Build Your Own Dome Home

The Lama Foundation of 1970 encouraged MOTHER EARTH NEWS readers to live freely and build their own dome homes using recycled materials.
By the MOTHER EARTH NEWS editors
May/June 1970
Add to My MSN

The Lama Foundation of 1970 encourages building your own dome home out of recycled materials.
PHOTO: FOTOLIA/ILLUSTREZ-VOUS


Content Tools

Related Content

Photo of the Week: Dome Home

User of our CU photo-sharing website submits photo documents the building process on their new bioma...

2014 Homesteaders of the Year Nominations Call-Out

It's time for our third annual call for nominations for outstanding modern homesteaders! Organic gar...

How to Build a Tiny Home

Watch this video to learn how to build tiny home for just $2,000.

Puyallup Speaker Spotlight: Ed Begley Jr., Actor and Activist

Ed Begley Jr. of Envirolet will present a workshop on sustainable living at the Mother Earth News Fa...

Don't be boxed in. Resort to ecological principles: Money does not exist. Only energy, perseverence and imagination are needed but these resources are limitless — unaffected by the laws of supply and demand.

Go ahead and do it. Pay homage to the sun — the original source of all your energy. No one can tell you the way to build a dome or a zome or whatever. Create. You are your own architect. Work with what you have — energy — and scrounge the rest.

Play with models. Experiment. Use stiff cardboard cut into geometric shapes and taped. Get your energy going and the dome's synergy will carry you. Scavenge and scrounge.

As America rots in its garbage, you can survive on the waste. Materials can be had from schools, construction projects, demolition sites, people, industry, lumber yards. Much is laying around dumped.  America, in its greed, will give us our sustenance. From dead cars in junk yards you can get valuable metal tops, sometimes just for the effort.

More information can be found in libraries and government documents. Ideas are free and the energy is there. Liberate your ecosystem. Ecology begins with yourself.

We are at a college. A commune — Libre — visited here and turned us on. Now we have a 22-foot dome added to our environment. We got free tools, space, use of a station wagon, railroad ties, 2-by-4's, nails, fiber board, siding, paint, plastic skylight, money, and advice from a professor who built his own house.

We had no plans on how to build a dome in 107 easy steps — there are none. We did not know what we were doing when we started, but we learned a lot.

It will all be useful again for our survival in the coming environmental crisis.

Return to your Mother Earth and live in a dome. Get, for a dollar the Dome Cookbook from the Lama Foundation

Note: The Dome Cookbook is no longer in print, but if you are interested in building a dome home try reading How To Design and Build Your Dome Home by Gene Hopster.








Post a comment below.

 








Subscribe Today - Pay Now & Save 66% Off the Cover Price

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
Country:
Email:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Lighten the Strain on the Earth and Your Budget

MOTHER EARTH NEWS is the guide to living — as one reader stated — “with little money and abundant happiness.” Every issue is an invaluable guide to leading a more sustainable life, covering ideas from fighting rising energy costs and protecting the environment to avoiding unnecessary spending on processed food. You’ll find tips for slashing heating bills; growing fresh, natural produce at home; and more. MOTHER EARTH NEWS helps you cut costs without sacrificing modern luxuries.

At MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we are dedicated to conserving our planet’s natural resources while helping you conserve your financial resources. That’s why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing through our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. By paying with a credit card, you save an additional $5 and get 6 issues of MOTHER EARTH NEWS for only $12.00 (USA only).

You may also use the Bill Me option and pay $17.00 for 6 issues.