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Garden Dome 2

The 15 foot diameter dome is shown above and below, covered with our 11 mil Super Poly woven poly tarp. We use hot melt glue and rustproof staples to attach the Super Poly.
Using 8 ft lumber, a 15 ft diameter dome can be made with efficient use of board length, sawing two dome struts per board – the 65 struts can be made from 33 boards.
13 more 8 ft boards are needed to make the 25 struts for the Base Option. It’s an excellent low cost dome that is very strong.

 Supply home grown organic vegetables to your friends and family all year.

You don’t need to worry about freshness or pesticide residues. A trip to your Garden Dome can provide you with a bountiful harvest for your healthful lifestyle. Even in the cold of winter you can have fresh vegetables. Inside your Solar Powered Garden Dome is a warm micro-environment suitable for healthy plant growth.
Use a double layer of our Super Poly wo can seeven film or hortticural bubble film for best insulation.

This Garden Dome 2 with Base Option was customized by its owner with standard windows, door and siding:

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Technical: Garden Dome 2 is the Class I version of the 2 frequency icosahedral dome.
The height of the basic dome is one-half of the diameter plus any base height.
 

Installing Super Poly on a 14 ft. diameter Garden Dome 2:

Illustration below depicts the Garden Dome 2 Main Frame and Type 1 (triangle) Base Option

  Make the dome any size to fit your requirements and materials. Wood domes approximately 8 to 26 ft. can be constructed.  A Base Option is available for each size, Connector Kits, Frame Kits and Super Poly, heavy duty Connector Hubs and subdivision ( -X types) options. The Base Option adds approximately 3 to 5-1/2 feet of height, relative to the domes diameter.
    A new Vertical Base Option (type 2) can be made any convenient height relative to dome diameter. It is ideal for adding board siding or rectangle rigid glazing for greenhouses, standard (store bought rectangle) doors and windows.

Garden Dome 2 Doors

First example is a flat “A” frame extension for a custom door on the 15 ft dome with standard triangled Base Option.

Second example is a 32″ x 82″ door retrofitted to the 20 ft dome. A ‘gable’ cover for the door area can be made as shown.

-X1 struts added to the 20 ft dome

Garden Dome 2 Gallery

The brick walkway leads you from the deck to the dome’s entrance.

The custom door of 3 dome triangles is large enough for a wheel barrel or handicap access. Made of 2 x 2 and 1 x 2 wood, the door follows the same structural components and geodesic lines of the main dome frame. Only three struts are removed for the door.

This dome is covered with woven Super Poly and clearer non-woven greenhouse plastic to cover the 2 window openings.

This dome is located in the Big Thicket National Preserve near Beaumont, in southeast Texas.

Inside the dome you will find a safe, warm home for some happy ornamental plants. During freezing temperatures (if any!) a small electric heater will be used to supply extra warmth.

In this final image, the clearer plastic film used on the windows can be seen and part of the door frame on the upper left.

Top Views - Subdivisions

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Garden Dome 2 Tables

DIAMETER/FLOOR SQUARE FEET/BASE PERIMETER
Dia. (ft.) 
Area- sq. ft. 
Perimeter 
Height
Approx. Height w/Base Option
10 
73.5 
31 
5
8
12 
105.8 
37 
6
9
15 
165.3 
46 
7.5
11
18 
238 
56 
9
13
20 
294 
62 
10
14
25 
459 
77 
12.5
17
PRICES
GARDEN DOME 2 *
WOOD
SIZE
FRAME KIT 
POLY KIT 
BASE OPTION 
BASE OPTION POLY KIT 
10 FT .
1 x 2
$225
$155**
$95
$45
10 FT.
2 X 2
355
215
179
98
10 FT, 
2 X 4
435
215
210
98
12 FT.
1 x 2
295
175
115
55
12 FT. 
2 X 2
545
236
245
138
12 FT. 
2 x 4
896 
236 
425 
 138 
15 FT. 
2 x 4
1,128 
290 
504 
154 
18 FT. 
2 x 4
1,292 
356 
560 
204 
18 FT.
2 x 6
1,735
356
645
204
20 FT.
2 x 4
1,350
425
630
225
20 FT.
2 x 6
1,850
425
710
225

*20+ foot domes should have X1 or X2 option.
*For 1 x 2 domes polyfastener does not apply.
–(prices subject to change)

For X types, steel tube and materials, please contact us for a price quote.
Base Options for these are also available.
Remember for greenhouse use, more structural members block out critical sunlight.
Updated: 4-29-01

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Garden Dome 2 Paper Model

To make your dome model begin by printing pages 2 and 3. Enlarge them on a photocopier about 150 – 200% and print on thick paper or card stock Cut out the two main pieces of triangles along the perimeter edge lines. Next bend the edges by placing on a straight edge on each line. A counter top with a sharp edge works good. Finish both sections by taping together nearest edge lines shown, and finish the model by taping together the two sections. Optionally cut out tabs for gluing together with white glue. This gives the 2 frequency icosahedral dome, 1/2 sphere.
The gray areas represent the Base Option. Five of the Base Option triangles are missing to allow viewing inside the dome.

Building an 18 ft Garden Dome 2 + Base Option

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Building a 25 ft Garden Dome 2-X1 greenhouse - photos

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The 30 ft Garden Dome 2-X1 with cupola and door extension

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Building a treehouse dome

Construction Plans

Build a Garden Dome 2-X1 18 ft shelter, for under $900d

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PDF studies of the Garden Dome 2 and options