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How to make a dome house - step by step guide for the construction of 6 stages


Table of contents

  • 1 Features of residential houses in the shape of a dome
    • 1.1 How to construct the dome home
    • 1.2 Varieties frame domes
  • 2 Construction of the geodesic dome home
    • 2.1 Step 1: preparation of tools and materials
    • 2.2 Step 2: production of foundation
    • 2.3 Step 3: Installation of foundation of the house
    • 2.4 Step 4: assembling the supporting frame
    • 2.5 Step 5: Sex arrangement
    • 2.6 Step 6: the dome lining
  • 3 conclusion
 Despite the seemingly small size, the dome inside the house is very spacious.

Despite the seemingly small size, the dome inside the house is very spacious.

You want to impress your guests or neighbors in the area unusual shape of a country house? I'll tell you in detail how to build a dome house with his own hands. For those who question the wisdom of such a decision, I will describe all the positive and negative sides domed buildings, and step by step instructions visually confirm my words.

Features of residential houses in the shape of a dome

Self-supporting construction of a spherical shape began to build in the last century, but in housing domed houses appeared relatively recently.

Among the private developers have a lot of supporters and opponents of this form of house. I did not bow down to the one or the other, but simply give the obvious facts:


  1. Low cost:
  • For the construction of the dome of the building requires much less time and building materials than for the construction of a model of a wooden or brick home with the same area;
  • Accordingly, in this case, the construction cost is reduced, and the speed increases.
  1. Low weight:
  • A thin-walled spherical shell has a low specific weight, so you can use melkozaglublenny tape or pier foundation for the erection of such a building;
  • For the same reason, these homes can even be built on unstable or heaving soils.
  1. Self-supporting:
  • Spherical dome itself has good self-supporting capacity, so it does not require any support or supporting structures (columns, beams, girders and so on.) The elements for him;
  • If necessary, you can always install the power components within the home, for example, to maintain the ceiling of the second floor, balcony or attic.
  1. The even distribution of loads:
  • Arched ceiling under the influence of the vertical load is always in compression;
  • The vector of the applied force is directed tangentially with respect to the hemisphere, which also has an ideal aerodynamic shape;
  • The combination of these factors provides a high seismic resistance and ability to withstand significant snow and wind loads.
 Heated minimal space and efficient distribution of hot air can save up to 30% of the fuel for heating houses the dome.

Heated minimal space and efficient distribution of hot air can save up to 30% of the fuel for heating houses the dome.

  1. Good energy efficiency:
  • Heated volume dome Housing 30% less than the internal volume of the standard building with the same area on the floor;
  • In the spherical house no cold corners and ceiling joints, which largely lead to heat losses;
  • The arched shape of the dome in a more even and smooth distribution of the heat flow.
  1. Free planning:
  • The hollow spherical shell allows you to perform the internal layout of the premises in the building at its discretion;
  • If you are such a plan eventually get bored, you can always alter it without altering the building of the structure.
  1. Original design:
  • Residential building hemispherical shape has an unusual appearance, so it will focus on the attention and visually stand out among the other buildings of the private sector.
  • In order not to disgrace the neighbors, you need to properly consider the concept of outdoor design and architectural style.


  1. The spherical shape It may not be very convenient for the usual space planning, as well as for the arrangement of furniture, plumbing fixtures and appliances.
  2. The complex architecture. We round the house harder to make the porch, doors, windows, balconies and other architectural elements.
 Inside the dome is loosely provided a full two-storey house for a big family.

Inside the dome is loosely provided a full two-storey house for a big family.

How to construct the dome home

For individual building dome homes use several technologies:

  1. Monolithic concrete vault It produced in the form of a thin outer shell reinforced monolithic concrete:
  • Steel rebars welded lightweight frame hemispherical shape;
  • By itself, it has practically no stiffness so supported by temporary props;
  • Inside and outside frame around the perimeter of installed sliding formwork, and concrete is poured inside it dissolved;
  • As concrete pour cleaned some formwork section, and it moves up, whereupon it is poured into a new portion of the solution;
  • When all the concrete fully hardens, formwork is removed, and remains sturdy reinforced shell in the form of a hemisphere.
 For pouring the concrete formwork inflatable dome used as a large cylinder with compressed air.

