Thursday, March 18, 2021 / by Earl Gaddi
A lifestyle choice
Infill zones, on the other hand, are frequently the neighbourhoods that attract those interested in the concept. With the allure of eclectic and esoteric surroundings, artsy villages within urban centres, such as Cabbagetown in Toronto or Kensington, Calgary's "Left Bank," attract artists, students, alumni, and the stylishly affluent.
Before the coronavirus pandemic accelerated the trend, the work-from-home paradigm shift was already underway. It doesn't take long in an improvised dining table office to miss the conveniences of a traditional office. Some people need a change of scenery to keep their minds in a productive space, which an infill home provides in a more dramatic way than a bedroom-to-office makeover.
A mix of style
Design purists are a rare breed. Your Victorian cottage may lend itself to shabby chic, but you may yearn for the calm zen of Japanese or minimalist designs. The boxy practicality of Bauhaus and similar modern styles maximises space and provides a clean design palette on small, inner-city lots. Because infills are frequently built at the back of lots that back up to lanes, the space between buildings serves as a transitional style buffer, though you may prefer complementary rather than contrasting design.
It's difficult to say whether striking modern designs predominate in residential infill homes or if the dramatic simply stands out more. When it comes to infill projects, however, there is no shortage of stunning examples, whether in Harbord Village in Toronto, Prince Arthur and Sherbrooke in Montreal, or South Fraser in Vancouver. Laneway infill is alive, well, and thriving in urban Canada.