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3D Printed Home in Austin, TX Aims to Revolutionize Affordable Housing

March 29th, 2018 Comments off


3D printing isn’t new.


Tools and parts are among the items that were 3D printed years ago.

3D printing of homes isn’t new either, as the Daily Business News has been reporting on the emerging tech for several years.

An Austin, TX based company believes they’ve found the magic that can make housing overseas and in the U.S. more affordable.  While some media have reported very low pricing on this process, several notes of caution need to be applied.  First, the claims are often made based upon only the shell of the home.

Often, foundation and finish costs, plumbing, electric, cabinetry, and other necessary items are not included.

Unlike others in media, MHProNews reached out to this firm to specifically ask about those add-on questions, and how much those additional costs might be.  After over a week, no follow up, which may suggest that indeed the pricing publicized elsewhere is hype that can’t be achieved in practice in the U.S.

Still, it’s a trend that factory-built housing professionals of all kinds must keep their eyes on. The Daily Business News will continue to monitor such developments. ## (News, analysis and commentary.)

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jAy, Caramba!! Taco Bell tests Prototype Modular Food Stand

March 20th, 2015 Comments off

taco_bell__inhabitat__credit__3-2015Inhabitat tells MHProNews that Taco Bell has rolled out a modular Taco Bell stand at the SXSW movie and music festival in Austin, Texas. Constructed of three shipping containers, the iconic restaurant is testing the concept to determine consumer reaction as it seeks to expand across the nation.

Assembled in just three days, the modular structure will allow for a lot of versatility in terms of space usage and efficiency. One unit is for food prep, one for storage and operations and one maintains the cooling equipment. A couple of separate smaller metal containers were welded on for a bathroom and a separate freezer facility.

In place of indoor dining space are refinished wood pallets and giant spools. The modular design, however, does allow for units to be added that could create indoor dining as well as more prep line space. ##

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Tiny Homes Recommended for Princeton, New Jersey

September 4th, 2014 Comments off

tiny_homes__oregonlive_com__techdwell_the_builderWriting in, Anne Waldron Neumann tells MHProNews the Tiny House movement is attractive because it is off the grid—solar panels, recycled building materials, composting toilets, propane tanks—and it offers an anti-consumerism while still being community/neighborhood-friendly. She even suggests they could create more population density in Princeton, New Jersey by parking them in the driveways of affluent homes. She says, “Modular tiny houses, assembled inside factories, could provide steady construction jobs and disaster-relief housing. Tiny houses could form neighborhoods of market-rate and low-income homes. And they could easily be reconfigured as community centers, clinics, or daycare facilities.

We Princetonians can be as forward-thinking and socially conscious as Berkeley, Austin, or Portland residents. Our zoning laws don’t permit RVs parked in driveways but only in garages. But what about tiny houses? How quickly can we reconcile our ordinances with our cultural values and accommodate these eco-friendly, people-friendly, neighborhood-friendly, brave new tiny worlds? How quickly can Princeton accommodate anything new and good? ” MHProNews has posted previous stories about tiny homes. ##

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NAHB: Housing Numbers Showing Modest Rise

April 8th, 2014 Comments off

Statistics from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) indicate modest improvement this month over March, and anticipates a traditional, solid, spring home-buying season. Based on employment, permits and price data, the NAHB/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI) reports 28 percent of metro areas experienced a rise in their score this month, and 83 percent saw a rise within the last year. Baton Rouge, LA tops the list of large metro LMI areas, has learned, followed by Honolulu, Oklahoma City, Austin and Houston, Texas, San Jose, CA. and Harrisburg, PA. Smaller metro areas with strong LMIs are centered around energy exploration sites such as Odessa and Midland, Texas, and western North Dakota. ##

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Housing Market Gradually Picks up Steam

January 8th, 2014 Comments off

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI), which recently replace NAHB’s improving market index (IMI), indicates markets in 56 of the 350 major metro markets returned to or exceeded their last normal levels of economic activity, indicating a net gain of two over the previous month. Based on current permits, prices and employment data, LMI data for December indicates the nationwide market is operating at 86 percent of normal economic and housing activity. Says NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe, “Forty-five percent of metro areas are recovering at a faster pace than the nation as a whole, with smaller markets leading the way. Of the 56 markets that are at or above normal levels, 48 of them have populations that are less than 500,000, and many of these local metros are fueled by a strong energy sector, which is producing solid job and economic growth.”

MHProNews has learned Baton Rouge, Louisiana is the top large metro area with an LMI of 1.42—42 percent above its last normal market level, followed by Honolulu, Oklahoma City, Austin and Houston, Texas, and Harrisburg and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Kurt Pfotenhauer, vice chairman of First American Title Insurance Co., which co-sponsors the LMI report, adds, “More than 35 percent of all the markets on this month’s LMI are operating at a capacity of 90 percent or better of previous norms, which is a good sign that the housing recovery will continue to pick up steam in 2014.”

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Housing Market Recovery Spreads

December 31st, 2013 Comments off

As informs MHProNews, 84 of the largest 300 housing markets have regained 100 percent of home values since the housing bubble, accounting for nearly 30 percent of tracked markets. Only nineteen markets had a decline in home values, while the remaining markets showed a rise of 50 basis points. 158 of the markets have recovered 50 percent of their original value pre-recession. Of the top ten markets with the largest percentage of recovery, the top four are in Texas—San Antonio, Houston, Austin and Dallas.

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Index Notes Uptick in Housing Market

October 8th, 2013 Comments off

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI) reports 52 out of 350 housing markets have returned to pre-recessionary levels of activity. Based on current housing permits, prices and employment data, the nationwide housing market is running at 85 percent of normal activity. MHProNews has learned Baton Rouge, LA, Honolulu, Austin and Houston, Texas, Oklahoma City and Harrisburg, PA top the list in exceeding previous norms. “The housing markets of 118 metros scored by the LMI this month show activity levels of at least 90 percent of their previous norms – a very encouraging sign of things to come,” said Kurt Pfotenhauer, vice chairman of First American Title Insurance Co., which co-sponsors the LMI report.

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Prefabs under 200 square feet, for $20,000 – $30,000

September 29th, 2011 Comments off

Sett-Studio-exterior-568x380 credit jetsongreenJetsongreen reports on a variation our previously reported ‘tiny house’ trend. Austin, TX based Sett Studio is building a line of prefab studios that are 97 to 192 square feet in size. Sett’s modern design with energy-efficient construction can be used as a home office, art studio, exercise or meditation space, kids room, game room, or guest room.  A Sett Studio can be purchased for about $20,000 – $30,000. The model shown features an interior application of Monotread, a milled OSB made from fast-growing, sustainably-harvested wood.  On the outside, the tiny studio can be finished with Hardie siding, charred wood, or stainless metal shingles. A Sett Studio is built using Structural Insulated Panel (SIPs) and Energy Star windows.  Construction takes some 45 days with installation finished in a about two days. Transportation costs are between $500-$3,000 depending on where the studio is shipped.  If building permits are necessary, Sett Studio can provide architectural drawings for an additional fee.

(Editor’s note: You can learn more about the modular and prefabricated “Tiny House” movement by inserting the keywords Tiny House into the search box of the Daily Business News near the top right of the advertisers module on this webpage.)

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