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For the first time ever, you can buy your very own 3D printed house — for only $300,000.
This three-bedroom, two-bedroom house in Riverhead, New York is made of 3D-printed concrete. It has a two-car garage and is asking less than $300,000 — a steal on pricey Long Island, where a home of the same size would typically cost $478,380, according to Realtor.com market data.
“At $299,999, this home is priced 50% below the cost of comparable newly-constructed homes in Riverhead, NY and represents a major step towards addressing the affordable housing crisis plaguing Long Island,” said a statement by listing broker Stephen King of Realty Connect USA.
The 1,407-square-foot house was designed by New York-based engineering firm H2M, built by New York-based 3D printing company SQ4D and is being billed on Zillow as “the world’s first 3D printed home for sale.”
The grey house with white trim sits on a 0.26-acre lot, and images reveal a meticulous outdoor garden and small front porch sitting area. The walls are eight feet tall, but the timber ceiling is arched, providing more height to the house.
Inside, the open kitchen, living room and dining room reveals pale blue cabinetry and a matching island with a marble countertop and a farmhouse sink. The house has everything you’d expect from a normal house: air conditioning, gas heating, a stove, dishwasher, dryer and refrigerator, according to the listing.
The owner’s bedroom has large windows and a two-door closet, and the bathroom has a standing glass shower with pale blue cabinetry and a lit vanity. The other bedrooms are about 120 square feet each, according to information on the listing broker’s website.
What is a 3D printed house?
The house is built with a huge 3D printing machine, which melts down solid materials and exudes them wherever you want, like a hot glue gun would do. The technology has been used for everything from prosthetics to coronavirus shields to brain aneurysms.
Construction companies use the same method to dispense cement in lines that build on each other to create walls. Two employees monitor the machine for issues while it prints over eight or nine days. This method is half the cost of traditional building methods, and it is carbon neutral, according to a video tour.
After building the house line by line, they then backfill the walls and put anchor bolts in and assemble pre-built timber pieces for the roof, which can take only one to two days. Then, a crew finishes the walls, applies exterior siding and adds appliances like sinks.
The house is said to have more strength and durability than a wood-frame construction house, and is guaranteed to last at least 50 years, though it is expected to last much longer, according to the press release.
Is it really the first?
SQ4D built a test house in Calverton, New York late last year and listed this house in Riverhead on January 25, calling it the first permitted 3D printed house to be listed for sale.
The claim may seem dubious to techies at first since internationally, companies have been 3D printing houses for years. Icon, based in Austin, built a permitted 3D printed home in 2018 — though it was not listed for sale, since it was intended to house homeless populations. One company, Mighty Buildings, creates houses for order from a factory, but it’s not technically a real estate sale: like buying a trailer home, the plot of land is not included in the purchase.
So as far as we can tell, this is the first time a licensed 3D printed home has been listed on the open real estate market for sale and comes with the land itself.
SQ4D did not return a request for comment.