A partial collapse of the dome in severe weather prompted a huge decision to convert to a building better suited to Florida weather conditions. Metal roof for water catchment as well as simplifying the design. Cement was also added to the mix to better stabilize it. I collapsed the building from the 3′ high level (vertical walls, road base mix) inside the building on top of existing scaffolding on the inside of the building, which was beefed up to carry the load! Worked just great. So now the building is a cylinder shape, 10′ high in front, sloping down to 8.5′ over the 20′ diameter. Coded for both shingles or metal roof. I opted for metal and got enough recycled sheets free! Sky light, wood stove burn chimney and air vent will be added. As a single story building it is much quicker and far simpler to build. I put the roof up alone. It’s possible! Octagonal shaped mono roof with overhang for normal rain protection. Mortar mix of builders sand/lime/Portland cement will be sprayed on the outside this month. (September). The building has one main entrance, 4 small windows and two arched doorways for the addition of rooms at a later date. Meditation dome and bedroom. The bathroom is inside and still there’s plenty of room.
One of the door frames. It will be bagged in with dry sand bags and plastered for inspection purposes.
Roof trusses are 2 x 8 and up to 24 ft. long. 16″ spacing on centers. Tie downs not installed at this time.
Nice overhang! Load testing … The windows have different lintels to experiment a little. Solid Cedar cut from the woods are over two windows. All the windows will be trimmed out with the same lumber which was slabbed 2 years ago. Nice large area for rain catchment at the back of the roof, into an earth bag holding tank. The roof is capped with 1/2″ O.S.B. and two layers of tar paper. Heavily nailed to the trusses. Topped with the metal sheeting. No leaks apparent after heavy rain for a few days.