Can you imagine living in an earthy tiny dome home in the woods like this one?
If you ever dream of living so simply- or at least having a little getaway like this for the weekends- then you’ll probably love this post.
Whether you wish for a tiny house on wheels, a little cabin in nature, or a backyard shed to work in.. This structure is sure to inspire you.
The structure took the form of a geodesic dome, a structural form I had long been a fan of. My interest was first peaked by chancing on a copy of “LLoyd Kahn’s – Domebook” at a WWOOF farm I stayed at. I was then lucky enough to live in a beautiful 30ft dome that was hand crafted without power-tools in Dunster, BC. I loved the feeling of living inside a bubble, like something from the future, only crafted from beautiful wood over 40 years ago.
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The design is very small with just enough room for a desk, bed, wood stove, and a little bit of storage.
The structure sits on a hill and overlooks a stream.
Jeffrey used earthen plaster which is a combination of clay, fiber, and fine aggregate to help insulate and protect the dome.
One of my favorite features of this build is how he set it up with a roof to further protect the structure from weather.
Above is the framing, or as Jeffrey likes to call it the skeleton of the dome.
A 2×4 was found and used to surround the decagon porthole to the cabin. Let’s go inside!
But first, let’s take a peek through that porthole.
That’s the bed platform up there! Let’s go inside for real now.
The table you see to the right is the only rounded item in the cabin. You can see it better below.
The wood used for the bed and desk were milled on site. The wood on the wall and around the bed was salvaged from a shed that was torn down.
What an inspiring view. This would be a nice place to write, wouldn’t it?
Reclaimed timber was used for the finishing touches on the ceiling that’s surrounded by earthen plaster.
Jeffrey decided to keep the triangle shape in the plaster instead of smoothing it out. I like that.
In the picture above you can see the reclaimed peg board used to cover the walls before plastering them. This photo was taken during a workshop that Jeffrey held.
The outside was wrapped with green vine maple (which was harvested from the forest you see in the photos) to help protect and hold the plaster.
Total construction time took approximately two months.
Reluctantly, tar paper was purchased to help build the roof while reclaimed cedar shakes & shingles were used to finish it up.
For the rest of the insulation, a combination of recycled rigid foam insulation and local sheep wool was used.
Lime plaster was chosen to plaster the exterior.
The wood used was finished with Land Ark oil which consists of linseed oil, tung oil, pine rosin, beeswax, and citrus solvent. (Thanks, Steve R!)
For more information on this project visit Jeffrey the Natural Builder’s website. Maybe you can join him for his next workshop.
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