It may be situated on the ominously named Road to Misery, but this off-grid dome house in the coastal town of Kennebunkport, Maine, sits on nearly 43 acres of picturesque woods. "I think of this home as my largest sculpture, and from the beginning we designed it with the satisfaction of knowing we were fulfilling our dream," says Daphne Pulsifer, who built the residence with her partner, Daniel, in 2003.
"This type of construction process was very new to Kennebunkport at the time, but with Daniel’s determination and my design, we navigated the permitting process and quickly began work on the site," says Daphne.
Initially, construction began as a family endeavor. The couple's youngest children learned building skills while their oldest son, Orca, oversaw the concrete admixture. "Later, we relied on his expertise when it was time to complete the electrical and plumbing work," adds Daphne. "The Monolithic Dome Institute, in Italy, Texas, was also an extremely helpful resource."
The duo sought to make the property as energy-efficient as possible and invested in an off-grid photovoltaic electrical system, which they recently upgraded. "We now have more power than ever coming from the sun," says Daphne. "We love solar power!"
Throughout the years, the family has meticulously maintained the home, which offers nearly 1,500 square feet of space. In addition to large living areas connected via an open floor plan, the dwelling also features three bedrooms, one bath, an office area, and an abundance of charm.
"Every part of the dome has special features that have been considered and designed specifically for this home," says Daphne. "For example, all of the beams and posts were made from trees Daniel cut off the land." The couple also collected branches from the site and fitted them as interior railings. Scroll ahead to see more of the residence, now listed for $690,000.
34 Road To Misery in Kennebunkport, Maine, is currently listed for $690,000 by Josephine Power of Coldwell Banker Realty.
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