Why Isn't Everybody Living In A Monolithic Dome Home?

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So, why isn't everyone living in a monolithic dome home? Perhaps the uniqueness of a monolithic dome home might actually be a strike against it. Humans tend to gravitate toward the familiar. We don't like our comfort items to be new or unusual.

David South is co founder of Monolithic Dome Institute. He has been building dome homes for almost thirty years. "It's a fashion thing, no one wants to be first."

"You and I both know that today's world isn't quite like it used to be back in the 50s and 60s," David continues. "I swear it used to just blow my mind--if one hemline went up a half an inch, everyone's hemlines went up a half an inch. But now no one raises their hemlines until someone else does it first. You can invent the coolest things in the world and no one will want them until someone else has them. You have to go out and sell them. Nobody wants to be first, I'm just amazed at that."

Homebuyers don't want to become known as "the crazy guy who lives in a concrete igloo at the end of the block." David says, "I could build a church that would seat 10,000 people and someone will come along and say, 'Boy, I'd like to have an indoor football arena that will seat 6000 people.' Well, this building we just put the seats in has everything you want. And then the comment is, 'Yeah, but I don't want to be first.' There's a lot of that."

Domes have been, and continue to be, on a slow, steady rise in popularity. David says "Our biggest customers over the years have come from the bulk storage, cement storage and fertilizer storage industries--companies that need to store ship loads of silica sand or something like that. The economics are just so great that they had to buy them. Then we started to design buildings, and we do get quite a few searches on that. And we do a few schools, but schools are difficult to sell because the funding system is against them.

"As far as housing, I built a few houses early on, but it wasn't until 1990 that I really made the push to start teaching people how to build houses. And of course, now that's picking up. Last year I think we sold 100 houses. "

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