Wooden Dome

Hi Lloyd!

I wanted to drop you an email about the dome I am just finishing construction of. I first became interested in the tiny home movement when I realised that by reducing the amount of space we sleep in, we could increase the space we live (in). By sleeping in a small pod, it would force you to spend more time outside, maybe utilizing outdoor bathrooms and kitchens.

   My interest in domes was sparked by your own domebook, which was on the shelf of a farm I was staying at. I was in love with the aesthetic! Later that year I was lucky enough to stay in a stunning 30ft dome in Dunster, BC (If you are ever up that way it’s definitely worth a visit!) and fell deeply in love with the feeling of living in a circle! Since then I have been studying natural building at Aprovecho (https://www.aprovecho.net/). I constructed my 9ft Diameter ‘dome pod’ on their property to house long term work traders. Work took approximately 2-3 months.

All materials were recycled, or milled on site, the roof is a cedar shake/shingle combination, the walls are earthen plastered and it features a small but sweet cantilevered deck for afternoon sun. The walls and deck are insulated with a mixture of reclaimed foam insulation, sheep wool and slip chip.

   I have attached some pictures of the dome, If you would like any more details or images please let me know.

   You may also be interested to know that Aprovecho has 3 tinyhomes now, My dome, a 10ft wattle and daub yurt, and a 150sqft ‘playhouse’ which was built during their 7 week natural building program.

Stuart Hart

Graphic Designer


About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

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