After 25 years of living in the Claddagh Dome, named for friendship, love, and loyalty, the original owners, Christine and Jim Spurgeon, have decided to sell this unique, energy-efficient home.
The Claddagh Dome features 2,274 square feet of space, with an upper level of 1018 square feet and a lower level of 1256 square feet. The 40-foot dome has an eight-foot stem wall encased in brick. The couple built their four-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath home in 2008 after Jim Spurgeon, a structural engineer, attended a dome-building workshop at the Monolithic Dome Institute two years earlier.
The south-facing dome rests on two-thirds of an acre of gentle land in Azle, Texas. This suburban town of 13,712, only 14 miles northwest of Fort Worth, calls itself “the Gateway to Eagle Mountain Lake.” The reservoir includes swimming beaches, three public boat ramps, camping, fishing, and water sports.
A soaring 24-foot tall grand entrance at Claddagh Dome leads into the open-concept living, dining, and kitchen areas. The kitchen features Shaker cabinets, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, a pantry, a laundry room, and an AC air handler. Crown molding adorns the entire interior.
Beyond the gracious living room, the main bedroom graces the first floor, with a bath ensuite and walk-in closet. Claddagh Dome offers built-in bookshelves, ample storage space beneath the stairs, a comfortable reading room, and a half-bath. An open loft overlooks the living area, and the second floor features three bedrooms, a large hall bathroom, and an inviting office space.
Domes are known for being strong in winds, fire, and every kind of weather. Claddagh Dome’s white metal roof further protects and preserves its integrity with an attractive diamond pattern.
A 600-square-foot enclosed walkway stretches from the primary bedroom to a stand-alone studio hewn from a 40-foot shipping container. The studio has a private entrance, air conditioning, heat, and a half bath with an instant water heater.
The property includes ample parking with a circular drive. The detached 25-foot by 30-foot two-car garage contains an air-conditioned shop area. An RV or boat could be stored in a graveled, 34-foot-long carport. A gated gravel drive leads into the fenced backyard, with a storage space that includes water and electricity.
The tall oaks, flowering trees, and fenced garden area benefit from an attractively sited sprinkler system. Claddagh Dome has a whole-house water filtration system and co-op water and electricity. Three electric instant hot water heaters guarantee endless hot water even with simultaneous usage. Heat comes from an efficient two-ton air conditioning unit/heat pump, and the independent sewage system includes a 1000-gallon septic tank.
Property taxes in 2022 were $1286 plus 7.2 percent for Claddagh Dome, situated in the Azle Independent School District of Parker County, Texas.
For more information and photos, consult Claddagh Dome’s website.