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Old August 7th, 2009, 09:42 PM   #1
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Default Anyone live in a Geodesic dome home?

I'm looking at one and it seems pretty darn cool.

If you do live in one what do you think of it?


And for all others, sigh, school me on GeoDome Homes!!
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Old August 7th, 2009, 10:39 PM   #2
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There are 3 in my area. Haven't been in any of them, but they all look kinda small.
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Old August 7th, 2009, 11:21 PM   #3
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lol, there is one up near Manton. MI that we used to drive by all the time when I was a kid. I always thought it was a giant golf ball.
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Old August 7th, 2009, 11:24 PM   #4
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2 near me
one very big with basement and garage attached
one is an office for a concrete place

nothing else to add ? they look cool
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Old August 7th, 2009, 11:38 PM   #5
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look up R. Buckminster Fuller and be schooled on the dome
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Old August 7th, 2009, 11:43 PM   #6
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I used to go to a bar and a party store that were in-ground geodesic dome structures.

The bar was broken up into small rooms that were good for having small gatherings, but made it very bad for bar mingling.
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Old August 8th, 2009, 02:02 AM   #7
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had a friend when I was a kid that lived in one ...dont really know much about them, but his was alot bigger inside then it looked on the outside.
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Old August 8th, 2009, 07:45 AM   #8
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go to the henery ford and check out the one there its pretty cool
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Old August 8th, 2009, 01:14 PM   #9
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This is the home.

http://www.realtor.com/realestateand...?source=a20058
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Old August 8th, 2009, 01:14 PM   #10
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Went to school in one that we built in the 70s/80s. Met Mr. Fuller once before he died.

Large interior volume, for the amount of building materials, but tricky to utilize that interior space/volume. We always had issues with leaks in the windows/roofing material, but thats probably more an issue with the construction materials of the day.
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Old August 8th, 2009, 01:20 PM   #11
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Built in 1979, sounds about right for when that fad was going.

The only real thing they gain is what I said about, less material for more volume. Any benefit to less materials equaling lower cost would not apply now that its 30 years old (and generally was offset by the premium cost of 'special' construction.)
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Old August 8th, 2009, 02:18 PM   #12
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A friend looked into them maybe 10 years ago, said that they were supposed to be cheaper to heat because of the dome shape, less heat loss. Also, the information he found stated that they held up to weather well, especially high winds/snow, etc. The dome shape prevented snow buildup and wind would be diverted around the home since there are no flat surfaces. I did look at one once that was large enough to have two levels, had lots of space, just seemed strange to have rounded exterior walls. I believe the company he looked into used some type of "shell" coating once the home was constructed as well.
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Old August 8th, 2009, 02:35 PM   #13
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It's actually HUGE inside. Take a look at the MLS listing and look at the sizes of the bedrooms. They are very large compared to similar houses in that price range. We can't hae kids so we are looking to stay in a place that is nice and comfy with no need to worry about future growth.

I'm diggin it. I'm hopefully going to set up a showing sometime this week. The only thing that scares me is a HEAT PUMP IN NE OHIO!!! I'm definatly going to see if the previous owners have some past electric bills they will let me see. I also know that it has a fire place and that they are supposed to be excellent to heat but . . . just a heat pump? hmm....
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Old August 8th, 2009, 08:37 PM   #14
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HOly crap 20x17 master bedroom! I'd love a room that big!

It looks a lot bigger on the inside than it does on the outside. Looks like a really nice house
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Old August 8th, 2009, 09:02 PM   #15
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I've sold a couple of these home in my area. They are neat homes. Your going to run into an issue with the appraisal if there aren't any other dome homes in the area to use as comps. Banks want "LIKE" homes for comps & there just aren't that many of these homes around.
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Old August 8th, 2009, 09:12 PM   #16
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Neighbor had one where i grew up. it was huge inside and very cool.
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Old August 8th, 2009, 09:43 PM   #17
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My dad has 2 in Nevada that we built 25 years ago. they are awsome and very easy to heat and the accoustics are fabulous!!! I will try to post some pics later.
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Old August 8th, 2009, 10:12 PM   #18
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My dad has 2 in Nevada that we built 25 years ago. they are awsome and very easy to heat and the accoustics are fabulous!!! I will try to post some pics later.
Please do!
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Old August 8th, 2009, 10:18 PM   #19
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looks pretty neat
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looks pretty neat
you could put up all sorts of cool shit for the monkeys to play on.
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