Just Domes – The Geodesic Dome Home

Economic Geodesic Dome Homes

Economic Geodesic Dome Homes

Larger Geodesic Design Structures

Larger Geodesic Design Structures

Upmarket Geodesic Domes

Upmarket Geodesic Domes

Custom Geodesic Dome Homes by Just Domes! Geodesic Domes are cost-effective and versatile options to many business and home requirements.

Our Dome Shelters can be used as Eco-Resort dwelling places, environmentally conscious developers looking for sustainable housing solutions can surely investigate this option.

The Pros and Cons of Geodesic Dome Homes

Builders and homebuyers need to keep up to date with emerging trends and, while we do not yet see the neighbourhoods filled with domed structures, some experts believe that Geodesic domes are the homes of choice in the not too distant future.

The Advantages of Geodesic Domes

Geodesic Domes have not been the design of choice in South Africa as they are relatively unknown. Considering that they can withstand harsh weather conditions, from snowstorms to heavy rainfall and the African heat, they are sure to take off as the modern home buyer becomes aware of their advantages. More and more people are turning to them because of their energy efficiency and cost-effectiveness.

They Withstand Africa’s Weather

Upmarket Geodesic Domes

The domes shape poses less resistance to the wind and storms and there is even some evidence that they can withstand hurricane-force winds. Because of the low number of flat surfaces, the wind tends to blow around the dome more easily. Domes also stand up better to fairly strong earthquakes

The ultra Energy Efficient Dome

With The inefficiency of ESCOM and the high cost of electricity, the extremely energy-efficient dome comes into its own. The Dome’s shape makes for more efficient air circulation which keeps an even temperature throughout the home, making the dome 2 to 4 times more energy-efficient than the traditional home. Domes have a light advantage s well, from the way in which they refract light, keeping it in the dome, thus reducing the amount of artificial light is needed. This is important when you consider the cost of our Eskom Power.

They are very strong. From a pure engineering perspective, geodesic domes are superior to square homes. They are the only man-made structure that actually gets proportionally stronger as they increase in size. They are also lighter, more structurally sound and require fewer materials. When comprised of bio-ceramic, geodesic domes are also highly fire-resistant.

Considering a Dome – Consider This

When considering a Geodesic Dome Home, Consider the following:

  • Few Builders have experience with domes in South Africa
  • Traditional homes are square and appliences are built accordingly. Your planning needs to take this into account.
  • Creating divisions and rooms in domes requires a bit of creativity and experience
  • It takes experience to streamline the construction of a dome home.

Just Domes Builds For Many Purposes

Dome Chicken coupe

These structures lend themselves to many different uses:

  • Cost-effective homes,
  • Holiday homes,
  • That extra bedroom/guest room,
  • A workshop, greenhouse,
  • Pool cover for all season swimming,
  • chicken coupes and more

Building Materials

Geodesic Domes can be built out of many different materials. Each material has its pro and cons.

