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The Classes I Realized Whereas Setting Up A Geodome Airbnb Glamp Web site Half 1 – Whitney Hansen

So, How Troublesome Is It To Set Up A Geodome Glamp Web site?

For the previous six months, my associate, Tony, and I’ve been engaged on a Geodome within the Cascade mountains of Idaho. We determined we wished to check out whether or not we may earn cash by providing a singular Airbnb keep.

For at present’s episode, we’re going to share our findings by means of this expertise to this point.

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Getting My Accomplice On Board With The Concept

Tony and I are very totally different folks, and so after I determined I wished to dive into this venture, it took some convincing.

The second he lastly was satisfied was once we have been touring the property, and he may envision the thought.

“I felt like this was one of many best methods for us to get into actual property – property possession – and earn cash off of it.”


I watched the property for a couple of 12 months and determined to make a full-price supply: $34,000 for about an acre of land.

Why A Geodome?

When deciding what sort of distinctive keep we wished to tackle, we needed to contemplate what sort of land we had. We purchased uncooked land, which implies it had no energy, no working water, no improvement.

At first, I had imagined constructing a small cabin, however after trying on the prices, it was going to be manner too costly.

After doing a little analysis, I got here throughout geodomes. I checked out what is obtainable within the space, and I noticed there have been already some yurts up for hire (once more, taking the distinctive keep perspective), so we determined a geodome was one of the best ways to go.

Strategy of Getting ready Cascade Dome

This complete technique of creating our land has been an enormous puzzle-solving course of.

(Take a look at our course of to this point on Instagram @CascadeDome).

I’m positively an enormous DIY particular person, whereas Tony just isn’t a lot, however we make it work! He’s been serving to me with every part that we’ve needed to work on – dug an enormous hearth pit, chiseled out rocks, ready the land for the deck, together with eliminating tree roots.

First Lesson

“All the things takes longer than you assume.”

We thought we may get this property prepared inside two months.

We underestimated the money and time it could take to get this venture up and working.

Plenty of our prices are costlier than we thought they might be. For instance, lumber costs have risen just lately, so it prices us extra now than it could’ve possibly even six months in the past.

Heads up: To get constructing allowing (within the space we’re in a minimum of), you must have structural engineering. Be certain that to test what your state and/or location requires.

Fortunately, Pacific Domes is taking good care of our dome wants. Nonetheless, whereas we have been getting the deck found out, structural engineering, constructing permits, we additionally had to determine get our future guests safely to our dome on our property. So we constructed stairs. We’ve by no means made stairs earlier than, so we let Youtube be our information.

Second Lesson

Be versatile.

“Don’t be married to this good thought or imaginative and prescient of what it ought to be.”


Tony and I’ve needed to alter our plans in accordance with our property’s wants. I counsel anyone taking up a venture like this to be versatile with their planning and roll with the punches.

Third Lesson

Take into consideration what sells.

Based on my good friend Kristie Wolfe, a fellow Airbnb tremendous host, properties with saunas generate 8x extra income. To take heed to my podcast episode with Kristie, click on right here. If you wish to see the weblog publish, click on right here.

Fortunately, I had Brent Gentling’s BYOT channel to learn to construct the sauna from the bottom as much as create our sauna. To take heed to my podcast episode with Brent, click on right here. If you happen to moderately learn the weblog publish, click on right here.

Fourth Lesson

“It’s superb to see what you possibly can accomplish by means of Youtube, a bit little bit of hustle and grind, and creativity.”

It’s an bold venture, and I’m so pleased we took this venture on.

Fifth Lesson

Prioritize your security.

While you’re taking up an bold venture (comparable to this one), ensure to take your breaks. Don’t overwork your self to the purpose the place you’re getting sloppy along with your work. Work exhausting however know once you’ve labored sufficient to keep away from accidents.

Why Are We Doing This

After working some numbers, if every part pans out easily on a yearly foundation, it ought to generate from $35k-$55k.

To take heed to this podcast episode, click on beneath.

In Conclusion

Tony and I’ve discovered so much by means of this new endeavor. It’s bold and therefore, loads of work. Nevertheless, it proves that anyone can tackle no matter they set their minds to.

Earlier than taking up a venture like this, there are a lot of issues to think about, so ensure to look into your state’s laws about constructing permits, count on issues to take longer and value greater than anticipated, be versatile along with your plans, and be protected.

Subsequent week, we’ll dive additional into this course of, so ensure to remain tuned.

Till subsequent time!



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