The geodesic dome is one of the marvels of twentieth-century design and engineering. A quick history lesson: When the U.S. suffered a housing shortage in the 1940s, architect R. Buckminster Fuller had a solution: the geodesic dome. Fuller's idea never caught on widely, but some of the domes can still be found across the country. Case in point: this dome on Lake Seneca in Massachusetts, built in the '80s, and recently rehabbed by Jess Cooney, founder of Jess Cooney Interiors, with the help of 377 Builders.
"We had two main goals: to strip the home of all the finishing that dated the interiors while honoring the era in which its architecture was borne out of, and to make it functional and comfortable for the three generations of family that use it," Cooney said.
Cooney ditched the dark wood paneling and wall-to-wall carpet for a brighter, more modern look. She also improved the flow of the home — not an easy task. "The biggest challenge lay in the simple fact that the structure has no corners, so maximizing space on the interior and creating separated rooms and uses was a real learning experience," Cooney explained. The revived dome now serves as a relaxing retreat for three generations and boasts an interior that matches the cool-factor of its architecture. "We went from a jetted tub in the center of the carpeted master bedroom to this, and I couldn't be more happy about the way it feels to be in this space now," Cooney said. Read on to see a few of the amazing before/after photos.