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A new way to build houses with recycled plastic

We all know that one of the main problems facing our world is what to do with all the plastic waste. It seems that every day there is a new report of a tragic event involving marine life or landfills overloaded with plastic waste. What if we could do something productive with all that plastic waste? What if we could use it to build houses?

Thanks to the Los Angeles-based startup Azure, it’s now possible. Azure uses recycled plastic to 3D print prefab homes. The houses are 70% faster and 30% cheaper to build than traditional methods, and they’re built to last. The company now sells several models ranging from a backyard studio to a two-bedroom Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU). So if you’re looking for a new home, a backyard getaway, or an extra rental property, you might want to consider going green with an Azure 3D printed home made from recycled plastic.

How it works
The process begins with sorting and shredding the plastic into small pieces. The plastic is then melted and extruded through a nozzle to create “threads” used as building material. These strands are then layered to form the walls of the house. After the walls are finished, they are filled with insulation and wiring, then covered with a layer of stucco. So ! You have a brand new house 3D printed from recycled plastic.

The benefits of an Azure home
Owning an Azure home made from recycled plastic has many benefits. For one, they are much cheaper to build than traditional homes. They are also better for the environment since they do not require the felling of trees (recycled plastic is the only construction material used). And because they’re prefabricated, they can be put together much faster than traditional homes. This means you could have your brand new home in as little as a few weeks!

The cost
The Backyard Studio, known as Azure Sky, consists of 120 square feet and the price starts at $26,900. Consider this an addition to your existing home and use it as a personal office, art studio, fitness center, or even a game room.

From the Backyard Studio comes the additional living space category of ADUs. The initial cost of an ADU Iris at 180 square feet is around $43,500 and looks like this:

A typical floor plan looks like this:

Double your living space to 360 square feet, and you can get the Marina at a starting price of $85,900.

After the Marina, you will find the coral (540 square feet / $125,900), the Ocean (720 square feet / $166,900), and crowned by the Sapphire (900 square feet and $204,900). Keep in mind that all of these prices are before taxes and delivery, which could be a significant amount on its own depending on where you live.

Are there any disadvantages?
As with everything, there will always be downsides. One of the downsides of living in an Azure home is that your city or town might not accept it due to zoning laws. If you use it as a “dwelling”, you must fully adhere to the “little house concept”. Another potential downside is that these houses have only been around for a few years, so we don’t yet know how they will hold up over time. Only time will tell if Azure homes are truly built to last.

If you’re looking for a new home or even just a backyard getaway, you might want to consider going green with an Azure 3D printed home made from recycled plastic. These homes are good for the environment and your wallet and can be built in just a few weeks, provided demand is not exponential. Indeed, there is more than enough plastic to be had!


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