There are many reasons to use dome homes for underground
living, as opposed to those that have angular roofs and
four-cornered walls. Monolithic domes have proven themselves
to be energy-efficient, and fire and earthquake-proof.
Underground dome homes
Some people who are contracting to have dome homes built
are worried about the "end of days", but most
are looking for a more efficient way to enjoy cooler summers
and warmer winters, without reliance on an electrical
infrastructure that is becoming increasingly antiquated.
No Mushrooms Allowed ...
Most people living in dome homes are independent and
self-reliant, and the underground lifestyle fits them
well. Far from being caves, the homes are modern and roomy.
Using concrete, rebar and polyurethane insulation, houses
begin to look less like mushrooms and more like habitations.
After the concrete dries and a dome home is completed,
most buyers are pleased with their purchase. They are
protected from many disasters that above-ground structures
simply can't handle. Some homeowners do stockpile canned
foods and bottled water, but many live a lot like they
would above ground.
Underground Dome Home Diagram
I'll Take Mine Chilled ...
Some subsurface dome homes include heaters, to take the
chill off days or nights that are especially cold. The
houses are becoming popular in Alaska, where the residents
are accustomed to the cold. That doesn't mean they have
to like being chilly. Generators stand by, in case they
Dome houses offer protection from cold winters and forest
fires, as well as earthquakes. Underground domes conserve
even more energy, since the earth is a more constant temperature
than you can achieve above-ground.
One dome owner even watched in horror as a huge Spruce
tree fell atop his home, and he feared the worst. The
home was not cracked or dented. That made his family believers,
if they weren't already. These may not be the most beautiful
homes on - or under - the Earth, but they are proving
themselves to be quite useful.
New Winter Coat ...
Monolithic domes are very well-insulated, and their concrete
coats keep them at a comfortable temperature for most
of the year. Heating bills can often be cut in half, as
can cooling bills in summer months. Smaller dome houses
are portable, too. If you live in an area where bringing
in raw materials would make the houses cost-prohibitive,
you can have them sent to your new home address, and finish
Dome Home About to Be Sprayed with Concrete and Buried
Since the beginning of putting dome homes underground,
the building process has been refined, although the exact
methods used by individual builders may still vary somewhat.
The shape and the reinforced concrete are the main things,
though. That's what gives the dwelling the ability to
withstand earthquakes and fires.
|Regardless of the
way they are constructed, as long as that process
is sound, you'll have a home designed to last a thousand
years, and energy bills that are so much more manageable.
It might make you wonder why you didn't think of living
in a dome sooner.
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Written by Kevin Knatloa
First Published on November 05, 2012
Updated November 22, 2013