How I Built My Monolithic Dome Home

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Christmas 2009
Christmas 2009

Monolithic dome construction project

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This is the brief story of my Monolithic Dome construction project begun in 2002. After nearly losing two houses to natural disasters (tornado and forest fire), I wanted to find a way to build a house that could withstand the forces of Mother Nature. After looking at alternative methods available, this one jumped out out as being the answer to all levels of safety, energy efficiency and the most aesthetically pleasing. It is insulated sprayed concrete protected by a membrane called an "airform". Because the concept is unique in the northeast, i ended up contracting the project myself, as no one else could comprehend the curved exterior walls interfacing with the straight plane of the windows and doors. There were and still are problems from unscrupulous contractors, but the basis of the structure is still remarkable.

Now that I have been living in the structure for over five years, I can attest to the tales of its strength and legendary efficiency are true. If you are considering a green construction project, i would absolutely tell you to take a look at this. For further details, you can visit my website at www.CatskillMountainDomes.com.


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nextstopjupiter 5 years ago from here, there and everywhere

Interesting idea, and the shape is in touch with nature. But I do not like the idea of using concrete as building material. It would be better to use natural building material


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Domelady 5 years ago from upstate New York Author

Thanks for the comment. Concrete is mostly dirt and sand, it doesn't get much more natural than that. All the houses in this neighborhood were built 50 years ago and all have had to be restored or torn down. This structure will outlast several centuries of building. And, my utilities are less than the trailer I lived in while under construction.


Danielle Woerner 5 years ago

Having seen Peggy's dome home firsthand, I can attest to its elegance and comfort, too. Uncluttered open soaring space combined with intimate private areas -- and for a musician like myself, I appreciate it as a marvelous acoustical space as well!

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