From simple shelters to enormous basilicas, domes have been used
the world for thousands of years. Lightweight geodesic dome frames have
useful purposes. They have been used for playground equipment, homes,
sport arenas and auditoriums. Having been drawn to the concept and
of geodesic structures has brought us to some other practical uses.
we specialize in greenhouse domes for do-it-youreslf builders, our
have used domes as sculptures, frames for astronomy projection screens,
shelters, homes and many other functions.
A small dome can be made into a sauna or steam bath (use cedar or
Your dome can be a tropical garden room with a fountain, pond, misters
a controlled environment for optimal plant growth. It is ideal for a
to grow and protect your plants from harsh weather - grow flowers and
when it's too cold outside- extend your growing season, provide
grown food for your family and friends.
You can use a dome for an effective low cost shelter for a hot tub
or swimming pool.
To enhance your landscape, use as a trellis/arbor to grow vines all
over or as a dome gazebo- a place to sit, read, meditate, visit with
Domes are an art form in themselves, a curious structure, and would
make an attention getting item to display a product or service.
You can use a dome as a shelter/cage for animals: aviary, cage for
big cats, dogs, etc.
You can place a dome on a wood deck or concrete foundation, brick or
concrete perimeter wall or just let it rest right on the ground. Our
frames are adaptable to architectural plans for a home or vacation
mountain dome cabin, wedding chapel, rental property, beach house...
A 20 ft. diameter dome has 314 sq. ft. of floor space. A 30 ft. dome
has 706 sq. ft. and a 40 ft. dome has 1,256 sq. ft. of floor space, not
a second level floor / loft.
Advantages of geodesic domes A
dome home will use about 30% less lumber than a conventional house Clear
span interior - there are no load bearing interior
supports. The triangles of a dome are self-supporting Domes
enclose more space with less surface area There's
less interior to heat and cool relative to exterior surface, making
efficient use of energy resources (more
volume of space for surface area and materials used to enclose the
space) More useable areas of the space that is
enclosed High arches and large areas of open spaces
in the dome interior give a better feeling of openess Better
circulation of air flow of heat in winter and cooling in summer Aerodynamic,
excellent in areas with high wind potential Less
prone to damage by earthquakes than a conventionally
built box house Ideal for do-it-yourself builders
A drawback of domes as shelters is that the exterior is practically
all roof and it must be engineered to effectively seal off water to
leaks. Also large domes are subject to echoes. Because sound is
sound deadening should be incorporated into the interior design.
Domes are aerodynamic and synergistic. They can withstand
hurricane and tornado force winds much better than conventional square
can be engineered to be fire resistant and as a synergistic unit (many
parts operating as a whole system) are less subject to damage as a
of an earthquake.
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