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DADE COUNTY, GA. (WRCB) -- Chuck Peters takes us inside his home that by all means looks very normal. Two bedrooms, two bathrooms and as much space as you can need, all inside a large concrete structure, which resembles an egg?

Peters says, "There is twelve inches of concrete and the higher up you go, the less thickness there is."

The home is oddly shaped, but in Peters' eyes, a work of art.

He's lived in his Dade County dome home for about seven years, after his original home burned down.

It's 2,400 square feet of concrete and air foam.

Peters got the idea while searching online for monolithic dome homes and studying a home in Pensacola, Florida. 

He says there are three reasons why it's a great fit for anyone.

The first reason: cost effectiveness.

"It was equivalent to a regular home," says Peters. "Mine was around $140,000."

Many of the materials and construction came from a company in Mentone, Alabama.

Peters assisted with much of the process.

The second reason: it's a virtual fortress of protection.

Peters claims the dome's thick concrete base and sturdy walls can withstand winds up to 300 miles per hour.

During the April 27th storm, Dade County felt the wrath of an EF-3 tornado and two additional EF-1 twisters.

Several homes were destroyed and two people were killed, but Peters' home was untouched.

"That's the other reason I built it was for the stability and protection of it," says Peters.

The third reason: energy efficiency.

The home's unibody shape prevents cool air generated by the air-conditioner from escaping as quickly.

The positions of the windows and southeast direction of the home allows for more natural light, reducing the use of power to light the home.

Peters says many times the power company thought his meter was broken.

"They have come and looked at it so many times; they thought something was wrong with it," says Peters.

You can find more information about dome homes here.  

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