We live in a geodesic dome, and we like it. I have issues with the floor, which we patterned ourselves (DARN that last late-arriving concrete truck!). It was our first time using our pattern roller, and it wasn’t until we moved in that I realized that the grooves in the floor are deeper than desired, and make cleaning difficult. It’s also bigger than I had anticipated – paper is so much different than sticks and bricks! We are still finishing it, trying to get our permits and such completed and passed. One thing we’ve found – you can’t keep secrets in a dome. The acoustics are such that people downstairs sound like they are upstairs. A whisper can be heard as well as a shout. Be careful what you say in a dome! (Two of our contractors actually got caught in that reality – they didn’t like each other, and though we warned them, there were loose lips….)
There are many different types of domes. There are the monolithic types, and there are the panel types (which we have). Designing the interior is different, as the ceiling can be very high (ours is almost 30 feet) and the walls are not square.
Because of the size, I’ve been curious about the other side of the issue – tiny homes. It’s amazing what can be packed into a small space. Being an American and a Texan, it’s hard to imaging living in such small spaces, though I find the idea intriguing.
I came home the other night and for some reason, found myself perusing web sites for shipping container homes. These containers can be a way of providing functional and affordable housing, though it ain’t always what you think.
There are a lot of small apartments, especially in New York and Japan. I remember when Lovely was in her smallest dorm room in college, and could almost touch two walls (well, a wall and her drawers), and she was unhappy with it. These people are EXCITED about it?
And then there’s the ultimate small apartment. Wow.
With all of these options, why are there so many stick and brick homes built in squares and rectangles?