|It took two weeks for the ceiling of
the hallway to cure to the point that Monolithic considered completely safe.
During that time we worked in the new addition installing windows and doors
and sealing the shell interior with a primer coat of white paint.
||We had a very simple layout in mind;
a small wedge-shaped study on either side of the entry hall, leading to the
library/living room that would take up the majority of the new dome. The two
pipes set in the floor at left are conduits for electrical and data wiring
from the main house into the interior wall. The pipe at center will be a floor
plug in the middle of the main room.
|Unlike the main house, the interior
walls of the addition were framed with standard wood studs so that we could
have attic storage above the two studies and entry hall. The square opening,
center, in the study wall will become a shallow, lighted niche in the living
room wall to display a painting.
||The standard eight-foot ceilings
also gave us a handy place to run interior wiring.
|We added several custom touches to the
design. Instead of separating the living room from the studies with a flat
floor-to-dome-ceiling wall, we set the upper part of the wall back six inches
at the top of the study ceilings. This gave us a ledge which made the wall
look more interesting and gave us a place to run indirect track lighting.
||The two study doors were custom-framed
into oval shapes. This frame will be filled with an oval sliding door
to save space and make the rooms unique.