For pouring the concrete formwork inflatable dome used as a large cylinder with compressed air.

  1. Dome of brick or stone you can build even without special equipment:
  • The round foundation perimeter laid several rows of bricks;
  • Laying first rows is vertically plumb;
  • Starting with 10-15 series, each successive bit of bricks is laid obliquely toward the center of the circle;
  • With each next laying more bends, and its radius gradually decreases;
  • In order to maintain the back rows are substituted by temporary supports, and at the end in the middle put the capstone.
Masonry dome made of brick requires a lot of experience, so this method is not suitable for beginners.

Masonry dome made of brick requires a lot of experience, so this method is not suitable for beginners.

  1. Dome vault of foam to do with their hands is even easier, because it is collected from the lungs of finished spherical segments:
  • Polystyrene sections from the finished sets are installed on a circular foundation, and bonded to each other by a special glue;
  • Outside on the surface of the foam is laid reinforcing mesh, a moisture-resistant layer is then applied on cement-based plasters;
  • The lower part of the facing hemisphere obkladyvaetsya clinker brick or tile, and the top is mounted on a flexible roofing bituminous base (roofing material, shingles);
  • Interior finishing and plastering reduced to dome staining with reinforcing mesh serpyanku.
 Foam dome, surrounded by artificial stone looks quite solidly and stylishly.

Foam dome, surrounded by artificial stone looks quite solidly and stylishly.

  1. Frame dome house It is assembled from a plurality of small pieces of wood or timber boards:
  • All preform for the carcass of the dome have the same cross section, but differ slightly in length;
  • They are mounted on a circular base, and are connected with each other in a strictly defined sequence;
  • Outside skeleton is sheathed waterproof plywood or oriented strand board (OSB) 10-15 mm;
  • The lower part can be plastered or covered with facing bricks, and the top of the arch of the dome cover flexible roofing materials;
  • The inside of the carcass cavity laid thermally insulating material, and then executed decoration sheets OSB board or other paneling interior materials.
Semicircular terrace around the dome home can significantly increase the usable area.

Semicircular terrace around the dome home can significantly increase the usable area.

Varieties frame domes

Frame construction technology involves the construction of a dome house bearing skeleton of one of two types:

  1. Stratodezichesky dome the house has an arc supporting frame. According to the structure of the lattice frame, he recalls parallels and meridians of the northern hemisphere:
  • Circumferentially disposed plurality of foundation meridional radius segments that converge at the top in the central part of the house;
  • All vertical segments interconnected parallel horizontal webs, which are uniformly arranged with equal pitch from the base to the top of the dome.


  • Such a construction assembly with plating resists well the vertical and horizontal loads;
  • The rectangular shape of the lattice cells, it is convenient to incorporate the standard windows and doors;


  • The bearing capacity stratodezicheskogo dome is retained only if the complete set of linked elements and the presence of the outer skin;
  • If a portion of the outer skin and the carrier segments removed, a house may crumble;
  • For this reason stratodezicheskaya technology is not suitable for the construction of houses of spherical irregularly shaped with large openings or cut off a flat facade.
 Stratodezichesky frame consists of a plurality of curved segments, similar orange segments.

Stratodezichesky frame consists of a plurality of curved segments, similar orange segments.

  1. geodesic dome characterized by a mesh structure supporting frame. At first glance it may seem chaotic lattice, but in fact it is strictly codified:
  • All the constituent elements of the geodesic dome bound in separate bundles of 6 pieces;
  • These are connected by means of metal connectors, and are arranged at an angle of 45 ° relative to each other;
  • Each tuft forming spatial polyhedron, similar in shape to a segment of the right sector.


