This one is a bit of a stretch for most people, but it's still a pretty good deal
Here's a photo
of a small dome home with a garage.
Dome Homes are a pretty cool way to build a home. They are strong, quiet, energy-efficient, low-maintenance, and fairly easy to build. They are a non-standard design and are not for everyone, but if you're interested in building (either DIY or through a contractor), you can get a lot of nice benefits. These dome homes are from American Ingenuity, Inc. and are a geodesic design made from prefab triangle EPS panels and come in 22' to 60' designs (521 sq feet to 5,180 sq feet). The standard design is advertised to withstand 250mph winds, 90-pound snow loads, and 9.0 earthquakes. They've gone through Katrina, Andrew, earthquakes, etc. with good results.
The downsides are SAP (spouse acceptance factor), weird layout inside, and difficulty selling it down the road (not many people want to live in a bubble). But I think these would be cool for a vacation home/second home/cabin if you're not interested in them as a primary residence. Bonus points for zombie apocalypse/survivalist/end-of-days scenarios
In my research, these are the best domes I've come across. My neighbor has a dome for his garage and it's pretty cool. The sale starts at just above $10k, so it's a pretty affordable way to start building something neat!
Photo - Exterior Gallery: http://www.aidomes.com/index.php?opt...d=9&Itemid=431
Photo - Interior Gallery: http://www.aidomes.com/index.php?opt...d=8&Itemid=430
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