Foam Dome Home by Craig

Craig posted this very cool design on Google Buzz the other day and I thought I’d share it with the larger community. Craig also has a blog where he posts many of his clever design concepts called You and your wacky Sketch-up projects that don’t go anywhere.

This one is based on the form dome homes being built in Japan by the folks at International Dome House. But Craig mixed in some other ideas and took it several steps farther by combining shipping containers and natural building materials and using the foam domes on the roof. Here is how he describes the idea:

The downside of such a home (the International Dome House) in North America is that domes don’t hold their resale value – or so a certain North American distributing magnate e-mail friend tells me.

I still have been thinking that the foam dome home system could be put to good use in a house project that would hold it’s resale value – a prefabricated roof system for “eco” home designs.

Straw bale, earth bag, rammed earth, shipping container homes would become more financially viable if you could incorporate such a prefab roof that could be built in a couple of days. It would reduce the labor cost of building a roof drastically and it would offer protection for straw bales, earth bag and other “eco” home designs during construction.

Great thinking Craig. A lightweight foam dome roof on top of natural walls or shipping containers makes a lot of sense. I also think Craig is right about this kind of component adding to the resale value of the home because it’s not all that much different from a SIP (structural insulated panel) in concept.

Here are some of Craig’s drawings. Nice work Craig!

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