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Tiny Monolithic Dome Homes

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Back in 2010, I discovered these tiny, monolithic dome homes and I shared them with you right here in this very article. Now, more than ten years later, I think they’re still pretty cool! How about you?

If you ask me, they sure make for an interesting tiny house solution. And they can be built much bigger, too! That means they can have a variety of purposes like to build and used as homes, duplexes, vacation rentals, affordable housing, micro villages, but they can also even be used as storage facilities, manufacturing facilities, churches, schools, garages, or just storage. Pretty interesting, right? Anyway, here they are in all their glory. Enjoy!

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Tiny Monolithic Dome Homes!

transportable monolithic homes

Images via Monolithic.org

Going inside this tiny monolithic dome home to uncover the floor plan, what do you think so far?

monolithic home interior

Here’s a look at the front door, after you’ve walked inside. You can also see the tiny little kitchenette. Not a chef’s kitchen by any means, but I suppose it works.

monolithic dome home kitchen

To the bedroom we go, with its own window and air conditioner. And that’s about it! What do you think of the place? Do you like it, dislike it? Why? Let’s hear it below!

monolithic dome home bedroom

Images via Monolithic.org

For more information on these great little dome homes, please visit the builder at Monolithic.org. Their website provides lots of information, pictures and videos. Also be sure to visit this post to see how these dome homes can be used to build multi-family housing units like duplexes, fourplexes, and the like.

Would you consider using a monolithic dome like this as a housing solution on your own property? Would you rent or buy a home like this if it were available and affordable? Just curious! Let us know and let’s talk about it in the comments. Thanks!🙏

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  • Kat
    December 22, 2011, 11:36 am

    OMG!! I am in love with this! This is the cutest thing! Domes always seemed to large, but this is fantastic!! ~Kat

    • Alex
      January 19, 2012, 10:15 am

      I so agree, Kat. I’ve always seen them as too big, but this is perfect and probably very affordable just not “normal”.

  • Mary Hollinger
    January 19, 2012, 8:47 am

    This is the answer to housing all over the world. It is definitely the answer to homelessness! And a great answer for people after a major natural disaster. But also, it would be great for retirement housing. Better than mobile homes. I really like monolithic domes, large or small!

    • Alex
      January 19, 2012, 10:14 am

      Thank you, Mary, glad that you liked it. I’m impressed by domes too, especially these small ones. I’m all for affordable housing that makes sense.. I love Habitat for Humanity but lots of times, they put families into homes where they end up struggling. Smaller makes so much sense for those in poverty, etc. Makes for a happier, richer life most times.

  • Scott
    May 8, 2012, 5:48 pm

    This is Exactly what I was hoping to do. So COOL!

    • Alex
      August 19, 2014, 4:22 pm

      Glad you liked it Scott! Thanks!

  • gus
    November 8, 2012, 12:29 pm

    can you email me info on how your houseing has done in northern spaces? as i work above the 53 par. in manitoba canada and we could use this size houseing all over the north so more info please

  • Andrew
    August 19, 2014, 3:40 pm

    Can you advise what insulation these have if any?
    Also how much do they cost?

  • Dawn
    October 11, 2014, 3:39 pm

    Very interesting! Alex, thank you for bringing us such a wide variety of housing options.

  • Cynthia
    October 11, 2014, 4:17 pm

    We are from Texas and you can go to the city of Italy (you will be corrected if you don’t pronounce it It-lee) and see a big monolithic community there with homes just like in this photo. Also years ago they advertised a way to own your own community and have a business with these homes. I was amazed to see their community the last time I was in TX and they have nice streets, paved walkways, etc. I believe these are or were being used for affordable rentals but the uses are endless! Loved the look of that community when we last saw it which has been a few years. Going back to live in TX in 2015 and hopefully it will be in a tiny house. Yahoo! You can see and read about these at http://www.monolithic.org. I didn’t realize how many cities this program is in and all the uses. Really worth a look. Thanks Alex for letting me think about things that once were close to home and will be again. Love Tiny House Talk.

  • Bill
    October 11, 2014, 9:01 pm

    Hey Alex,
    These kind of remind me of a building I saw erected once by inflating a (wet-not set) concrete type fabric…so the idea was to inflate it ,let it harden then cut holes and windows,,,Would have been (and May HAVE been ) quite a boon in Haiti or other troubled natural disaster areas…this makes me think of those structures…

  • Ann
    February 16, 2015, 12:12 pm

    How much are these monolithic homes?

  • Kay
    September 7, 2015, 4:20 pm

    I have daydreamed for years about building an oval monolthic home. However now that I am older and widowed I started looking at tiny houses to help beat the utility, taxes, and maintenance thief. I am currently living in about 400 sq ft of a 2200 home. Then it dawned om that I could do a tiny dome. Ihave began looking for resources to get designed. Wish me luck.

  • Jay
    May 3, 2016, 8:00 pm

    Kay, how is your dome home construction coming along? Alex, I think it would be a great endeavor for Habitat for Humanity to get into dome construction, which is supposed to be about the same cost for construction as a conventional home. The savings come later with energy efficiency and virtually no resources spent on repairs. Longevity is measured in centuries. This is mostly according to monolithic.org website.

  • Clyde F. Lewis
    February 6, 2018, 12:54 pm

    I myself love these domes and have been studying them for over 20 years. If I had my way, I’d have a 40 ft dome for the kitchen/dining and living room, a 30 ft dome for garage/shop and 2 – 20 ft domes for separate bedrooms with bathrooms and all of them would be earth-bermed if not buried. At least with the house buried undeground, the Jehova’s Witless will have a hard time finding me. ( Sorry Mom ) 😉

  • Rachel
    August 17, 2019, 4:30 pm

    I’m missing something. Can I buy a pre-made home like this and have it delivered? TY

    • dome dweller
      October 6, 2019, 11:24 am

      Hi Rachel, We’ve had 2 domes since 2000, an AI and a monolythic. Some domes can be delivered but if you are anywhere with a need for heat or cooling you’d do far better (financially and for carbon footprint) with a standard monolithic built onsite. When I bought my 2nd, an oval monolithic, the heater went out. Our windchill at the time was -3 and we were completely comfortable for 19 days while our new soapstone wood stove was being built and shipped from NH. The dome is 2000 sf and we never had or needed AC in the NM desert! Our temp range was from single digits in winter to 100+ in summer. A monolithic can be built for about 1/2 of a conventional dwelling and we got by with a cord of wood for heat a year. Our utilities paid out were only for lights and gas to heat water and cook. Because concrete and steel domes are fireproof, our insurance was < $200 per year. We saved a bundle! We are now moving and will be building another.

  • Alex Bowman
    August 24, 2020, 6:30 pm

    These look great! I kind of wish that I’d come across this when I was looking for a dome home. I like the kit that I got from simpleterra.com, but I really like the looks of these.

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