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The Io-20

The Monolithic Io-20 This dome has the innate ability to resist natural disasters, such as tornadoes, hurricanes and earthquakes, as well as fire, termites and rot.

Freda Parker•PublishedApril 13, 2009 10:14pm•Monolithic Dome Rentals

Our Io-20 makes an ideal studio rental unit. This Monolithic Dome is an oblate built on a 3.5-foot stemwall. It has a diameter of 20 feet, an overall height of 10.5 feet and a living area of 314 square feet. A few years ago, Monolithic established a successful rental program that includes a complex of Io-20 cottages in a gardenlike setting. Four main reasons account for its success:

For low-income singles, the Io-20s put a clean, affordable roof over their heads.

For the landlord, these small domes provide much needed, but easily managed and maintained rentals.

They are energy-efficient so much so that the cost of electricity could be included in the rental fee.

Because they are Monolithic Domes, the Io-20s have the innate ability to resist natural disasters, such as tornadoes, hurricanes and earthquakes, as well as fire, termites and rot.

Welcome! Each unit includes a twin bed, kitchen table with two chairs, refrigerator, stove and a microwave.

Just the right amount of space! This is a great place for one or two adults, working singles, newlyweds, retirees, as well as single parents with just one child.

Bathroom includes shower The bathroom has a shower and toilet. This compact bathroom provides privacy with its locking pocket door.

Functional kitchen The kitchen area has plenty of cabinet space.

Dining Area The studios are embellished with ceramic tile floors.

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