If you’re considering building a new custom home in Kingston, infills offer an excellent way to make the most of the space you have at your disposal.
An infill is basically a re-purposing of existing urban space. Instead of buying a vacant plot of land, you can tear down your existing home or another house and build there. By using a creative approach in terms of design, you can create an innovative and appealing home that maximizes the potential of your lot. Infills are actually one example of a bigger movement referred to as “land recycling,” in which existing spaces are adapted and redeveloped.
If you’re interested in an infill, you can take one of two approaches:
- Find an existing property which you can redevelop using an infill strategy.
- Knock down your current home and rebuild a new house on the same site.
In a case where you own your home and you like the way things are then the first approach might best suit you. However, if you’re looking to move to a different part of town, go bargain-hunting in up-and-coming districts and parts of the city in which you would like to live. Shopping for an infill site is much easier than shopping for a home on the resale market.
The Benefits of Infills
- You do your part to help fight urban sprawl and manage urban growth.
- You can stay in your current neighborhood while giving your home a major upgrade in value.
- You help neighborhood property values appreciate, to the benefit of all residents in the area.
- You can create a custom home in the neighborhood of your choosing.
Kingston continues to grow and this can take a toll on the environment, with ever-spreading urban development leading to increased pollution, traffic congestion and neighborhoods that aren’t as livable as they should be. Infills are one of the most effective answers available, and they’re also an excellent investment.
Regulations and Permits
Infill homes fall into one of two categories:
- Single family dwellings.
- Contextual family dwellings.
The contextual family dwelling has the potential to house more than one family, while the single family dwelling is intended for a more limited number of occupants. Regardless of the type of home you choose to build, you will have to meet specific guidelines which govern design and layout factors including:
- Building articulation
- Windows, balconies and entryways
You will be free to create any home design and floor plan you want once your infill home meets the current guidelines and building codes.