Black Mom’s Dream To Become A Home Owner Comes Through Just In Time For Christmas: Moves Into Own 3D Home – One Of The First Of Its Kind

April Stringfield's 3 D home

“My son and I are so thankful,” Stringfield said during a Habitat for Humanity Facebook livestream event outside her new house on December 21. “I always wanted to be a homeowner. It’s like a dream come true.”

April Stringfield, a single mom, and her 13-year-old son got the most amazing Christmas present just days to the celebration, all thanks to Habitat for Humanity are now proud owners of their very own 3D-printed home, the first 3D project by the charity in the US.

The three-bedroom apartment with two bathrooms measuring 1,200-square-foot, and built under 12 hours is the first of its kind for charity. Construction crews began printing the house’s concrete walls in July, ending up saving about 15% on building costs.

3D printed homes proffer solutions to insufficient finance, offering more affordable housing.

April, resident in Williamsburg, a hard worker who works three jobs has been dreaming about becoming a homeowner for years but even with all her hard work she just couldn’t cut it, so she applied for the help of Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg to purchase her home and now, her dream is reality!

She didn’t just qualify for the purchase on a whip, April has already worked 300 hours of hands-on labour on behalf of Habitat and agreed to pay an interest-free mortgage before she qualified for her own house. The construction of each home by the non-profit is a cooperative effort by Communities, volunteers, and future homeowners who gather to build and renovate affordable houses sold at no profit with a zero-interest mortgage.

The new house also comes with its own 3D printer, to enable April to print knobs, light switch covers, and other replaceable parts if needed.

April Stringfield's 3D HomeApril Stringfield's 3D Home

Alquist CEO and Founder Zachary Mannheimer speaking on the feat said:

“What you see … is four years of blood, sweat, and tears of figuring out how to make this happen,” Mannheimer said in a written statement. “Virginia is the leader in 3D printing home construction, hands down.”

An excited April speaking further about her new home said:

“[It’s] some place I can call home and … give my son that backyard that he can play in and also my puppy to run around the yard,” she said.


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