1. The EconOdome "Basic" frame kit
costs less than the T-Beam frame kit.
However, the "Basic" frame kit
will require much 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
conventional doors and windows.
The 2x6 framing at the lower perimeter of
the EconOdome supports both
the loft floor frame and the 2x4 Basic or
the 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
to enable the strut ends to fit precisely together at the nodes.
The "T-Beam" frame kit includes ten pre-fabricated riser walls
and ten custom built vertical trapezoids that go on top of the riser walls.
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 gravity and 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 T-Beam curb mounted skylight costs $250 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.
*Ledgers to hold the second story floor joists are not necessary
the EconOdome T-Beam Loft Ledge Frame Kit.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
or phone 217-521-9294 if you have any questions.
Basic Loft Ledge Frame Kit
Includes: TEN 2x6 Riser Walls,
TEN 2x6 Vertical Trapezoids
+ 2x4 Struts and T-Blocking
T-Beam Loft Ledge Frame Kit
Includes: TEN 2x6 riser walls,
TEN 2x6 Vertical Trapezoids
+T-Beam struts & T-Blocking
w/ 60 mil white
The above pricing is for areas where R-38 roof insulation is required.
If your location requires an R-49 ceiling/roof insulation R-value,
Exterior panels will cost 20% more to cover the cost of additional insulation.
The above pricing for is for 60mil TPO thermoplastic shingles.
If you desire or your building department requires a
Class A fire rate roof system more expensive 60mil PVC
can be attached to the outside of the exterior panels. Cost 20% more.
Pre-Cut Interior Panels Kit are for T-Beam frame kit only.
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.
The lowest two levels on the building frame are made with 2x6 lumber, and,
the top of the dome is framed with 2x4 T-Beams.
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-20 insulated "exterior" 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 $18,000.
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 $250 additional for each curb mounted skylight.
+ 500 pre-punched 3/4" wide x .031" x 24" long galvanized steel straps
(breaking strength is 3,500 pounds)
+ 5,000 1.5" long #10 hot dip galvanized steel nails for attaching the straps
+ One 3/8" diameter HDG cable with 5/8" turnbuckle to ensure structural integrity
+ One internally braced pre-assembled 42 high perimeter 2x6 riser wall.
+ Ten ripped to fit 4x6 perimeter riser wall 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 skylight units 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 panels cut-to-fit and held within the T-Beam framework
are comprised of 3" thick R-20 rigid insulation and 1/2" sheetrock... cost..$7,000.
Exterior panels kits for the 38.5' dia. dome include 330 panels to cover 130 triangular frames
The Exterior R-20 insulated panels consist of 3" of rigid insulation laminated to 1/2" mold guard sheetrock
+ 2,750 5" screws and 2,750 1-1/4" galvanized steel washers that pull flush to the surface....cost..$10,000.
Additional Cost to have pre-cut 60mil thermoplastic shingles bonded with contact adhesive to the 330 exterior panels is $7,000.
A low profile 16" wide five sided anchor post for the apex of the dome is included so you can tie a climbing rope at the top of the dome.
Total cost for the 'Labor Saving' Loft Ledge EconOdome T-Beam Kits for the 38.5' diameter dome home listed above is $41,000.
There will be an additional custom framing charge of $250 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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