With rising land costs it is almost next to impossible to own an independent home in today’s day and age. Apartments usually are constructed with structural features that are shared with the other units that are nearby. With that into consideration, there is an opinion that the inhabitants are always subjected to some kind of a disturbance from their respective neighbors. But at the same time privacy is a very valued concept and every potential home buyer would want to invest in apartments that give the feel of an independent home but at the same time give a sense of community feeling. Keeping this in mind, developers have come up with the concept of apartments with no ‘common walls’.
Apartments with no ‘common walls’: What does it mean?
The concept of no common walls implies that no 2 units in an apartment share a common wall. Each unit acts like an independent unit though part of the same building/tower. There is a certain exclusivity that occupants of these units enjoy even though they are part of the same building. To understand the concept of common walls better let us compare 2 floor plans.
The above example is a typical floor plan of Project X. The areas marked in red are the common walls that are shared between 2 units of an apartment. The common wall areas that are be shared may differ from floor to floor. So in the above example one unit shares its common walls between the bedroom spaces in the adjacent units, another unit shares its common walls between the utility and the bedroom spaces.
Typical Floor plan of Project Y
This is a typical floor plan of Project Y. The areas marked in green show 2 independent units within a tower. These 2 adjacent units do not share a common wall and are independent on their own even though they are part of the same building.
Advantages of apartments with no ‘common walls’
The first and foremost point advantage is the aspect of complete privacy. With no shared common walls between each unit, there is no possibility for the sound to pass through the walls and disrupt the auditory senses of the resident living next door.
Living in apartments with no ‘common walls’ one doesn’t have to worry about the noises that the neighbors make. Be it drilling, hammering or listening to boisterous music, any resident living next door wouldn’t be disturbed at all. This is almost like living in an own independent house.
- Sufficient natural illumination
With open entry points on 3 sides of the unit and no structure protruding natural sunlight, space inside receives optimal natural illumination that is beneficial in so many ways. During daytime, the unit inside would be well-lit with the sunlight and there wouldn’t be the necessity of using electrical light sources.
By making use of natural sunlight for illumination, power consumption charges could also be brought down considerably, which in turn is an eco-friendly and economical practice on the whole.
- Free flow of air
Every unit without a common wall allows naturally flowing air to go through the interiors from the 3 entry points. With such a steady flow of air, the units receive completely natural ventilation. Such natural ventilation is an eco-friendly practice and allows the inhabitants to cut down the usage of air conditioners during breezy days, thereby decreasing power consumption charges. Free flow of air refreshes the space inside each unit and doesn’t allow stale and hot air to be retained inside.
With decreasing real estate spaces, apartments without common walls offer a great solution for potential home buyers seeking an independent space of their own. Such apartments offer the best of both the worlds by offering independent spaces along with community living. These kind of apartments offer the comfort of an individual house but at the same are not heavy on the pockets of home buyers like independent houses may be. Another advantage these apartments may offer are the set of amenities and recreational facilities which may not be present in independent houses.
Apartments with no common walls is an one innovative construction design that is predicted to transform the real estate sector. However, it should be kept in mind that the structural integrity and strength of the building are not compromised by constructing a building with no shared common walls.