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Pocket Neighbourhood Inspiration

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I’d like to introduce you to a lifestyle that is simpler, healthier and more active than what we typically see in most modern communities. That’s why I’m building homes inspired by many of the pocket neighbourhoods I’ve seen around the world. I want to show you why these types of neighbourhoods are the way to go – even in urban areas.


(Source: http://www.pocket-neighborhoods.net)

 
What are pocket neighbourhoods? They are clusters of neighbouring houses that are gathered around a shared open space such as a garden courtyard, shared backyard or garden. This type of design is what I’m bringing to Barrie.
 
What are some of the benefits of pocket neighbourhoods? I’m mainly concerned with building a great community using sustainable practices. Here’s a little bit more on how pocket neighbourhoods accommodate these things.
 
Low-Impact Development
In addition to sustainability and green building practices, low-impact development is something pocket neighbourhoods bring to the table that other communities don’t. These designs preserve resources through shared amenities and occupying less land. That’s something I think is really great – and I want homeowners to feel good about their sustainably built home. If you have any questions about low-impact developments, just ask!
 
Sense of Community
The shared outdoor space is crucial to these neighbourhood designs because they help build a community that encourages social support and a sense of belonging.  When I visited a few of these neighbourhoods in the US, I could feel that I was an outsider. Not in a bad way. It’s just that the residents clearly value the relationships and friendships they have with each other. They let their kids run free without worrying – and that’s something I really liked the feel of.
 
These are just some of the reasons I’m building these kinds of communities in Barrie. These homes will also be cost-effective. It’s all about maximizing usability and using fewer resources. If I can accomplish that, I’ve done my job.
 
 

 

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