These 3D Printed Tiny Houses Are Made Using Recycled Plastic
With skyrocketing interest rates and huge price tags, homeownership may seem unattainable for many who are trying to break into the housing market. And some are even looking into alternative housing altogether. One company has created a new avenue to homeownership and affordable housing using 3D printing and recycled plastic.
Azure Printed Homes is a Los Angeles-based startup that is building 3D tiny homes with printing material that is made up of 60 percent plastic waste from food packaging and plastic bottles. The plastic waste is combined with other building materials to increase the strength and durability of the homes, and even offer the ability to make the homes even greener with the installation of solar panels and heat pumps to reduce energy costs after installation.
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According to Azure, the 3D printing process is 70 percent faster and 30 percent cheaper than traditional construction methods. In fact, a house can be built in about a day after the design process is finalized. And the tiny homes are almost built completely within the company’s Culver City factory and then delivered to the site on a flatbed truck. Once at the building location, builders simply connect the modules together and the construction is complete.
Azure currently offers design options to build both backyard studios and one- or two-bedroom tiny homes, with the most affordable option priced at just under $27,000 for a 120-square-foot studio. The largest home, which spreads out of 900 square feet, costs just under $205,000.
You can learn more about how to design and pre-order your own Azure 3D-printed tiny home or studio over on the Azure Printed Homes website. There’s also a step-by-step customization program that allows you to order your build online.