Claddagh Dome – This two-story dome has a living area of 2200 square feet.

Claddagh Dome – This two-story dome has a living area of 2200 square feet.


The Claddagh Dome: A really big do-it-yourself project

Traditional name for a non-traditional home

After two years of getting-in-there-and-getting-your-hands-dirty work, in August 2008, Christine and Jim Spurgeon moved into their new dome-home that they named Claddagh Dome.

Located in Azle, Texas, a small town 14 miles northwest of Fort Worth, Claddagh Dome’s two stories and 2200 square feet include four bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, kitchen, living room, playroom, loft and music room.

The Spurgeons chose the name Claddagh because, according to Irish tradition, the Claddagh’s distinctive design of two hands clasping a crowned heart symbolizes love, friendship and loyalty. And because their wedding rings are also Claddaghs.

Determined do-it-yourselfers

The website www.thinkroundhomes.com/ includes an article Christine wrote about her and Jim’s dome-building experience. In part, Christine writes, “…it took my husband almost ten years to convince me to build a dome home. I had the typical view of wanting what everyone else had, just in my floor plan. My husband has been very patient and has gotten me to change my mind by telling/teaching me all the benefits of a dome. I had to get over what the Jones’ were doing. Now that I have come around, I am thrilled to be able to build a dome.”

Once Christine agreed, Jim, a structural design engineer, enrolled in Monolithic’s October 2006 Workshop. About that Christine writes, “Jim really liked the class and learned so much. If you have the chance, Jim highly recommends going. We have received helpful tips from many of you through the discussion board and personal web pages. We thank all of you for your insight and all the great pictures of your dome building. We also hope to help others in their journey of building their dome home by our mistakes and triumphs along the way.”

Now that they’re comfortably settled in their dome-home, Christine says, "Anything we could do ourselves, we did and even really tried what we shouldn’t have, like the air form. If we were to do it over again, we would not do the air form ourselves.

“But I’m glad Jim convinced me to do a dome. I love living in Claddagh.”

This gracious front entrance leads into a comfortable living area.

This gracious front entrance leads into a comfortable living area.

The master bath is roomy and elegant.

The master bath is roomy and elegant.

Ceiling fans help to keep this dome’s four bedrooms comfortable.

Ceiling fans help to keep this dome’s four bedrooms comfortable.

The rounded ceiling adds to the feeling of coziness in this bedroom.

The rounded ceiling adds to the feeling of coziness in this bedroom.

This alcove makes a nice study or office area.

This alcove makes a nice study or office area.

Claddagh Dome has two and a half bathrooms.

Claddagh Dome has two and a half bathrooms.

There is ample room for hobbies and special items.

There is ample room for hobbies and special items.

The open living area provides room for relaxing, eating and cooking.

The open living area provides room for relaxing, eating and cooking.

Here’s an inviting dining area.

Here’s an inviting dining area.

Note the old fashioned telephone!

Note the old fashioned telephone!

The living area includes a large TV.

The living area includes a large TV.

Stairs lead to bedrooms and loft.

Stairs lead to bedrooms and loft.

Christine and Jim named their dome “Claddagh” because that distinctive, Irish design symbolizes love, friendship and loyalty.

Christine and Jim named their dome “Claddagh” because that distinctive, Irish design symbolizes love, friendship and loyalty.

Got to have room for tools!

Got to have room for tools!

Sparkling white metal tiles cover Claddagh Dome’s roof.

Sparkling white metal tiles cover Claddagh Dome’s roof.