Skip to comments.A dome home that will have you spinning
Posted on 01/04/2012 4:03:06 PM PST by smokingfrog
Normally, when someone asks for the remote, its because they want to undertake some serious TV channel surfing. But in one unique home located just 90 minutes north of New York City, playing with the remote control will set the entire wooden house spinning on its axis.
This dome home was, in fact, built on an electronically-controlled axle. So with a push of a button, the 3,000-square-foot New Paltz home for sale can rotate 360 degrees. In five orbital minutes, the house, which is on the market for $1.2 million, will turn one full rotation.
The owners of this circular domicile arent constantly on the spin cycle. The feature is used to take advantage of the sun for the homes solar energy needs. Each season, the home is rotated for maximum efficiency, explained listing agent Anne Rajs.
While the home looks similar to geodesic dome homes, it was built using a kit from France called Domespace and is the only structure like it that has been constructed in the U.S.
It does look like a space ship, said Rajs, But its an amazing home. Its the coolest home Ive ever seen.
(Excerpt) Read more at pressherald.com ...
How do you hang a picture? Kind of like a -frames...
Cool to look at and cool to visit. Wouldn’t want one at any price however. Inefficient and a waste of space - not to mention Mr. Murphy and his effect on seams and joints.
..think it’s 5 yrs old
Colossal waste of money.
Probably turns back and forth, not continuously in circles. But how did this, with its need for flexible piping and wiring, ever get past the code bureaucrats?
“He left all of his money
To Spooner his old hound
Growing old on steak and bacon
In a doghouse ten feet round”
Wonder what an earthquake would do to it.. yeah exactly.
Think of the solar advantage and the money they’d have saved by just buying a motorhome and driving south for the winter.
Don’t get me wrong, geodesic domes are interesting, and have a very strong structure. The interior volume is difficult to fully capitalize upon, though, and the image of them has been damaged by cheap kit dome homes sitting around, in people’s back yards, with ugly hand-applied stucco mildewing and old, hazy, scratched plexiglass marring the basic, clean lines.
Just fancy junk storage, is what most of them turned out to be, in the end.
If it’s anything like the ceiling fan in my bedroom, every time a neighbor clicks the remote control on their baby monitor, the house will start spinning at maximum speed.
A lot of rural places out west used to have modified codes to accomodate hippies living in hollow logs. Nowadays, UBC and other agreements probably put a fascist boot on the neck of folks not wanting to live in suburban vinyl burger pods.
A spherical exterior is optimal for minimizing surface area. But a ball-like interior is awkward as you say.
A normal box shaped house, however, could still be placed on a circular rotating platform, given the appropriate flexible accommodations for plumbing and electricity. Natural gas, maybe not that difficult given the low pressures involved. Electricity, it’s easy enough to do flexible cables. Water and sewer would be a special challenge in northern climes as you got to keep the hoses from freezing.
Hollow logs might not be that bad an idea come the Obamalypse.
You can hang pictures based on how high the ground wall is and there are flat walls in the interior of the dome.
Here’s a set of the blueprints you can download: http://www.the-blueprints.com/blueprints-depot-restricted/misc/other/jupiter_2_from_lost_in_space-27433.jpg
Only cool if it rotates at 3000 RPM.
May be the reason it’s for sale!
Actually domes are increasingly efficient, and there is no wasted space. Also they are almost indestructible in a tornado or hurricane, as the wind just zips right over the shape.
And a bif one is yo don’t need surround sound for movie watching.
We rented a geodesic dome house in Juneau, Alaska back in the early 80’s - lived there about 2 years, liked it but not enough to build our own.
Oh good grief, is everyone supposed to walk on the walls?
Can only say; ‘there’s no place like dome’. . .
Rather inconveniently shaped attics at the least I’d think.
Any shape envelope can be made (energy) efficient given time and/or money. However, other considerations must take account, too. As far as space goes, I doubt that a sphere can ever be as effective for living space as thoughtful conventional housing. One might appreciate the ‘spaciousness’ of the dome and consider that a wise use of space but a waste is still a waste - even in homes with vaulted ceilings. I used to think a dome would be cool back in my Buckey Fuller days, but practicality has been brought home to me too many times to follow those dreams anymore.
However, to each his/her own.
Well, that is a good point, no attic.
>> “But how did this, with its need for flexible piping and wiring, ever get past the code bureaucrats? <<
Rotating plumbing and electrical fittings are not particularly unusual.
We moved from a 2200 sq ft regular place to a 2000 sq ft dome, and have been unable to even fill up the draws and cupboards.
The dome has more storage that I ever imagined possible.
However, we have now moved to a beach community and that has great appeal as well, not very much storage though.
There was an in depth article on this house in Fine Home Building about 10 years ago. Its not all spherical.
Who needs pictures when you have such a nice view?
And that would be the COOLEST part of it.
And I'd walk the house to new places.
Kinda like a hamster ball, but for humans.
A REAL Man-Cave
This man spent a lot less - got a lot more - super well insulated by nature, catches/captures sun/heat from the south...stays warm in winter, cool in summer.
I’d take this over the other one any day...and he even gets free peaches ;o)
scroll down for video - LOVE this place!
He bought an old abandoned, brush choked quarry/abandoned ‘homes’ - and created an ‘Eden Estate”...all it took was some initial vision -
I have no doubt that what you have experienced is true. Of the millions of homes available today, I would regard very few as being “thoughtful” designs. Your success in storage is due to the number of “drawers and cupboards” not, necessarily, the actual utility of the space.
A fixed axis with the plumbing?
True. And Fanny Mae and Feddie Mac have put the kiss of death on dome home, hay bale and log homes.....they will not insure/invest in them so they have become valueless,
so if you try and refi or get a new loan you can’t.
We really enjoyed our dome, but really living in a beach community is way more fun.
I dunno ... I know some people who are as round as that house. Maybe they fit a little better.
Nothing to it, really. If you keep the house spinning fast enough.
Continuous revolution would be the real challenge.
Rotating restaurants-in-the-sky seem to have the technology, though.
The great trick is to get them all concentric about the same axis--water, wastewater, power, gas, maybe telecom.
Telecom could I guess be left out by using wifi on the ground under the house or somewhere else nearby.
After watching the video, the place is really cool and all the space was well utilized........
Ah, old poetry from Jimmy Buffet... Thanks, Parrothead!
Tornados destroy structures by reducing the atmospheric pressure outside, thus the air inside expanding outward explodes the house. Doesn’t matter what its shape is.
Wastewater flows into a closed concentric channel, and electric requires only the mains to flow through slip rings that wrap around the water main, which needs a very conventional lip seal.
You may be correct, I am from California so actually have no frame of reference except those who pitch the dome home.
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