Companion Site for
Not just for domes,
Takes the reader through all the stages required to produce a functional and attractive set of working drawings. The prospective home owner will learn how to start with a pencil-drawn floor plan, build a 3D computer model and produce and publish a complete set of house plans. Working with the structural engineer, plan reviewer and contractor is covered, as well. The entire process can be accomplished on a home computer with free software available on the internet saving thousands of dollars. The focus here is on the innovative Monolithic dome, but the method described will work for any style of construction. A companion website provides additional information, links and color versions of many of the images found in the book. Foreword by David South, Pres. Monolithic Dome Institute.
Paperback, color front
If 'Best Price' is
To those who have miraculously survived
Several full color examples of
Photos composited with the SketchUp image.
The background photo was altered with a
Another silk screen filtered photo for the background.
Example of an interior rendering
Many alterations were made in the
Full Color Building Sections
Full Color 1st Floor Plan
LINKS FROM THE BOOK
Using the above free software you
will save many hundreds of dollars.
A9CAD, 2D CAD, cost: free
Kerkythea Photorealistic Renderer & SketchUp plugin, cost: free
ViaCAD 2D v7, 2D
CAD, cost $39.99
2D/3D CAD, cost $99.99
Blender, 3D modeling, animation cost: free.
Google SketchUp Community, cost: free http://sketchup.google.com/intl/en/community/
3D Warehouse, models, cost: free
Monolithic Dome, ideas, info, forum,
Building Code Online, cost: free http://bulk.resource.org/codes.gov/bsc.ca.gov/gov.ca.bsc.2010.02.5.html
SketchUp Video Tutorials, cost: free http://sketchup.google.com/training/videos.html
BUILDING STAIRS IN SKETCHUP http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/15911/stairmathter-use-sketchup-to-master-the-math-for-stairbuilding
DIGITAL JOB SITE
HASE-BARI WOOD STOVE
CONDAR ASV-90 AIR SUPPLY VENTILATOR 4” PIPE DOWN LOW http://www.condar.com/asv.html
VELUX_GPL_M08 30 5/8” X 55”; RO 31
¼” X 55 ½”
GOOD INFO FROM A HOME INSPECTOR
PLUMBING 10 COMMON MISTAKES. http://www.finehomebuilding.com/PDF/Free/021126070.pdf
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The Professional Practice of
Working Drawing Manual
AutoCAD 2011 and AutoCAD LT 2011:
Dome Living :
Monolithic’s Book Resources
Education and a varied work history, combined with artistic and technical abilities, have been significant in bringing me to where I am today. With the digital technology available to designers like myself, the creative possibilities are considerable. The advent of dome architecture has been advanced and facilitated by the latest 3D modeling and rendering software. I will continue to employ these powerful tools to the fullest and hopefully contribute in some small way to the success of domes.
Exciting things are happening in the building industry. Recently my interest has been in exploring the design possibilities of thin-shelled, reinforced concrete construction, the healthy house concept, and economical, low maintenance homes built with innovative or non-traditional construction materials. A home should be a place of comfort and healing in tune with the forces of nature; a place to return to for the daily renewing of mind, body and spirit. I enjoy helping people make their vision a reality.I am also interested the small and medium size, unusual project.
Loi and I with Mark on the right
HIGH END DOME COMPLEX"
Exterior during construction.
Doesn't look it here, but this is huge.
Atrium during construction. Three
stories high and about
A recent design done
as part of the