We’ve all seen that prime lot that sits abandoned in the city — maybe it’s sandwiched between a yoga studio and a cafe — and wondered at its potential. Infill development is a building tactic that’s gaining steam in 2022. It offers a potential solution to this sort of waste by tearing down and rebuilding housing in these spots. However, it is not without its challenges. The permit and building processes for urban infill can be long and time consuming with a heightened potential for creating homes that don’t fit into their communities. That’s why it’s best left to adequately experienced and responsible builders.
Is Infill Development Good For Communities?
It really depends how builders and cities approach the process. But this is actually where luxury custom builders have an upper hand. The ability to identify and match styles, area characteristics, and other subtle aesthetic choices is crucial to conserving the feel of the communities in which urban infill is desired.
“The issue is compatibility. And compatibility can be defined in a number of different ways, whether it’s trees, traffic, height, building design, or fitting within the historic district. And I don’t want to make that sound too easy, because that’s really where it’s difficult.”Democratic D.C. Council member Phil Mendelson (Washington Post)
With decades of design build experience across a wide variety of styles, many top builders do have the expertise to craft homes that accentuate the traits of the communities and neighborhoods they would join. This is a crucial component of responsible urban infill. Unfortunately, less experienced builders (even with good intentions) may try and fail to pay respect to the areas they build in.
When looking at the pros and cons of housing infill, much of it comes down to the way it’s done. By consulting appropriate municipality authorities, adhering to local regulations, and approaching an infill project with experience and commitment, these builds carry the potential to provide new housing opportunities within saturated communities where real estate is at a premium.
3 Perks of Infill Development for Prospective Homebuyers
One of the biggest selling points of housing infill is that it gives prospective homeowners an opportunity to build in more densely populated areas like cities and bustling metropolises — locales that don’t see a lot of building possibilities otherwise.
An infill project also presents the chance to customize within an exciting locale. This customizability will, however, almost always be subject to strict regulation. Local municipalities have architectural codes that homes must adhere to in different districts. Finding a spot that the city will green light for demolition and repurposing can be a process. Once a location is identified, builders must do their best to match the architectural style and general aesthetics of the surrounding areas, which are often turn-of-the-century homes.
If done right and respectfully, infill development can help revitalize neighborhoods and cities. An interesting proposal for Mexico City, where suburban sprawl has been an issue, called for infill development on the grounds that it would cut down on mobility issues, bolster the local economy, and conserve resources and infrastructure. This approach to combating suburban sprawl may make a lot of sense in cities that find themselves building outward too quickly or without a long-term strategy.
Questions About Infill Building?
If you’re looking to build closer to the city, infill housing may be a good option for you. Feel free to reach out with any questions you may have. We can’t wait to work with you and build the home of your dreams in the best possible community and location.