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:
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