1. The "Basic" EconOdome "frame kit" costs less than the T-Beam frame kit.
However, the "Basic" frame kit will require more labor & materials to complete.
It is difficult for any builder to insulate and sheetrock the dome ceiling from the interior.
That is why we at Faze Change Produx developed the labor saving EconOdome "T-Beam" frame kit.
The Basic frame kit and the T-Beam frame kit both include riser walls and vertical trapezoids.
There are ten riser walls and vertical trapezoids at the lower perimeter of the building frame.
The vertical trapezoids allow for the framing of doors and windows.
The 2x6 framing at the lower perimeter of the EconOdome supports both
the loft floor frame and the 2x4 Basic or T-Beam EconOdome framework extending above.
We manufacture only the exterior panels and roofing for the Basic EconOdome frame kit.
Extra insulation (to meet building codes) and sheetrock will need to be puchased locally and
installed on-site which will require the extended use of scaffolding after the building is enclosed.
Our "Basic" EconOdome frame kit is designed for those who prefer
the smooth sculpted look of painted sheetrock on the interior.
2. The EconOdome "T-Beam" Loft Ledge frame kit, when assembled, supports both
the exterior facing and the interior facing cut-to-fit insulated and laminated panels.
You might say that T-Beam frame kit uses the force of gravity to help you.
Similar to the way a suspended ceiling holds interior facing rectangular tiles in a commercial building.
However, the T-Beam frame kit supports both the interior and exterior triangular panels
Each T-Beam strut is comprised of two boards joined lengthwise.
The flat side of one 2x4 faces to the inside of the dome.
The T-Beams are cut on the ends with double compound angles forming struts.
The "T-Beam" frame kit includes ten pre-fabricated riser walls and ten vertical trapezoids
at the lower perimeter with an interconnected triangulated T-Beam lattice above.
The T-Beam frame kit is designed for those who wish to create a beautiful
patterned ceiling and add a woodsy look to the interior of their dome home.
The "T-Beam" frame kit allows easier completion of the exterior shell
by eliminating the need to work upside down on the interior of the dome ceiling.
Interior facing triangular panels are held in place by an
attractive three dimensional triangulated lattice of exposed 2x4 wood trim.
The T-Beam frame kit also has the ability to support the Loft floor framing.
*Choose only one of the two most popular EconOdome frame kit types, Basic or T-Beam.
*EconOdome 2x4 on 2x4 T-Beam construction has been used effectively in the Arctic.
Insulation sheeting installed outside the building frame
is more effective as it also insulates the building frame.
*All EconOdome frame kit types are cut from #1 select kiln dried structural grade
Southern Pine lumber. The upper part of the T-Beam frame kit
consists of struts made by attaching two boards together lengthwise.
This manufacturing procedure straightens both boards and creates a very strong T-Beam.
*All frame kit parts are pre-drilled for special non-splitting screws
that stitch all connections securely.
*All necessary connecting screws and metal straps
are included with every frame kit.
*All frame kit types include door and window framing within
ten pre-assembled trapezoids that will stand vertically at the lower perimeter.
*Optional perimeter riser walls are required for most dome home sizes and designs.
The height of your riser wall will vary depending upon your dome size and design.
*Extensions, to accomodate conventional doors and windows are not necessary.
*Attractive and functional optional canopies may be added over doors and windows.
*All skylights mounted on the surface of the dome are curb mounted to prevent leaking.
*Custom framing for each curb mounted skylight costs $100 additional.
*With both frame kit types: optional pre-cut exterior panels are available.
*Both frame kit types employ methods to avoid condensation and mold issues.
*Optional pre-cut sheetrock and insulated triangular interior panels
are available for the T-Beam frame kit only.
*With some designs both the riser walls and the trapezoids are made with 2x6 lumber so that
Ledgers to hold the second story floor joists are not necessary.
We call this the Loft Ledge Frame Kit.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 217-728-2184 if you have any questions.
Basic Loft Ledge Frame Kits
Include 2x6 Riser Walls
+ 2x6 Vertical Trapezoids
+ 2x4 Struts and T-Blocking
T-Beam Loft Ledge Frame Kits
Include 2x6 riser walls
+ 2x6 Vertical Trapezoids
+T-Beam struts & T-Blocking
T-Beam Kits Only
Pre-Cut R-23 Exterior Triangle Panels Kit for both frame kit types
Include two 1.5" layers of R-10 insulation laminated under ventilated exterior
sheathing made with two solid layers of OSB plus OSB spacers.
The custom pre-cut lapping thermoplastic shingles have rounded corners.
Lapping thermoplastic shingles are glued to the exterior panels at the factory.
On the job site, the thermoplastic shingles will be melted together at the laps using a
digital heat gun and a two inch wide heat tolerant silicone roller.
This roofing process makes a durable, waterproof and wind tolerant exterior surface.
Thermoplastic shingles are available in three colors: white, tan, & gray.
Pre-Cut Interior Panels Kit are for T-Beam frame kit only.
