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Ceiling fans and windows ensure that the the dome is cool at all times, especially easy in these parts of temperate western Scotland. Most of the membrane's parts have an opaque finish and are UV resistant.
The homeowners are creative with kitchen storage: An overhead pan rack eliminates the need for below-counter cabinet space, and a small mobile island can be wheeled around to suit their needs. A pair of pendant lights adds interest and task lighting to the modular kitchen in case the natural light coming in from the transparent parts of the dome windows and membrane isn't enough.
The homeowners appreciate classic midcentury modern design — buying high-quality iconic pieces is their way of staying green. "We buy decor that will last a lifetime. We hunted some of the finest furniture made this century, and they now sit beautifully in the pods, with guests appreciating their quality as well as beauty," says Milligan.
This window looks directly out to islands in the southwest, so you can watch bad weather approaching 20 minutes before it actually hits the area. "One of the things that make the pods special is the idea of being protected no matter what the weather. You just get a feeling of calm within the dome even if it's storming outside," says Milligan.
Milligan and Meekin sometimes prefer to lounge in the cedar soaking tub, watching the eagles fish or the geese migrate south.
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All the curved cedar sheets used throughout the dome were sourced from the local forests, which are part of the Forest Stewardship Council. Natural spring water is heated by an exterior water boiler, and the water is sourced from a natural spring.
The separate shower stall, terry-cloth bathrobes and fresh towels add to the glam factor and assure that no one staying there really has to "rough it."
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