Applying Synthetic Stucco to a Monolithic Dome Home in Milford, Texas

A 32’ diameter Monolithic Dome Home with a new synthetic stucco roof.

Some friends of Monolithic own a rental house in Milford, Texas, that was in dire need of some attention to the Airform. The house is about 20 years old, and the Airform has never been coated. Over the years, UV and weather damage has left the polyurethane foam exposed and blistering. A great way to renovate the exterior of a Monolithic Dome Home like this one is to patch the Airform and install a synthetic stucco coating.

Italy, Texas, Class of 2024 Holds Graduation in their Monolithic Dome

Congratulations to the Italy, Texas, high school graduating Class of 2024.

Italy High School intended to hold their graduation ceremony in their new, shiny stadium, but as the temperature continued to climb on Friday, it became clear it would be unsafe to hold the festivities outside. Late in the day, the school district sent an alert that graduation had been moved to the multipurpose Monolithic Dome gymnasium, the Gladiator Coliseum.

Remembering Larry Byrne, 1942-2024

On Tuesday, April 23, 2024, we laid to rest our friend and colleague, James Laurence Byrne, in the Sutton Cemetery near Rexburg, Idaho. Larry was a family man, church and community leader, farmer, former Air Force Captain, and a pioneer in the Monolithic Dome industry. For three decades, Larry served as chief designer at Monolithic, where he designed everything from houses to giant storages, developed standardized design elements still used across the dome industry, and consulted with engineers and architects as they worked to become familiar with dome design.

O’Toole, Inc.’s Fertilizer Storage Dome: Where Simple Means Profitable

An aerial view of O’Toole, Inc.‘s 60-foot diameter fertilizer storage dome in Letts, Iowa.

Greg O’Toole’s company, O’Toole, Inc., in Letts, Iowa, has been in the business of supplying farmers with what they need since 1981. Iowa grows more corn than any other state in the United States, at 2.5 billion bushels of corn a year, and the United States leads in corn production across the world, at 13.7 billion bushels a year, according to the Iowa Corn Growers Association. Greg chose a Monolithic Dome to contain the urea he supplies to keep that corn and other crops growing.

Learn to Build a Dome at the Spring 2024 Monolithic Dome Builders Workshop

Students take turns applying shotcrete to a Monolithic Dome they built during the workshop.

Have you ever wanted to build a Monolithic Dome? To get your hands dirty applying foam, hanging steel, and spraying shotcrete? Want to learn from dome builders with decades of experience? Now’s your chance. Come to the Spring 2023 Monolithic Dome Builders Workshop this April and build a genuine Monolithic Dome.

Easy Winter Construction of O’Toole’s Fertilizer Storage Dome—Step by Step in Pictures

O’Toole Fertilizer Storage in Letts, Iowa

Winter construction on a new fertilizer storage for O’Toole, inc. in Letts, Iowa, went very smoothly despite the weather. One of the great things about Monolithic Dome construction is that most of the work is done inside and out of the elements. This project highlighted that advantage and is a great example of the most efficient single-component dome storage that can be built.

The Art of Perfect Stucco on the Brown’s House

The stucco finish on the Brown’s Monolithic Dome Home in Aubrey, Texas.

This pictorial illustrates the steps we took to give Ryan Brown’s house in Aubrey, Texas, the perfect stucco exterior. The stucco system on Ryan Brown’s Monolithic Dome home will last 10 to 15 years before a top coat will be needed. The top coats are easy and cost-effective to apply and can be done by the homeowner or local paint contractor.

Carefully Renovated Monolithic Dome Home and Horse Ranch For Sale in Idyllic Rural Illinois

Round Tuit Ranch Monolithic Dome home sits on 3.3 acres in Polo, Illinois.

Round Tuit Ranch in Polo, Illinois, is for sale. The 2200 square foot, fully remodeled, Monolithic Dome home rests on 3.3 acres of park-like farmland. The home includes an open floor plan with a spacious kitchen and living room, four bedrooms, and two full baths. The acreage surrounding the dome provides a home for horses, too. There are fenced pastures, a 28-foot x 20-foot hay barn, and a 32-foot x 14-foot horse barn with three stalls.

