Building a Dome Home: How I Achieved Concrete Results in the Round


| November 9, 2000


Building a Dome Home: How I Achieved Concrete Results in the Round, Noel Neighbor, BackHome Magazine
Do you want to live in a house that is both environmentally friendly and energy efficient? Build yourself a dome home. In the do-it-yourself publication BackHome Magazine, Noel Neighbor tells the story of building his own egg-shaped 'Monolithic Dome' home from scratch. Discussing how it feels to live in a dome, Neighbor writes, '[V]isitors have variously described a swirling sensation of energy they found comforting, as well as a secure feeling they thought related to the circle.' As a former member of the Meadow Creek Project--a self-sustaining agricultural community in Arkansas--cost was a crucial element says Neighbor, of maintaining a home. The dome home met the challenge; his utility bills average $100 per month, which covers the costs of heating, water and electric for his main house, barn, greenhouse, and a swimming pool circulator. With photos and diagrams of Neighbor's house, the article is a nice introduction to this new architectural trend.
--Sara V. Buckwitz
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