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A Monolithic Dome Home with Brick Walls!

Image: Sty Manor — Joel Emerson and his dad, both creative, professional, master brick masons, designed this dome home encased in brick.

Sty Manor — Joel Emerson and his dad, both creative, professional, master brick masons, designed this dome home encased in brick.

Image: A den of fond memories — Accented by their curved brick arches, the den walls display a collection of family photos.

A den of fond memories — Accented by their curved brick arches, the den walls display a collection of family photos.

Image: Homey, efficient kitchen — The warm reds and browns in the wood and brick make this an inviting cooking area.

Homey, efficient kitchen — The warm reds and browns in the wood and brick make this an inviting cooking area.

Image: Snack anyone? — The Emersons accented many of their living areas with glass brick, curved arches and scalloped corners.

Snack anyone? — The Emersons accented many of their living areas with glass brick, curved arches and scalloped corners.

Image: Dining Room   — In 2006, three years after attending a Monolithic Workshop, Joel Emerson began building his dome home.

Dining Room — In 2006, three years after attending a Monolithic Workshop, Joel Emerson began building his dome home.

Image: Comfy conversaton area — The Emersons’ Monolithic Dome home includes a brick stemwall that has a diameter of 52 feet and a height of 12 feet.

Comfy conversaton area — The Emersons’ Monolithic Dome home includes a brick stemwall that has a diameter of 52 feet and a height of 12 feet.

Image: One of two baths — A living area of 2000 square feet includes a central great room, foyer, three bedrooms, two baths, kitchen, laundry and loft.

One of two baths — A living area of 2000 square feet includes a central great room, foyer, three bedrooms, two baths, kitchen, laundry and loft.

Image: Tile shower — This bathroom sports tile walls and a brick floor with an eye-catching design.

Tile shower — This bathroom sports tile walls and a brick floor with an eye-catching design.

Image: Cool! — The fan contributes comfort while the ceiling it hangs from contributes beauty.

Cool! — The fan contributes comfort while the ceiling it hangs from contributes beauty.

Image: Beautiful and Easy — The Emersons designed a home that requires zero painting and little maintenance.

Beautiful and Easy — The Emersons designed a home that requires zero painting and little maintenance.

Image: More glass, brick and wood — For their dome home, the Emersons chose a twenty-acre site in Hayes, Virginia.

More glass, brick and wood — For their dome home, the Emersons chose a twenty-acre site in Hayes, Virginia.

Image: Unique! — Joel enhanced the brick floors with unusual, creative patterns.

Unique! — Joel enhanced the brick floors with unusual, creative patterns.

Image: Interesting enclosure

Interesting enclosure

Image: Unique window — It’s a contrasting study in blacks and whites.

Unique window — It’s a contrasting study in blacks and whites.

Image: Smooth transitions

Smooth transitions

Image: Low maintenance, strength and durability — Concerned about hurricanes and fire, the Emersons decided to go Monolithic!

Low maintenance, strength and durability — Concerned about hurricanes and fire, the Emersons decided to go Monolithic!

Image: Bricks of many colors! — This is the work of an artist who paints with bricks.

Bricks of many colors! — This is the work of an artist who paints with bricks.

Image: More beautiful brickwork! — Welcome to this impressive entry, created with bricks.

More beautiful brickwork! — Welcome to this impressive entry, created with bricks.