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The Sassafras Dome Earth Home w/ Breathtaking Views

This remarkable dome home is built at the top of a cliff in the Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee. The build took place as part of DIY’s “Building Off-Grid,” and now you can enjoy the home too!

It has a large living/kitchen area and a luxurious bedroom, both connected by a bathroom. The outdoor space is even cooler, with a rock fire pit on the main level, and then a special ledge on the cliff where you can bathe in a stone tub. What do you think?

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“Underground” Home Built on a Cliff!

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An epic rock fire pit gives you a place to hang out.

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Here’s the winding path to the cottage.

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There are two main dome areas.

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Tons of space to relax in living room.

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You can open the big windows and take in the views.

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The kitchen features a gorgeous copper sink.

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The bedroom is off the bathroom.

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This is the “faucet” to the outdoor tub.

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It’s a stone tub! So cool.

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Another look at the tub.

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And here’s the balcony view from the tub area.

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An aerial shot of the home on the cliff.

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We are close to everything, but away from it all. Setting at the top of a rock cliff overlooking an old rock quarry pond. This place is truly unique. Not to mention the fact that you are in a super posh underground dome earth house. This is a place to “unplug” and relax and do nothing. Set outside by the pond and relax by the outdoor gas firepit or enjoy the outdoor spa, a stone soaking tub.

The Sassafras is part of a 34 acre wedding venue and retreat known as Waterstone. Also on the property is 2 additional Artisan structures available to rent: The Bostonian and The Greek Cottage. Each one is full of Character and charm. We love having repeat guest that want to try them all out. We value design that compliments nature and fits in to natural surroundings. The Sassafras and The Greek Cottage were featured on DIY’s “Building off the Grid” Check out all the construction details and watch our family on TV.

House has a Stove Top, Microwave, Keurig, Air-Fryer, Fridge/Freezer. Starter toilet paper, paper towels, toiletries; shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and lotion.

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.

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  • Donna Rae
    January 23, 2024, 12:36 am

    Wow! The scenery and exterior are FABULOUS! I could look at those views for days! It’s definitely a unique structure of amazing design but I have to admit that, for me, the interior was very cold. Still very unique and wonderful but the refrigerator white walls with the ice blue chairs gave me a shiver. It looked like the walls in the kitchen were a pale cool gray, too. Please know that I realize that the colors appear differently on different monitors and that time of day can all affect the appearance of color in photos so my opinion is only based on what these photos show. Because of the unique design, it is difficult to put artwork on the walls so that option of warming up the place isn’t really a viable option. And plants are out if it is a rental because of the care they would need. There are many people who would truly love the coolness of the interior. I’m just someone who enjoys warmer, creamier colors. Greens, purples, off-white, teals and such. Overall, though, I would say it would be a very different experience to stay here and if you spent most of your time outside, it would be gorgeous! Architecturally unique and dynamic!

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