What is a Geodesic Dome?
The innovative spherical frame building, invented in 20th century by American inventor and architect – R. Buckminster Fuller – is a surprisingly durable, stable, easy to build and reasonably economical to produce. At F.Domes, we aim to advance and popularise this breakthrough concept through geodesic dome kits accessible to anyone looking for long-lasting, high quality structures.
Can I use F.Dome structure all year round?
Yes, F.Domes can be used all year round in nearly any climate conditions. Many of our customers set up their domes as semi-permanent or permanent structures and never take them down for a winter / summer season. Thanks to high quality of materials used for production of our geodesic dome kits, they are not prone to harsh weather conditions or low temperatures.
How do F.Domes behave in extreme weather conditions?
Both Glamping and Classic domes provide a safe and weatherproof shelter in any climate conditions. These clever geometries can be used all year round in just about any environment due to their high quality design and build.
What is F.Domes 3D configurator
F.Domes product configurator is a powerful tool, that allows you to visualize your own custom dome using a wide variety of sizes, membrane finishes and optional accessories. There are literally over 1.1 million possible configurations available, all made simple by an intuitive online app that updates quote in real-time, while you build the dome of your dreams. Prices are displayed in one of four available currencies and finished configuration can be sent to your e-mail inbox in form of a pdf document. Perfect for forwarding to your friends, colleagues or investors.
F.Domes product configurator does not work in my browser. Why?
F.Domes product configurator is designed to work with most web browsers. If it does not work for you we recommend updating your software to the latest version and checking if do not have any plugins (e.g.. ad blockers) that may prevent it from running. You may also check if your browser does not block running java-script based apps (usually enabled by default). If you still encounter any issues you may try the most current version of Google Chrome.
Can I purchase my dome trough 3D product configurator?
No. 3D product configurator is just a tool that lets you build and price your dome based on the options you have selected. To finalize the purchase contact email@example.com or check the following option at the end of the configuration process to have one of our representatives contact you: “Allow F.Domes Expert to get in touch with me about my Dome”. Mind you, even checking that option does not mean that you are obligated to purchase the structure. Our expert will be very happy to answer any questions regarding our offer before you decide to make an investment in the structure.
What happens after I purchase the F.Dome Kit?
Before you receive your dome kit, you will receive four e-mail status updates:
– First – when we receive your order
– Second – once we start processing your dome kit and preparing it for shipment
– Third – when your order is ready for shipment. This e-mail will contain information on when exactly (day and time) your dome kit is set to arrive to you. It is important that you are present at the time of delivery. If proposed schedule does not suit you – you can let us know and we will arrange different delivery date. Learn more about Shipping and Delivery
– Fourth – once your dome kit is already shipped.
What payment options are available?
We currently offer two alternative payment options:
1) Bank transfer
After you commit to purchase the dome you will receive an invoice with our bank account details including transfer description that lets us identify your payment. If you chose to pay via bank transfer, we will wait until your payment is received on our bank account and then we start preparing your dome kit for shipment.
We accept payments in Euro (EUR), Pounds Sterling (GBP), US Dollars (USD) and Polish Zloty (PLN). By default, we issue invoices and provide bank accounts for the currency in effect in your country. If you live in a country where none of those is in effect, please let us know beforehand which of the listed currencies is your preferred one.
2) PayPal or Credit Card
If you chose to pay with your Credit Card or PayPal, we will start preparing your dome kit straight away and it will be ready for shipping within two to three business days.
At the moment we do not offer payment on delivery option.
Do I have to pay any taxes, duties or customs charges?
All transactions within European Union are free from custom / duty charges. Duty charges may apply to customers from Switzerland and Norway. All customers that purchase the F.Dome kits privately and not as a company registered in European Union are required to pay VAT tax. VAT is calculated and displayed in your Cart and on the Checkout page.
If you are making a purchase as a company registered in the European Union and have valid EU VAT number, then you will be eligible for Vat exemption. Please provide EU VAT number at Checkout to recalculate the total cost.
How are the F.Domes packaged and delivered?
F.Domes Geodesic Dome Kits come in one to three two concise packages (depending of the dome size and selected options). Exact package measurements can be found in our product configurator.
It is transported on a standard size palette and contained in cardboard box wrapped with white stretch foil that secures your dome kit during shipment. F.Dome kits are delivered by professional shipping company that we co-operate with. Delivery trucks are equipped with a tail lift and manual palette trolley. Your dome kit will be unloaded and if needed, carted to a desired place.
