Welcome to Whiteacre! A sprawling Monolithic Dome Home that winds and curves its way around nearly 2 acres of plush landscaping.

Welcome to Whiteacre! A sprawling Monolithic Dome Home that winds and curves its way around nearly 2 acres of plush landscaping. (Barry Byers)


The Whiteacre Residence—An Elegant Paradise

Dreams and Plans Fulfilled

Matthew and Jari Whiteacre dreamed about building a Monolithic Dome Home for a long time before their dreams became plans. In May 2011, they started their blog, Whiteacre Dome Home: The trials and tribulations of building a new house from beginning to end in which they chronicled their dream home building journey in careful detail, complete with beautiful photographs. In September 2013, the Whiteacres realized their dream and moved into their gorgeous new Monolithic Dome home in College Station, Texas.

The Whiteacres transformed 1.93 acres of scrub brush, grass and trees into an elegant paradise. Graceful curves echoing the curves of the Monolithic Dome are the hallmark of this estate. The curved driveway leads to a beautiful stone-covered 3-dome home with a pillar-lined entry covered by a curved concrete awning seamlessly attached to the center dome. Sweeping curves, enhancing the natural environment, can be seen in the landscaping, the sidewalks, the stone walls and even the swimming pool in the back yard.

Custom Touches Enhance the Exterior

A two-door Monolithic Dome garage sits to the right of the 3-dome home and a guest house is on the left. Touches of brown around the doors and windows enrich the colored concrete “stones” that have been hand placed into mortar on the exteriors of the domes.

This custom stone finish was made by first adhering a lightweight 1/2" fiberglass mesh which easily conforms to the shape of the dome. After the mesh was set, a “scratch coat” or mortar bed was installed. The colored concrete “stones” were then placed and bonded well to the mortar bed.

Around back, a pool with s-shaped curves complete with a waterfall and a hot tub can be found. This outdoor Shangri-la features a long grill bar under a pavilion, an outdoor kitchen and a pizza oven with a stone finish matching the house. Alongside the pool is a spacious patio area with a comfortable seating area and a fire pit table surrounded by chairs. There is plenty of room in the yard for the family’s dogs to romp in the grass and plenty of sidewalks perfect for children to ride their bicycles.

Interior Spaces

This Whiteacre’s home includes living spaces both upstairs and down with 2,930 square feet on the main floor and 2,870 square feet on the second floor. The entryway is dramatic and open all the way to the top of the dome. A grand staircase curves elegantly up to the second floor. Beneath the staircase, water gurgles in a rectangular, rock-covered fountain.

Beautiful cabinetry and countertops enhance the spacious kitchen on the main floor. The gently curving exterior wall, combined with the traditional interior walls give this room a more conventional feeling.

Custom work and intricate detail can be found throughout the home. One of these enhancements is the stained glass window above the front door. Seen clearly from the second floor railing, this window was a gift from the Whiteacre’s children who designed it themselves. The details in the design have special meaning to the Whiteacre family.

Some creativity is needed when building a Monolithic Dome and the Whiteacre family found ways to use the curved walls to their advantage. Custom-built bookshelves fitted snugly to the curve of the dome wall are featured in the comfortable library. In another room, available space above a closet became a storage area for an adjacent room.

Advice for a Happy Ending

When asked what advice he would give future Monolithic Dome Home builders, after a moment of thought Matthew said, “Take time during the planning stages. Do not rush or push too hard through the designing.” He also advised, “Really think about the layout of your home. Things do layout differently in a dome where space can be used wisely or lost, due to poor planning.”

Green living is important to the Whiteacres. A tumbling compost machine, located by the guest house, is in use and solar panels in the yard cover about twenty to twenty-five percent of their energy costs. Another solar panel positioned on top of one dome takes care of the gas bill. Mr. Whiteacre said their power bill has remained about the same as their former home in the city, even though their current living space is double.

