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Building an infill in Edmonton

Residential Infill Construction Edmonton

Residential infill is the development of new housing – suites, apartments, houses – in established neighbourhoods.

The City of Edmonton Residential Infill Guidelines for Mature Neighbourhoods provide direction to developers, communities, city administration and City Council about how such development should occur. These guidelines are an approved City of Edmonton Policy (C551) and were adopted in June 2009.


The Benefits of residential infill

  • Neighbourhood revitalization (social and physical renewal)
  • Makes better use of existing City infrastructure, public facilities and services
  • More housing options and increased affordability
  • A more financially and environmentally sustainable city
  • Reduced urban sprawl.

What the city guidelines address:

  • Where different scales and forms of new residential development should be located.
  • How buildings and sites should be designed to ensure compatibility with existing housing and the character of the community, and high quality development that enhances the area.

Where the city guidelines apply

The Guidelines apply to all residential infill in Edmonton’s mature neighbourhoods. All residential infill in these neighbourhoods should meet the overall goals of the Guidelines as well as comply with the Guidelines specific to the scale and form of development proposed.

Incorporating the City Guidelines into the Zoning Bylaw

A number of changes to the Zoning Bylaw are required to ensure that all new residential development in mature neighbourhoods is located and designed according to the Infill Guidelines. Sustainable Development is working on these in consultation with communities and the development industry. Proposed changes are posted on the City’s website as they become available and before they are brought forward to City Council.

If you are considering infill:

  • Review the Residential Infill Guidelines
  • Check to see if the development site is affected by an Area Redevelopment Plan or Land Use Plan that guides redevelopment in the neighbourhood.
  • Check the Zoning Bylaw to see if the site is zoned for the type of development proposed.
  • Check the Infill Guidelines to see if they would support a rezoning of the site.
  • Use the Infill Guidelines and appropriate “Overlays” in the Zoning Bylaw to design the building(s) and site.
  • Contact and consult with Sustainable Development as needed.

City of Edmonton Residential Guidelines

City of Edmonton Residential Infill Overview

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The Kitchen Work Triangle

The design that makes a difference in your work space
Apart from the main bedroom the kitchen is arguably the most important room in a house. That being said; the proper design is therefore as important as the kitchen itself. The work triangle ergonomics concept was introduced during the 18th century before the concept of in-house water and fire was introduced by modern kitchen designs. So with the Stove, refrigerator, Cabinets and Sink in one room how do you design the space to accommodate all this elements and still make it possible to move freely and safely? The Kitchen work Triangle is the answer!

The design aims to address Safety and efficiency in the kitchen workspace by collaborating the layout of the Refrigerator, Sink and Stove to ensure that they are positioned in close proximity but not too close to each other.


  • None of the Entryways should obstruct kitchen appliances nor should appliances interfere with each other. The width of the entryway should at least be 32 inches.
  • No major traffic designs should cross the work triangle.
  • In a design with three primary work areas, the space between them should never be more than 23 feet.  The minimum length of each leg in the work triangle is 4 feet with the maximum length of 9 feet.
  • The minimum width of a working aisle should be 42 inches if the kitchen has one stove, 48 inches if there are multiple cooks.
  • The width of a walkway should be at least 36 inches.
  • Two primary work centres should never be separated by a full-length or height object, e.g. A refrigerator should never separate two work centres.
  • A work area should be included and placed approximately 36 inches wide or 26 inches deep from the sink

This is an ideal design for a small-medium kitchen floor. It’s not efficient for a large kitchen without an island. With the U-shaped design multiple work sites can be easily designed in your kitchen

This design makes the best use of space and is ideal for a kitchen that joins another room with space e.g. A living room. This is also ideal if you normally entertain guests or just want to have a casual chat while working in the kitchen

As shown in the picture, this design constitutes of long units and doesn’t cater for table space. The gallery design is ideal if you need to create more storage space in your kitchen

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Building Rough Bucks

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Demo Day

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Forming the Footings

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Renewing our Services

Today we renewed our services. There was a problem with our water line containing lead but we replaced it.

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Our New home in Millcreek

Scott and I purchased this tiny wartime home with the aid of our realtor Danelle Bolinski.  The home is two blocks away from the Millcreek ravine walking trails and two blocks off Whyte ave.  Our plan is to knock it down in the spring of 2010 to make way for our new open concept home.  Stay tuned for updates on our building progress.


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The Benefits of CAD Technology

A popular computer technology that designers use is CAD, which stands for “computer-aided design.” CAD facilitates professionals in designing objects, real or virtual, and is commonly used in place of manual technical and engineering drawings. Industries that use CAD include automotive, shipbuilding, aerospace, industrial, architectural, prosthetics, and multimedia. And the reason CAD is such a popular technology across a wide variety of industries is because of the many benefits it offers in comparison to manual drafting.

The first benefit of using CAD is an increase of productivity in designers. As opposed to manual drawings, designers can produce drafts with CAD much faster, and a higher productivity in designers means that the number of designers a firm needs to hire reduces. This results in lower personnel costs, while the product designs are of a higher quality.

And faster designers are, the more competitive a firm can be. CAD gives firms the edge they need to make quick changes and fast designs so that they can introduce their designs and launch their products into the market before the competition does.

CAD also results in designs that are higher in quality and contain fewer errors than manual drafts. This is largely because with CAD, design and analysis tasks are performed at the same time, so improvements to the design can be made while the designer is drafting.

The use of CAD technology leads to a variety of benefits that can help several different industries be more competitive in their fields, increase profits, and be more successful.

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Pruning Trees for Clearance

It has come to my attention that trees can only be pruned during certain seasons as per City bylaws. We have a large mature elm on our lot and would like to be able to keep it. Elms can only be pruned in Edmonton between October 1 and March 31. We plan to start demo and building in May so this means that pruning for clearance needs to be addressed asap. I have contacted Alberta Arborists, a company I have dealt with in the past and have found them to be knowledgeable and fair cost-wise. They will go out and assess the pruning necessary for branches that may interfere with our second floor. The root system generally grows 1 and a half times wider than the branches so this also needs to be assessed to determine if our foundation will damage the roots. Too many damaged roots will cause the tree to die and will dictate if keeping the tree is a possibility.

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Advantage ICF Foundation Install

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