Protecting People in Paradise—The Kauai Resilience Center

The preliminary sketch by Architect Rick Crandall

Planning and fundraising for the Kauai Resilience Center is underway. The three-dome disaster response center is designed to house a fire department, police, emergency medical personnel, and public shelters for up to 450 people. Up to 1500 people could take shelter in the center during an emergency. Jill Lowry, director of Anaina Hou Community Park, said that few structures on Kauai could survive winds stronger than a large tropical storm. She warns a hurricane could strike at any time, or a fire could rage, and she wants Kauai to be ready.

Double Feature—2023 Monolithic Dome Tour Plus Annular Eclipse

Tambrin Answers Questions

At about noon on October 14, 2023, an eclipse slid through the sky, and visitors stared upward, wearing special eyewear provided by Gary Clark of Monolithic. They came from all parts of Texas and from Southern states like Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Alabama. They spilled in from as far northwest as Washington state and from the Midwestern states of Oklahoma and Kansas. They arrived from the Buckeye State, Ohio; the home of the Hoosiers, Indiana; and the Rockies of Colorado. But they hadn’t come to see the eclipse; they came to tour the headquarters of the Monolithic Dome Institute.

Innovation Shines in Shell House

Shell House sits in the beautiful Catskill Mountains of New York.

Monolithic Dome homes are built to last; sometimes, they outlast their creators. The Shell House, designed in the Catskills by architect Seymour Rutkin, began 25 years ago as a light-filled sanctuary and as his dream come true. Since then, it’s become a place of incubation and inspiration for dozens of other dreamers. The Shell House still resonates with sparkling life.

A Country Living Gem of a Dome Home for Sale

The Claddagh Dome was built by the original owners who have loved their home for 25 years.

The Claddagh Dome, named for friendship, love, and loyalty, is a Monolithic Dome home for sale located near the DFW Metroplex. The energy-efficient house features 2,274 square feet of space, with an upper level of 1018 square feet and a lower level of 1256 square feet. The south-facing dome rests on two-thirds of an acre of gentle land in Azle, Texas. This suburban town of 13,712, only 14 miles northwest of Fort Worth, calls itself “the Gateway to Eagle Mountain Lake.” A nearby reservoir includes swimming beaches, three public boat ramps, camping, fishing, and water sports.

Maui Rises from Ashes After Losses in Lahaina

The Maui Ocean Center’s parking lot became a disaster relief hub after the August fires.

The recovery efforts on Maui continue unceasingly as families, homes, and businesses rise from the ashes, exhaustion, and grief caused by the wildfires of August 2023. “Everyone’s overwhelmed,” said Tapani Vuori, general manager of the Maui Ocean Center in Makawao. “It took more than a month to get things coordinated and cohesive. We had forty volunteers, but at first, the NGOs (non-governmental organizations) simply were not ready.”

Tasi Dome Proves Trustworthy in Typhoon

Stanley Hall and Linda Tatreau chose to build their Monolithic Dome home—the Tasi Dome—on the beautiful island of Guam.

When Typhoon Mawar hit Guam in May 2023, all of Stanley Hall and Linda Tatreau’s neighbors left the area, but Linda decided to stay at Tasi Dome. Stanley had traveled to San Diego, and Linda and her two dogs, Enzo and Thunder, rode out the strongest typhoon to hit Guam since 2002. The couple have been living in Tasi Dome on Guam for the past 11 years, and Linda feels safer there than anywhere else. “It’s strong in storms,” Linda said. “That’s why we built it.”

Fall 2023 Dome Builders Workshop Strengthens Skill Sets

The attendees of the Fall 2023 Dome Builders Workshop take a break after learning to spray shotcrete.

The adventurous entrepreneurs at the Fall 2023 Monolithic Dome Builders Workshop learned skills to create their own homes, and some of them also discovered a shared passion for bringing these sturdy, sustainable structures to their communities as affordable housing.

Eclipsed During the 2023 Arcadia Dome Tour

Fall Colors Surround Arcadia Dome Home

We love our Monolithic Dome home—Arcadia. We love how it makes us feel safe. It is always comfortable—year round. And when people are willing to travel across the U.S. just to see it, that makes it truly special.

Obituary: Arnold Wilson, 1933–2023

Dr. Arnold Wilson, 1933–2023

We are sad to report the passing of Arnold Wilson—husband, father, professor, engineer, and Monolithic Dome pioneer. He married his high school sweetheart, Joyce, and together they raised ten children. For forty years, he taught engineering at Brigham Young University (BYU). He was instrumental in the engineering of hundreds of Monolithic Domes.

