BRANSON, Mo. – Given the high prices for lumber and other building materials, people who want to build new homes are getting creative.
“So we were interested in building, but we wanted to make it less labor intensive,” said James Isaacs.
James Isaacs and Adam Cardwell are the co-owners of Dream Co. Construction. They researched 3D printing houses for nearly three years before partnering with Apis Corp.
“It’s basically a large format version of those little 3D printers and it uses a concrete material instead of a plastic material,” Cardwell said.
Although their construction business only started last year, Isaacs and Cardwell celebrated a major milestone on Tuesday, July 20th.
“Super exciting, we actually built our first 3D printed house here in the Ozarks,” said Isaacs. “We finished printing it. We haven’t finished the house yet, so we’re not going to use an exciting project for the next few weeks so people can come in and actually go through it and learn a little more about it. “
Courtney Allen and her husband are also 3D printing their new home through Dream Co.
“With wood prices soaring from Covid … he and I are kind of these obsessive solution seekers,” Allen said.
Allen says the material they are using to build their new home is strong enough to handle severe storms.
“Actually, it can withstand an EF-3 tornado, and we’re going to reinforce one of the rooms in our house as storm protection,” said Allen. “You can do that very easily with your building process.”
“We’re actually 3D printing the house on the website,” said Isaacs. “We don’t do that anywhere else. It is actually there when it is printed. “
According to Allen, 3D printing has also given her home a lot more options. She is planning a flat roof to be able to put a garden on her house.