Cynthia thanks for the reply,
I have been very busy lately but have been using my little free time to continue learning about my local rental environment and the feasibility of domes. I have looked at public housing, apartments, duplexes, quadplexes, older homes built in the 50’s in need of renovation, mobile home parks, RV parks, long term residences (mostly converted old motels or upscale new ones), single family homes and considered domes as an alternative.
If I were going to build a lot of these domes together I don’t think I would build them in rows with the same color, size, and orientation. This would be like the concept of building homes in cookie cutter neighborhoods, houses built with similar layouts, color, size, on smaller plots of land. This may be more economical but it is not very desirable. Cramming more people into a smaller area doesn’t often make a better community.
Image if you will a free standing 314 square foot stick built home. It would look more like a shed/shack than a home. Not a very desirable looking place to live in. Domes are different. They can look more futuristic or even old and rustic. Domes can be designed to resemble bugs or built to resemble The Shire on Lord of the Rings. It is their quirkiness that makes them different. I think I would consider this quirkiness a great asset rather than a detriment.
Imagine again a dome community themed to resemble an Indian reservation or to look like pebbles in a water oasis. A community built to attract similar types of people or people in similar situation in their life.
The single parent family: A dome community built for a single parent with kids. A mini community built enclosed within a brightly colored concrete wall. No cars allowed on the inside of the wall for safety. Landscaping could consist of large blocks, and large numbers built on the ground and mushroom stools, your imagination is not bound here. A playground and open area. For the parents, peace of mind of the secure, safe environment, child sitting should be easier to come by. Kids would be more entertained by other kids near by and raising them would become more of a community effort. There should be less stress for the parent. The theme would stay intact because when a family grew or kids become older the domes would become too small. Thus, allowing new single parent families to move in with younger kids.
Senior citizens: A dome community built with the slower mobility of seniors in mind. Cars would be parked in covered areas as close as possible, similar to what I have seen online. Landscaping would consist of gardens and a covered area to meet for companionship. Domes and common areas connected by flat, wide, lighted walkways. This is similar to assisted living but each unit is its own individual residence.
College students: A dome community with its location of importance. This would be like off campus individual dorms. Landscaping would take the youthfulness of occupants in mind, volley ball, basketball and an open area for games. A covered common area for outdoor cooking and socializing could be included. Dorms could have internet or the entire area could have wi/fi. Residents would have to be enrolled in school or some kind of training classes.
Single parent with kids, senior citizens, and youth usually don’t make the best tenants but domes are easily repaired if needed and the sense of community keeps a lot of things in check that aren’t normally considered in building.
Other themes could be Eco village, artist colony, disabled, veterans, homeless housing, (sponsored by the community, churches and government), and long term vacation homes in some areas, etc
This is all made possible by the quirkiness of the small dome, safe, energy efficient and long term durability.
The purpose may have been to provide low rent housing but the result would be mini communities fulfilling a need.
Build these unique mini communities where zoning allows and I believe their success and popularity should convince politicians to rethink their zoning and building codes. It is beyond my capability to persuade government entities to change but through the power of the masses they will.
A win for the owner, a win for the resident, a win for the community, a win for the government.
Again my two or three cents worth…