  • Interconnected beams provide good bearing capacity even without an outer skin, and also in the case where the scope is not fully assembled;
  • This property allows the use of a geodesic dome grating for construction of houses the most unusual shapes, such as open-air terraces, wide apertures or flat facades;


  • a large number of connectors and more complex engineering calculations required for manufacturing;
  • The triangular shape of the lattice cells is not always convenient for cutting materials, as well as for the installation of plastic windows and doors.
 Frame geodesic dome consists of a plurality of individual straight edges connected to each other at a slight angle.

Frame geodesic dome consists of a plurality of individual straight edges connected to each other at a slight angle.

Construction of the geodesic dome home

Step 1: preparation of tools and materials

To build a dome house with his own hands, does not require lifting equipment or special equipment, except for the sawmill. For the rest, you can do the usual set of household tools:


Illustration list of tools
dlaoyfldoaydop1 Carpentry tools:
  1. Rubber or wooden mallet;
  2. The two hacksaw on wood for longitudinal and cross-cut;
  3. Carpenter big ax;
  4. Hand jointer and planer;
  5. A set of chisels;
  6. A large wooden square;
  7. A pencil;
  8. Ruler or folding meter.
dlaoyfldoaydop2 Hand tools:
  1. Hacksaw;
  2. Hammer medium and large;
  3. Pliers with pliers;
  4. A set of curly and flat screwdrivers;
  5. Scissors on metal;
  6. Furniture or staple gun with a set of staples;
  7. Sledgehammer and scrap metal;
  8. Building level and a plumb line from the rope;
  9. Tape measure length of 5 m;
  10. A sharp knife;
  11. Set of wrenches №№ 10-22.


Gardening Tools:
  1. Aluminum or wooden staircase;
  2. Bayonet and shovel;
  3. Gardening or construction wheelbarrow;
  4. Manual for tamping soil;
  5. Garden auger 200-300 mm in diameter.


  1. Mixer mixer or building;
  2. Electric drill with drill bits for wood and metal;
  3. Bulgarian discs on metal and wood;
  4. Electric jigsaw with the sawing of a tree;
  5. Cut machine with disks on a tree;
  6. Sawmill or a circular saw for cutting lumber.


Illustration List of materials
Materials for pier foundation:
  1. Asbestos cement or plastic pipe with a diameter of 200-300 mm (as pictured);
  2. Rebars 10-12 mm in diameter;
  3. Threaded rod M12;
  4. Ravine or quarry clean sand;
  5. Portland cement M400-M500;
  6. Crushed granite 20-30 mm size;
  7. Cold clean water.

Instead of plastic pipes can be used cardboard casings from large rolls or rolled into a 2-3 roofing material layer.


  1. Dry bar section of 100x100 mm;
  2. Edged boards 50x100 mm;
  3. Planed boards of 25 mm thickness;
  4. Reiki and bars section 20x20 - 60x60 mm;
  5. Tongued batten 40 mm;
  6. Water-resistant plywood or OSB 10-15 mm;
  7. Board siding for interior decoration.


Thermal insulation and waterproofing:
  1. Mineral wool in rolls or plates;
  2. Polyethylene film;
  3. roofing felt;
  4. Flexible shingles;
  5. Hydroprotective vapor permeable membrane;
  6. Metallised aluminum tape;
  7. Polyurethane foam in cylinders;
  8. Bituminous mastic.


  1. Galvanized bolts M6-M12 with nuts and washers;
  2. Five- and six-rayed connectors for connecting bars;
  3. Screws Wood 4-6 mm in diameter and 32-85 mm in length;
  4. Roofing screws 25-55 mm in length;
  5. Galvanized mounting plates and corners with perforations;

Connectors can be welded to a thick-walled pipe of steel plates and 4-5 mm. It is convenient to use a jig made of plywood and wooden beams.

