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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 generate income by providing a novel Airbnb keep.

For right now’s episode, we’re going to share our findings by way of this expertise to date.

In keeping with analysis, from the years 2019-2021, distinctive house searches have elevated 94%.

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

Getting My Companion On Board With The Concept

Tony and I are very completely different individuals, and so once I determined I wished to dive into this mission, 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 generate income 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 sort of distinctive keep we wished to tackle, we needed to think about 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 method 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 the easiest way to go.

Strategy of Making ready Cascade Dome

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

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

I’m undoubtedly a giant DIY particular person, whereas Tony isn’t a lot, however we make it work! He’s been serving to me with every little thing 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 part takes longer than you suppose.”

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

We underestimated the money and time it might take to get this mission 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 might’ve possibly even six months in the past.

Heads up: To get constructing allowing (within the space we’re in not less than), you need to have structural engineering. Be sure that to examine 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 discovered, structural engineering, constructing permits, we additionally had to determine the right 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 over a mission like this to be versatile with their planning and roll with the punches.

Third Lesson

Take into consideration what sells.

In keeping with my buddy 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 discover ways 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. In the event you fairly learn the weblog publish, click on right here.

Fourth Lesson

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

It’s an bold mission, and I’m so completely satisfied we took this mission on.

Fifth Lesson

Prioritize your security.

While you’re taking over an bold mission (resembling this one), be sure to take your breaks. Don’t overwork your self to the purpose the place you’re getting sloppy along with your work. Work laborious however know whenever you’ve labored sufficient to keep away from accidents.

Why Are We Doing This

After working some numbers, if every little thing 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 way of this new endeavor. It’s bold and therefore, a whole lot of work. Nevertheless, it proves that anyone can tackle no matter they set their minds to.

Earlier than taking over a mission like this, there are a lot of issues to think about, so be sure to look into your state’s rules about constructing permits, anticipate issues to take longer and value greater than anticipated, be versatile along with your plans, and be protected.

Subsequent week, we are going to dive additional into this course of, so be sure to remain tuned.

Till subsequent time!



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