The demand for suburban multifamily dwellings, along with the rising costs of materials, have motivated developers to look for ways to build more units at a cheaper cost. It’s time to consider your building density!
What is housing density? It’s the number of housing or dwelling units per acre of land. Different housing types require different densities, and density should always be chosen based on the project’s scale and purpose.
In simple terms, the higher the density, the higher the number of dwelling units per acre.
How can you optimize your land to build more apartments at a better price?
- Choose the right product or housing type for the site. For example, would a podium or wrap design fit best?
- Don’t overbuild for the market; know what tenants expect (amenities/services) and what is being offered by competitors.
- Utilize efficient space planning and tenant circulation for both site and buildings to maximize rentable space.
- Change the unit mix to include a higher percentage of smaller unit types.
- Consider using the space-saving efficiency of compact parking if the city code allows it, including: surface, podium, structured, below grade, and automated parking systems.
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