Tips for Urban Residential Infill – Part 2

Even the best architectural designs run the risk of not getting the green light. This is Part 2 of our Tips for Urban Residential Infill. 

  • Welcome in the Light: there’s a misconception that you must sacrifice natural daylight on an urban residential infill lot. Not true! But they do require more intentional design. Consider corner windows, raised windows for privacy, and windows in stairwells to lighten up spaces.
  • Don’t Forget About Storage Needs: this often gets overlooked. A small closet off a patio, attic trusses over the garage with stairs, or an access door beneath a staircase provide space for camping gear, bikes, skis, and other recreational items. 
  • Include an Outdoor Space: outdoor living is a highly sought after element of urban residential infill architecture. Create an outdoor space that’s appropriate for the design and budget. Think rooftop decks, carved-out patios, or cozy courtyards with privacy features.
  • You May Have To Compromise: it’s just not possible to get everything on your wish list. A larger kitchen island or free-standing soaking tub may not be feasible in order to maximize livable space in other areas of the floor plan. For many urban infill buyers, the location and lifestyle benefits will outweigh a small compromise on the architecture.
  • Good Design Adds Value: good design involves knowing the local restrictions, planning early, communicating consistently, and thinking of unconventional solutions. Work in partnership with your team of experienced designers and builders – this will enhance and add value to your infill home and the existing community.