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A dome home that will have you spinning
pressherald.com ^ | 3 Jan 2012 | Erika Riggs, Zillow

Posted on 01/04/2012 4:03:06 PM PST by smokingfrog

Normally, when someone asks for the remote, it’s 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 aren’t constantly on the spin cycle. The feature is used to take advantage of the sun for the home’s 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 it’s an amazing home. It’s the coolest home I’ve ever seen.”

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: domespace; realestate
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1 posted on 01/04/2012 4:03:11 PM PST by smokingfrog
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To: smokingfrog

How do you hang a picture? Kind of like a -frames...


2 posted on 01/04/2012 4:04:42 PM PST by goseminoles
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To: smokingfrog

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.


3 posted on 01/04/2012 4:05:33 PM PST by WorkingClassFilth (Soon to be a man without a country.)
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To: smokingfrog

..think it’s 5 yrs old


4 posted on 01/04/2012 4:07:08 PM PST by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: WorkingClassFilth

Colossal waste of money.


5 posted on 01/04/2012 4:07:23 PM PST by bicyclerepair ( REPLACE D-W-S ! http://www.karenforcongress.com)
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To: WorkingClassFilth

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?


6 posted on 01/04/2012 4:08:40 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: smokingfrog

“He left all of his money
To Spooner his old hound
Growing old on steak and bacon
In a doghouse ten feet round”


7 posted on 01/04/2012 4:09:33 PM PST by Rebelbase
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To: smokingfrog
Live aboard a boat if you need your view to change.

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8 posted on 01/04/2012 4:12:36 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
"But how did this, with its need for flexible piping and wiring, ever get past the code bureaucrats?"

Excellent question!

9 posted on 01/04/2012 4:16:09 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: smokingfrog

Wonder what an earthquake would do to it.. yeah exactly.


10 posted on 01/04/2012 4:16:54 PM PST by Track9 (There IS revolution brewing..)
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To: smokingfrog

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.


11 posted on 01/04/2012 4:19:56 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: Track9

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.


12 posted on 01/04/2012 4:24:28 PM PST by Argus
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To: HiTech RedNeck

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.


13 posted on 01/04/2012 4:28:46 PM PST by WorkingClassFilth (Soon to be a man without a country.)
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To: RegulatorCountry

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.


14 posted on 01/04/2012 4:31:30 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: smokingfrog

Beautiful.


15 posted on 01/04/2012 4:32:12 PM PST by svcw (For the new year: you better toughen up, if you are going to continue to be stupid.)
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To: WorkingClassFilth

Hollow logs might not be that bad an idea come the Obamalypse.


16 posted on 01/04/2012 4:32:57 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: goseminoles

You can hang pictures based on how high the ground wall is and there are flat walls in the interior of the dome.


17 posted on 01/04/2012 4:33:25 PM PST by svcw (For the new year: you better toughen up, if you are going to continue to be stupid.)
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To: smokingfrog; All

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


18 posted on 01/04/2012 4:35:17 PM PST by WorkingClassFilth (Soon to be a man without a country.)
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To: smokingfrog

Only cool if it rotates at 3000 RPM.


19 posted on 01/04/2012 4:35:40 PM PST by Lazamataz (Romney is the Pale Obama. That's all.)
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To: Argus

May be the reason it’s for sale!


20 posted on 01/04/2012 4:35:40 PM PST by classified
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To: WorkingClassFilth

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.


21 posted on 01/04/2012 4:35:56 PM PST by svcw (For the new year: you better toughen up, if you are going to continue to be stupid.)
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To: smokingfrog

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.


22 posted on 01/04/2012 4:37:43 PM PST by dainbramaged (I lost my mantra around 1969.)
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To: smokingfrog
Beautiful home in what looks to be a gorgeous setting. Not that I would live in NY though.
23 posted on 01/04/2012 4:37:43 PM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: Lazamataz

Oh good grief, is everyone supposed to walk on the walls?


24 posted on 01/04/2012 4:39:27 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: smokingfrog

Can only say; ‘there’s no place like dome’. . .


25 posted on 01/04/2012 4:39:41 PM PST by cricket (/get the 'Occupiers' out of our White House!/ and Newt 'in'. . .and it is NOT just the economy!)
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To: svcw

Rather inconveniently shaped attics at the least I’d think.


26 posted on 01/04/2012 4:40:41 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: svcw

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.


27 posted on 01/04/2012 4:44:54 PM PST by WorkingClassFilth (Soon to be a man without a country.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Well, that is a good point, no attic.


