Robert Bissett’s New Design Book

Real Working Drawings: Do-It-Yourself House Plans Using Free Software, Monolithic Dome Edition

This book takes the reader through all the stages required to produce a functional and attractive set of working drawings. The prospective home owner will learn how to start with a pencil-drawn floor plan, build a 3D computer model and produce and publish a complete set of house plans.

Working with the structural engineer, plan reviewer and contractor is covered, as well.

The entire process can be accomplished on a home computer with free software available on the internet saving thousands of dollars. The focus here is on the innovative Monolithic dome, but the method described will work for any style of construction.

A companion website provides additional information, links and color versions of many of the images found in the book.

About the Author

Robert Bissett is an architectural designer, artist, blogger and author who has specialized in Monolithic Dome design for more than ten years. In 2004, he received the Projects of Distinction Merit Award for the design of Paul and Barbara Stitt’s Monolithic Dome home in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. This luxurious dome-home, overlooking Lake Michigan, has a diameter of 55 feet and three spacious, beautifully finished levels.

Robert also collaborated on the design of Dome of A Home in Pensacola Beach, Florida. This 3,400-square-foot Monolithic Dome made national headlines when it emerged virtually unscathed from a direct hit by Hurricane Ivan, and later, just as successfully survived Hurricane Dennis.

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