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So you want to build a geodesic dome greenhouse! 
Building geodesic greenhouses can be a very fun and satisfying thing to do. 

It can also be an exercise in frustration if you don't think it thru and use a good set of plans.

If you are a DIY kind of person you will undoubtedly find that building a greenhouse is far cheaper than even buying a prefabricated one.  For starters you can use inexpensive standard-sized biding materials and let's face it, your labor is free.


When you do it yourself you get to make your greenhouse any size you want.  You are not stuck with the predetermined "standard sizes" manufacturers churn out.  Innovative designs and experimenting with materials is the order of the day instead of being stuck with a one size fits all geodesic greenhouse kit.

Heck you can even customize the interior space and accessories like your greenhouse benches to suit yourself exactly.  For example if you are only 5 ft tall it may be more comfortable and easier for you to work if you lower the greenhouse bench height by a few inches.


Geodesic greenhouses can make a wonderful winter retreat.  Putting a deck in the middle of your dome can make it double as tropical winter hideaway right in your own back yard.  You don't have this luxury with greenhouse kits and off the shelf items.

Now, as good as all this is sounding remember it's not all going to be a bed of roses.  At least not at first. 

In this day and age, time is money and though your labor is free, how much time do you have to devote to building your bio-dome?   Also, depending on the size and type of geodesic greenhouses you plan to build, you may need other skills.  Skills such as plumbing and running electricity.  These are things that are best left to professionals, in my humble opinion.

If you plan to build your dome on a foundation or slab, you'll probably need a building permit.  Check with the coding in your area and follow the procedures required by your local building office.


If however, you plan to make a "portable greenhouse."  One that can be moved from spot to spot as desired none of the above applies to you.  This is one of the great things about building a geodesic dome greenhouse.  The inherent strength of the structure allows even some very large ones to be moved with relative ease and without damage to the structure.

Experienced do-it-yourselfers and folks who are good with geometry could probably puzzle out how to build the dome itself.  But you'll have to be precise in your work and hope you get it right the first time or you'll waste a lot of effort and cash.  And that's just the structure not information on how to turn them into functioning geodesic greenhouses.

My advice is to get yourself a good set of geodesic dome greenhouse plans from someone who's been-there, done-that.




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