Salt Storage Dome Satisfies Madison Heights

Sunshine Sparkles on the New Dome

The city of Madison Heights, Michigan, demolished its old uninsulated salt storage dome and replaced it with a Monolithic Dome. The reasons were simple: the Monolithic Dome was less money to construct than anticipated, has superior longevity and requires less overall maintenance. A report published by Marquette University said, “While a concrete dome also requires maintenance to protect it from the effects of salt and the elements, the interval is much less frequent, and the effects of the maintenance are much longer-lasting toward protecting the integrity of the structure.”

Chris and Shehla Hyser Plan Four Steps Ahead with Three-Dome Home

The Hyser Family’s Monolithic Dome Home

In Maryland, a triple dome home rises, named The Tatooine of Catoctin Mountains. The family loves their location, situated about two miles from the Appalachian Trail. “When I was a Boy Scout, I hiked from Susquehanna to the Potomac over ten weekends,” owner Chris Hyser said. The Hysers reported that high winds sweep across the mountains and can be a problem in their area, so they had safety and permanence in mind when they decided to build a Monolithic Dome as their forever home.

Monolithic Dome Tour—October 14, 2023

Monolithic Dome Tour 2023

The Monolithic Dome Research Park is opening to the public for tours on October 14, 2023. Plus, there is a dome home in Utah showing the same day as well. Both tours are free and open to the public.

Twin Monolithic Dome Home For Sale in Ocala, Florida

Twin Monolithic Dome Home in Ocala, Florida, for Sale

Benjamin Erwin and his wife are selling their two bedroom, two bathroom Monolithic Dome home in Ocala, Florida. They dome is a gemini style twin domed structure of a 50-foot diameter living space and a 40-foot diameter, two-car garage. Ben purchased the home in 2017 and rennovated the exterior in 2020.

Summer Stories Embrace the Monolithic Dome Home

The Bubble Palace near Cannes, France

Monolithic Domes found their way into the spotlight this summer, featured in articles in Business Insider, Architectural Digest, and Cowboy State Daily. All three articles noted the creative shape of the dome.

Riding Out the Storms: Monolithic Dome Home Survives Two Hurricanes

Tinsley Double Dome Home Overlooking Cudjoe Key Bay

When Paul and Shirley Tinsley chose to build a Monolithic Dome home in Cudjoe Key, Florida, they had no idea that they were building a home that would withstand not one, but two Category 4 hurricanes in six years: Hurricane Irma, in August of 2017, and Hurricane Ian, in September 2022.

State of the Art Health Facility Comes to Pecos

Aerial view of Reeves County Recreation Center in Pecos, Texas.

Local residents are enjoying the years of planning and work put in to improve the well-being of the community offered at the Reeves County Recreation Center. The facility began as an idea among the county commissioners in early 2012. Though elected officials changed over the years, each court has had at least one torchbearer who refused to let the dream lose momentum.

Students Learn and Work Hard at Spring 2023 Workshop

A double Texas-sized rainbow shines over a field during the Monolithic Dome Builders Workshop.

Bad concrete. A projector flashes picture after picture of concrete voids, poorly embedded rebar, and a concrete mess all over the ground. It’s Friday afternoon at the Spring 2023 Monolithic Dome Builders Workshop and Gary Clark is giving his presentation, “The Worst Shotcrete Job, Ever.”

The Shamrock Chateau is, or at least was, for sale

Shamrock Chateau Monolithic Dome home in Italy, Texas.

While the house has sold, we still want to talk about this beautiful dome home because it’s unique, plus it’s the residence of retired Monolithic Dome designer Larry Byrne and his wonderful wife, Marilee. They designed and constructed a genuinely unique Monolithic Dome home, and we want to give it — and them — a proper sendoff.

Transition Ring Airform Membrane

Inflating a transition ring airform membrane

The Transition Ring Airform membrane is a composite air structure used as the formwork for constructing a hoop-style Monolithic Dome, aka the hoop dome. It is manufactured to inflate with a cylinder-shaped stem wall and a dome roof. To achieve this result, a steel ring is incorporated at the junction between the wall and dome membranes.

Monolithic Dome beach house for sale near Pensacola, Florida

Exterior of Pensacola, Florida, beach house.

The Silvershore Monolithic Dome Home is for sale. The house sits on a 290-foot by 130-foot lot on the shore of Bayou Grande in Pensacola Bay with a commanding view of the bay and the Gulf of Mexico. The house is right on the water with a small beach and a boat dock.

