Habitat for Humanity unveils 3D printed house in Williamsburg
The organization said it was the first 3D printed house on the East Coast. The buyer plans to move in the week before Christmas.
WILLIAMSBURG, Virginia – Volunteers from Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg put the finishing touches to a new home in Williamsburg on Tuesday morning.
“It sounds unreal,” April Stringfield said.
Stringfield and his 13-year-old son will be living there soon.
“I’m just happy to be able to give my son a garden,” she said. “That’s it for my son.”
This house is special for many reasons. Stringfield applied for the Habitat for Homebuyers program three times before his application was accepted.
She devoted 300 hours to sweaty equity or volunteer hours, where she worked to build her house and others. Now she will pay off an affordable mortgage on her first home.
This is the first Habitat for Humanity 3D printed house built on the East Coast.
“We just learned that we are the first 3D printed home to be owner occupied in the country,” said Janet Green, CEO of Habitat For Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg.
Green said that with lumber prices soaring, now is a great time to try this.
“3D technology right now, according to preliminary estimates, it’s 15-20% cheaper to build a 3D printed house,” she said.
Green said it took about 28 hours to print this house, cutting off nearly four weeks of normal construction. It’s a technique she hopes the organization can use in the future.
“It will be cheaper, faster and more affordable, and we will be able to build more homes for these deserving families,” Green said.
Stringfield is happy to be one of those families.
“I look forward to making a lot of memories in this house as well as with my son,” she said.
She and her son were excited to move in on Christmas week.