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Old 07-22-2010, 03:41 PM
 
Location: Maryland
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Hi,

I live in the Washington, D.C. area, am about to retire somewhere south but not too south. I have always liked (the remaining) rural parts of Chesapeake, south of the Edinburgh Shopping Center. If I do intend to move down there, I want to have a custom home built on a decent-sized lot.

I know this makes me look weird, but I am interested in having one of those Monolithic Dome homes built. Would local government and/or locals hassle me to the point where this couldn't be accomplished?

I know such unique looking homes get stares and draw unwanted attention, but I don't like the cookie-cutter homes.
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Old 07-22-2010, 05:39 PM
 
Location: Va Beach
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No, not really, but just check out Chesapeakes' zoning laws first. You never know what weird law may still be in affect. I personally would love a home like that.
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Old 07-22-2010, 08:40 PM
 
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I wouldn't think it would be a problem, but do think about family, friends or caretakers before you move to this area.

This area has no mass transit, you will be car dependent. Chances are you won't be able to drive forever. Is it wise to move to an area to retire and be dependent on others in the future?
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Old 07-23-2010, 05:10 AM
 
Location: Chesapeake
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I don't believe you would have a problem, as long as you were not building in a neighborhood with a property owners association on covenants, but it sounds like you don't want to be in a neighborhood anyway. When you purchase a lot you have what is called a "Study Period" this is a time where you can do all your homework and make sure that you can build what you want to build.
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Old 08-10-2010, 06:43 PM
 
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I have worked with a very honest and dependable builder named Wes Paxton. He could probably answer or find out quickly the answer. He has done alot with concrete. I saw a really large house he built in Suffolk with Polysteel. You might look that up if you dont know what it is. I am a fan of concrete construction as well. He is one of the few I would trust in the area to attempt a monolithic dome because of his experience and background.
This is his email if you want
wapaxton@cox.net
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Old 06-07-2012, 08:10 PM
 
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Default Careful who you choose.

BEWARE...Wes Paxton of Paxton Construction Corporation in Chesapeake built my house and I find the construction he performed of very low quality. He had over 9 code violations. And the home is still not completed. I recommend you find another builder in the area. Good Luck and welcome to the area.
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