Each Home Kit consists of a specific number of panels that can be set in place and bolted together to make a house that is stronger by far than conventional stick-built construction. All of our homes come in a width of 30 feet, including the Dream Dome itself. Each 8'X8' panel is framed with 2X6 lumber, including the individual wall studs, giving far greater strength against weather and other events than simple 2X4 walls, and the assembly ties them all together so that they are drawn together under tension; conventional homes simply stack one piece onto another, creating pressure that is sensitive to any movement, but tension construction resists movement from wind, rain, and even earthquakes.
These images show some examples of how the design comes together. Various door and window options will be made available, so that you can order the kit you want.
The upper central section can be solid like the walls, or skylight sections can be inserted anywhere along the length of the house. Since the second floor is open to the under-roof, this can provide a lot of light during daytime hours, and allow some peaceful stargazing at night. First floor living areas can also be left open, so skylights there can be an aesthetic wonder.
We use Velux venting windows, which can be opened to allow heat to escape and breezes to flow in. They are perfect for use in the upper walls to maintain the design flow and allow maximum light without excessive heat.
Upper floor windows can also optionally built in a dormer-style, which can add a small amount of usable space over a bed or desk. The inclining upper walls limit some of the usable floor space, but not by a significant amount, and the slope provides a way for high winds to flow up and over, rather than slamming into a hard solid wall that goes all the way to the roof.
The exterior of each home is covered in either a stucco mixture that is sprayed on after the structure is erected, or by a rubberized coating that is designed for industrial roofs and can come in many different colors. Both carry a 50-year warranty.