Down the grime Street to Distress within the picturesque seaside city of Kennebunkport, a grey home is nestled between ledge outcroppings, subsequent to an idyllic pasture the place bluebirds nest.
The home, which seems in present actual property listings, isn’t like every other in the marketplace.
It’s a one-of-a-kind monolithic dome, formed considerably like a bowler hat, hand-built in 2003 by Maine sculptor Daphne Pulsifer and her household in 2003.
And it’s on the market for $690,000, together with the 43 acres that encompass it.
As for the ominous identify of that highway the place it sits, which could give a potential purchaser pause, it’s only a household joke that at all times elicits laughter, stated Pulsifer, as a result of driving down it brings you the other of distress. It brings you to “your individual magical place.”
The home could also be in contrast to something most people have seen in Maine, however the story of the way it got here to be is easy, Pulsifer stated.
Her husband, Daniel Bates, dreamt of constructing a concrete dome. Once they purchased the land in 2000, they determined it was the proper place to comprehend that dream and construct a household retreat for themselves and their six kids.
They turned to Monolithic Domes in Italy, Texas, for recommendation about designing and constructing their very own dome. In accordance with the corporate, a monolithic dome is a super-insulated, steel-reinforced, thin-shelled concrete construction. It’s an energy-efficient kind, the corporate’s web site says, constructed worldwide for residential, industrial and industrial makes use of.
That kind of building was new to Kennebunkport, however Pulsifer and Bates labored with the city – together with a code officer who Pulsifer stated took a particular curiosity in distinctive buildings – to get by way of the allowing course of. They designed the house to be as energy-efficient as potential, with an off-grid photovoltaic electrical system and self-contained utilities.
When it was time to construct, the entire household realized the best way to cling rebar and blend concrete. They used bushes from the property for the entire beams and posts. They collected branches to create inside railings. Pulsifer and Bates made a big pot hanger that runs alongside the curved wall of the kitchen, to offer that house underneath the dome definition. Pulsifer realized the best way to make porcelain tiles, which she laid across the fire and throughout a lot of the flooring.
Puslifer, who creates forged bronze sculptures of individuals and animals in her studio on Monhegan Island, stated she thinks of the do-it-yourself home in Kennebunkport as her largest sculpture. She stated she designed concrete cabinets to enhance the spaciousness of the dome and constructed niches to showcase art work and the household’s private treasures.
“It’s the sort of mission as an artist that you just put rather a lot into when it comes to design,” she stated.
However what’s it like to truly reside in?
“You come into this place and really feel prefer it embraces you,” Pulsifer stated.
Josephine Energy, a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Realty, has by no means earlier than listed something just like the dome home. When she first bought the itemizing, she stated, she referred to as an actual property agent in one other state who had offered a treehouse, to get some recommendation promoting a nontraditional residence.
“That is undoubtedly essentially the most distinctive property I’ve ever listed,” she stated. Up to now, potential consumers have remarked on the brightness and open really feel of the house, which was maybe a bit sudden in a dome of concrete.
Since itemizing the property 4 months in the past, Energy has had “a lot of curiosity,” she stated, from folks searching for a novel residence with a lot of land.
It could take a particular purchaser to see the entire dome’s charms. Pulsifer is aware of them properly: Even after she sells the property, she and her household will assume again fondly on their time collectively underneath the dome, enjoying video games within the woods and having picnics on the ledges that dot the land.
“All of us will at all times keep in mind these issues as very, very particular,” she stated.