I’ve always known about this tiny dome home that’s practically in my parent’s backyard in a very unlikely place.. Miami, Florida.

It turns out that it was built here before any of this area was developed which is the West area of Miami nearest to the Everglades.

Back when this area was considered the woods, this little dome house was built. Back then it was in the middle of nowhere. Today it’s a very developed area and this is the only shelter like it around.

While staying over at my parent’s house this weekend I was able to walk over and capture some shots of it for you.

Afterwards my dad was able to tell me more about it which I just shared with you in the last few paragraphs.

Grandfathered-in Tiny Dome Home in Miami

Photo by Alex Pino

I don’t know exactly how this home was built, but I think it’s so cool because it seems like a cross between a dome, yurt, and cob.

I wish I was able to get some interior shots for you but I felt I was already pushing it by getting into their yard to take these photos. Maybe next time around, I’ll knock but I really didn’t want to invite myself in without warning.

Tiny Dome Home in Miami

Tiny Dome House

Grandfathered-in Miami Dome Home

Little Dome House

Tiny Dome Home Landscape Picture

How these Dome Homes are Built (Video)

You’ve got to wonder.. Has this had the same owners the entire time? Has it been passed down? Either way, I think it’s great that it’s still around.

Every other home in this neighborhood was built in the 1980s and 1990s. Today you wouldn’t be able to build anything like this here but it’s so cool to see something this unique and small still around.

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Alex has been living in small spaces for more than 7 years, he's the founding editor of TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter, and has passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. Send in your story and tiny home photos so we can share and inspire others towards simplicity too. Thank you!

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  • Mike Love June 10, 2012, 9:44 pm

    I’m pretty certain based on its appearance that it’s a monolithic dome built by a company of the same name out of Italy TX. They build the most durable, catastrophe proof homes in the world… to my knowledge one of the only designs to rate FEMA’s near absolute protection rating. See monolithic.com for details. Hope this helps, I’ve been interested in these domes for 20 years, gotta save up some money !

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    • Alex June 10, 2012, 10:48 pm

      Thanks, Mike, this definitely helps, looking into it more now.

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  • Alex June 11, 2012, 9:02 am

    Just wanted to add this comment from Facebook, from John Nomads:

    “I remember in the 70’s, there was a company selling dome home kits and franchises. I recall they never really cought on, and the guy who had the local franchise turned his sample into a honeymoon retreat at his motel. 40 years later it still looks good, and is still the attention getter.”

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  • sesameB June 14, 2012, 2:44 pm

    Great.

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  • Linda June 16, 2012, 11:26 pm

    Mike is correct. I’ve been looking at these homes for quite awhile and want to build one on my land in MS if I can find a qualified builder. Hydronic underfloor keeps a temp.of 68 and one 12,000BTU window unit is all you need to cool. They have concrete ring foundations, reinforced with steel rebar and an Airform – fabricated to size – is placed on ring base. It’s inflated with blower fans, then polyarthane foam on interior of 3″, making base for steel reinforcing rebar (horz. & vert.). Shotcrete is sprayed on interior, embedding the rebar.

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    • Alex June 18, 2012, 11:36 am

      Thanks for confirming, Linda! I’d like to feature more monolithic homes this year.

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      • Linda June 29, 2012, 4:01 pm

        GREAT!!! I’d love to see more details Alex but I’d also love to be able to locate a builder. So far I’ve gotten some useful information on the internet except the ability to find a qualified builder AND initial costs.

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        • Alex June 30, 2012, 9:55 am

          It’s such a rare structure that I can see why it’s a challenge to find a builder. Maybe it’s easier if the structure you want is small enough to have it built and then ship it to your location?

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  • Linda June 18, 2012, 12:06 pm

    Also Alex, besides the huge savings on utilities, these monolithic homes are safe in F5 tornadoes, hurricanes and earthquakes! Living in “tornado alley” in MS and hurricane weather in AL – this is a most enticing feature for me.

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    • Alex June 30, 2012, 9:55 am

      Great point, Linda, thanks again!

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  • Mike Love June 29, 2012, 10:42 am

    Hey, poking around, I think I found a youtube video of your “miami dome” does this one have a porch on the far side… it looks really similar, especially those windows. It appears to be built in the manner of the eco-shelters by monolithic with foam added later.. seems the hard way to build compared to monolithic’s established outside to inside methods. Link repeated below : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipjIRApCSjc

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    • Alex June 30, 2012, 9:59 am

      Thanks, Mike, that video was a great find! I added it to the bottom of the post so others can easily see it, too. Thanks again!

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  • Stacy McAllister August 29, 2012, 9:44 am

    The design looks simple but cute! I am glad that I am learign about these houses and how are more advantages than contemporary ones – just image the possibilities!

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    • Alex September 6, 2012, 3:02 pm

      Thanks, Stacy, me too!

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