We recommend that you unload the package at the exact location of where you plan to carry out the dome assembly.
We put a lot of effort to make sure that your package is 100% complete and made according to our highest fabrication standards. Each dome package is completed by two of our experienced team members and goes through careful quality control at every stage of dome kit preparation.
Every package prepared for shipment is carefully checked by another team member, reducing the risk of shipping a faulty or incomplete Dome Kit.
Is any building permit required?
Our small ( F.Dome 20. 30, 40 and 50 ) self-assembly kits almost never require planning permission or any other building permits, however different regulations apply in different countries of the European Union or even in different regions within the same country. Permanent foundations are not required for a F.Domes kits, which usually qualifies them as temporary structures, not requiring planning permission in most places.
Planning permission is generally not about the size of the structure, rather it’s location, external appearance and it’s intended use. In most cases you will need planning approval if you want to set-up an F.Dome as a semi-permanent structure in a National Park, the Broads, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and World Heritage Sites though the only real restrictions in Conservation Areas, which are significantly more commonplace, relate to buildings installed at the side of properties.
In the UK, rules governing outbuildings may apply to F.Domes geodesic dome kits as they do apply for sheds, greenhouses and garages as well as other ancillary garden buildings such as swimming pools, ponds, sauna cabins, kennels, enclosures (including tennis courts) and many other kinds of structure for a purpose incidental to the enjoyment of the dwellinghouse. Outbuildings are considered to be permitted development, not requiring an application for planning permission, provided that all the conditions are met.
For more details please refer to your local building regulations resources, usually provided by government bodies or contact your local planning office for detailed, local information.
Should I prepare my site before putting up the dome?
F.Dome kits can be set up on nearly all kinds of grounds, however it is essential that the dome is properly anchored. Every F.Dome kit comes with anchorage pins and instruction on how to correctly attach the dome to the ground.
Anchor pins that we provide are made of 60cm long steel stakes that must be hammered into the ground. There are two pins for each structure foot (total of 40 or 50 pins – depending of the dome size). Anchoring is necessary in all areas exposed to winds. It is not required if you plan to set-up your dome inside of a building (e.g. as a trade show booth at the exhibition hall).
If you plan to set up an F.Dome on a concrete base or any other type of solid surface, make sure that you will be able to hammer pins into this surface. Before proceeding with anchoring, you must make sure that there is no underground media, such us water pipes or electric cables.
It is important that the dome’s weight is supported on all feet evenly. If the area where you plan to build the dome at is uneven or has irregular surface you should consider one of the two solutions:
– Level / even out the ground before starting the build. This is recommended if your site has significant differences in heights / levels of the ground surface. We also suggest this solution if you plan to keep your dome in one place for long period of time.
– You can also put flat wooden/plywood pieces under each structure foot that needs to be levelled. This is the best solution if there are no major differences in ground levels. Approx. 10mm and 20mm thick wooden/plywood boards are useful for adjusting levels and can be easily put underneath dome’s foot after the dome is assembled.
Is the dome easy to build? Do I need any specific skills or tools?
F.Domes Geodesic Dome Kit are designed specifically with self-assembly in mind. By following steps described in the assembly manual, provided together with the structure, you can build the dome with help of your friends, family or co-workers.
Each Geodesic Dome kit that we provide includes all parts and hand tools that you are going to need during the process of assembly. You only need to organise the following elements:
– One A-shaped ladder, 3 meters tall.
– One large hammer or sledgehammer (for anchoring pins)
– A few friends / family / co-workers to help with the build-up
– Positive attitude and a few hours of spare time
Geodesic dome assembly can be really fun and socialising event if you invite your friends, family and/or co-workers. It requires teamwork from everyone involved and gives wonderful feeling of accomplishment once the dome is finished.
What if I decide that I need help to assemble an FDome?
Our F.Domes kits are designed with self-assembly in mind, however if you decide that you need help with assembly process and get professional training – you can order our Assembly Training and Supervision service at any time, even if you initially ordered your dome kit without this service.
Alternatively, if you have any specific questions or want to discuss the assembly process with our experts, you can always contact our team at: firstname.lastname@example.org to get assistance with the assembly process.
What if I need to move my dome to another location?