“Rome wasn’t built in a day, but your Dome Home can be!” ― Pacific Domes, Inc.
You’ve always wanted to live closer to nature and have dreamt of living off-grid in a geodesic dome. You’ve surfed the internet for dome home ideas to inspire you and perhaps decided that a prefab dome kit makes a lot of sense.
Dome Home Ideas to Inspire You
Tips to Consider Before You Begin
Whether you’re looking for a temporary/semi-permanent vacation getaway or for more permanent alt-housing, if you’re wondering where to start, you might find this blog helpful. Additionally, you might find it useful to know that a semi-permanent geodesic Dome Home can be retrofitted to create a permanent dwelling later on. Here’s some tips worth considering before you begin:
What Size Dome Home Do You Want or Need?
- Are you a minimalist that finds joy in a simple organic lifestyle? Perhaps your young family needs all the creature comforts and lots of interior−exterior elbow room?
- Will your Dome Home be a permanent dwelling or will it be used occasionally?
- What’s the square footage? How many rooms?
- How much land? Cost of land?
- What’s your budget? Cost of materials? Cost of interim housing during the construction period? Cost of site prep & foundation? Septic connections & drain fields? Cost of plumbing & electrical?
What Permits Do You Need to Build A Dome in Your Area? ― Be prepared to brush-up on the latest building codes.
Contractor or DIY? ― While prefab Dome Home kits are easy to assemble in a day, for all the reasons stated above, construction of your Dome Home can take its toll on your time and energy… not to mention the drain on your pocketbook, should you run into the inevitable unexpected. Veterans of DIY home construction will be quick to point out that your dreams can go south quickly, if you don’t have the DIY mind-set and skills.
Site Prep & Foundation ― You may want to consider hiring a contractor to perform at least some of the preliminary site-prep and foundation work. Be sure to get a couple of bids. You might be pleasantly surprised to discover that it will be less expensive to have a contractor bid on your entire project.
Whether you plan to hire a contractor or feel confident in your DIY know-how, you’re sure to garner some useful information from this DIY site.
Build a Hurricane-resistant & Earthquake-proof Geodesic Dome Home
“Domes are the strongest, lightest and most efficient means of enclosing space yet known to man.” — R. Buckminster Fuller
Building a Geodesic Dome House is an insurance policy in itself! There are ongoing reports of the geodesic dome being the only structure left standing in the aftermath of Nature’s extremes, such as hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes.
Geodesic domes are composed of inter-connected triangles that lend superior structural strength. Father of the modern geodesic dome, Buckminster ‘Bucky’ Fuller, demonstrated the difference in strength between rectangles and triangles by applying pressure to both structures… the triangle proved to be twice as strong and remained rigid, while the unstable rectangle collapsed.
Buckminster Fuller won an award from the American Architectural Society for inventing the strongest structure known to man. Citing this well-documented information, accompanied by a good set of engineering blueprints, will facilitate in getting your plans approved by building departments.
Dome Home Interior Design Ideas ― The interior of a geodesic Dome Home offers unique design opportunities. Notice how natural light permeates the interior with a Zen-like ambiance.
Create A Healing Garden Surrounding Your Dome Home ― Humans are biologically hard-wired to thrive emotionally in beautiful natural settings. Gardens and patios are a perfect way to extend your living space to embrace the outdoors.
To learn more about prefab dome home kits, Pacific Domes invites you to visit their FAQ page
Now that a few dome home ideas have sparked your imagination, be sure to visit the Dome Homes design page.
Pacific Domes Is Here to Help ― Pacific Domes’ industry experts are there to walk with you every step of the way as you journey toward designing and building your dream dome. Our friendly, helpful team is ready to answer your questions and concerns.