28 posted on 01/04/2012 4:45:02 PM PST by svcw (For the new year: you better toughen up, if you are going to continue to be stupid.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

>> “But how did this, with its need for flexible piping and wiring, ever get past the code bureaucrats? <<

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Rotating plumbing and electrical fittings are not particularly unusual.


29 posted on 01/04/2012 4:47:28 PM PST by editor-surveyor (No Federal Sales Tax - No Way!)
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To: WorkingClassFilth

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.


30 posted on 01/04/2012 4:48:55 PM PST by svcw (For the new year: you better toughen up, if you are going to continue to be stupid.)
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To: goseminoles

There was an in depth article on this house in Fine Home Building about 10 years ago. Its not all spherical.


31 posted on 01/04/2012 4:51:28 PM PST by editor-surveyor (No Federal Sales Tax - No Way!)
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To: goseminoles

Who needs pictures when you have such a nice view?


32 posted on 01/04/2012 4:58:35 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> - - -)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
At 3000 RPM, even if they did try to walk on the walls, it would be at about 15G.

And that would be the COOLEST part of it.

33 posted on 01/04/2012 5:02:12 PM PST by Lazamataz (Romney is the Pale Obama. That's all.)
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To: cricket
I want a totally spherical house.

And I'd walk the house to new places.

Kinda like a hamster ball, but for humans.

34 posted on 01/04/2012 5:03:29 PM PST by Lazamataz (Romney is the Pale Obama. That's all.)
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To: smokingfrog

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)

http://www.newsandjava.com/watchfoxnewslive.htm

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 -


35 posted on 01/04/2012 5:04:18 PM PST by maine-iac7 (A prudent man foreseeth the evil,... but the simple pass on, and are punished. Prov 23:3 KJV)
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To: svcw

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.


36 posted on 01/04/2012 5:05:56 PM PST by WorkingClassFilth (Soon to be a man without a country.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

A fixed axis with the plumbing?


37 posted on 01/04/2012 5:24:30 PM PST by heartwood
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To: WorkingClassFilth

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.


38 posted on 01/04/2012 5:28:49 PM PST by svcw (For the new year: you better toughen up, if you are going to continue to be stupid.)
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To: RegulatorCountry

I dunno ... I know some people who are as round as that house. Maybe they fit a little better.


39 posted on 01/04/2012 5:33:17 PM PST by sphinx
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40 posted on 01/04/2012 5:34:08 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: goseminoles
How do you hang a picture? Kind of like a -frames...

Nothing to it, really. If you keep the house spinning fast enough.

41 posted on 01/04/2012 5:41:19 PM PST by Erasmus (Rage, rage, against the dying of the light. Or, get out your 50mm/1.2.)
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To: Lazamataz
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42 posted on 01/04/2012 5:43:35 PM PST by Clay Moore (The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of a fool to the left. Ecclesiastes 10:2)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Continuous revolution would be the real challenge.

Rotating restaurants-in-the-sky seem to have the technology, though.


43 posted on 01/04/2012 5:45:16 PM PST by Erasmus (Rage, rage, against the dying of the light. Or, get out your 50mm/1.2.)
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To: Lazamataz
BTW when did you get your own parking lot?

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44 posted on 01/04/2012 5:46:21 PM PST by Clay Moore (The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of a fool to the left. Ecclesiastes 10:2)
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To: editor-surveyor
Rotating plumbing and electrical fittings are not particularly unusual.

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.

45 posted on 01/04/2012 5:50:47 PM PST by Erasmus (Rage, rage, against the dying of the light. Or, get out your 50mm/1.2.)
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To: WorkingClassFilth
Inefficient and a waste of space

After watching the video, the place is really cool and all the space was well utilized........

46 posted on 01/04/2012 6:00:51 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Naugahyde is no longer available due to the Naugas being hunted to extinction.....)
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To: Rebelbase
He left all of his money
To Spooner his old hound
Growing old on steak and bacon
In a doghouse ten feet round

Ah, old poetry from Jimmy Buffet... Thanks, Parrothead!

47 posted on 01/04/2012 6:38:55 PM PST by Always A Marine
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To: svcw

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.


48 posted on 01/04/2012 7:18:52 PM PST by editor-surveyor (No Federal Sales Tax - No Way!)
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To: Erasmus

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.


49 posted on 01/04/2012 7:37:22 PM PST by editor-surveyor (No Federal Sales Tax - No Way!)
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To: editor-surveyor

You may be correct, I am from California so actually have no frame of reference except those who pitch the dome home.


50 posted on 01/04/2012 8:10:31 PM PST by svcw (For the new year: you better toughen up, if you are going to continue to be stupid.)
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