The walls of the main home and its accessory dwelling unit were printed at the same time in eight days despite weather and hardware issues.
Icon began printing House Zero in May 2021 and the rest of the home — like window installation, wiring, and plumbing — was completed in February 2022.
When the home was completed, Icon invited me to spend a night in the new three-bedroom, 2-½ bathroom build …
… and the unique construction tech, curved concrete walls, and high-end finishes made House Zero one of the most interestingly designed homes in which I’ve stayed.
Spending a night in House Zero made me realize 3D printing homes could be a strategic and functional construction method while still producing beautiful yet comfortable homes.
Many 3D printing enthusiasts view the tech as a path toward alleviating housing shortages and improving affordability.
Like House Zero, a home that could take about a year to build “traditionally” can be printed and completed in just several months …
… enabling home builders to construct housing cheaper, faster, and more sustainably by using fewer materials and less labor.
But while the technology may be heralded as a way to build more-affordable homes quicker, House Zero is far from an example of a budget-friendly home.
Source: Insider, Insider