January 31, 2015 — Before "social media" was even a phrase we were hosting our own social media right here on our bulletin board. We loved interacting with Monolithic Dome enthusiasts from all over the world. However, with the advent of social media the need for the BBS has evaporated. Posts are now few and far between. The BBS is now locked as a read only resource to preserve the many frustrations and successes of the past. This isn't the end. We will be focusing our efforts on monolithic.org as well as social media. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, or subscribe to our News Feed.
To all those who contributed to the success of this BBS — THANK YOU!
Ula Oh wrote:Does any one have any suggestions on where to start?
you've heard the joke that a camel is a horse designed by committee? :) Focus on your wants and needs. Design follows from that (form follows function). Your needs/wants relate to the spaces you need and how you'd use them. Also the stuff you have, the type of entertaining you do, the hours you keep, your work, and a bunch of other stuff. That, with the land and budget and some other things, is the start of the design process. Without that info, the rest is pretty difficult to do.
A turnkey residence today will be somewhere in the $125-$150/sf range for an average fit and finish. It will vary based on location, site conditions, design, finish. Plain and simple could probably lower that to $110 while greater luxury or sophistication should budget $180 to $200 or even more. And notice I didn't say "dome". That's turnkey, custom housing today, and not specific to our form of construction.
hitssquad wrote:"...If -- right now -- I were planning or designing for California (for building-code, acceptance-by-neighbors, financing, and insurance purposes), I would shortlist Jim Kaslik's recent ICF-capped-by-dome idea: