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south-southwest view

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The Big Dome is 39 ft. in diameter with a 10 ft. by 16 ft. extension that serves as our entrance way.  The dome is almost completely surrounded by wooden decks.  Our home is heated only by a wood burning stove and the sun.  The pentagon shaped skylight faces south.  Four skylights and large windows give us a lot of heat from the sun.  Our solar panels help heat our hot water. That system saves us about $17.00 a month.  The dome was built with all 2X6 lumber on the exterior walls.  These walls and triangles are insulated with polyurethane foam.

Big Dome Floor Plans!

Basement

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Our full basement floor is just above ground level in the front of the house and about eight feet below in the back. We have large double doors going into the basement in front of the house. They lead into the wood room which is our mud room, laundry room, wood stove area and this room serves as a seasonal staging area. In the winter it is wood stove and cart loads of fire wood. In the summer it is filled with bicycles and whatever we might be into at the time. This room also houses our washing machine and dryer and a door to the laundry chute that drops down from two doors on the main floor of the house.  One door is in the main bathroom and the other is in the hall just outside the main bathroom.  From the wood room a door leads to the work shop.  We have a half bath in the front of the basement.  On the other side of the basement is a small family room with large bi-fold doors to the hot tub room.  Also from the family room is a hall-way to the freezer and cold cellar.  In the center of the basement are the stairs leading up to the main floor of the dome. 

Out Back

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Main Floor

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Our front door opens into the entranceway.  The entranceway is open into the living room.   We have a 12 foot tree in the living room.  The dining room is in the front of the house.  The dining room is one of the our favorite rooms, with all the windows and skylights it's very bright and cheery.  We eat all our meals in the dining room. From the living room and dining rooms you can look up and see the top of the dome.  The kitchen is very small and shaped like a galley.  The kitchen is strictly a working kitchen - no room for sitting sipping tea.  The back door is in the hall.  We have a very small back yard -so small that we have it almost all taken up with decks and a summer kitchen and a small above ground pool.  Off of the hallway we have two  bedrooms  and the computer room.  The bathroom is in the very center of the house.  In the dining room is the stairway that goes up to the top floor. 

Top Floor

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On the top floor we have a 12 x 20 foot family room and two more bedrooms.  None of the walls up there go the whole way to the ceiling so that airflow is not blocked.  The bedrooms have a 8 foot wall for privacy but the wall of the den is only 40 inches high so you can look down over it into the living room and dining room.

We built the dome ourselves with help from our friends!





 


 

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