We are building a dome house.
We will call it Hale Honua (ha-lay HO-new-ah): “House of Sanctuary.”
July 30, 2007: The Herald Tribune (Sarasota) writes about Hale Honua:
Information on Dome Homes:
Our home will be built in Florida, a state that weathered four hurricanes in 2004. We want a structure that is hurricane-proof!
This dome, [yipes, this link does not link anymore… I will research and find it again… sorry] on Pensacola Beach, Florida, took a direct hit from Hurricane Ivan in September of 2004. View the effects of the storm. As the aerial photograph shows, the adjacent house was completely destroyed, while the dome itself sustained relatively minor damage.
At the time Ivan roared through Florida, we were in Texas, learning to build our dome at the Monolithic Dome Institute. This is a great site to learn more about domes for residences and commercial/industrial uses.
March 2, 2006
More news about the durability of domes: Dome in Oklahoma Wildfire did not burn.
Early History of the MONK DOME HOME
We began looking into the possibility of living in a Dome home when we moved to Florida in May, 1999. It was several years later that the reality started to unfold. This plastic blob will be our new house – eventually!
February 16, 2006
The newly worked site.. we made it a larger space for the house. However, the house will be based on a 60 foot diameter circle. The septic is in and it has been sodded.
We are getting closer!
March 31, 2006
Marking the ‘circle’ for the dome. Hmmmm does a 60 foot circle does seem big? What do you think? Click to enlarge image.
April 3, 2006
Footings with rebar. Click to enlarge image.
Things are in the middle of the circle. Do you recognize the ‘blob’? Click to enlarge image.
April 3, 2006
Rebar for the walls. Click to enlarge image.
April 9, 2006
The footings are inspected and poured. This secures the rebar in place. You can see the ‘airform’ in the middle of the circle. Click to enlarge image.
April 9, 2006
We had to have everything in place — and UNDER the airform before we add ‘air’. Click to enlarge image.
April 10, 2006
FINALLY!!! The dome is inflated!
It took 20 minutes to inflate the airform. Click to enlarge image.
May 2, 2006
Much has been happening inside the dome to secure the structure. The insulation foam was blown into place. Rebar ties were put in place then rebar was hung. Finally, concrete was blown onto the surface of the foam and dried in place. The structure is now self supporting and the airlock is cut away and removed. It no longer needs to be held up with air! Here is a view of the other garage door for the drive through garage. Click to enlarge image.