The "Plaster Party" 
Wanting to get a semi smoooth hand-troweled look on a tight budget, we turned to friends, family, and local volunteers for the Great Vermillion Plaster Party of 2006.

About twenty guys from the tri-state area attended the six hour event, and here are the results. The Diamond interior finish plaster was applied right over the rough shotcrete, and provides a much more elderly and child-friendly finish down low.

This is what the surface looked like before we started -- it's pretty rough with sharp edges. You'll note the "test" patch of plaster where the bedroom closet will be.

Here's the same area at the end of the day. What a difference!

The all-volunteer crew did a great job, especially feathering around the openings.

Many, many thanks to all those who helped with the plaster! Your help saved countless hours on the project and it's very much appreciated. We'll see you soon for painting? :^)

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Windows, doors, and more! 
There been lots of activity at Trinity Dome over the last month. For starters, all the windows and doors are installed. That is except the garage door, which was temporariy insulated with foam board until the weather turns a little better.

Here's a shot of the house from the street corner.

This is the front door and glass block window in the bedroom.

And the north windows for the bedroom and kitchen.

So for all practical purposes, the house is weather proof. There is still some work to be done insulating and seailing around the openings, but the house has been staying in the mid 60's temperature-wise with just two small electric heaters. That's pretty darn good in a South Dakota winter!

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 

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Shotcrete Complete 
The day before Christmas we wrapped up the shotcrete on the interior of the dome. Due to some adjustments in our available crew, this phase was handled as a two man weekend job over six weeks.

This is what it looked like inside the domes lately. Interested broadband users can watch a video here.

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We're Famous (Just a Little) 
It's been a crazy week, and the project is getting a lot of attention. People continue to talk about the "new dome in Vermillion." And now we're starting to get a little press:

Thanks to Judy Zwolak of the Argus Leader newspaper in Sioux Falls for talking with us and writing up a nice article on the project. You can read it for yourself here.

We're very grateful to KTIV , the most popular T.V. channel in Sioux City, for covering Trinity Dome on their news broadcast. Melanie Peterson did a great job, and was a pleasure to talk with.

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