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“form ever follows function”

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.804-2BR-400

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.

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Ring beam foundation with dome and floor rebar in place, airform attached and inflated.

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Exterior of airform with airbox and connector in place.

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Insulation has been sprayed on the inside of the airform; dome steel connectors set upright.

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Horizontal rebar completed; attached to ring beam steel connectors.

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Rebar installation is completed.

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Concrete cover of rebar moving up the dome.

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Concrete floor finished; installation of doors, windows, and mechanical work.

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Bathroom completed; dome painted; air handler for 1.5 ton heat pump is installed.

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Exterior of the dome about a week prior to completion.

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Airform inflated and door and window bucks attached and braced.

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Airform tight and ready for insulation spraying.

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Horizontal rebar installation.

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Vertical rebar is being installed from one end of the dome to the other.

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Concrete covers the rebar at the bottom of the dome.

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Dome concrete finished; floor graded and plastic installed, ready for concrete floor.

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Bathroom framed, electrical and plumbing being installed.

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Interior of the dome is painted, ready for carpet installation.

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