I recently attended a Dome Home building workshop to learn the concepts on how to build something similar to "Steve's Dome Home" as pictured below for under $10,000.
Before I get to why I think dome homes are the future... The real estate market has officially gone mad! An 86-year-old, 2,000 square-foot house was list in Vancouver for $2.4 million!
When I flew to Vancouver in 2017 I could not believe the insanity that is taking place. A lot has to do with Chinese money pouring in and other factors. But many Canadians are putting themselves into debt slavery by taking on mortgages they can barely afford. What will happen when mortgage rates go up by a couple of points? It will be a bloodbath....
I for one, refuse to participate in this madness and prefer to live without the shackles of debt around my ankles. There are far better values in other parts of the world if you are open
to change and creating a Freedom mindset.
For only $2.4 Million dollars this "beauty" can be yours!
Or for under $10,000 you can build a beautiful dome home and not be debt slave to the system.
BENEFITS OF A DOME HOME:
LOW COST dome homes:
If you have never seen how beautiful a dome home can be, I strongly recommend you check out this YouTube video "Steve's Dome Home" which has millions of views. It was built in Thailand for under $10,000 USD!
STRENGTH of a dome home:
A dome homes lifespan if built well, is measured in centuries, not decades... The shape is much stronger then a conventional square / rectangular house. To test the strength of an arch shape or double curve, take an egg at its longest length and try to squeeze it as hard as you can between the palm of your hands by interlocking your thumbs / fingers. Now squeeze as hard as you can. Even if you are the strongest dude in the gym, you CANNOT break an egg this way. This YouTube video also demonstrates the strength of egg design supporting the weight of a car!
DISASTER PROOF dome homes:
They meet FEMA'S standards for surviving most man-made or natural disasters! FEMA has awarded many grants to schools to build dome campuses and to many cities for the construction of Dome safe-rooms and tornado shelters.
"Dome Survives EF-5 Moore, Oklahoma Tornado" : The devastating May 20, 2013 EF-5 tornado that struck Moore, Oklahoma had many schools and city administrators seeking out dome structures for storm shelters... These would also make the ultimate prepper house as well.
Aerial photo of the devastation of the aftermath of a Tornado in Moore, Oklahoma. Notice the only structure still standing... Where would you want to be if this happened in your city / town?
ENERGY EFFICIENT dome home:
The net annual energy cost for a dome home owner is far less then a traditional house. There is less surface area per unit of volume, so more space is enclosed with the least amount of material... The concave shape creates a more efficient and natural airflow. External winds that might contribute to heat loss are going around the home with less resistance, due to the more aerodynamic shape. Which means its less likely to force its way to the interior of the home.
40% of the energy loss in conventional structures is around the thermal bridges where studs, floors and roof meet the exterior walls. There are no thermal bridges in a dome home. The seamless integration of floor, walls and roof eliminates outside air penetration and allows the natural flow of interior convection currents that make it easier to heat and cool. It takes a lot less energy to heat or cool a dome home which will equal a great long term energy savings.
BEAUTY of a dome home :
Although beauty is in the eye of the beholder, you cannot deny having high ceilings, a very open space, without obstruction of interior supports makes them incredibly unique and appealing.
How amazing and serene does this dome home look?
FAST & EASY TO BUILD dome home:
I attended a Dome Home workshop from www.DomeGaia.com in 2017, in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. We built the main dome for a local school in under 2 weeks (in this case they were going to use it as an office.) Most of us at this workshop were newbies in building a home and not handymen by any stretch of the imagination. But we learned how to build a dome home, mix cement / aircrete, make a form, use powertools, etc... in under 2 weeks!
Many any of us will spend the best years of our lives in debt to the mortgage on our homes. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Building an Air-crete dome home is easily achievable for many people. The information, tools and techniques are available to help with this process.
This video about the DomeGaia workshop experience of building a dome home with a community of like minded individuals. That experience in itself was magical.
Dome homes can be PEST PROOF:
Insects and rodents are another annoying threat. They find every nook, crack and cranny. Conventional homes are riddled with seams, joints and layers that invite pests. Regardless of the initial quality, as your home ages it becomes more accommodating to pests. Many houses are fumigated with toxic chemicals to control termites, cockroaches & other pests.
INNOVATIVE AIR-CRETE use for dome home:
Hajjar Gibran has created THE "Little Dragon" to help produce "Air-crete". Basically you are adding foam to a cement mixture rather then traditional aggregate. Other names for it are cellular concrete, foam concrete, light weight concrete, aerated concrete and so on. But you can also add sand and other additives to increase its strength. Can see more details here
The early stages our putting up the forms for the arches of the Air-crete dome home.
MAIN BENEFITS OF AIR-CRETE:
AirCrete is a lightweight non-toxic masonry material that is easy and inexpensive to make yourself with the "Little Dragon". It is waterproof, fireproof, and insect proof. It offers good thermal and acoustic insulation. It will not rot, warp, or corrode. Unlike concrete which is hard, heavy, cold and difficult to work with, Air-crete is easy to work with.
1 - Low cost: The foam expands the concrete by a factor of 5 to 7 times! It also eliminates the need for aggregates, gravel, sand, or rock which are costly, take space on site and require heavy equipment to deliver and hard labor. For example a 1000 square foot dome 4 inches thick will cost about $4000. (not inc. electrical, plumbing, doors, windows, etc...) AirCrete can cut cost of conventional methods of construction by a factor of 10 for several reasons.
2 - Fire proof: A small flame can become an inferno very quickly in a conventional wooden home. Once the fire penetrates the thin walls, the spaces between the stubs act like chimneys that allow the fire to easily spreads to the entire structure. And if the fire doesn’t destroy your stick frame house, the fire department likely will in the process of trying to extinguish the fire.
Air-crete is fireproof. You can build a furnace with it. It will not burn.
3 - Waterproof
Water damage is a constant threat to wood, adobe, cob, straw bale, compressed earth and even metal buildings. Air-crete is waterproof, you can build a boat with it. It will not rot, rust or decompose in water.
4 - Easy to work with
It dries quickly and you can easily sand, drill, carved or even cut air-crete blocks with a saw. It is amazingly light weight and easy to work with. It accepts nails and screws and is easily repaired. It had good compression strength to make excellent foundations, sub-floors, building blocks, poured walls, domes, etc.... It can be molded or formed into practically any shape.
5 - Other Air-crete properties
There are many benefits to Air-crete. It is inexpensive to produce, it has good comprehensive strength, it bonds well, is easy to work with, self-compacting, self-leveling, uses less material and offers superior sound and heat insulating properties.
Check out www.Domegaia.com for more details or check out their upcoming workshops.