The Interior Panels include two laminated layers of 1.5" insulation + 1/2in. sheetrock
Total R-Value for the all 2x4 T-Beam Roof Section is R-43.
The "Basic Loft Ledge" frame kit includes ten pre-fabbed 2x6 riser wall
and ten pre-fabbed 2x6 vertical trapezoids that align with the 2x6 riser walls
Also included are all the pre-cut strut and blocking components
that are used to complete the top of the EconOdome frame kit, made with 2x4 lumber.
So, the lowest two dome levels are made with 2x6 lumber, and,
the top of the dome is framed 2x4 lumber.
And as, all the precison cut framing is flush at the exterior,
A "Level Loft Ledge" is created because 2x6 lumber is thicker than 2x4 lumber.
And this two inch wide "Level Ledge" can be used to support the second story loft level.
This inovative feature allows you to more easily construct a loft level within a dome.
With a "Basic" Loft Ledge frame kit, the dome ceiling is normally insulated and sheetrocked
after the building is enclosed and sealed. We do not supply precut sheetrock and cavity insulation
for the Basic Loft Ledge frame kit that will need to be installed on-site from inside the building.
Due to egress code requirement the "Loft Ledge" frame kit is available
for the three largest sizes only 38.5', 48' & 57'.
8' high Lower perimeter walls (that support the loft floor)
are included with the 24' & 30' frame kits.
The EconOdome Loft Ledge "frame" kit includes the perimeter riser walls with all kit sizes.
The perimeter riser wall height will depend upon the size and design of each dome home.
A pre-cut R-23 insulated and ventilated "exterior" triangle panels kit
will be installed outside the building frame
with either the Basic or T-Beam EconOdome frame kit.
With the "Basic" EconOdome frame kit, the interior side of the dome roof will need additional "cavity" insulation
in order to exceed the R-38 "roof insulation" building code requirement.
A ten-sided, 38.5 feet diameter dome home built with the
Loft Ledge "T-Beam" EconOdome "frame" kit costs $17,000.
The "Loft Ledge" T-Beam EconOdome frame kit includes:
Ten pre-assembled perimeter 2x6 trapezoids
+ 180 precision cut T-Beam Struts (ready to stain)
+ 90 pre-assembled T-Beam T-Blocking components (ready to stain)
+ 3,000 three inch long stainless steel screws
+ Custom framed openings for all exterior doors and windows.
+ Custom framing costs $100 additional for each curb mounted skylight.
+ 500 pre-punched 3/4" wide x .030" x 24" long stainless steel straps
+ 5,000 1.5" long #10 stainless steel nails for attaching the straps
+ One 5/16" diameter HDG cable with turnbuckle to ensure structural integrity
+ One internally braced pre-assembled 42 high perimeter 2x6 riser wall.
+ Ten ripped to fit 4x6 corner posts
"Exterior" and "Interior" panel kits are also needed with all EconOdome "T-Beam" frame kits.
Interior triangle panels kits for the 38.5' dia. dome include 300 ready to paint panels.
The 90 largest framed triangles are each filled with three separate interior panels.
The large triangles are subdivided into three sections so that the panels are lighter and easier to handle.
Dividing the triangles into smaller pieces also allows skylights of many shapes to be installed
without disrupting the awe inspiring exposed wood symmetrical patterning on the dome ceiling.
For several reasons, individual overhead dual pane laminated glass skylights cannot be too large.
More supports create a stronger and easier to build dome home with a very attractive dome ceiling.
The drawing above shows the mid point to mid point pattern blocking layout
used for all EconOdome T-Beam frame kits that has many benefits.
300 Interior R-20 panels cut-to-fit and held within the T-Beam framework
are comprised of 3" thick rigid insulation and 1/2" sheetrock... cost..$7,000.
Exterior triangle panels kits for the 38.5' dia. dome include 330 panels to cover 130 triangular frames
The Exterior R-23 ventilating panels consist of 3" rigid insulation laminated to a triple layer of OSB + 2,750 6" screws....cost..$9,000.
Additional Cost to have pre-cut 60mil thermoplastic shingles bonded with contact adhesive to the 330 exterior panels is $6,000.
A 20 inch diameter custom made five-sided cupola for the apex of the dome is included to allow for exterior surface venting.
The apex venting cupola is securely attached to the frame with five 12" lag screws so you can tie a rope around the cupola.
Total cost for the 'Labor Saving' Loft Ledge EconOdome T-Beam Kits for the 38.5' diameter dome home listed above is $39,000.
There will be an additional custom framing charge of $100 for each custom curb mounted skylight frame.
All skylights mounted on the sloping surfaces of the dome are curb mounted to prevent leaking.
Doors, windows, and skylights may be ordered as an option, or, doors, windows, and skylights may be purchased near your job site.
EconOdome Kits to build a 38.5' diameter, 2,000 sf, ten-sided, two story dome home will completely fill a 55' semi-truck trailer.
Typical Cost of shipping within 1,000 miles of Illinois = $2,000, shipping to east coast + $4,000, shipping to west coast = $6,000
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