After spending the past few years fighting to get a building permit for their dream aircrete dome home, things are getting very busy for Cath and Liz Wild at Elysian Falls in Flaxton.
Their dream home comprises eight arches and four interconnecting aircrete domes. The largest dome has a 7m diameter and 4.6m peak. Its organic shape blends perfectly with the lush rainforest and valley views below.
Aircrete bricks are a DIY alternative to hebel brick, made using a precise foamy mixture of air bubbles and cement. The build requires about 4500 bricks, and Cath and Liz can make about 200 from a day’s pour. They started making the bricks in January, so things are really starting to take shape.
“What makes aircrete dome building so exciting and unique is its excellent sound and thermal insulation properties, as well as it being water-resistant, fire-proof, cyclone-proof, super low cost and very DIY friendly,” Cath says.
Liz adds: “The best part about this build has been connecting to the amazing ‘domie’ community.”
This is the first aircrete dome structure to have council build approval in Australia. The Wilds hope their building can be a precedent to help other ‘domies’ make their dream homes.
Follow their progress on the ‘Aircrete Dome Elysian Falls’ Facebook page.