Building a dome home at home (hemp dome)

I had posted this at Sensi Life awhile back (January 2013) and before  that we made  www.hempdome.com in 2010 (still rebuilding it).

Seeing that this is good information and that I spent a lot of time on this.  I wanted to get this information out to people, because building a dome home is very easy.  Times are tough.  If you need shelter, or a workshop, or a place to grow ganja or a garden check this tutorial out.


My wife and I made a 16 ft dome in our garage with a few tools and a bunch of emt steel conduit.

Our goal>   To make a temporary shelter while we build a bigger more family friendly dome.  To be a workshop, kitchen, bedroom, living area, and storage.

The inspiration came from when I was 13 – 16 and I would read Kung Fu and Solider of Fortune magazines, and in the back of the mags there were offers for geodesic dome kits.   I always knew I could build one myself and have intended to and planned it out for about 20 years.

After reading some Buckmister (Bucky) Fuller materials and some plans online, I came up with my own plans.
I used www.desertdomes.com  extensively, as well as other random blogs.
(more on Bucky Fuller here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geodesic_dome )

This is a link to our plans. 

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I have a booklet that I made, I will scan in my rough sketches and upload them here in the future.

I found it to be very time consuming using basic hand tools, and semi-time consuming even with proper shop tools.

You can see the process that I used in this video with the shop tools that I bought mostly at Harbor Freight.  I don’t have many examples of using just basic hand tools, except for a few still pictures that I will include in this post (check back later)
RE:  http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/15750021

The basic tools you will need is.

hammer
vise
hacksaw with a metal cutting blade
drill with a 9/16th metal drill bit
Measuring tape
Sharpie/marker

To save time and get more precise measurements and cuts you may want

12 ton (or better) shop press
drill press
reciprocating saw
A series of clamps, preferably pipe clamps and vise grips.

You can see the completed project at this link here:  https://sensilife.com/dome/index.html

Im working on the next phase up, to the full scale model.  I am working with architectural software and I will eventually present my plans to an architect to get my plans revised and approved.
With the pace I am working right now, with so many distractions.  I expect the work will be completed no sooner than 2014.

Its not that it is a huge amount of work, I just continue to find myself busy and distracted from these projects.

I will document my progress during that build too.  I will also include my plans when I am finished with them.

These plans can be modified and applied to using PVC pipes rather than Conduit.
More pictures of our project:

Geodesic Conduit Dome Jig

Geodesic Conduit Dome Jig

Jig for fabricating conduit for struts

Jig for fabricating conduit for struts

Completed 2V 8.0 Radius Geodesic Dome

Completed 2V 8.0 Radius Geodesic Dome

Completed Dome With UV adjusted Polytarp

Completed Dome With UV adjusted Polytarp

 

Completed Dome With UV adjusted Polytarp

Completed Dome With UV adjusted Polytarp

Links and references:

 

Dome Sites
Step-by-step Photobook of a 2v Dome
The Nebraska Dome – 2v dome fabrication and setup.
How to make a 2V newspaper dome
Design and Implementation for a Geodesic Dome
Earl’s 2v Dome
24′ 3v Dome – Includes pictures and step-by-step instructions
Earl’s Recharge Dome
 
Cardboard Domes
Cardboard Domes – This site shows you everything you need to know about making cardboard domes for Burning Man
More Cardboard Domes – Step-by-step instructions
 
Concrete Domes
Dome of a Home – A concrete dome in Florida
 
Domes made out of alternative materials
Beezer’s PlayDome Page – Tire Domes
 
General Dome Sites
Howard Cohen’s Dome Deck Plans – Step by step instructions!
Jeff Deifik’s Dome Plans – Step by step instructions to build 16ft and 24ft domes!
David Anderson’s Monkey House Geodesics – David’s site is back up, and moved to a new location!
Mathworld’s Geodesic Page
Earl’s Geodesic Domes – Has some really useful information on modifying dome geometry to allow for doors
Applied Synergetics Home Page
Hexayurts – Made with cardboard, and perfect for Burning Man!
Zometool
Detail Plans for a Geodesic Dome Observatory
Geodesic Structures by Steve Miller – This site also includes plydomes
Geodesic Domes at Kibbutz Lotan
Links to geodesic and alternative building
Big thanks to http://desertdomes.com
For hemp canvases, hemp herd and other hemp products see the following links:
http://hemptraders.com
http://www.lhoist.co.uk/tradical/hemp-lime.html
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