From simple shelters to enormous basilicas, domes have been used around the world for thousands of years. Lightweight geodesic dome frames have many useful purposes. They have been used for playground equipment, homes, churches, sport arenas and auditoriums. Having been drawn to the concept and design of geodesic structures has brought us to some other practical uses. Although we specialize in greenhouse domes for do-it-youreslf builders, our customers have used domes as sculptures, frames for astronomy projection screens, storage shelters, homes and many other functions.
A small dome can be made into a sauna or steam bath (use cedar or redwood). Your dome can be a tropical garden room with a fountain, pond, misters and a controlled environment for optimal plant growth. It is ideal for a greenhouse to grow and protect your plants from harsh weather – grow flowers and vegetables when it’s too cold outside- extend your growing season, provide naturally 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 friends.
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 dome frames are adaptable to architectural plans for a home or vacation retreat, 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 counting 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 prevent leaks. Also large domes are subject to echoes. Because sound is amplified, 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 structures, can be engineered to be fire resistant and as a synergistic unit (many separate parts operating as a whole system) are less subject to damage as a result of an earthquake.