Story at a glance

  • Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg officially sold its first-ever 3D-printed home in the country this month.
  • April Springfield, the buyer, was able to purchase the home through the Habitat Homebuyer Program.
  • The program targets people of a certain income and includes a zero-interest mortgage in an effort to create affordable housing.

Habitat for Humanity sold its first 3D-printed home that took just 12 hours to print and is estimated to have saved 15 percent per square foot in building costs.

On Dec. 21, Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg held a ribbon-cutting ceremony that would become a national milestone. A three-bedroom home with two full baths became the first-ever 3D-printed Habitat house in the country. It was purchased by April Stringfield, who plans to move in with her 13-year-old son. 

Stringfield purchased the 3D-printed home through the Habitat Homebuyer Program, which requires buyers to have an income between 45 to 80 percent of the area’s median income, excellent credit and the ability to pay for their new home. Habitat homes are not sold at a profit and come with a zero-interest 20-to-30-year mortgage. 

“My son and I are so thankful. I always wanted to be a homeowner. It’s a dream come true,” said Stringfield.


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In addition to falling under the Habitat Homebuyer Program’s eligibility requirements, Stringfield also logged 300 sweat hours, known as volunteer hours. Some of those hours were spent helping the crew on the construction site of her new home.

Habitat for Humanity partnered with Alquist 3D, a company that specializes in 3D-printing of homes, and the crew printed the 1,200-square-foot home in just 12 hours, reducing the standard construction schedule by at least four weeks. 

The concrete used in the home is estimated to have saved 15 percent per square foot in building costs, and it’s better at retaining temperatures, which can translate to savings on heating and cooling costs. It also means the home is more resistant to tornado and hurricane damage.

Along with her 3D-printed home, Stringfield will also receive a downloadable computer file that will allow her to print knobs, light switch covers and other replaceable parts for her home.

According to Alquist, 3D-printed homes can be custom designed and can last beyond a traditional wood structure home. The company also plans to introduce 3D-printed homes in Richmond, Va., as a study on the future of affordable housing.


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Published on Dec 27, 2021