Step 2: production of foundation

Building dome house with their hands always begins with the foundation. In this case it can be a tape or columnar. Last to make it easier and cheaper, so I will talk about the production of columnar foundation:

Illustration Description of work


Marking territory:
  1. On a plot to determine the center of the future home plan and draw a circle equal to its outer diameter;
  2. This can be done with the help of a makeshift compass of pegs and cord;
  3. Within the circle goutweed top soil to a depth of 150-200 mm;
  4. From the center to the circumference to hold a straight line with an offset of 30 °, dividing it into 12 equal parts;
  5. Inside draw another circle, the diameter of which must be half great circle.


Holes for pillars:
  1. At the intersection of the large circle and straight lines to drill 12 holes with a diameter of 200-300 mm and a depth of 1500 mm;
  2. At the intersection of the small circle and straight drilled holes 6 having the same dimensions;
  3. In each pit to install and fix the plastic or asbestos cement pipe;
  4. Their upper ends have to be arranged in the same horizontal plane at a height of at least 200 mm above the ground.


Pouring of the foundation:
  1. Of the three or four steel bars 18 weld the reinforcing bars on the entire length of the pile tube;
  2. In the center of each lattice weld stud so that after installation it acted armature 150 mm above the end of the pipe;
  3. In each pipe insert reinforcing cage, and fill to the top with concrete solution M200 mark;
  4. Concrete sealed immersion vibrator, cover with plastic film and leave to rest for curing.

At the time of the threads on the stud, it is desirable to protect the masking paper tape.

To eventually under house grass did not germinate after mounting foundation, in place of soil excavated upper geotextile layer to be stacked, and the top fill layer of sand and gravel.

Step 3: Installation of foundation of the house

The construction of the dome house on the pier foundation can begin no earlier than 2-3 weeks after the pouring of concrete:

Illustration Description of work


Scheme base:
  1. The maximum load of the weight of the dome falls on the large circle;
  2. Therefore, the outer contour of the harness must be done from a bar section not less than 100x100 mm;
  3. Strapping inner loop poles can be used board 50x100 mm, setting her on edge;
  4. Step between reference points for each timber to be not more than 1500 mm;
  5. If the house has a diameter of more than 12000 mm, the number of supporting pillars should be increased.

So that moisture from the concrete does not penetrate into the wood, on the top of each column should be glued gaskets roofing.


Stacking timber and radial lag:
  1. Compound of carrier bars and a lag between the radial performed in a half-tree;
  2. Each outer contour beam must lie on the two adjacent supporting columns;
  3. After joining of the two adjacent beams, they need to drill a hole, and spread on the threaded stud;
  4. When the entire outer contour will be assembled, it is necessary to pull the nuts with large washers in each column;
  5. Lags one end supported by a central pillar;
  6. In the middle of the inner contour are supported and the other end borne by the outer contour of the timber.


Installation of vertical pillars:
  1. The lower part is generally dome construction vertical, and fornix Radius begins at a height 800-1500 mm above the finished floor;
  2. This allows more efficient use of the internal space;
  3. To this end, perpendicular to the ground at the corners of the base must be installed 12 vertical columns of timber 100x100 mm;
  4. They must be spread on the threaded studs, with the two sides to strengthen the side braces;
  5. The pillars must stand vertically, and the distance between them around the perimeter must be equal everywhere.

Step 4: assembling the supporting frame

Carcass of a geodesic dome home, you can use a connector or connection beskonnektornoe faces:

  • Compound with connectors designed for heavier loads, however, such a method would be more expensive;
  • Beskonnektornoe connection easier and cheaper, but it can only be used for small-sized domes.
Illustration Description of work


Lower section:
  1. For the transition from the vertical to the spherical part of the dome have to do twelve trapezoidal sections;
  2. I did not bring them the exact dimensions because they are determined by geometric calculations separately for each dome.


Installing the lower section:
  1. Trapezoidal section install and secure the top of the vertical pillars;
  2. From this level begins spherical dome, so each section should be slightly inclined toward the center of the circle;
  3. On top of all sections should be rigidly interconnected with horizontal ribs.


