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SouthNicholson wrote:I'm no architect or designer. I just build software. I really don't know where to go from here. I see all these really cool dome homes and it looks overwhelming to design something that beautiful.
mkrepel wrote:Have you considered using Monolithic Tunnels to connect your domes? It would take some preplanning to get the proper openings in your domes as you build them, but I think this would be a very good approach to what you are considering. They may cost a little more than shipping containers, but upkeep and asthetics would go in favor of the tunnels. They would also be much more energy efficient.
mkrepel wrote:You could blank out the airforms in a circular pattern as you would for any inset opening and then stud and foam the areas while you wait for more resources to build onto the house. Then all it would take is a Sawsall to remove the wall and build the tunnel between the domes. You could even go ahead and foam in the airform and forego the concrete in that area (don't forget extra rebar around the opening). That way you would have a continuous weather barrier until you are ready to build the interconnect. You would have to put something over the foam to keep it from being a fire hazard, but perhaps a layer of lath and stucco would work here.