“Moving from the city to a dome in the country was quite a change,” said Matthew Whiteacre. Then, he added, “Life in the dome is more peaceful and quiet, even the rainstorms are more quiet and peaceful.” After years of dreaming, planning and hard work, the Whiteacres are happily at home in their elegant paradise.

View from the backyard of the entrance to the Whiteacre’s Monolithic Dome garage, featuring beautiful stonework.

View from the backyard of the entrance to the Whiteacre’s Monolithic Dome garage, featuring beautiful stonework. (Barry Byers)

The stone-covered Monolithic Dome garage at the Whiteacre residence.

The stone-covered Monolithic Dome garage at the Whiteacre residence. (Barry Byers)

The back of the Whiteacre’s Monolithic Dome Home is as majestic as the front. A beautiful curving sidewalk echoes the lines in the dome.

The back of the Whiteacre’s Monolithic Dome Home is as majestic as the front. A beautiful curving sidewalk echoes the lines in the dome. (Barry Byers)

The Monolithic Dome’s back patio area features a hot tub and pool, two waterfalls, seating areas with several chairs surrounding a fire pit, a dome-shaped pizza oven which was constructed to match the houses stone-like exterior and a large, covered grilling area. There is also a guest dome and a composting ball.

The Monolithic Dome’s back patio area features a hot tub and pool, two waterfalls, seating areas with several chairs surrounding a fire pit, a dome-shaped pizza oven which was constructed to match the houses stone-like exterior and a large, covered grilling area. There is also a guest dome and a composting ball. (Barry Byers)

A sectioned stone walk leads to the Monolithic Dome guest house which is next to a composting ball. From there, guests can make their way up to the covered grilling area and toward the pool.

A sectioned stone walk leads to the Monolithic Dome guest house which is next to a composting ball. From there, guests can make their way up to the covered grilling area and toward the pool. (Barry Byers)

The stunning curves of the Whiteacre’s swimming pool with two waterfalls and a hot tub, are perfect in the backyard of their Monolithic Dome home.

The stunning curves of the Whiteacre’s swimming pool with two waterfalls and a hot tub, are perfect in the backyard of their Monolithic Dome home. (Barry Byers)

The soothing sounds of falling water from the pool’s two waterfalls can be heard from the Whiteacre’s Monolithic Dome home’s back porch.

The soothing sounds of falling water from the pool’s two waterfalls can be heard from the Whiteacre’s Monolithic Dome home’s back porch. (Barry Byers)

The Monolithic Dome Home’s aesthetically pleasing curves are complemented by the s-curved backyard pool.

The Monolithic Dome Home’s aesthetically pleasing curves are complemented by the s-curved backyard pool. (Barry Byers)

Near the swimming pool in the Whiteacre’s backyard is a pizza oven covered in rock to match their Monolithic Dome Home.

Near the swimming pool in the Whiteacre’s backyard is a pizza oven covered in rock to match their Monolithic Dome Home. (Barry Byers)

The Monolithic Dome Home’s entryway is dramatic and open all the way to the top of the dome. A grand staircase curves elegantly up to the second floor. Beneath the staircase, water gurgles in a rectangular, rock-covered fountain.

The Monolithic Dome Home’s entryway is dramatic and open all the way to the top of the dome. A grand staircase curves elegantly up to the second floor. Beneath the staircase, water gurgles in a rectangular, rock-covered fountain. (Barry Byers)

The view from the railing on the second-floor hallway of the Whiteacre’s Monolithic Dome Home overlooks the entirety of the front foyer. The expertly built staircase follows the curve of the dome and the rectangular, rock-covered fountain beneath the staircase can be appreciated.

The view from the railing on the second-floor hallway of the Whiteacre’s Monolithic Dome Home overlooks the entirety of the front foyer. The expertly built staircase follows the curve of the dome and the rectangular, rock-covered fountain beneath the staircase can be appreciated. (Barry Byers)

The stained glass window above the front door of the Monolithic Dome Home can be seen clearly from the second floor railing. This window was a gift from the Whiteacre’s children who designed it themselves. The details in the design have special meaning to the Whiteacre family.

