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Ditto. I love the moss as well as the closeness of the trees.
I’m actually interested in straw-bale houses, and so I grabbed a copy of OP’s image for inspiration. My brother also wants a straw-bale home, and he indicated that he’d love a circular home the other day.
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Since our uncle is a farmer, we have access to plenty of straw bales, and I’ve done plastering, even a small straw-bale garden wall, so the shell is well within my technical abilities.
A few of our cousins are electricians(including the son of the farmer), and another is a plumber, so we have easy access to expertise in services, though we’d look at solar too.
So other than that, I’d need a good roofer and someone to do the initial slab foundation. Probably a frost protected slab-on-grade.
I’d go with a post and beam structure using bales as infill. That fits my limited abilities as a carpenter, and I’d have my work checked by a proper carpenter.
I’d go with a heated floor rather than forced air/HVAC, so that eliminates another specialist; the plumber can do that work. I could lay out the tubes before the foundation is poured. I think I’d run my electrical through conduit in the slab, with risers to where the sockets will go.
Like I said, I love the mossiness and the overall green, so I’d favour a living roof, but I don’t know if my brother would go for that.
I also like the curved door jam. A curved lintel would make it look even better. Same goes for the windows. Perhaps I’d use purple heart wood for the doors and shutters. His girlfriend would like that.
Anyway, sorry for going off on a tangent about my obsession. Here is a photo of a strawbale home with some curves, though it is not round. It also has a living roof. I like the two tone walls, which is done by pigmenting lime plaster. http://www.motherearthnews.com/~/media/Images/MEN/Editorial/Articles/Magazine%20Articles/2012/08-01/Mortgage-Free%20Living%20in%20a%20Hand-Built%20Tiny%20Home/Tiny_Homes-6.jpg