Everything You Need to Know About Building an Infill Home in Edmonton
Although it’s easy to fall in love with Edmonton’s mature neighbourhoods, it’s not quite as easy to fall for the dated homes that need major repairs or complete renovations. Residential infill homes allow homeowners to create contemporary houses that better suit modern daily living in neighbourhoods where it’s easy to grow a family, get to work and activities, and enjoy time off.
As infills pop up in neighbourhoods across Edmonton, investors and property owners are taking notice. Many people wonder what the regulations are for infill housing and how to make it worth the investment.
The City of Edmonton is On Board with Infill
Billed as “Everyone’s Edmonton,” the city’s website encourages infill housing, which fills a diverse need in the city for additional housing options. You can gather information about regulations, take a look at some Edmontonians’ experiences with building, buying, or selling infill homes, and see why diverse housing is a priority right now.
However, it’s important to know that there are some requirements for infills in Edmonton. You can’t just build any type of house anywhere in the city. The requirements are mostly the result of the city’s attempt to balance new homes with maintaining the look and feel of mature neighbourhoods. A single street with too much “variance” can start to break down the culture of the neighbourhood. To circumvent these issues, the City of Edmonton has created regulations for landscaping, zoning, and “mature neighbourhood overlay.”
Mature neighbourhood overlay includes limits for building heights, staggering windows on new homes for privacy, home positioning to ensure consistency in yards, and driveway positioning to prevent interruptions to sidewalks and trees on front streets.
In return for following regulations, homeowners may have access to some benefits. One example is a landscaping credit for infill owners who decide to preserve mature trees instead of replanting their own.
Because there are so many processes, it’s best to work with an experienced infill homebuilder who is already familiar with the regulations and has worked with the city before.
Where is the Best Place to Build an Infill Property in Edmonton?
Mature, tree-lined neighbourhoods near the river valley offer the most desirable locations for infill housing. However, some other neighbourhoods near the outskirts of the city are seeing more skinny homes pop up as a great option for lower-cost homes or rental properties.
What Type of Property Are You Building?
The area and type of property you build will depend on what you’re using the lot and new home for. Is this infill going to be your dream house on your dream lot? Or is it going to be rented out to generate rental income? Or, will you build a new home and then sell the property? The answer matters now more than ever, because the rise of skinny homes and duplexes allow owners to generate twice the revenue, while still offering great properties for rent.
Meanwhile, if you’re building a dream home on a lot you’ve purchased, you’ll want to think deeply about how you’d like your home to serve you throughout your life, which means using an experienced home designer. If you choose to use a qualified builder like Homes by Tricolor, you’ll have access to these tools and more.
How to Get Started
The first step in building an infill home in Edmonton is the pre-application process. Your home builder will speak directly with a city planner to ensure your proposal gets approved.
For homeowners interested in infill homes, the first step is to hire an experienced home builder who understands the infill market and processes. If you’d like to meet with the Homes by Tricolor building team and learn more about our infill and skinny home experience, get in touch with us for a consultation today.