Getting Started with Building Your Prefab Tiny House Dome… “Even if you’ve never built anything before!”

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“Just give me a home, in a great circle dome” — Buckminster Fuller

You can build it!

Yes, you can build a tiny house dome with little or no experience and a just a few tools ‒ even, if you’ve never built anything before! Here’s some information to help you get started on your journey to learning more about the exciting world of ecoliving prefab domes.

If you’ve been exploring tiny house living, when comparing other options on the market, you’re sure to fall in love with the freedom lifestyle living-large in a tiny house dome. In addition to saving you money long-term, there’s some added benefits ‒ such as, energy-efficiency, lowering your carbon footprint and reducing harmful toxins to which your family, guests and pets are exposed.

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With a bay window, round window, insulative liner, woodstove, and two doors, this dome is ready for the 4 seasons

Why Domes?

Why choose a prefab tiny house dome? The American Institute of Architects has called the geodesic dome, “the strongest, lightest and most efficient means of enclosing space known to man.” Whether you’re seeking eco-friendly inspiration to transform your existing backyard oasis or designing your living space from-the-ground-up, you’ll be happy to discover that you don’t need to sacrifice functionality, aesthetics, or your personal style.

Pacific Domes, USA, has been manufacturing prefab geodesic dome kits since 1980 and calls them Nature’s perfect structure. When faced with Nature’s extremes, a dome’s geodesic-engineered strength has proven time and again to be the strongest shelter known to man. Dome shelter kits are rapidly deployable and have been used as remote field base camps in sub-zero arctic regions, hot arid deserts, tropical rainforests and high mountainous elevations.

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The open floor plan makes a dome a novel place to sleep beneath the rounded structure

Tiny House Dome Features

Studies have revealed domes have at least a 30% more heating and cooling efficiency compared to standard housing. Designed for optimal ventilation, domes are naturally more energy efficient due to unobstructed circulation of ambient heating and cooling.

Your dome stays cool with window screens, base screens and a zippered roof screen.  If your climate doesn’t allow for screens due to excessive rain fall, using a solar fan aids with ventilation.

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Base roll-up windows with screens allow for cross ventilation to help cool your dome

Domes are available in typical shelter sizes from 16-feet to 44-feet. Larger dome sizes are available, up to 120-feet. Typical delivery time is 4-6 weeks ‒ custom packages take a slightly longer delivery time.

The Basic Prefab Dome Kit includes a frame, cover with bay window, round windows, weather-tight zipper door or pre-hung 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.

Dome Frames

The standard .9” galvanized steel frame with hardware is adequate for normal conditions. In areas where nature’s extremes are a factor, your local building department may require heavier steel tubing.  Geodesic-engineered domes have been used in arctic regions and ski resorts where they have been buried in deep snow.

Dome Covers

The basic package includes a durable shelter cover with a bay window.  Covers are made of water resistant, mildew resistant, flame-retardant fabrics, which provide lasting shelter in extreme climates from arid, wind-swept deserts to rainforests; from tropical beaches to subfreezing snow-laden mountains.

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The bay window in a dome tends to help those living on land to feel close to nature

Covers with distinct qualities are recommended for the following climates:

Sunlite is ideal for humid climates, and the smooth vinyl-coated, polyester fabric is easy to clean.  Sunlite has a life expectancy of up to 12 years with proper care.

Sunshield has extra UV protection to extend life expectancy up to 20 years.

Dome Insulation
Providing insulation from the outside world, winter liners are flame retardant and resistant to mold and mildew. Windows are velcroed in to match cover.

There are two insulation options:

  • Our EMF shield liner utilizing Reflectix and will keep the dome free from electromagnetic frequencies.
  • Thermoshield is used in extreme climates, reducing utility costs by up to 40%. Thermoshield is a non-toxic elastomeric paint containing ceramic microspheres that can be painted either, inside or outside.  It also reduces EMF by approximately 20%.

Dome Heating & Cooling
Wood stoves are the most common method of heating; however, any modern heating method will work in a dome.  Radiant heat, solar, electric and gas are all compatible with domes.

Each dome comes with an optional stove vent flashing and cap for wood stove installation.  Comfortable temperatures can be maintained inside the dome while snow storms flurry outside.

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A wood stove not only heats the dome, the dry heat helps prevent condensation in the dome

Mission Wolf Teams Builds a Dome

Our friends at Mission Wolf purchased a 20-foot dome. With the help of several volunteers, they were able to set it up in a day and begin installation on the flooring.

Over the years, Pacific Domes has discovered that a dome’s interior design is only limited by one’s imagination.  We invite you to visit our dome gallery to view a few innovative eco-living spaces for yourself. https://pacificdomes.com/domes-media-gallery/dwell-domes-gallery/