Austin, TX

Austin Designs and Sells First 3D Homes

Tom Handy

Austin has put up the first 3-D homes and sold two recently. ICON created the home in East Austin and is looking to offer more. Two other 3-D homes were on the market as of August 31.

Conner Jenkins, Senior Project Manager at ICON, says "The experience that you get living (the) home is not that different than probably the apartment you might live in or the home someone else might live in."

The experience may be the same but constructing the homes was much different.

Senior Project Manager Jenkins said, "The experience that you get living (the) home is not that different than probably the apartment you might live in or the home someone else might live in."
"This is a technological feat that did not come easy but took a lot of brainpower a lot of effort and we’re so proud of the end product," Jenkins says.

The material used in the home is more durable and stronger compared to the material used in homes. The technology used in the home is more durable and better able to handle natural disasters and hazards.

"Not only do we want to lower cost we also want to lower waste and we want to lower time in the schedule which is crucial for anyone trying to sell homes in this market or really any market," Jenkins says.

Constructing the homes was much different as compared to building a regular home.

"This is a technological feat that did not come easy but took a lot of brainpower a lot of effort and we’re so proud of the end product," Jenkins says.

Kansas-based 3D Strands partnered with ICON to help make the 3D homes.

3Strands CEO Gary O'Dell says, "We have a housing shortage in this country and fundamentally it’s a supply problem and we are just passionate about getting the best and brightest of the potential technologies to solve that problem out of the lab and into the field and so this project was perfect."

The homes have a modernized West Texas feel and it was created with natural woods, earthly tile colors, and metal finishes. The homes were designed by Logan Architecture and Austin-based designer Claire Zinnecker. Zinnecker joined to help design interior finishes and fixture selection.

"We wanted to show that you can build homes with the 3D printed technology that anyone will live in and as you look around you’ll see really great finishes and bright lighting and just a really livable home and we’re really proud of the final product," says O'Dell.

O’Dell said they brought in the best designers in Austin. Claire Zinnecker worked on interior design.

This could be the beginning of a new revolution in the housing industry.

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