Owen Geiger, Designer

South Elevation

South Elevation

How do you bring about the change you want to see? Live in harmony with earth and contribute to world peace. Here is a simple dome anyone can build. This single dome contains all of the necessities for habitation. In addition to the basics, you could incorporate solar hot water, greywater recycling, composting toilet (shown, although a flush toilet can be used) to further reduce your ecological footprint. There are hot/cold, wet/dry climate design options available. 19′ interior diameter, 283 sq. ft. interior main floor, 169 sq. ft. (16′ diameter) bedroom loft, total = 452 sq. ft. interior, 1 bath; footprint: 22′ diameter.

This plan is also available in slightly larger sizes for the same price; just indicate what size you are interested in when ordering.

Floor Pan

Floor Pan

The Plans for Sale

These plans are available as digital PDF files or AutoCAD files and are offered by Dr. Owen Geiger as complete and ready to build from. They include necessary elevations, floorplans, cross section details, and other significant construction details; they don’t show every view, every detail — just enough to build. They do not include electrical and plumbing details. The section views explain how everything goes together and should answer your questions about materials. The plans are scaled and dimensioned.

It is the buyer’s responsibility to find out special requirements, such as what alternative building is allowed in your county or what you have to do to get houses permitted. Are there special requirements for foundations, etc.? Do they require an engineer or architect to stamp the plans? It might be a good idea to know these things before ordering plans.

The AutoCAD version is the same as the PDF version, just in a format that can be read by AutoCAD software or other software that reads .dwg files. We recommend buying the AutoCAD version if you plan to have a professional architect or engineer read or make changes to the plan. This may be necessary in some jurisdictions that require state-licensed architects or engineers to stamp plans before they will be acceptable. Or if you want another professional to make some custom changes to Owen’s stock plans, then AutoCAD version may be the way to¬† go. If you would like both the PDF and the AutoCAD versions, then just indicate this when you purchase the AutoCAD version and they both will be sent for the price of the AutoCAD file.

This plan is offered with a free copy of Owen’s popular Earthbag Building Guide e-book.

 

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Comments

Peace Dome — 6 Comments

  1. I really like this design, and I especially like your comment about anyone being able to build this structure. Would this design be suitable for areas with heavy snowfall? If not, what set of plans would you recommend? What is the largest size for this set of plans? Is it possible to use an extra layer of bags filled with gravel in order to have the door a bit farther above ground level (to avoid the snow)?

    • Domes evolved in deserts, so you’ll need to make some changes for snowy/wet climates. Two main approaches: 1. build a roofed dome. Search our Projects pages at Earthbag Building.com to see several examples. 2. build a ferrocement rainscreen on the exterior of the dome. The rainscreen is basically an outer cement shell that’s built on top of the dome with about 1″ space between. Add L-shaped 1/4″ rebar pins every 12″ on the exterior. Tie plaster mesh or similar mesh to the rebar and then cover with 2-3 coats of cement plaster.

      You can make larger versions of the Peace Dome. Just realize that earthbag building is laborious and there’s a learning curve to everything. It’s good to do a small project first and go from there.

      Yes, you can raise the dome on extra layers of gravel bags. Besides raising the structure and protecting against moisture damage, this would also create space for insulation under the floor. Scoria or pumice are popular insulation choices among natural builders.

  2. I love this design, but before I purchase the plans, what building materials does it require? Is it earth bag? straw bale? Thanks!

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