This is a 35′ × 15′ sphere. Exterior is elastomeric Elray stucco. Eyebrows are hand formed out of expanded steel lathe filled with straw.
This dome has a crawl space. TJI’s (Trus Joist I) fit into slats in ring beam. The floor is native Douglas Fir as are the beams and ceiling in bedroom.
The main spine wall is curved in order to keep the house flowing.
The front and side entrances are inset openings, with In-Sul foam pieces fastened to openings and stuccoed over.
The house is heated with a 30,000 BTU propane fireplace. This home is located at approximately 8,500 feet above sea level in the Sangre De Cristo Mountains in South Central Colorado. She Loves It!
By the way, it was shotcreted last December in single digit numbers, and completed by April. What a trip!
Note: This article is reprinted from our Fall 1998 Roundup. It was written by Hartley Spencer, after he completed a Monolithic Workshop in April 1996, and with help of friends, he built a Monolithic Dome home for Ananur, his wife.