Insulated Light Wood Frame

People living in high rainfall areas, heavy snow country, or areas with abundant access to wood products, can secure light, wood frame rafters to built-in extended eaves. We recommend light wood frame as an alternative to larger dimensional lumber. Not because the dome cant take the weight, but to reduce timber consumption (Fig. 13.9). Exterior wood-frame roof systems can be insulated, sheathed with wood, and covered with any kind of roofing material, like metal, wood, asphalt shingles, or...

Designing Drafting an Earthbag Dome How to Use an Architectural Compass

Drafting Tools Images

An architectural compass is the dome builder's friend, so let's get acquainted with the new toys we will need to design an earthbag dome on paper. We will need An architectural-student-quality drawing compass preferably with an expandable arm A three-sided architect's or engineer's scale ruler in inch or centimeter increments A good mechanical pencil and eraser A two-foot 0.6 m long T-square A combo circle template optional A flat surface with a square edge like a pane of glass or Plexiglas or...

Drawings for the Honey House

Drawing Earthbag Plan

Refer to Chapter 11 for detailed explanations on making architectural drawings for domes. The first drawing we made was an elevation sketch. This is essentially a cross-sectional drawing of the height and width and shape of the dome with foundation details and floor level indicated Fig. 12.2 . This shape closely resembles a catenary-shaped arch see Chapter 10 for more about arch shapes . The second drawing is called the floor plan. This is a horizontal cross-section showing the thickness of...