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This aerial view shows the Ohana yurt compound, complete with the company's premier 20-foot yurt
with pool made from vinyl. The yurt was featured on the television show "Tiny House Big Living," and
started the company's passion for building luxury, handcrafted dwellings. The two yurts off to the
side serve as guest rooms for family, friends and potential clients. Photo: Ohana Yurts.

"The domes' portability, minimal
infrastructure requirement and durability
enable them to be utilized in any situation,
including those where traditional buildings
cannot," he says, adding that domes are
immune to seismic effects as well.
The revenue drop in the company's
event business was significant, although
demand hasn't totally vanished, with
people expressing interest in the domes
to facilitate social distancing at events and
restaurants. Fortunately, there's been a
"large bounce" of interest in dwelling and
greenhouse domes. People are seeking
to get farther away into the country and
practice a more isolated and self-reliant
way of life, Lore explains. But the greatest
attention is coming from those interested
in creating glamping resorts rather than
private residences-something Lore says
is uncharacteristic.
The dwell domes' exteriors utilize
Soltis® Proof 502 vinyl. There are two
liner options-a light liner made from a

single layer of Oxford nylon that hides
the steel frame, or an insulated liner of
3M™ Thinsulate™ sandwiched between
two layers of Oxford nylon, providing an
R3 insulation value. Greenhouse domes
feature a skin of Herculite® agricultural
vinyl, allowing for a high level of light
transmission without burning the plants.
One issue Pacific Domes struggled
with was working remotely, says Lore,
explaining it was not prepared for its entire
office staff to work from home.
"This cost us the entire month of March
in terms of productive time," he says. "But
this was the peak of pandemic-related
fear so I imagine we would not have been
very busy anyway. We're still concerned
a second lockdown may be in the near
future, and while we're now properly
equipped for such an event, it's likely we'd
see a similar drop in productivity should
that occur."

People are seeking
to get farther away
into the country and
practice a more
isolated and selfreliant way of life.
TAYLOR LORE
Pacific Domes Inc.

Pamela Mills-Senn is a Seal Beach,
Calif.-based writer.

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