The stained glass window above the front door of the Monolithic Dome Home can be seen clearly from the second floor railing. This window was a gift from the Whiteacre’s children who designed it themselves. The details in the design have special meaning to the Whiteacre family. (Barry Byers)

Open, airy, light and peaceful are perfect words to describe the spacious living room in the Whiteacre’s Monolithic Dome Home.

Open, airy, light and peaceful are perfect words to describe the spacious living room in the Whiteacre’s Monolithic Dome Home. (Barry Byers)

Are we still inside a dome house? The traditional layout of the dining room as it leads to the kitchen area, almost completely conceals the fact that the Whitacre’s reside within the curves of a Monolithic Dome.

Are we still inside a dome house? The traditional layout of the dining room as it leads to the kitchen area, almost completely conceals the fact that the Whitacre’s reside within the curves of a Monolithic Dome. (Barry Byers)

Beautiful cabinetry and countertops enhance the spacious kitchen on the main floor. The gently curving exterior wall, combined with the traditional interior walls give this room, in the Monolithic Dome, a more conventional feeling.

Beautiful cabinetry and countertops enhance the spacious kitchen on the main floor. The gently curving exterior wall, combined with the traditional interior walls give this room, in the Monolithic Dome, a more conventional feeling. (Barry Byers)

Some creativity is needed when building a Monolithic Dome and the Whiteacre family found ways to use the curved walls of their Monolithic Dome Home to their advantage. Here, an angled jacuzzi tub makes the most of small corner space within a downstairs bathroom.

Some creativity is needed when building a Monolithic Dome and the Whiteacre family found ways to use the curved walls of their Monolithic Dome Home to their advantage. Here, an angled jacuzzi tub makes the most of small corner space within a downstairs bathroom. (Barry Byers)

Custom-built bookshelves fitted snugly to the curve of the Monolithic Dome wall are featured in the comfortable library.

Custom-built bookshelves fitted snugly to the curve of the Monolithic Dome wall are featured in the comfortable library. (Barry Byers)

A door built into the bookshelves appears to lead to another room but it is actually a storage closet for even more books, making this a Monolithic Dome reading paradise.

A door built into the bookshelves appears to lead to another room but it is actually a storage closet for even more books, making this a Monolithic Dome reading paradise. (Barry Byers)

Comfortable seating combined with the peaceful curving walls of the Monolithic Dome make this library a perfect place to unwind.

Comfortable seating combined with the peaceful curving walls of the Monolithic Dome make this library a perfect place to unwind. (Barry Byers)

The upper section jutting out above this room was constructed in order to ensure the water sprinkler would reach across the entire room in case of fire. The decorative moose head helps downplay the serious need for the add-on but it also highlights a need to use creative planning when designing your dream Monolithic Dome Home.

The upper section jutting out above this room was constructed in order to ensure the water sprinkler would reach across the entire room in case of fire. The decorative moose head helps downplay the serious need for the add-on but it also highlights a need to use creative planning when designing your dream Monolithic Dome Home. (Barry Byers)

The Monolithic Dome Home’s master bedroom is both harmonious and functional decorated in light green with gently curving walls.

The Monolithic Dome Home’s master bedroom is both harmonious and functional decorated in light green with gently curving walls. (Barry Byers)

The beautiful blue children’s bedroom in the Whiteacre’s Monolithic Dome Home is just right.

The beautiful blue children’s bedroom in the Whiteacre’s Monolithic Dome Home is just right. (Barry Byers)

The beauty of Whiteacre’s Monolithic Dome Home and the surrounding curvature of the landscape invite guests in for a unique and memorable visit. Most importantly, however, is the well thought out design that always welcomes the Whiteacre family home to their dome.

The beauty of Whiteacre’s Monolithic Dome Home and the surrounding curvature of the landscape invite guests in for a unique and memorable visit. Most importantly, however, is the well thought out design that always welcomes the Whiteacre family home to their dome. (Barry Byers)