Why do people build a maisonette house

Maisonette - yes or no?

{* Advertisement} One Maisonette - French for "small house“- is a dream for lovers of open spaces. With high ceilings, open stairs, exposed beams or sloping ceilings, it offers unique design options. Certainly these peculiarities do not meet everyone's taste and also have disadvantages - you can find out in this article whether a maisonette is something for you. a guest contribution by Stefan Gassner

Maisonette: A home on two floors

A maisonette consists of at least two floors, which are connected by an open staircase within the living rooms. This creates the feeling of living in a home. One of the greatest added values ​​of this living model is the spatial openness and a very "free feeling of living". Maisonettes in the attic in particular score with their high level of light penetration. The sloping ceilings, the high roof truss, the beams and a view of the upper floor result in an extremely interesting living space.

Here, the high roof structure and the beams, thanks to the dark brown coloring, tend to create a rustic ambience that is broken up by the modern kitchen furnishings

Does the maisonette style suit you?

The maisonette is the perfect residence for singles and couples. Since the entire living space is designed to be very open, there are many meeting areas here. The living style also has its charm for self-employed people with home offices, because such a home leaves plenty of room for thought. It becomes more difficult for families. Conversely, the open construction method can also lead to a loss of important privacy. A shared apartment in a maisonette can also be a challenge - if you can organize yourself well and agree on your own areas, it can of course work. For seniors, the stairs can be an obstacle and also a danger.

Whether a steep spiral staircase or a straight model - the staircase is the eye-catcher in every maisonette apartment, can also be a danger for seniors or small children

Lucky stroke or energy guzzler?

The costs for renting or buying a maisonette are of course higher than for apartments that are located on just one building level. As a profitable capital investment, you can also land a lucky strike with a maisonette - because its popularity is increasing. You should also note that these apartments are energy guzzlers. The division of the rooms into floors and the desire for a uniform temperature for all levels as well as the often high ceilings result in some immense heating costs. Sufficient insulation is therefore absolutely recommended. A fireplace is an ideal addition.

The open spaces in maisonette apartments often result in high heating costs

Furnishing tips for maisonette apartments

The full effect of a maisonette can be lost if the furniture is overloaded. Therefore, it relies on simple and timeless designs. Especially the stairs as the core area of ​​the apartment require an adaptation to the furnishing style. Shape, color and material should match your overall idea so that you feel comfortable. Tip: A gallery can be used optimally in many ways. Whether as a large living room, exclusive office or oasis of wellbeing - there are no limits to your free spirit. With a little creativity you can create a perfect escape from everyday life here, e.g. with the help of large plants.

Less is more - let the apartment work and don't cover it up with furniture

About the author: With his specialist knowledge and extensive market knowledge, Stefan Gassner, managing director of the real estate agency SAGE Immobilien in Zell am See *, is the ideal contact for interested customers. This is why the company has already been voted “Austria's Best Real Estate Agent” three times at the European Property Awards.

* This post was created in cooperation with SAGE Immobilien / Image credits: Shutterstock

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