If Fred Flintstone and Bilbo Baggins were roomies, this crazy stone dome home would be their perfect abode. Located just outside of Eugene, Oregon, the unique structure – which is currently on the market for $175,000 – was originally buried under soil and it has eight round rooms naturally lit by skylights. The interior comes complete with stone tables, reclaimed wood flooring, and Celtic artwork painted on the walls.
The 1,826 square feet home was built in 1988 by Bob Adams, pastor of the adjacent Lorane Christian Church, and his wife, Vicki. Designed by Eugene architect Richard Britz, the home was originally covered in plastic and buried under soil as a way to regulate temperature, but is now just partially sheltered by the surrounding landscape. As far as materials, Adams used a number of repurposed materials in its construction such as reclaimed wood from a local gymnasium.
At the time of construction, building codes required homes to have a heat source, so Adams installed electric baseboard heaters. However, the interior temperature rarely dropped below or rose above a comfy 68 degrees so heating or air conditioner is rarely necessary. “You could live in that house, in that Lane County climate, and not burn a watt of electricity, as far as heating is concerned,” Adams explained.
In addition to needing scant electricity, the home, which sits on almost an acre of property, has the potential to be completely off-grid. Various 6-foot-diameter domed skylights were installed in the ceiling to provide natural light and natural ventilation is possible thanks to multiple windows.
Nolan Scheid purchased the home 13 years ago from foreclosure and has used it for housing guests or just for quiet space ever since. However, the family has recently put it on the market, making it clear that it does need some work to make it a real home, even for ambitious off-gridders. Although the structure is technically complete with running water, it would need some extra wiring work to create a workable electric system. Additionally, the home has been damaged by rain falling through the open skylights over the years, so repairs would definitely be necessary. “It has a long ways to go,” owner Nolan Scheid said. “This is not your standard paint-it-and-be-done kind of house.”