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Geodesic Homes May Not Be Trendy, But Here's Why You Should Love Them Anyway

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Sure, everyone's heard of Cape Cod homes, ranches, A-frame houses, McMansions and the like, but there's one style of home that isn't quite as trendy and we're about to tell you why it should be.

Enter, geodesic homes.

Known for their rugged, dome-like design, geodesic homes were invented by American architect R. Buckminster Fuller, who, according to the Buckminster Fuller Institute, "spent much of the 20th century looking for ways to improve human shelter." His vision would rise to popularity with 1960s and 1970s and become more widely known as "dome homes."

And while the comfortable, efficient and futuristic structures have not quite reached '60s-level success, here are the reasons we think they should keep these homes on your radar still.

1. They're aesthetically appealing.

While they may be a bit (okay, very) unconventional, geodisic homes offer a futuristic look that's guaranteed to be the most unique home on the block.

2. They use minimum materials for the maximum amount of space.

Forget inconvenient support beams and cramped quarters. Because of their curved walls and ceiling, these dwellings use about a third less surface area to enclose the same volume as a traditional home.

3. They're energy efficient.

Because of their spherical design and minimal surface area, dome homes are less susceptible to cold temperatures in the winter and heat in the summer, and they rarely experience radiant heat loss. On average, the net annual energy savings for a geodesic homeowner is 30 percent lower than occupants of rectangular houses.

4. They offer protection from the elements.

Hurricanes and earthquakes are no match for the dome. Granted, not every geodesic home is as sturdy as Florida's "Super Dome," which can withstand winds over 300 miles per hour before experiencing damage, but they do offer significant protective benefits nonetheless.

5. They're a DIY-lovers dream.

Some basic versions of the homes come in lightweight, color-coded kits that can be assembled in a few days time with some simple tools, a little elbow grease and maybe help from friends. But if you're not ready for the manual labor, these guys can do it for you.

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