USA: Dome Homes: Dome Home Manufacturers
ABOUT DOME HOMES
Dome homes are homes made from one or more hemispherical structures. Dome homes may be constructed out of rigid triangular panels, or by spraying concrete onto a foam structure. Dome homes produce rooms whose floors are in the shape of a circle or a section of a circle. This produces spaces which are interesting and somewhat unusual. Dome homes made from rigid triangular panels are known as geodesic domes; a technique invented by Buckminster Fuller. The dome home panels are grouped into hexagons or pentagons, and windows usually take the form of triangles, hexagons or pentagons.
Concrete dome homes are highly resistant to extreme weather conditions. They may be partially or wholly built into the ground, with earth laid over the domes, producing highly energy efficient underground homes.
LEADING DOME HOME MANUFACTURERS
Timberline Geodesic Domes: Dome Homes. Timberline Geodesic Domes has been manufacturing dome homes since 1975. Timberline has constructed dome homes in all 50 states and many foreign countries. Timberline's dome homes are supplied as pre-cut, pre-drilled color coded lumber. There is an easy to follow illustrated Assembly Manual. Timberline dome homes offer high energy efficiency. This is partly because dome homes use 30% less surface area to enclose the same volume as a box-like structure. This means the dome home has less surface area through which heat can escape. Also cold air blows around the curved surface of the home, instead of penetrating the house after hitting a flat wall.
The Timberline website has a Scrapbook page, with photos from many happy owners of dome homes. There is a section on Frequently Asked Questions about dome homes, covering geodesic structures, pre-planning, architectural options, construction, and finishing.
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