Mounting frame:
  1. From the next series begins installation of triangular sections;
  2. They're going to the place of the individual ribs, using five- and six-rayed connectors or screws for wood;
  3. For this work is convenient to use a high stepladder or collapsible scaffolding.


Dome frame:
  1. A geodesic dome home cage should have the right hemispherical shape;
  2. He has sufficient rigidity, so it can safely support the weight of several adults.

Step 5: Sex arrangement

Dome house on pier foundation turns slightly raised above ground level. To eliminate penetration of the cold bottom, in such houses do boarded flooring insulated with an inner tongue and groove decking planks:

Illustration Description of work


Filing subfloor:
  1. Bottom to radial battens secure the cloth vapor-permeable waterproof membrane;
  2. It is convenient to use the building or furniture stapler;
  3. Under the membrane to logs hem subfloor of planed boards 25 mm;
  4. Between the boards are allowed a small gap width and 5 mm.


Laying insulation:
  1. The space between joists on hydroprotective membrane bed heater;
  2. In this case, I advise you to use the hard plates of mineral wool;
  3. As an alternative one can use sheets or extruded polystyrene foam (Epps), as well as expanded clay backfill, coal slag or perlite;
  4. Atop the insulation layer laid one vapor-permeable membrane and attach it to the sleepers by means of staples.


Installation of the finished floor:
  1. Above the diaphragm from inside the house to secure the battens tongued batten 40 mm;
  2. They must be laid without gaps and crevices close to each other;
  3. The floorboards must lay down perpendicular to the joists;
  4. Therefore, in a round house with radial joists, flooring will as separate sectors;
  5. If desired, the floorboards can be laid linoleum, laminate, ceramic tile or other floor covering.

Step 6: the dome lining

After mounting the frame to install windows and doors. Given the specific shape of the house, the window is better to order in a specialized workshop. The construction of outer and inner domes casing supporting frame:

Illustration Description of work


Vapor barrier:
  1. Outside, the whole dome is necessary obtyanut hydroprotective vapor-permeable membrane;
  2. It can freely release water vapor to the outside, but is moisture inside the insulation;
  3. The edges of the membrane should be laid webs overlap with each other by 80-100 mm;
  4. Outside, it is necessary to fix it to the frame using a stapler.


  1. On top of the membrane to the frame to fix kontrobreshetku section of the wooden beams 30x30 or 40x40 mm;
  2. It is necessary to provide a ventilation gap between the outer shell and insulation.


  1. Each dome segment sewn outside a triangle of moisture-resistant sheet material;
  2. I suggest using water-resistant plywood or OSB 10-15 mm;
  3. The sheets are fastened to the outer skin batten bars countersunk screws with a pitch of 120-150 mm;
  4. The joints between the sheets need to fluff mastic asphalt.


Exterior finish and waterproofing:
  1. Over the outer sheathing laid waterproofing or evroruberoida;
  2. It is easy to stick to the surface, warming the lower side of the gas burner or a blowtorch;
  3. The lower part of the dome at a height of 1-2 meters outside to impose a decorative brick or ceramic granite tiles;
  4. The upper part of it is best to cover the flexible shingles;
  5. It can be easily bent in any direction, so skintight curves on the sides of the dome;
  6. Shingles is attached to the skin with small nails, with the installation of a must-carry upwards.


Warming and inner lining:
  1. The space between the ribs of the carcass inside the house put the mineral wool;
  2. The thickness of the insulation layer must be at least 100 mm;
  3. So that it does not fall between the boards can be stretched thin cord;
  4. Above the insulation layer and fix bed vapor-permeable membrane;
  5. Thereafter, each triangle sew sheets or OSB board lining;
  6. They can be covered with varnish or paint the interior with acrylic paint.


According to the instructions described here you will be able to build a domed building on the site for 1-2 months. In this case, the materials required for 30-40% lower than for the construction of a classical building. I advise you also see the video in this article, and any questions you leave me in the comments.