Dennis Odin Johnson has been designing, manufacturing and building environmentally green homes and dome homes since 1971. His company, Natural Spaces Domes, is one of the leading manufacturers of geodesic dome homes in the world. During his nearly 40 years of building domes, one of his major focuses has been educating and promoting the green aspect and environmental sustainability of dome homes as well as all home designs in general.
What exactly is a Dome Home?
In an interview with Planet Green TV, architect and designer, Dennis Odin Johnson, reshapes our idea of a home. Located in North Branch, Minnesota, Bear Creek Dome is “energy efficient and gives you the most amount of space for the least amount of material”. For more than 30 years, Natural Spaces Domes has been building “green” dome homes that provide both the comfort of a normal home, as well as the satisfaction of helping keep the earth clean.
Best of all, Johnson points out that people don’t have to give up any comforts or luxuries that come with living in a normal home. Bear Creek Dome is actually quite spacious despite its appearance. The Dome has enough room for multiple bedrooms, a large kitchen, living room, dining room, office, and an entertainment area.
Nowadays, people are readily choosing to drive environmentally friendly vehicles, and wear “green” clothing, so it’s seem natural for eco-friendly homes to be the next step. We would be giving up little, if anything, if all new homes were built in this fashion, plus we would be ensuring that something is being done to preserve our environment for future generations to come. Dennis’ philosophy is rather revolutionary: if we invest in a greener existence today, we will live better tomorrow.
Bear Creek Dome, beyond having a unique shape, is more functional than a normal box home. Based on the geodesic dome, made popular in the 1950?s, Bear Creek Dome is 49-feet in diameter, and the spherical design of the home provides enough strength to withstand earthquakes and 200 mph winds. The Dome Homes are cleaner and healthier for the environment and humans alike. The dome shape uses 60% less structural material than a box home. Homes made by Natural Spaces are energy efficient, and all of the building materials used are as natural as possible. Dome homes are also healthier for families, as the panels are toxin and draft-free.