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"I grew up a cowboy in Montana and I like to carry that part of my life," Wortman said.

While furnishings like his are nothing unusual in Colorado, the construction of his 4,000-square-foot Fairplay home is unique.

"An unusual mountain home, but a very nice one," Wortman said.

Like any cowboy, he likes to go his own trail and that includes where he lives. It is in a home with high circular ceilings and rounded corners. It is a dome home, which he will tell you is not only energy efficient and looks nice, but is built to last.

"I know this house will be here minimally 500 years. Probably 1,000 years from now," Wortman said.

It's why it will also soon be profiled on the Weather Channel for its durability in a new series called "Built to Last."

The home is called a "monolithic dome home" and is designed to stand up to whatever nature throws at it, from earthquakes to hurricanes, tornados and firestorms.

"It's not going to destroy the building, it's going to move on," Wortman said.

The round shape, along with 6,000 PSI concrete pumped into the walls and roof fortified by 22,000 pounds of steel, is how the house gets its strength. It's also how Wortman says they can take on fire and direct hits by tornadoes and still stand.

He says he would like to see more dome homes built around the country.

"There really is a safe way to live. All it means is maybe stepping outside the box a little bit," Wortman said.

He says the cost is about the same as a traditional home, plus it can be built faster. Wortman is hoping that much like the cowboys of the Old West, he'll help blaze a trail toward a new frontier of home construction.

"People don't know these structures are around. They don't know that there's a better way to build a home," Wortman said.

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