I have been working on my idea for my own ''ideal'' house, which is a combination earthbag/geodesic dome design. I wrote a simple webpage for it, explaining all of the ideas I am incorporating into it.
Please take a look and let me know what you think. I invite new perspectives on the concept, and would be starting a free workshop to build it.
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Just took a look at your website, looks great! I've been thinking of A Dome House Design too, just ideas at the moment. I had the thought of having a living covering for my dome, grass or other low mainatance vegetation. Excellent insulation and very green. Not sure how water drainage would work, probably earth, gravel and then a runoff channel.
Just batting around ideas. I'm geared towards maximum sustainability, so try to stear clear of concrete, though I realise there is an argument for longevity. Also where does the nutrients come from for the hydroponics? is it pre formulated, purchased, and then added, or can you naturally source it?
I love the idea of a Radio Wave collector, never heard of it before, will be doing more research.
Have you heard of kachelöfens? Super efficient, wood burning stoves. Can be placed at the centre of a structure, heat several rooms for upto 24 hours, plus back boiler and only have a burn time of 2 hours. Guess it depends on the local climate and location!
Would be good to hear more of your thought/porgress
That living cover sounds like a great idea. I've thought about burying the domes, too. This keeps the interior at a constant temp, or close to one.
I like concrete, but like using the native clay or soil even better. Earth bagging is the best method I have seen, and using concrete, scoria, and cloth bags would make impenetrable bricks with a variety of shapes. I have a new page on richardlaurens dot com (go to links, then the word 'LAND' on the right), which shows the light rocks and type of soil that I am building with. There are rocks of all sizes that are the "black lava rock" (scoria) that people look for when making earth bricks.
Even with the Zed Pedestal on the page, the output wouldn't be spectacular. It's just non-moving, and self-sustaining...which is why I would build it. You could run a laptop, lighting, and some fans for eternity. Or as long as the parts hold out.
Thank you for the interest! I hope to build soon, and I will post lots of pictures and videos.