What To Expect When Building Your Infill House

If an infill house seems like an excellent option for you, but you are unfamiliar with the technology, use this guide to help you prepare for your very own custom infill home.

Why Choose an Infill House?

As populations grow, so does our need for more and more space, especially for housing and recreation. Even older homes are considered attractive options and are, in fact, gaining in popularity. A mature neighbourhood is a perfect place to build Edmonton infill homes because it allows you to combine a new home that meets your quality specifications and standards within a developed and unique community. Incidentally, this new build could potentially offer an excellent return on your investment.

Are You Ready for an Infill House?

To help prepare you for an infill home, here are some steps to consider.

Choose your location and preferred the home size. If you already have an area in mind, then the process of preparation will be shortened significantly. However, if you want to hasten the process, talk to a realtor who can help you zero in on the perfect location and lot size for your home.

When checking out potential infill lots, look for features that will have long-term effects on your home, such as the slope, the rear direction (west- and south-facing backyards are quite popular), and the presence of mature trees. Some cities require mature trees on the property to help prevent erosion, something that could affect your design plans.

If a front driveway is included in your design, look for electrical transformer boxes, fire hydrants, and boulevard trees. These features are typically found in more mature neighbourhoods. The issue with these features is that these could affect where and how you can build a front driveway. If your chosen lot already has a rear alley, it may be more challenging to build a front driveway because the City often encourages homeowners to access their garages from the rear alley.

Consider the Mature Neighbourhood Overlay. There are guidelines you are required to comply with if you intend to build in an older neighbourhood. There are, however, variances in your house design that Development Officers may allow when you apply for a Development Permit.

Building Your Infill Home

Once you have decided on where to build your infill house, you will have to do the following steps:

Design your home. At Parkwood Master Builder, you are assured that the design and style of your infill house are exactly what you want and need. Through experience and expertise, Parkwood Master Builder will work with you throughout the process, from the initial consultation to the actual build to help you realize your dream home.

Get Your Developing Permit. The developing permit will ensure that your design and lot specifications meet the local zoning requirements. The process itself could take a few months, depending on the type of property and build you have. Typically, you will be asked to provide documents, such as floor plans, outline drawings, lot grading report, plot plan, elevations, sections, and the like. Parkwood Master Builder will advise you on the matter.

If your property has an existing house that has to be removed to make way for new construction, Parkwood will apply for a Demolition Permit. If necessary, a Hazardous Assessment will be conducted, and any utility services will be disconnected.

A City Development Officer will review your application and inform you of any other requirement you might have missed or if the City has any objections. During this time, your builder may justify the variances in your application or make the necessary changes as required.

If your application is approved, you will receive a Class A Development Permit, which will allow the construction to proceed. However, should there be any variances, you will receive a Class B Development Permit. Neighbours within a radius of 60m from your property will be asked to review these variances. This process will require about 3 to 4 weeks. Neighbours may or may not object to your proposed development during this time. If an objection is raised, your application will be reviewed by the SDAB or Subdivision and Development Appeal Board. The hearing will last for about a month. The SDAB will decide whether or not the objections are acceptable.

Once you have been granted a Development Permit, building your infill home will commence. Excavation will be performed, and pouring for your basement will start. The process for the Building Permit will also begin and must be completed, so construction of your dream home can continue.

When designing and building your infill home, you will have the opportunity to be innovative, creative, and unique, which will help ensure that your new home will be a truly personalized structure that fits your needs and lifestyle in a community you love.

Factors To Consider When Planning An Infill Home

The building of infill homes in Edmonton is having a big impact on the future of housing in the city. Building an infill home helps the environment because the home can utilize existing municipal resources such as schools, transit, utilities, and parks. Infill homes revitalize older neighborhoods and can create great curb appeal with exciting architectural design.

A great infill house starts with finding the right location, and here are five factors that should be considered when choosing the ideal infill lot.

Price Of Lot

This is a great place to start. When you know how much you will be approved for it can help you with your financial plans, and it will determine the style and size of home you can build. If you purchase a lot that already has a structure on it, you need to do some advance research and decide what margin you want to achieve, whether you are a buyer or an investor. If you opt to buy a teardown lot, the cost should be one third to one half of the final price of the completed home. I.e., If your infill home costs $400,000 in the end, then the teardown unit should cost between $132,000 – $200,000.

Location Of Lot

Think about the places where you spend a lot of time to see if the place where you want to build an infill home is convenient for your needs. For example, is it important for you to be close to a school, grocery store, shopping mall, or leisure center? Is it important for you to be able to walk in the neighborhood? If the answer is yes, you should look for a lot that is near bike lanes, parks, and bus routes. One great advantage of building an infill house is that lots are frequently located in established neighborhoods that already have great amenities, so it is just a question of deciding if a particular area is a good fit for your needs.

Size Of Lot

There are several factors to consider regarding the shape and size of the lot; will the structure you want to build fit on the space available? Will there be sufficient room for parking? Do the neighboring buildings obstruct the natural light you wish to have in the home? How big a backyard do you want? Will the size of the house be comparable to existing nearby homes? Do you want to build a multiplex? Does the lot meet municipal requirements so you can obtain the permits required? Depending on your answers, an interior design expert can help you create a customized floor plan that fits your budget, long term goals, available space, and will maintain its value over a long period of time.

Condition Of Existing Home

When you decide to build an infill house, you have a few options: 1) look for homes that are not in good shape but which are located in desirable areas (smaller footage than average, outdated kitchens, not energy efficient, the home has structural problems or an insufficient number of bathrooms). 2) Instead of making a teardown of the existing home, consider doing a major renovation. You may find it easier to get the permits required by doing renovations such as adding to the foundation, existing walls, and roofline. In the end, you should base your decision based on factors such as budget, time frame, and the style of home you desire to build.

Contact An Experienced Professional

Consult with a real estate agent or a custom home builder who is experienced in dealing with infill homes. These experts can help you find a lot that fits your needs, and they can do a feasibility study to see if the lot you want to purchase is a good candidate for infill housing. Your custom home builder might have units that have already been acquired so you can make your choice.

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