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This is so awesome! I had similar ideas about making custom molds. In particular, if you're building a geodesic dome in particular, have pre-molded edge angles and shapes would be extremely helpful as they are quite complicated and unique
Have you considered doing this for a geodesic dome shape? Also, I always wondered (or was concerned) that having only a small amount of surface exposed to air may cause issues with how the concrete hardens (cracks, variable hardening, ... dunno)... do you see an issues given the small amount of exposed aircrete while drying?
@matt-prosser Matt this is awesome, it's really great just to see well designed, effective functional domes. I'm excited to see more examples of practical dome designs.
Personally I think this base 2 dome design of this size makes a lot of sense in terms of a 'standard size' and addresses a lot of the issues of noise and needing multiple spaces (all stuff gleaned from you Matt 🙂 )
@zander I will try and make a video on my next attempt. I just built a work bench 4ft x 8ft x 3/4 ply. I am hoping that will be a stable enough surface.
It may be a few weeks though.
Look forward to hearing any feed-back from my pics and/or video.
@gelucske Hi gelucske, have you succesfully built your dome ? I also live in Belgium, I'm quite new to this and don't have any experience. I'm gathering info ( would love to participate in a project ) and looking for builders. Your feedback would be nice
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I am a English professional Permaculture designer & dome builder based in Spain. I would like to share with you all my Permaculture blog that has many posts on topics related to Permaculture design.
Permaculture design allows us to design our land in a way that meets human needs whist respecting nature. In my experience combining dome building with Permaculture design is the way to self sufficiency & freedom. Here is a link to my blog: http://www.holisticprogressiondesigns.com/blog
I have built four dome homes in Spain & Turkey. You can see photos in the showcase section, on my profile or website: http://www.holisticprogressiondesigns.com/domes.html
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I am doing some research to see what might be out there by others types of dome building. I came across a statement from an engineer and don’t have the exact quote
But essentially the dome has been around fo a long time and has strength no other structure has ! I think some exceptions were made in building code for the dome building because of this. I have yet gone to the county to start my application for the permits yet. One other stop prior to that was a local engineering/architecture firm for some consulting. Looking for some others with experience with the permitting and codes issues. I don’t want to work and then be told to take it down . Been there before and it’s no fun. It was a remodel in a county in Oregon.
@meg-and-steve Thanks for investigating into this rumor. Sorry for the delayed response (I took a 3-year off-grid break). When I left the Hawi site the dome had interior and exterior finish stucco, windows, and a door. I returned a few weeks later to find it painted (interior and exterior) and a pergo type floor was installed. The intention for this dome was to be a massage studio. Since I never finished this thread properly I can see how the rumor could have started. Here are two photos recently provided by the owner.DF469AF1-F961-4A0F-812F-02E8525EF215.jpeg Hawi dome with shower house.jpgalt text