The most complicated issue requiring the most vigorous exertion of mental energy was the heating/cooling system in the dome. Our overall design utilizes solar energy, geo-thermal energy and the 500 tons of thermal mass inhere…Read More
Knowing from previous experience that sheetrock will disintegrate when exposed to the violent rains of hurricanes, we chose a product that has a superior resistance to mold and mildew. Georgia-Pacific’s Dens Technology Produc…Read More
Foam is an integral part of the dome structure. We chose to also use foam in between the walls of the home for its energy conservation; structural; sound deadening; and water resistant qualities. The interior walls’ 3.5” meta…Read More
The moment we have been waiting for has arrived: Walls are up! Unlike Mark, it is very difficult for me to visualize rooms with chalk lines on the concrete floor. Now, that the walls are up on both sides of the metal studs, I…Read More
A “round” of applause for our sheetrockers! (pun intended) Roberto Lisboa, Anjel Toribio, Victor Montiel, and Silvestre Hernandes have risen to the challenge to placing the sheetrock on all of our curved walls. Not an easy ta…Read More
Entering the home through the front door brings a new reality into focus. I can now envision the home complete, furnished, and welcoming. Mark has remarkable visualization skills and has felt the reality of “Serenity”, even w…Read More
Much confusion has been alleviated now that the exterior walls have been built. Evidently, the common thought was that the huge openings would be glass. Wow! What a trick that would have been. Instead of glass, they are actua…Read More
The most dramatic change in appearance has been the addition of the “Stairway to Heaven”. With a gracefulness that defies the pictures, the stairs welcome you to the most peaceful place in Paradise. I am beckoned up the stair…Read More
Using metal studs throughout the framing has increased the impression of solidity even further. Having the areas designated by the studs has made it much easier for me to envision what the home will look like when finished. …Read More
Once again, our materials guru, Bob Bissett (www.buildart.com), has discovered an amazing, innovative product to incorporate into the dome. We were eager to integrate curved walls into the home, but were wary of the added com…Read More
On numerous occasions, I have heard the processes entailed in constructing a dome compared to those of building a swimming pool. And, in many ways, the air-form monolithic dome does resemble an inverted swimming pool.
The openings continue to be refined and sculpted with foam and plaster. Because the openings were roughly formed in the concrete, they had to be sprayed and sculpted with foam and plaster to smooth and finish the areas. As so…Read More
To build the fountain, Mark is using his imagination and creativity. Yes, that is a Dogloo (igloo dog house) inverted acting as the fountain bowl on the front of the house. I thought it was quite a stroke of genius!
Webster describes progress as “moving forward, making advancement”. By that definition, the dome of a home is “progressing.” Not as quickly as we would like, but I hear that is typical of all …Read More
The concrete has been poured and openings have taking shape
Dodging raindrops and pleading with Mother Nature to give us two consecutive days of sunshine has become a full-time job since Hurricane Isadore came ashore in Sept…Read More
The Opening are taking shape
The jack-o-lantern face has been replaced with evocative portals. As the sun progresses across the sky, the apertures in the dome create a sundial effect as the shadows and shapes dance across th…Read More
The balloon is up and we have become structural
With a sigh of relief, we have become structural! The balloon is up, four inches of foam sprayed, over five miles of rebar placed and five inches of concrete sprayed on the int…Read More
Demolition is complete, the lot is cleared and the pilings are set!
Protecting the delicate balance of the barrier island while building structures was our ultimate goal when we selected the various products to use. The Dome…Read More
Our mission is to help reduce the suffering associated with the destruction and loss of one’s home in a natural disaster. We want to help promote awareness of the superior building technologies that can alleviate unnecessary …Read More
After eloping in the Garden of the Gods of Manitou Springs, Colorado on Valentine’s Day, the Siglers left Kansas City and journeyed to Pensacola Beach, Florida to begin their life together. That beginning was initiated by gut…Read More