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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 needed to check out whether or not we might generate profits by providing a singular Airbnb keep.

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

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Distinctive house hosts have earned $3 million globally. The distinctive market is the best way to go in the case of short-term leases.

Getting My Associate On Board With The Concept

Tony and I are very totally different folks, and so once I determined I needed to dive into this mission, it took some convincing.

The second he lastly was satisfied was after we had been touring the property, and he might envision the thought.

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


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

Why A Geodome?

When deciding what kind of distinctive keep we needed to tackle, we needed to take into account 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 wanting on the prices, it was going to be means 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.

Means of Making ready Cascade Dome

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

(Try our course of to this point on Instagram @CascadeDome).

I’m undoubtedly a giant DIY particular person, whereas Tony will not be a lot, however we make it work! He’s been serving to me with all the things that we’ve needed to work on – dug a giant fireplace pit, chiseled out rocks, ready the land for the deck, together with eliminating tree roots.

First Lesson

“Every thing takes longer than you suppose.”

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

We underestimated the money and time it might take to get this mission up and working.

A number of our prices are costlier than we thought they might be. For instance, lumber costs have risen not too long ago, so it prices us extra now than it might’ve perhaps even six months in the past.

Heads up: To get constructing allowing (within the space we’re in at the very least), it’s a must to have structural engineering. Be sure to examine what your state and/or location requires.

Fortunately, Pacific Domes is taking good care of our dome wants. Nonetheless, whereas we had been getting the deck found out, structural engineering, constructing permits, we additionally had to determine the way to 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 excellent thought or imaginative and prescient of what it needs to be.”


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

Third Lesson

Take into consideration what sells.

In accordance with my pal Kristie Wolfe, a fellow Airbnb tremendous host, properties with saunas generate 8x extra income. To hearken 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 discover ways to construct the sauna from the bottom as much as create our sauna. To hearken to my podcast episode with Brent, click on right here. In case you slightly learn the weblog publish, click on right here.

Fourth Lesson

“It’s superb to see what you’ll be able to accomplish by Youtube, slightly little bit of hustle and grind, and creativity.”

It’s an formidable mission, and I’m so comfortable we took this mission on.

Fifth Lesson

Prioritize your security.

Whenever you’re taking up an formidable mission (equivalent to this one), be certain that to take your breaks. Don’t overwork your self to the purpose the place you’re getting sloppy together with your work. Work laborious however know if you’ve labored sufficient to keep away from accidents.

Why Are We Doing This

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

To hearken to this podcast episode, click on under.

In Conclusion

Tony and I’ve discovered lots by this new endeavor. It’s formidable and therefore, a whole lot of work. Nonetheless, it proves that anyone can tackle no matter they set their minds to.

Earlier than taking up a mission like this, there are lots of issues to contemplate, so be certain that to look into your state’s laws about constructing permits, anticipate issues to take longer and price greater than anticipated, be versatile together with your plans, and be secure.

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

Till subsequent time!


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