'Own a piece of history': Unusual new home leaps into the future

Ash Cant
·2-min read

A newly listed home has made history and could change the way we build homes in the future.

A quaint three-bedroom, two-bathroom home, which was listed late last month, may seem like a pretty standard home, but how it was constructed is pretty extraordinary.

The Millbrook Lane home in Riverhead, New York, is the first 3D printed home listed for sale in the US.

The first home constructed using a 3D printer has hit the market in the US. Source:  Zillow/SQ4D
The first home constructed using a 3D printer has hit the market in the US. Source: Zillow/SQ4D

The home was built by SQ4D, using Autonomous Robotic Construction System (ARCS) technology and made completely out of concrete.

The home is listed for $299,999, or $A391,010, which according to SQ4D is around 50 per cent less than other homes listed in the area.

“Own a piece of history,” the listing says on online site Zillow.

“Architecturally designed by nationally renowned engineering firm H2M, this home is carefully developed to exceed all energy efficiency codes and lower energy costs.

“SQ4D provides a stronger build than traditional concrete structures while utilising a more sustainable building process. The future begins with this historic property!”

The three-bedroom home in New York is listed for roughly $A390,705.  Source: Zillow
The three-bedroom home in New York is listed for roughly $A390,705. Source: Zillow

Cheaper and more sustainable housing

Overall, SQ4D promises a 70 per cent reduction in construction costs, with only three labourers required for the entire print and can complete the construction three times faster than traditional methods.

In January last year, SQ4D built the “world’s largest permitted 3D printed home” in 48 hours over an eight day period in Calverton, New York.

“The home was entirely printed and built onsite using less than $6000 in materials,” SQ4D said at the time.

“Future print-time is expected to be cut in half on their next projects, due to ARCS enhancements implemented post-construction.”

The ARCS 3D Printer used for the construction uses the same amount of power as a standard hair dryer and cuts down on waste by calculating the exact amount of sustainable materials required for the build.

SQ4D's 3D printing technology could help solve the affordable housing crisis in the US. Source: Zillow/SQ4D
SQ4D's 3D printing technology could help solve the affordable housing crisis in the US. Source: Zillow/SQ4D

“SQ4D’s proprietary hardware and software enables the construction site to be safer while creating eco-friendly, concrete homes compared to traditional wood-frame construction at a fraction of the cost,” SQ4D said.

SQ4D claims the ARCS technology is the “lasting solution” to the affordable housing crisis in the US, because it is dramatically cheaper to build.

“This technology will change America, the environment, and history. Just like Ford brought vehicles to the masses, SQ4D makes new construction achievable for everyone.” realtor Stephen King said.

The 3D printed home made possible by SQ4D comes with a 50-year warranty.

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