New York-based development company SQ4D has listed the United States’ first-ever 3D printed home for sale, according to a statement released last week. The 1,500-square-foot home is on the market in Riverhead, New York for $299,999.
“This is the future, there is no doubt about it,” SQ4D Director of Operations Kirk Andersen told CNN on Sunday. “What we want to do is print homes fast, and cheap and strong.”
“I want people to not be afraid of automation…it is just a different tool and different method,” Andersen added. “But it’s still the same product; we are still building a house at the end of the day.”
The home features an open floor plan with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a detached two-car garage. A demo version of the home was constructed with 3D printed concrete, which SQ4D said has the “strength and durability that conventional wood-frame construction cannot match.”
SQ4D is conducting virtual walkthroughs of the demo home, which was used as a proof of concept to garner zoning approval from Riverhead’s zoning board. Andersen said Riverhead’s zoning laws are notoriously difficult for developers to navigate, as evidenced by developer Vincent DiCanio’s 16-year court case against the city for refusing to approve his application for a senior living facility.