iron sheets and labour.

  • Size of land

This should be the biggest decision making factor. It’s a common knowledge that the prices of land in towns are very high and plots tend to be smaller in size. Many places you would find the biggest size people acquire is an eighth of an acre (50×100) but in places like cities, even that an eighth is not available. So people go for a half of an eighth (50×50).

To get the most out of the small size of land, maisonette house plan becomes more attractive because of the relative small area required for foundation. A caution for those buying land is to ensure that you use a surveyor to actually establish the actual size of the land as the one indicated in the title and the location as well.

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2. Bungalow House Designs vs Maisonette House Designs: Security

Maisonette house designs tend to be more secure than bungalow because of less windows and doors. Many people tend to use security door separating the top and low levels just in case of security breach.

3. Land use

When you have a small land, the best option is to go for a maisonette house design 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.

4. Individual Preference

This is largely personal choice but maisonette is considered much classier than a bungalow. From the design perspective, there is much more you can do on the elevations of maisonette house designs as compared to bungalow house designs.

5. Privacy

Maisonette is considered to offer more privacy than a bungalow would offer. The upper floor is used for private spaces and makes is possible to attain some level of privacy.


From a developer point of view, it’s difficult to pick between the two. It’s all boils down to personal preferences, design and materials used. What we can tell for a fact is that we are available to help you make decision and also make your dream comes true. Don’t fear from discussing with us any bungalow house designs or maisonette house designs you are considering for your project and how we could be of great help.

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14 Thoughts to “5 Factors to differentiate bungalow house designs and maisonette house designs”

  1. Thank you for this informative article. What is the cost of building a simple 3 bedroom house bungalow in Mbale or Mudete?

    1. Please check your email and respond. I have sent you the cost via the email.

  2. I’m planning to build my home in Mamboleo later this year. Please email me a quotation for doing a simple 4 bedroom house bungalow. My email is maadhsi@gmail.com.

  3. I’m having 3M and am thinking of building a masionette house of 4 bedrooms in Kisumu. Will that be enough given I want to buy land from the same amount?

    1. Yes, it can be enough depending on the size of land and location. If you can buy land for less than Ksh.500,000, you will remain with at least 2.5M to use in building otherwise if you spend much on land, you will not achieve the objective.

      You can let us know where you need land or you engage us and will help you get land and build for you with that budget.

      1. Thank you. I can also benefit from such a service though for me, I only intend to use 2.5M for both land and build and 3 Bedrooms not 4. Please advice

  4. Thank you for this information. What is the cost of a 3 bedroom masionette ? I’m planning to build a masionette house in Rabuor though am still consolidating funds

  5. thanks for making mi understand the different between the two houses. How much does it take to build such a house like the second picture.its so beautiful i love it

  6. Hi,how long will it take to do a Masonite of ten bedroom in kisumu and how much will it cost?

    1. It all depends on the availability of funds and approvals from authorities but within 4-6 months is adequate.

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