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February 28, 2013
Jonathan Wiggs/Globe staff
The ground provides insulation against sound and weather.
The home was built in 1986 and is energy efficient even today.
The couple’s utility bill runs $70 to $100 a month for electricity. Heat is generated by a wood stove.
The view from atop the home, which is built into the landscape.
Richard Shire’s home features skylights in the sod roof and an open floor plan.
June Shire was skeptical of a dome house at first, but now says she doesn't think she could live in a regular house.
The home is 3,400 square feet and is located on a 7-acre lot.
Richard Shire does most of the cooking in the modified kitchen or at the indoor grill.