Infills 101

Are you impacted by the new mortgage rules effective Feb 2016?


Many will have read recent articles published by Canada’s major news outlets about Ottawa’s new mortgage lending rules, but it seems many are still uncertain of how they are actually impacted. Let us help with some clarification. The new legislations are meant to take effect in February of 2016 and are, in the words of the new Liberal Finance Minister Bill Morneau, “a bid to target pockets of … [Read more...]

What is Quarter Sawn Wood?


If you’ve been shopping around for a new home or custom infill, you may have noticed the words “quarter-sawn wood” being mentioned as a finishing detail. We’ve noticed quite a few questions coming up at our showhomes centered around this detail so we feel it’s appropriate to shed some light on the topic. Wood can be sourced from different types of trees, may appear in different styles and can … [Read more...]

Custom Home Building Seminar

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Sagebrook Developments & Phase One Design Present: THE CUSTOM HOME BUILDING SEMINAR!Are you considering BUILDING a CUSTOM HOME?Building a new custom home can be a very rewarding experience for you and your family - but where do you start?Join us for our next monthly intimate Information Sessions Tuesday, May 30th, 2017 & Wednesday, June 14th, 2017 from 6:00-8:00pm - Save your … [Read more...]

Solid Hardwood vs. Engineered Hardwood


If you’ve been shopping around for a new home, you may have noticed the increasing popularity of engineered hardwood flooring. This is especially true in the inner city infill market, where many builders are adopting this flooring style over traditional hardwood styles. With its rise in popularity, we're beginning to notice a lot of questions being asked about the difference between engineered … [Read more...]

Hosting a Perfect Open House

Newinfill Open Houses

The tradition of open houses has long been around and for good reason. For buyers completing the open house circuit, it can be a great way to shop around and get a good feel for the real estate market. For those planning to build their own custom new infill, it can provide the needed inspiration that goes into choosing design features and finishings. Lastly, for those looking to sell their home, … [Read more...]

Attached vs Detached Infills – Differences

Attached Detached Infills

There are several differences between attached and detached infill homes. The most apparent difference between the two is that attached infill homes are constructed in pairs and share a common wall with one another. Detached infill homes on the other hand do not share a common wall and do not necessarily have to be constructed in pairs. Pairs of attached infill homes are most commonly constructed … [Read more...]

City of Calgary Infill Permitting Process

City of Calgary Building Permit

Introduced within the boundaries of Calgary’s most established neighborhoods, Infill homes offer a high degree of customization for buyers, yet demand a unique sensitivity to context and community. The City of Calgary has well-defined guidelines for the process of planning and constructing Infills. Generally, a new Infill is built on a residential street among existing older homes.  Whether … [Read more...]

Calgary Infill Construction Financing

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Buyers familiar with mortgage applications for pre-existing properties may find the process of financing custom constructions surprisingly complex – even daunting. While certainly more involved, the experience need not be intimidating. With a basic grasp of the steps to expect, buyers can move forward with confidence. A buyer’s ultimate approval depends on a variety of considerations not … [Read more...]

Infills Around the Country

infills across Canada

Have you ever wondered if infills are as popular in other real estate markets other than Calgary’s? Infill development and the movement towards higher density housing in more desirable inner city locations is a growing trend that stretches beyond Calgary and even Canada. Studies have shown that most major cities experience growth in this particular segment of the real estate market. The surge in … [Read more...]

Costs of Building an Infill


The process of building an infill is a very exciting one and as with any real estate project, you need to ensure that you understand the costs associated before you get started. Understanding the costs ahead of time will allow you to budget accordingly and ensure your custom built infill home is a sound investment for when you go to resell. The costs of building an infill can be broken down into … [Read more...]

Infills Defined


The word ‘infill’ is a newer term used in real estate to describe inner-city homes built on lots where older dwellings, if any previously existed there, are replaced by newer housing that suits the future of the community and optimizes land use. According to Wikipedia, infill is the use of land within a built-up area for further construction, especially as part of community redevelopment. It … [Read more...]

What is an Infill?

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Often the first though that comes to mind when you hear the word ‘infill’ is a tall skinny house, usually newer, located in the inner-city. Although this is somewhat correct, the term encompasses more than just tall skinny homes; it also includes large homes, sometimes referred to as mini-mansions, built on larger or full-sized lots. The expression ‘infill’ more refers to a newer home that has … [Read more...]