This is a great retirement or starter home; two bedrooms, one bath. Half of the dome is the living area; the other half is the bath/laundry/sleeping area. It’s 13’ high at the center. There is room for storage above the bedrooms, hall, and bath.
The building has 804 s.f. of space. These are construction pictures of the design to the left; it was built in the north Texas area only with the bathroom partitioned; no other partitions were installed; instead of the tub, a wider, deeper tile tub was constructed. It is being used as an office.
It was built with a 1.5 ton electric heat pump for heating and cooling; however, after the first winter, and during the first summer the owners realized that 1.5 tons was overkill. The main unit was turned off; instead, the dome has been heated with a 1500 watt portable electric heater bought at Home Depot for $20; a 5500 btu (less than 1/2 ton) window unit air conditioner was installed for cooling (bought on sale at Wal-Mart for $89). The owners state that it is the most comfortable, cost effective office they’ve ever had. A typical wood building this size would generally require between two and two and a half tons of heating and cooling in the north Texas area.