Dome Building Guide — 4 Comments

  1. will this work with larger diameter of say 24′?

    can one forego the loft or is it necessary structurally?

    what prevents water from wicking up through the floor?

    • Start with a small dome to develop your skills. Domes larger than 20′ require great care. Read the Om Dome article about the large dome in Thailand.

      The loft is optional, although it does help tie everything together and provide a platform to stand on.

      Use gravel bags on bottom courses, double-bagged for strength. Set them on a rubble trench.

  2. Jimmie and I (we have posted on the site before) are documenting our planning and everything as best we can. I’m trying to get everything up into a blog, so we can perhaps help other people. I scoured the internet for more planning materials, but they are just not there. We are hoping to document EVERYTHING in order to help the advancement or this type of construction. Any ideas or banding together, shoot me an e-mail or leave a comment on my blog under the “homesteading” page.


    • That’s great news Evie. I remember your previous post and followed the link. I used to live near there in Crestone and so that area is special to me. Be nice to the natural builders in Crestone and they’ll tip you off to all the best deals and local resources. If you don’t mind cold weather, the area is perfect for natural building — local sawmills, clay, scoria, etc. are all nearby. I highly recommend using scoria due to the cold climate. Just email us if you have questions. Good luck and enjoy yourself.

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