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Offline Eddie

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Texas Domestead for Sale
« on: December 18, 2014, 08:50:59 AM »
Possibly of interest to Big Dome Guys.

Cheap, cheap, cheap. And its a nice old dome, albeit small. Nice gardens.



http://www.austinhomesearch.com/homes-for-sale/11706-White-Rim-Ter-Jonestown-TX-78645-138600734

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Re: Texas Domestead for Sale
« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2014, 09:17:16 AM »
Not sure if you can see, might need to zoom, but it's close to this giant nature preserve that will never be developed.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/11706+White+Rim+Terrace,+Jonestown,+TX+78645/@30.5179264,-97.9878444,10z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x865b2faee33e0f29:0xbcd788f51576ad4
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Re: Texas Domestead for Sale
« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2014, 09:21:17 AM »
It's yours?
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Re: Texas Domestead for Sale
« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2014, 09:23:42 AM »
No, no no! I just noticed it for sale today. It is tempting. Just 17 miles from the office.
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Re: Texas Domestead for Sale
« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2014, 09:25:40 AM »
Not sure if you can see, might need to zoom, but it's close to this giant nature preserve that will never be developed.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/11706+White+Rim+Terrace,+Jonestown,+TX+78645/@30.5179264,-97.9878444,10z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x865b2faee33e0f29:0xbcd788f51576ad4

Close to a big city, in a state that has plenty of energy, and people with guns and pickup trucks that can get to the location easily.

Not really a doom stead. Maybe a nice hunting/fishing cabin?
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Re: Texas Domestead for Sale
« Reply #5 on: December 18, 2014, 09:30:11 AM »
Whswoo! I was wondering what would motivate such a sell off if it were yours.

Just out of curiosity... how far is it from your own doomstead?

... is there a dome on yours?

... are these domes common round there?

... are the common (in general)?
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Re: Texas Domestead for Sale
« Reply #6 on: December 18, 2014, 09:32:20 AM »
It's not a fortress, but it has what most people need. Very efficient structure, gardens, large water storage. It's close to the city but also on the edge of nowhere, basically. Very rugged terrain. Lake to the south, rugged hills to the north and west.

Not on any zombie flight paths.

If I bought it I'd rent it out to some very lucky person, at least for the moment. It would make a nice fishing cabin, except I already have one, on a better lake. Travis is a great lake when it rains, but it's still quite low, for now.

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Re: Texas Domestead for Sale
« Reply #7 on: December 18, 2014, 09:37:42 AM »
I asked how close it was to your plot of land because I wondered if it was close enough to constitute part of some sort of community of which you may like to be a part....
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Re: Texas Domestead for Sale
« Reply #8 on: December 18, 2014, 09:40:46 AM »
The domes are not common, but there are a few around this area. I've been thinking about building one on my place. Several of us from the diner spent a week last spring studying design/build stuff on this type of structure. That's why I posted it.

The design is by David South. He has a 30,000 page website.

http://www.monolithic.org/

It's arguably the most durable, easiest to heat and cool structure ever designed.

The dome I linked to is about 39 miles from my country place.

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Re: Texas Domestead for Sale
« Reply #9 on: December 18, 2014, 09:42:31 AM »
So not close enough for what you were thinking, James.
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Re: Texas Domestead for Sale
« Reply #10 on: December 18, 2014, 10:00:35 AM »
Hmm. Too bad.

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Are some of these domes constructed of Pumice-Crete?

I don't know much about the engineering properties of this material.  But I thought you might know.

Cement is energy intensive to make, of course. But if the lifetime energy performance of the building were just so, these buildings could rate well even with high embodied energy inputs.

Also, it appears the domes are good (safer) shelter in earthquake and tornado zones.
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Re: Texas Domestead for Sale
« Reply #11 on: December 18, 2014, 10:20:03 AM »
I spent a good bit of time discussing the embedded energy point with David myself.

The thing is that these buildings use far less concrete for their size than conventional structures.

They should be considered green structures, but in the way builders and engineers think of green. Just like a green conventional house uses materials like OSB, the dome uses concrete and foam...but in a different way than a conventional concrete structure.

These domes are built from inflated fabric shells. Typically, the shell is inflated, then the interior is sprayed with foam insulation. Then shotcrete is applied to the foam on the inside.

This results in a building with a lot of thermal mass (good)...but with the insulation OUTSIDE the thermal mass (better).  And they are hurricane proof, and actually even bomb proof, literally.
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Re: Texas Domestead for Sale
« Reply #12 on: December 18, 2014, 10:27:08 AM »
David has a vision of this type of building solving the problem of affordable housing for poor working people. And he is actually doing something about it. He has several proven dome rental communities up and functioning. All his tenants are either retired or working low wage jobs...and they love the concept. He always has a waiting list of people wanting to move in.

And his model doesn't require Section 8 money from the government to make it work.

http://www.domeliving.com/communities
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