‘Ottawa’ Live like a Skywalker: ‘Star Wars’ dome home on the market
It’s apt that Ray Moulton’s favourite Star Wars character is Luke Skywalker.
His own family’s house bears more than a passing resemblance to Aunt Beru and Uncle Owen’s dome home, where the young Jedi-to-be was raised.
Even Moulton’s real estate agent bills the energy-efficient monolithic dome as the “Star Wars house,” and dressed up like Princess Leia for an open house.
Now you, too, could live like a Skywalker. This home under the stars, which is listed for $439,900, is set among four acres of quiet woods along Upper Dwyer Hill Road, far, far away from the scorched desert of Tatooine.
And luckily there are no sand people in Carp — yet.
The approximately 2,200 square feet is made up of connecting domes. One houses the three bedrooms, another the open living room, dining area and kitchen, and a third links them.
In the open-concept living space, the dome’s 16-foot apex is topped by a round skylight flooded with light from our planet’s lone sun.
The pebbled walls make it feel like being inside a cool, but somehow cosy cave on the hot day.
Rabecca and Ray Moulton caught the environmental bug while living in British Columbia and started researching environmentally friendly construction.
Back in Ottawa, they concluded that the monolithic dome was the most practical bet, but it also caught Ray’s eye for another reason. The computer programmer and volunteer firefighter is a gamer, including a Star Wars-themed role-playing game and Dungeons and Dragons.
“For me, I thought of science fiction and fantasy stuff — my wife thought it was just cool,” Moulton said. “I thought of Star Wars, I thought of hobbits.”
The real draw for both is the home’s miserly energy use. It’s heated by a geothermal heat pump and is a fair bit tighter than a conventional house.
The domes are billed as being able to withstand hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes, and of being impervious to rot, fire and insects.
How it was built in 2006 is like something out of science fiction, too.
The foundation is a concrete pad on which an airform is inflated, like a balloon with giant fans. Foam insulation is sprayed inside followed by a steel frame, plumbing and electrical works and then a layer of sprayed concrete.
The Moultons’ daughter, Jade, now 15, was initially unimpressed.
“At first, she was sad she didn’t live in a house like everyone else’s,” Moulton said. “She wanted to be ‘normal.’ Now she loves it.”
Once she started having friends over, “when they see it, they think it’s the coolest thing.”
Her little brother, Anthony, quipped it’s like living in an igloo, said real estate agent Joanne Beaton.
She says that the house will suit either someone committed to green living, “or someone who really wants to live in a Star Wars home.”
She had fun doing her dark hair up in two buns and donning a costume to pitch the home to prospective buyers, and says the right buyer will come along for a unique house.
The force is strong with this one.