FrameProsCons
PVC PipeLight and easy to transport
Easy to erect.
20 – 50mm Pipe can be used to build the frame
Suitable for fairly large Size domes
Mo painting or treatment needed
Can be covered with Canvas, Shadecloth or Plastic.
Cost-Effective
Not as rigid as Steel.
All interior cupboards, walls and mezzanine floor must be Freestanding
No other interior furniture or structure can be supported by the PVC frame.
Steel PipeStrong and rigid frame
Can be covered with canvas, glass fibre, wood panelling, wood, aircrete and more.
Longer lasting than PVC.
Heavy
Difficult to transport in a small vehicle.
More difficult to erect
Takes longer to Erect
Must be Powder coated or Galvanised to prevent rust.
Expensive
Aluminium Strong and rigid frame
Lighter than Steel Pipe
Can be covered with canvas, glass fibre, wood panelling, wood, aircrete and more.
Longer lasting than PVC.
Heavier than PVC
Difficult to transport in a small vehicle.
More difficult to erect
Takes longer to Erect
Expensive
Wood FrameStrong and rigid frame
Can be covered with canvas, glass fibre, wood panelling, wood, aircrete and more.
Longer lasting than PVC.
Heavier than PVC
Difficult to transport in a small vehicle.
Must be Treated or painted.
More difficult to erect
Takes longer to Erect
Expensive
Cover
CanvasCost-effective
Lightweight
Durable if UV resistant and tear-proof canvas is used
Ea Must be Powder coated or Galvanised to prevent rust. easy to install
Can have windows and vents
Suitable for all weather conditions
Can be painted with UV resistant paint
Not as long-lasting as glass, steel, glass fibre or wood
UV Resistant & Tearresistant canvas can be less cost-effective but lasts longer
Can be torn and damaged if not properly cared for.
Painted CanvasA Non-UV resistant canvas can be used and painted with a UV resistant paint
Easy to install and then paint
Cheaper canvas can be used but any savings will be countered by the cost of a good paint
Not as long-lasting as glass, steel, glass fibre or wood
Can be torn and damaged if not properly cared for.
Needs to be repainted regularly
PlasticVery Cheap
Easy to transport
Easy to install
Does not last very long and must be replaced
Easily torn and damaged
Can be damaged by hail or wind-born objects
ShadeclothSuitable for creating a shaded area
Not suitable as a weatherproof shelter
Needs to be covered with UV resistant shade cloth
Plastic & ShadeclothCan be cost-effective for a short to medium-term shelter
Cost-effective
Lightweight
Durable if UV resistant shade cloth is used
Easy to install
Suitable for most weather conditions
This combination makes a cost-effective shelter
Not Suitable for a long term shelter
Needs to be covered with UV resistant shade cloth

All Weather Dome Structures

Geodesic Domes make wonderful homes and other structures and are suitable for most weather conditions experienced in South Africa.

Domes Are Multi Purpose Structures

Geodesic Domes are such versatile structures that they can be used for almost any purpose. Here are a few ideas:-

Domes For Camping or Glamping

Upmarket Geodesic Domes

If you are considering a B & B or a lodge type business on your farm or smallholding, then the dome is something that you can consider. Ir is a cost-effective building technique that will provide you with a 5 Star guest room at about 30% less than traditional building materials.

These domes can also be covered with high-quality canvas and can include a bathroom, toilet, kitchenette and more. The finish is entirely up to you and you are limited only by your imagination.

Long Term Prepping Shelter

There are many scenarios to consider here:

  • You need a longterm shelter for your family for if (more likely when) the SHTF. A PVC Dome with a canvas cover is light and faily easy to transport
    • This type of dome is cost effective and can be expanded as and when needed.
    • They can be designed to the size you need for your family
    • They can be errected by two people in most cases
  • You have a tent but it is nowolder and possibly smaller than you now require.
    • Buy or build a dome that covers your tent. This will extend the life of your tent by protecting it from the sun, wind and rain.
    • Ensure that you dome is large enough to house your eaxtra requirements, e.g. sleeping area, kitchen, recreation area.
  • You need to source a longterm shelter for your family for when the SHTF.
    • Design and source a Dome that suites your families needs.
    • Make sure that you are able to transport it or store it in the area where you consider to be your destination.

Disaster Management Shelters & Alternative Housing

Domes lend themselves to be great temporary Kitchens, Clinics, Security offices, Community shelters and Family shelters in cases of emergencies. They can be covered with plastic or cheap woven plastic fabric.

Your own Design

Pool Room

You can design a Geodesic dome to meet your needs to build:-

  • Double Story Homes
  • Multi-Room Structures
  • Pool Room
  • Home Gym
  • Workshops
  • Store Rooms
  • Agriculture
    • Green Houses
    • Chicken Or Rabbit Houses

In Conclusion

The geodesic dome is a great alternative, cost-effective and energy-efficient building method that lends itself to a variety of uses. From Permanent homes to SHTF long-term shelters, the dome does it all. Although it is yet to catch on in South Africa, it is a tried and tested design that can be used in most circumstances.

If you would like to know more about our Geodesic Domes, feel free to contact us here or Request a quotation here.