5 Eco Home Building Ideas: How to Build with Prefab Dome Kits

Ecoliving DIY Kits by Pacific Domes

Driven by consumer demand for economical housing, the trend towards prefab eco home building, offers an affordable solution to skyrocketing building costs and house payments.  When it comes to alternative housing, a DIY dome home kit simplifies building decisions and saves you money on materials and construction.

Saving on materials and cost, eco home building dome kits utilize Bucky Fuller’s ‘doing more with less’ principle; in that, they enclose the largest volume of interior space with the least amount of surface area.  When a dome’s diameter is doubled, it quadruples its square footage, producing eight times its volume.

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Ecoliving domes are naturally more energy efficient when compared to standard housing, due to unobstructed interior and exterior air flow.  Designed for optimal ventilation, domes make best use of the sun to keep your shelter warm in the winter and cool in the summer by maximizing prevailing breezes.

Whether you’re looking for a temporary shelter or a more permanent eco home building solution, you’ll want to get started on your journey by exploring some innovative ‘How to’ ideas.  Here’s 5 ‘How to’ ideas to spark your imagination and fuel your dinner table conversation around prefab eco home building:

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1)  Eco Home Building: Site Selection and Foundation Basics

The first step of your DIY project begins with site selection and foundation basics.

Site selection can have environmental impact, so you’ll want to do your research. Pacific Domes DIY kits come with pre-engineered deck plans, a significant savings.

2)  Eco Home Building: Electric & Plumbing

If you have access to utilities, running electric and plumbing below the floor board or decking is accomplished by drilling a suitable hole wherever you wish to bring in your electrical conduit or plumbing.  When building a stem wall or Kiva room, you can run all your electrical and plumbing below ground.  Outlets can be placed on any wall, partition or flooring.

3)  Eco Home Building: Prefab Dome Kits

With many sizes to choose from, prefab dome DIY kits arrive at your site and can go up in less than a day with a few friends, some ratcheting tools and ladders.

The Basic Prefab Dome Kit includes a frame, cover with bay window, round windows, weather-tight zipper door or prehung door opening, zippered base roll-up flaps for ventilation, steel anchor plates; and, a dome care manual with deck plans and assembly instructions.  Frames may be purchased separately, as well.

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4)  Eco Home Building: Interior Designs

The open floor plan and vaulted ceilings of a dome offers a warm sunlit space for your unique interior design.  Depending on your usage, you might decide to work with an open space, add a loft or interior walls to separate living spaces.

If you plan on spending any length of time in your dome, going completely rustic may not suit your ideal lifestyle.  And yes, you can build freestanding interior walls, to partition rooms, such as living room, bedroom, kitchen and bathroom.

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Partition walls can become the structural support for your loft.  By installing kitchen and bathroom on opposite sides of a shared partition, framed walls offer a way to consolidate plumbing and electrical wiring.

 5) Why Eco Home Building Kits

On the forefront of prefab eco home building kits, the geodesic dome has been heralded as ‘Nature’s perfect structure’, able to withstand hurricane force winds, earthquakes and other extreme in nature.  Geodesic dome home building offers unlimited shelter design possibilities for those wanting an expansive, yet simpler more nature-based organic lifestyle.

As one of the early pioneers in the sustainable building movement, Pacific Domes has been inspiring ecoliving shelter projects and leading responsible eco-tourism worldwide since 1980.