Thirty people toured our house—Arcadia Dome Home—during the annual dome tour on October 15, 2022. Most visitors came from Utah or southern Idaho, but some came from as far away as Colorado. They didn’t come empty-handed. They had ideas, sketches and questions about building their own dome home. So. Many. Questions.
We’ve held an annual dome tour ever since we completed the house in October 2016. That first tour was a madhouse, as hundreds of people from Cache Valley wanted to see inside “that strange home” on the hill in Providence. Fortunately, later tours were less overwhelming.
The pandemic stopped everything for three years, but we didn’t sit around. We fixed the rain gutter, finished the landscaping, built a shed, and grew a lovely lawn—oh, and we got a little dog, too.
It was exciting to open the house again this year. We finished our last-minute preparations, turned on all the lights, set out the tour signs, and opened our doors at 10 a.m. It started slowly, but soon a steady stream of people were walking around and through the house.
Some people just wanted to see this unusual house. One family found us online while searching for things to do over the weekend. Over half came because they are seriously considering building their own Monolithic Dome home. Some even have land and the start of a dome home design.
For the next five hours, I sat at the dining table, answering questions. It was like a conveyor belt; when one group finished, another would start. I can’t think of a better way to spend time on a dome tour. While I sat at the table, my wife, Jennifer, sat at the kitchen bar, answering questions, too.
Questions for me were things like financing, site preparations, and specific concerns about dome construction. Questions for Jen leaned toward living in the house—decorations, maintenance, and life inside a Monolithic Dome.
By 3 p.m., the stream turned into a trickle. At 4 p.m., we closed the doors and slumped into our chairs. Another tour was done.
It’s satisfying watching people react to the inside of a dome home. It’s hard to imagine what it looks like from the outside. We hear concerns that the home would be “cavelike” or “damp” or just hard to put furniture inside. Instead, they find an open, warm, inviting home.