Green Home Desings: 4 Dome Styles Green Home Desings: 4 Dome Styles
One of the more interesting and unique green home designs, geodesic domes are one of the most structurally sound dwellings known to man. Weight of the structure is distributed evenly across the entire surface of the dome requiring no internal support and making it very stable. Not only that, but it is visually interesting, offering a break from the ordinary as far as homes are concerned. Dome living does not mean you have to give up on the amenities of the modern home. On the contrary, everything found in a traditionally built home can be a part of a dome including a garage, multiple stories, hallways, laundry rooms, kitchens and bathrooms. If it is a living arrangement that intrigues you, consider some of the many different dome styles available to you.
4 Dome Styles
Geodesic domes as homes are not a new concept, but it is an increasingly popular alternative to traditional homes. At a fundamental level, geodesic domes are portions of full spheres. An example of a full geodesic sphere can be found at Disneyland’s Epcot Center. Domes made into structures for private use range from 5 percent of a full sphere and up, with a 100 percent being impractical as a living space. Dome homes can, in fact ,resemble traditional homes, featuring well thought-out floor plans that make them just as livable. Here a few examples:
- 35-foot Dome: With a 400 square foot garage at the lowest level, this type of dome can be equipped with as many as 3 stories and nearly 2,500 total square feet. One to three bedrooms are possible on the upper floors with an additional bedroom or hobby room in the lower level. Measuring 35 feet in diameter, a deck can be built around it, giving it the look and feel of a spacious and comfortable home.
- 39-foot Dome: Offering between 1,500 and 2,700 square feet on two possible levels, a 39-foot diameter dome features a two-car garage on the lower level and a large loft space up top. Two bathrooms and as many as three bedrooms fill out the space.
- Detached Garage: Domes of various sizes can also be built with a second adjacent dome used for a garage, shop and hobby area. The two domes are connected with an enclosed hallway. The main living dome has a main level and a loft with a second or third bedroom and another bathroom. The main floor contains the master bed and bath, kitchen and family and dining rooms.
- 50-foot Dome: Coming with 4 bedrooms, a study, a sunroom and three bathrooms plus a large living and dining room, a 50-foot dome can have as much as 5,000 square feet.
To make dome homes truly green they can be outfitted with energy saving insulation, grey water systems, solar hot water heater, even a private wind power generating system. Dome home are structurally superior to polyhedron home designs. This fact, combined with green amenities, makes geodesic homes desirable dwellings for people and families wishing to reduce their dependency on both grid power and water and unsustainable home designs.