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Concrete Geodesic Dome House... is this as awesome at it seems?
« on: September 27, 2005, 05:44:41 pm »

http://www.aidomes.com/

Structurally sound, efficient, pleasing to the eye, internally spacious..

I felt there should be a thread dedicated to these domes.  The company has sent kits to 46 states, New Hampshire is not yet one of them!

All you construction types, please comment on these things.  Are there negatives?
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Re: Concrete Geodesic Dome House... is this as awesome at it seems?
« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2005, 06:22:23 pm »

I looked into building a geo dome back in the early 90ths, and the 4 major problems I found were:

1. resale value, most people are not interested in nonconvential style homes. There was a dome here in TN on a lake was for sale for 5  yrs, do not know if they ever sold it.

2. When I was looking at the geo dome, the roofs leaked. some of the joints close to the top were hard to "close up", but with new style membranes and glues, this may not be a problem now.

3.  most furniture are square or rectangle, so placing normal furniture in a dome "waste space"...unless you custom build your furniture it might work

4. dividing up the Geo into useful rooms (no wasted space) but that goes back to the furniture thingy again.
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Re: Concrete Geodesic Dome House... is this as awesome at it seems?
« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2005, 06:28:45 pm »

We would be building one of these if we didn't buy land in an area with restrictions (on purpose and everything).  American Ingenuity domes are wonderful.  My husband has known about the company for years and we took a tour through two in VT earlier in the year.  They *are* wonderful.  I'll get Neil to post a more specific comment.  He paid more attention to the technical details!  ;)

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Re: Concrete Geodesic Dome House... is this as awesome at it seems?
« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2005, 06:55:46 pm »

i was a dome guy in the '70's.  Fortunately, I got over it ;D  Modern membrane like materials would solve the leaking problems dome builders had in those years, but, unless you could drop one piece over the entire dome and shrink wrap it to conform to the contours, you will end up with unsightly seams.  Maybe lots of them. Also, just about anything you could find in this area would, eventually, brake down in the sun.
I have not looked at the concrete dome site, but, if I were to build one today, I would build a frame, staple a few layers of wire cloth and ferro cement the thing.  It wouldn't leak, would look wicked and would, probably withstand a small bomb attack!
They make large boat hulls from ferro cement.  I have used it to create an exoskeleton on chimneys that were falling down.
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Re: Concrete Geodesic Dome House... is this as awesome at it seems?
« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2005, 09:21:55 pm »

You should check out monolithicdome.com  The are no seems. The one in Pensecola Florida has survived 2 direct hits by hurricanes and had little damage.
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Re: Concrete Geodesic Dome House... is this as awesome at it seems?
« Reply #6 on: September 28, 2005, 07:38:23 am »

cover it with grass and in NH they would call it a mountain ;)
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Re: Concrete Geodesic Dome House... is this as awesome at it seems?
« Reply #7 on: September 28, 2005, 07:46:17 am »

Build a bunch of them in one area, cover them with grass and they would soon be known as the 'Lumps'
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Re: Concrete Geodesic Dome House... is this as awesome at it seems?
« Reply #8 on: September 28, 2005, 09:27:07 am »

There's a comments page on the aidomes site with owners bragging how their homes withstood direct hits from hurricanes while their neighbors took damage.  Amazing stuff.

I don't think I'll ever want to sell mine, so that's not a concern.  I would build this where I wanted to settle down.  Check this out:



Way cool... home dome connected to a garage dome, with a screen dome outside.  Looks perfect for blackfly season!
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Re: Concrete Geodesic Dome House... is this as awesome at it seems?
« Reply #9 on: September 28, 2005, 09:50:38 am »

A design I've been fiddling with for a number of years isn't merely a dome, but an entire geodesic sphere with about 3/8s above ground (so from the outside it would _look_ like a normal dome).  Inside, the floors would be guyed from the outer structure with an open well through them from top to bottom and no fixed interior walls.
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Re: Concrete Geodesic Dome House... is this as awesome at it seems?
« Reply #10 on: September 28, 2005, 10:11:13 am »

monolithicdome.com or aidomes.com?

Choices, choices.
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Re: Concrete Geodesic Dome House... is this as awesome at it seems?
« Reply #11 on: September 28, 2005, 05:27:27 pm »

Pretty sweet looking dome there Ian.  Is there dome tower room for an antennae?  ;D
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Re: Concrete Geodesic Dome House... is this as awesome at it seems?
« Reply #12 on: September 28, 2005, 05:38:50 pm »

Pretty sweet looking dome there Ian.  Is there dome tower room for an antennae?  ;D

check out this pic Ian

http://monolithicdome.com/domenews/2005/rmf-pic01.html

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Re: Concrete Geodesic Dome House... is this as awesome at it seems?
« Reply #13 on: September 28, 2005, 07:54:12 pm »

Mark - the picture looks not real it looks very Polish ::) ::) ::) ;D ;D ;D
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Re: Concrete Geodesic Dome House... is this as awesome at it seems?
« Reply #14 on: September 28, 2005, 09:07:40 pm »

It looks like there should be gerbils.
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