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Ok, so I am very much still in the "dreaming" phase, as the timer until I get to move home doesnt go "ding!" for another 3 1/2 years. Still not sure exactly *how* we want to build our home; the only thing we are about set on is that we want a dome.
One idea that keeps drawing me in is using what is called the "flower of life" as a foundation pattern, and building the walls up from there with just the perimeter. This would ideally work out to between 800 - 1200 sq ft. Would this even be possible to build with earth bags? Here's a couple pictures to illustrate:

(A note: I dont have an autocad program *yet* so i really have no idea exactly how this would work out as a dome shape)
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flower of life
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well, I don't know if a dome with that outline would work out well. But I'd image at least the walls would be doable with earthbag with a different roofing option. As for a cad program I'd recommend google sketchup, it's free and seems fairly easy to use for a lot of things.
 
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Thanks for the input! Ill check that out. I think worst case scenario, I would opt for a poured slab foundation, with this symbol as floor art.
 
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Actually I believe this outline could work if you blended it up into a circle of decreasing diameter. If you have access to an autocad program I would try fapping about with the spline feature and see if you can make something to your liking.
 
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Giggety. Im still figuring out how to use the cad program I found for linux, though I gotta say I love playing with the designs. Aside from this pattern the wife and I are also tossing around just a regular, but slightly bigger dome, or possibly a series of small to mid size domes, joined on all sides to form a sort of courtyard in the center, similar to the "Torus" Design.

If i could get any time away from work to play with OpenScad, then i'll put some shiny pictures up, though it's most likely going to be a while. C'est la vi.
 
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Your flower plan isn't that far off from the eCo Dome's at Cal Earth. It should be fun to do!
 
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