Canadian artist creates a Spanish courtyard inside her Monolithic Dome home

Exterior of the Yorkton Monolithic Dome Home in Saskatchewan, Canada.

CTV News recently featured a Monolithic Dome home in Saskatchewan, Canada. Tonia Vermette constructed the home 18 years ago, and it’s a wonderful place to live, but as an artist, she never seemed to be finished with the house. Over the years, she’s painted murals, vines, and textures on the walls, turning the home into a living artwork.

A beautiful day for the 2022 tour of the Monolithic Dome Research Park

Open house sign and balloons in front of the office

On a beautiful sunny day, hundreds traveled to Italy, Texas, to tour the Monolithic Dome Research Park. Bruco, the Texas Italian Caterpillar — with its painted boots and smiling face — opened its doors on October 15, 2022, along with the offices, classrooms, and industrial buildings at the site — plus two unique Monolithic Dome homes.

People came prepared for the Arcadia Dome Home tour in 2022

Sunset at Arcadia Dome Home in Providence, Utah

Thirty people toured our house — Arcadia Dome Home — during the annual dome tour on October 15, 2022. Most visitors came from Utah or southern Idaho, but some came from as far away as Colorado. They didn’t come empty-handed. They had ideas, sketches and questions about building their own dome home. So. Many. Questions.

Prepare for real-world emergencies — not doomsday

When the Dallas Observer wrote about the Monolithic Dome Research Park, they connected the domes to prepping for doomsday. That misses the point. We are not preparing for the end times; we are preparing for the end … of a good book, curled up on the couch, peacefully reading while a storm rages outside.

Throwback: Our Monolithic Dome home on a hill

The setting sun lights Arcadia Dome Home.

While writing about preparing for real-world emergencies, I realized there is virtually nothing about our home, Arcadia, on this website. We built the home six years ago and posted several great stories on with pictures of its design, construction, and completion. It’s time to migrate and update the articles.

Monolithic Dome home at Lake Texoma for sale

Aerial view of dome home among the forest trees and Lake Texoma in the background.

A Monolithic Dome home at Lake Texoma near the Texas/Oklahoma border is for sale. Situated on 3.65 acres, the house is surrounded by trees. It has three bedrooms, two and a half baths, and an airy, open floor plan.

Honoring sunflower yellow and sky blue

A yellow and blue dome shows is our emblem of support for Ukraine.

The colors of the Ukrainian flag — sunflower yellow and sky blue — are everywhere. The colors grace magazines, landmarks, clothing, flowers, and even cosmonauts. We are adding our own emblem of support with a Monolithic Dome twist — and a plea.

Why and how Rocketship is building a Monolithic Dome gym and cafeteria

Rendering of Monolithic Dome gym and cafeteria next to two story school building.

Rocketship Public Schools is constructing an early-elementary charter school in Fort Worth, Texas. The new two-story school building will feature an attached Monolithic Dome multipurpose gymnasium, cafeteria, and storm shelter. The concrete dome shell is complete and while we wait for the August 2022 opening, we can discuss two reasons this particular dome is unique - why they built it and the way it’s made.

On a hill, among the rocks and trees, sits a splendid Monolithic Dome home — for sale

Sweet Dome Alabama

Beverly and Kenneth Garcia are selling their Monolithic Dome home, the wonderfully named Sweet Dome Alabama. This amazing house is built on a hillside — 140-feet above the valley floor — on 45 acres surrounded by a forest near New Hope, Alabama. The combination of woodsy interior and tri-dome shape make this home both futuristic and rustic.

Beautiful ‘Forgotten Coast’ beach house for sale

Golden Eye dome home for sale.

Margaret Clayton is selling her Monolithic Dome home, Golden Eye. Set on Beacon Hill near Mexico Beach, Florida, the house is caterpillar shaped to fit the narrow lot. Traffic in front of the house is light even though it is only one street back from the busy beach road. It’s also an easy walk to two public access paths to the beach.

Photo tour of Hawaiian dome home

Hawaiian dome home for sale.

Back in 2020, Jo King listed her Hawaiian home for sale. Needless to say, selling a home during a pandemic proved more than a little challenging. Instead, she pulled it from the market. Now she thinks it’s time to try again. Her Monolithic Dome home is in one of the most beautiful settings we have ever seen — on the island of Kauai.