An important part of taking on a project as big as a house, is to practice the building techniques you may want to use. Our plan is to build our home out of cordwood and domes, so when we had the opportunity for the man to go help Freedom’s Phoenix put together a dome for Porcfest in NH, off we went to camp out for a couple days.
After the experience of building this dome, we did make up our minds that building a dome roof for the house would be too big for just the two of us to handle. We also decided that domes will be perfect, on the smaller scale, for workshops, playhouses, and especially greenhouses on the Houligan Homestead.
The conduit used to build the domes is inexpensive. We don’t have to have the fancier presses that would make the build quicker and easier. There are many options available to cover the domes that can be as cheap as a tarp. My point is that this can be a cheap way for us to put up very functional out buildings.
We also have a bunch of scrap conduit from the wall tent we lived in while we built our cabin. It collapsed and is beyond repair, so we have plenty of building materials laying around to put together a dome. I hope to build a greenhouse this year, maybe a hut for the kids to play in too..
We were only there for the set up part of the festival, but we did get to meet people representing many intetesting websites and businesses. Check them out: