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082159

04:47PM | 11/27/04
Member Since: 11/18/04
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I have been researching inexpensive homes and found the dome home to be about the most inexpensive. You can supposedly DIY.

I like the openness and I've heard they are economical to heat and cool.

Any thoughts on this idea? Any problems to speak of that I should know about?

tomh

08:54AM | 11/28/04
Member Since: 07/01/03
550 lifetime posts
In theory a dome is economical because it uses the fewest materials to enclose the greatest square footage. Basic geometry suggests, a sphere has more volume than a cube for a similar footprint. The drawback is the framing is more complicated increasing labor costs, finishing and decorating is much more difficult (consider cabinets on a semi-circle), and the look is considered dated and has generally lower resale values due to its limited appeal. Most dome homes seem to be built as vacation homes on remote parcels. In most cases, your best long-term value is to build a home that meets your needs, yet remains consistent with the architectural styles of the homes around it.

Modern materials allow large open volumes to be achieved in a conventionally framed home today without the drawbacks of domes. So, can you describe the site (market) where are you proposing to build this?

082159

10:38AM | 11/29/04
Member Since: 11/18/04
7 lifetime posts
We are building basically out in the middle of nowhere, 20 miles from the nearest town. We have very few neighbors and they really don't care what we build. Most of them live in older mobile homes, just like us.

Labor costs are not an issue since we plan on doing the work ourselves and have the help of someone who has built dome homes before.

As far as resale value, I'm not worried. We plan to retire there, and property values are very low out there anyway.

I know that dome homes are a bit dated but I found a modified version that I actually really like since we can't afford a log home like we originally wanted.

Any helpful hints would be appreciated.

Thanks for responding.

doug seibert

07:42AM | 11/30/04
Member Since: 08/10/02
842 lifetime posts
Seems you've got the bug......you're planning on buying a pre-cut kit, right ?

Find a forum that's dedicated to dome homes...

Educate yourself by visiting the many dome sites on the WEB..........Here's a LINKS page:

http://www.domegroup.org/domelinks.html

Piffin

12:53PM | 12/05/04
Member Since: 11/06/02
1281 lifetime posts
Are you talking about geodesic domes or thinshell concrete domes?

Excellence is its own reward!


082159

04:33PM | 12/06/04
Member Since: 11/18/04
7 lifetime posts
I AM TALKING ABOUT GEODESIC. I DON'T THINK I COULD STAND LIVING IN CONCRETE AGAIN.

Piffin

01:13PM | 01/09/05
Member Since: 11/06/02
1281 lifetime posts
thinshell concrete is insulated with foam and very comfortable.

But neither crete, nor geodesic is inexpensive. The geodesic especially, can be very wastefull of materials, though I agree it can be enchanting to live in, and not too hard to heat.

Excellence is its own reward!


dhconnect

09:37PM | 08/02/05
Member Since: 08/02/05
3 lifetime posts
If anyone is interested I have built a website for Dome Home Owners. On this site you will find many Links to non commercial dome websites. Most of them are personal websites showing the construction of a dome of some type. Monolithic, Geodesic, Historic, Backyard Observatory, or Hexadome. If you are not sure on the difference then check the F.A.Q. page.

Http://www.domehomeconnection.com

dhconnect

09:47PM | 08/02/05
Member Since: 08/02/05
3 lifetime posts
If you are interested in this option for a home then you should find others who have done or are in the process of building their own dome home. I have a website with multiple links to non commercial dome home websites. It is a great place to see pictures of domes and read news stories relating to dome homes.

Http://www.domehomeconnection.com

dhconnect

10:00PM | 08/02/05
Member Since: 08/02/05
3 lifetime posts
I know this string was created back in 2002 but I found it in a search and would very much like to reply to it.

Domes are not so waste full anymore in fact many types of dome construction uses scrap supplies. Today there are a wide variety of domes from large blow up and spray on concrete domes called monolithic domes (www.monolithic.com) to Prefab concrete ones (www.aidomes.com). There are large beautifully wooden geodesic types and small fiberglass ones. I hate to keep spiting it out but you can find all of these through links on my website.

http://www.domehomeconnection.com

I have non commercial links to individual dome home owners. There are pictures of the construction process on most of these. The Link categories are on the left.
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