Benefits of Building an Infill Custom Home

Whether you are a first-time home buyer or a seasoned veteran, the idea of building a custom home may seem overwhelming. Luckily, building a custom infill with an experienced full-service builder can not only be an exciting experience but an incredibly fun and rewarding one too.

Building an infill in an already developed community offers many perks from the obvious: creating your dream home from the ground up, to the not so obvious: the environmental benefits. Follow along as we take you through some of the reasons we think building a custom infill home is the way to go.


Eco Meets Elegant. Custom Design Infills

You’re finally building the house of your dreams. But before you start choosing the material for your kitchen countertops, you need to decide where this home is going to live. Imagining your custom home on an open plot of land, surrounded by land and sky is a tempting daydream. In reality, paying for all the additional costs of assessments, permits, building roads, securing plumbing and electricity could be the beginning of your daydream turned nightmare. Even if you know this and are ready for the initial slog, you’ll need to consider how far you want to drive to get groceries, or gas or to see your friends and family.

Luckily, there is an alternative that is not only worth considering, but to many is the desired way to live: a custom infill home. Infill homes are new builds on existing plots of land. If you’ve ever driven by a neighbourhood and noticed a much newer house amongst older style ones, that home is most likely an infill; the old house was torn down or the lot was vacant, and a custom designed house was built in its place. Custom Infill Homes offer many benefits to their owners, and the communities they're in.

The Best Of Both Worlds. Custom Infill Homes

We've applied our full-service process to perfect the art of custom infill developments. Now you can easily have the benefit of a custom built, luxury home while still central to the community you are a part of. When done right, infill developments come with several benefits including:

Access to existing infrastructure

Since you’re building on a plot of land where a previous home existed, roads are already built and plumbing, hydro, and cable lines are likely installed. A lot of the existing groundwork for the necessities of modern living are established which gives you the opportunity to use any budget that you may have allotted for infrastructure for upgrades like making your home greener or using higher quality materials.

Being close to amenities

By situating yourself in an already established neighbourhood of your choosing, you’re closer to aspects of your daily life that you prioritize. Grocery stores, gas stations, gyms, and schools are just a few of the services that define our day-to-day living and being in close proximity can make your life easier. Plus, if you’re near your friends and family, dinner and drinks can be in-person instead of over a Zoom call.

Speed of development

To build a high-quality custom home and juggle the many moving parts of a large project, a full-service builder will require time to help you acquire land and create the perfect space for you. However, infill home hopefuls get to hold their breath for a few months less than their new development counterparts. Big bonus if you already own the land! All the existing infrastructure on the plot of land comes back for a second benefit by making the process speedier for home builders- meaning far less wait time for you.

Giving you Greenpeace of mind

Infill developments don’t require additional land development which means you can contribute to growing a city and revitalizing a neighbourhood without expanding outwards and clearing more trees. Give yourself a quick pat on the back because the efficient use of land resources is a more eco-conscious approach to shelter.

Benefitting from city incentives

To encourage more homeowners to choose infill developments over new ones, some cities offer a myriad of resources to support you during your custom build project. What’s more, is some even offer financial incentives to settle down in their city. The City of Edmonton, for example, has an entire website and resources dedicated to infill homes. They also offer a cost-share program which, if applicable, may lessen the financial load. When you choose to build your custom home with FLR we navigate all of this for you so you don't have to!

We Are Your Experienced Custom Home Builder

There you have it. Building a beautiful home should be a fun, stress-free and smooth process from start to finish. Building your custom home with a full-service builder on an already existing infill lot allows you to create the home you have always imagined, with even more added benefits. Let FLR show you just how full building a custom home can be.

Custom Infills: Frequently Asked Questions

An infill development involves developing vacant, or tearing down an existing structure, within an existing urban area. Many cities have significant vacant land within the city limits that are zoned for infill developments, or even multi-unit developments. Although this task can seem daunting, partnering with a qualified, full-service, custom home builder will make the process enjoyable as they will take care of everything from start to finish.

Some of the features of an infill development are:

  • Building with an already existing community, or neighborhood
  • Adding additional units onto the same lot by building stand alone, semi-attached, or multiple unit structures through subdivision or by adjusting the lot lines
  • Highly sustainable land development near to an urban centre

We have created more than a few infill developments and they are an incredibly rewarding and fun project for their owners, and for our team. Check out one of our custom luxury infill homes located in Calgary, Alberta.

Some of the questions to ask yourself before deciding whether, or not, to build a custom infill home are:

  1. Do I prefer to live inner city, or do we want to live on a larger parcel or land?
  2. Does creating sustainable living solutions matter in my home building decision?
  3. What is my timeframe for development?

These are just a few of things to consider when deciding whether, or not, to build an infill. At FLR Developments a big part of our initial consultation is assessing your values, goals, budgets, timelines and motives for building to help you decide exactly what the best fit for you is.



Whether you want a beautiful custom home or a multi-unit complex for your investment portfolio, our team of highly experienced building professionals can help you achieve your goals. From initial conversations to design meetings and the build itself, we pride ourselves on being there for our clients right through to handing you the keys and beyond. Headquartered in Calgary, AB we are proud to serve Calgary, Kelowna, and the Columbia-Shuswap Region.


Whether you want a custom luxury home, a stunning lake view spot, or the perfect commercial spot for your new venture, our team makes the process as straightforward, cost-effective, and simple as possible. From planning and design to permits and a third party warranty, we will expertly manage every stage of the process. We take the challenge out of new builds, so you can focus on what’s truly important: achieving your dream.

Want to know more about one of our developments and how we can get your project completed on time and on a budget? Contact us at  (403) 980-2205  or fill in our online form.

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